Chris Gardner

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Christopher Paul Gardner (born February 9, 1954) is an American businessman and motivational speaker.wikipedia
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The Pursuit of Happyness

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That book was made into the motion picture The Pursuit of Happyness starring Will Smith.
The Pursuit of Happyness is a 2006 American autobiographical drama film based on entrepreneur Chris Gardner's nearly one-year struggle being homeless.

Will Smith

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That book was made into the motion picture The Pursuit of Happyness starring Will Smith.
For his performances as boxer Muhammad Ali in Ali (2001) and stockbroker Chris Gardner in The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), Smith received nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

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Bridges organized meetings between Gardner and branch managers at the major stock brokerage firms that offered training programs—such as Merrill Lynch, Paine Webber, E.F. Hutton, Dean Witter Reynolds and Smith Barney.

Rags to riches

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* Rags to riches

The Promotion

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Gardner also made a cameo appearance in the 2008 comedy film The Promotion, where he played a community leader.
The film features cameo appearances by Masi Oka and Chris Gardner.

Cameo appearance

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Gardner makes a cameo appearance in the film, walking past Will and Jaden in the final scene.
In The Pursuit of Happyness, Chris Gardner makes a cameo at the end.

Motivational speaker

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Christopher Paul Gardner (born February 9, 1954) is an American businessman and motivational speaker.

Homelessness

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During the early 1980s, Gardner struggled with homelessness while raising a toddler son.

Broker

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He became a stock broker and eventually founded his own brokerage firm Gardner Rich & Co in 1987.

Milwaukee

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Gardner was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 9, 1954, to Thomas Turner and Bettye Jean Gardner.

Role model

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Gardner did not have many positive male role models as a child, as his father was living in Louisiana during his birth, and his stepfather was physically abusive to both his mother and his sisters.

Louisiana

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Gardner did not have many positive male role models as a child, as his father was living in Louisiana during his birth, and his stepfather was physically abusive to both his mother and his sisters.

Physical abuse

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Gardner did not have many positive male role models as a child, as his father was living in Louisiana during his birth, and his stepfather was physically abusive to both his mother and his sisters.

Welfare fraud

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In one incident, Bettye Jean was falsely imprisoned when Triplett reported her to the authorities for welfare fraud; the children were placed in foster care.

Mississippi River

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However, Henry drowned in the Mississippi River when Chris was nine years old.

Alcoholism

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Gardner also determined from his early experiences that alcoholism, domestic abuse, child abuse, illiteracy, fear, and powerlessness were all things he wanted to avoid in the future.

Domestic violence

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Gardner also determined from his early experiences that alcoholism, domestic abuse, child abuse, illiteracy, fear, and powerlessness were all things he wanted to avoid in the future.

Child abuse

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Gardner also determined from his early experiences that alcoholism, domestic abuse, child abuse, illiteracy, fear, and powerlessness were all things he wanted to avoid in the future.

Literacy

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Gardner also determined from his early experiences that alcoholism, domestic abuse, child abuse, illiteracy, fear, and powerlessness were all things he wanted to avoid in the future.

United States Navy

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Inspired by his Uncle Henry's worldwide adventures in the U.S. Navy, Gardner decided to enlist when he finished secondary schooling.

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

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He was stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina for four years, where he was assigned as a hospital corpsman.

North Carolina

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He was stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina for four years, where he was assigned as a hospital corpsman.

Hospital corpsman

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He was stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina for four years, where he was assigned as a hospital corpsman.

Cardiothoracic surgery

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He became acquainted with a decorated San Francisco cardiac surgeon, Dr. Robert Ellis, who offered Gardner a position assisting him with innovative clinical research at the University of California Medical Center and Veterans Administration Hospital in San Francisco.

Clinical research

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He became acquainted with a decorated San Francisco cardiac surgeon, Dr. Robert Ellis, who offered Gardner a position assisting him with innovative clinical research at the University of California Medical Center and Veterans Administration Hospital in San Francisco.