Charlie Murphy

Charlie Murphy Biography

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Charles Quinton "Charlie" Murphy (July 12, 1959 - April 12, 2017) was an American actor, comedian, voice artist, and writer. Murphy was known as a writer and cast member of the Comedy Central sketch-comedy series Chappelle's Show. He was the older brother of Eddie Murphy.

Early life

Murphy was born on July 12, 1959 in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. His mother, Lillian, was a telephone operator, and his father, Charles Edward Murphy, was a transit police officer and an amateur actor and comedian. As an adolescent, he spent 10 months in jail.

In 1978, on the day Murphy was released from jail, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served for six years as a Boiler Technician. In 1983, shortly before being discharged from the Navy, Murphy witnessed a mushroom cloud over Beirut. He later learned that it was the aftermath of the Beirut barracks bombing in which 307 people were killed.


Although he had minor roles in several films in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Murphy also worked behind the scenes with the hip hop group K-9 Posse, a hip hop duo composed of his half-brother Vernon Lynch, Jr. and Wardell Mahone. On their 1988 self-titled debut, Murphy was credited as the album's executive producer as well as songwriter on the songs "Somebody's Brother" and "Say Who Say What". He also made an appearance in the video for the duo's first single "This Beat Is Military". Murphy's first major role in a motion picture was in the 1993 film CB4, where he portrayed the antagonist, Gusto.

Murphy achieved fame as a recurring performer on Chappelle's Show, particularly in the Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories sketches. In these, Murphy recounts his misadventures as part of his brother Eddie's entourage, including encounters with various celebrities such as Rick James and Prince. After Chappelle's Show host Dave Chappelle left the show, Murphy and Donnell Rawlings hosted the "lost episodes" compiled from sketches produced before Chappelle's departure.

In 2005, he appeared in King's Ransom (alongside Anthony Anderson and Jay Mohr). In the film, Murphy portrayed "Herb", a gay ex-con who is hired by King (Anderson) to kidnap him in a fake kidnapping. Murphy has done voiceovers for Budweiser radio commercials, provided the voice for Iraq War veteran/criminal Ed Wuncler III on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim series The Boondocks, and the voice for a pimp named Jizzy-B in Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas video game. Murphy provided the voice for Spock on the G4TV's Star Trek 2.0 shorts, and the dog in his younger brother Eddie's 2007 film, Norbit.

On March 20, 2009, Murphy began starring in his own sketch comedy series Charlie Murphy's Crash Comedy on Crackle. A stand-up special, Charlie Murphy: I Will Not Apologize premiered on Comedy Central in late February 2010. Murphy also made special appearances in 1000 Ways to Die and the TBS sitcom Are We There Yet? as Frank Kingston. In 2014-15, Murphy played Vic on the Adult Swim live action show Black Jesus.

Personal life

Murphy was a resident of Tewksbury Township, New Jersey. He was married to Tisha Taylor Murphy from 1997 until her death from cervical cancer in December 2009. The couple had two children together, and Murphy has another child from a previous relationship. Charlie Murphy was a karate practitioner.

Murphy died from leukemia on April 12, 2017, at age 57.



Year Title Role Notes
1989 Harlem Nights The Muffin Man
1990 Mo' Better Blues Eggy
1991 Jungle Fever Livin' Large
1993 CB4 Gusto
1996 ' Saxophone Man
1998 ' Brooklyn
1999 Unconditional Love Detective
2002 Paper Soldiers Detective Johnson
2003 Death of a Dynasty Dick James/Dukey Man/Sock Head
2005 Lovesick Damian
2005 King's Ransom Herb Clarke
2005 Roll Bounce Victor
2006 Night at the Museum Taxi Driver
2007 Three Days to Vegas Andre
2007 Mattie Fresno and the Holoflux Universe Griss
2007 Norbit Lloyd voice / also writer
2007 Unearthed Hank
2007 Twisted Fortune Angel Robbins
2007 Universal Remote Various
2007 ' J-Jizzy
2008 Bar Starz Clay the Doorman/Arnie
2008 The Hustle Junior Walker
2009 Frankenhood Franklin
2010 Our Family Wedding T.J.
2010 Freaknik: The Musical Al Sharpton
2010 Lottery Ticket Semaj (James spelled backwards)
2011 The Cookout 2 Coach Ashmokeem TV movie
2012 Moving Day Cedric
2016 Meet the Blacks Key Flo

Television and video

Year Title Role Notes
1990 ' TV movie
1995 Martin Big Bro 1 episode
1995 Murder was the Case: The Movie JC Direct-to-video
2003-2006 Chappelle's Show Various 8 episodes, also writer
2004 One on One Senator Larry Eldrige TV series
2005 Denis Leary's Merry F#%$in' Christmas Himself
2005-2010 ' Ed Wuncler III voice, 10 episodes
2006 Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness Big Kid voice
2006 Thugaboo: A Miracle on D-Roc's Street Big Kid voice
2006 Wild 'n Out Himself
2007 Beef IV Narrator voice
2007 We Got to Do Better Host TV series
2007 Pauly Shore's Natural Born Komics Direct-to-video
2009 Nite Tales: The Series TV series
2010 Charlie Murphy: I Will Not Apologize Himself
2010 Lopez Tonight Himself
2010-2011 Are We There Yet? Frank TV series, 5 episodes
2010 1000 Ways to Die Himself TV series
2012-2014 Black Dynamite A Cat Named Rollo Voice
2 episodes
2013 Hawaii Five-0 Don McKinney TV series
2014-2015 Black Jesus Vic TV series
2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Bellybomb voice
Episode: "Journey to the Center of Mikey's Mind"

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Jizzy B.
2006 Marc Eck?'s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure White Mike


Year Title Notes
1995 Vampire in Brooklyn Story and screenplay
2002 Paper Soldiers
2007 Norbit Story and screenplay

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