A COMEDIAN with a turbulent past sounds like the punch line for a seedy joke.
But Joey Diaz’s life is straight out of a script, forecasting his extraordinary future in Hollywood.
Who is Joey Diaz?
José Antonio Diaz, known professionally as Joey “Coco” Diaz, is a Cuban-American actor and stand-up comedian.
He was in Havana on February 19, 1963 before moving to North Bergen, New Jersey with his family as a child.
His stage presence was evident from his early years when Joey won awards in performing arts during high school.
The actor’s father tragically died when he was just three years old before finding his mother dead when he was 16.
Four families in the community cared for the teenager, but his grief set him down a path to substance abuse and crime.
In 1982 he finally moved to Colorado, where he studied economics at university before dropping out.
The 59-year-old ended up in prison in 1988 after being convicted of kidnapping and aggravated robbery.
While behind bars, he began standing up exercises for his fellow inmates during the weekly film showing when the projector broke.
Despite being praised for his natural talents, it took him three years to attempt a career in comedy — which he described as a “last resort.”
He began a stand-up class and performed his first routine on June 18, 1991 in Denver.
Joey began finding success in local competitions and making a name for himself on the scene before moving to Los Angeles to take advantage of open mic nights.
His career then took off when he dipped his toe into acting, bagging roles in major television series and later a number of films.
What is Joey Diaz Net Worth?
According to celebritynetworth.com, the comedian is worth an estimated $500,000.
He gained his wealth thanks to his dual career in comedy and acting.
The Cuban is said to have poured his money into a fleet of fancy cars while living a luxurious lifestyle.
Is Joey Diaz Married?
Joey is married to his longtime partner Terrie Diaz, having married on November 25, 2009.
Terrie was born in Nashville, Tennessee, although little information is available about her personal life.
The couple are believed to now reside in New Jersey after leaving Hollywood.
Joey divorced his first wife, whose identity is unknown, in 1991.
The actor finally quit decades of cocaine abuse in 2007 to focus on his work and desire for family life.
He later said, “It has to do with your peace of mind. It takes some people 10 years to acquire it. I needed 30.”
Does Joey Diaz have children?
Joey shares a daughter with Terrie named Mercy, whom they welcomed on January 8, 2013.
He occasionally shares cute pictures with the youngster online.
The star also has another daughter, whose identity is unknown, from his first failed marriage.
He is understood to have become estranged from her after divorcing her mother.
The 59-year-old once said the breakdown in his relationship with his child inspired his decision to pursue a career in comedy.
What movies has Joey Diaz been in?
The lovable villain has had an illustrious career on the big screen and is known for his exuberant personality and voice.
Joey landed roles in Spider-Man 2, Taxi, and Law & Order before landing a role as a convict in 2005’s The Longest Yard.
He even appeared in several episodes of My Name is Earl, as well as cameos in How I Met Your Mother and Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place.
Other notable TV and film credits include The Dog Who Saved Christmas, Grudge Match, My Life at 26, and The Dark Night.
The father even volunteered for The Sopranos prequel film The Many Saints of Newark, in which he portrayed Buddha Bonpensiero.
Joey later dived into the podcast world after moving back to New Jersey and started the series Uncle Joey’s Joint.
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