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Philadelphia honors Kevin Hart with cheesesteak shop mural

Associated Press logo Associated Press 7/6/2017
FILE - In this April 13, 2016 file photo, Kevin Hart, addresses the audience during the Universal Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2016 in Las Vegas. Philadelphia is welcoming back its favorite funnyman, Hart, for a birthday celebration and the unveiling of a giant mural of the comedian near his childhood home. The festivities Thursday morning, July 6, 2017, will include an official resolution dubbing July 6 “Kevin Hart Day” in the city. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this April 13, 2016 file photo, Kevin Hart, addresses the audience during the Universal Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2016 in Las Vegas. Philadelphia is welcoming back its favorite funnyman, Hart, for a birthday celebration and the unveiling of a giant mural of the comedian near his childhood home. The festivities Thursday morning, July 6, 2017, will include an official resolution dubbing July 6 “Kevin Hart Day” in the city. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia gave Kevin Hart a 38th birthday to remember by unveiling a giant mural of the comedian near his childhood home.

The festivities Thursday included an official resolution dubbing July 6 "Kevin Hart Day" in the city.

The mural is displayed on the building that houses Max's Steaks in north Philadelphia, an eatery once frequented by Hart when he lived around the corner.

Hart told the crowd of more than 200 people who gathered outside the shop that his success is a marker for how much talent is in Philadelphia.

He has starred in five stand-up comedy specials and will next appear in an upcoming remake of the film Jumanji. He was recently named by Forbes as the highest-paid comedian, raking in nearly $90 million from June 2015 to June 2016.

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