Chris Hardwick Biography
Hardwick was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on November 23, 1971. He is the son of professional bowler Billy Hardwick (1941–2013) and Sharon Hills (née Facente), a real estate agent in Pasadena, California. His maternal grandfather was Italian American, and opened a bowling alley where his parents first met. Hardwick was raised in his mother’s Roman Catholic faith. At four years old, he met then-struggling comedian and television personality Joan Rivers and became lifelong friends with her. Hardwick grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was the 1983 Memphis City Junior High Chess champion. He later attended St. Benedict at Auburndale high school, later moving to Regis Jesuit High School in Colorado, and then spending his senior year at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.