Charlie Murphy

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Charlie Murphy
Murphy in December 2009
Born Charles Quinton Murphy
(1959-07-12)July 12, 1959
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
Died April 12, 2017(2017-04-12) (aged 57)
New York City
Occupation Stand-up comedian, actor, voice artist, writer, comedian
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) Tisha Taylor Murphy
(m. 1997–2009; her death)
Children 3

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

Early life and education

Murphy was born on July 12, 1959 in the New York City borough of Brooklyn.[1] 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.[2] In 1978, on the day Murphy was released from jail,[3] he enlisted in the United States Navy and served for six years as a Boiler Technician.[4]


Although he had minor roles in several films in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Murphy's first major role in a motion picture was in the 1993 film CB4, where he portrayed the antagonist, Gusto. 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 also worked behind the scenes with the hip hop group K-9 Posse, a hip hop duo composed of his step-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".[5] He also made an appearance in the video for the duo's first single "This Beat Is Military".[6]

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. 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. Recently, 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.[7] A stand-up special, Charlie Murphy: I Will Not Apologize premiered on Comedy Central in late February 2010.[8] Murphy also makes special appearances in 1000 Ways to Die and the TBS sitcom Are We There Yet? as Frank Kingston.

In 2014-15, Murphy has played Vic on the Adult Swim live action show Black Jesus.

Personal life

Murphy has been a resident of Tewksbury Township, New Jersey.[9] He was married to Tisha Taylor Murphy from 1997 until her death from cancer in 2009.[10] The couple had two children together, and Murphy has another child from a previous relationship. [10] Charlie Murphy is a karate practitioner.[11][12]

He passed away April 12, 2017, after a battle with leukemia.[13]



Year Title Role Notes
1989 Harlem Nights The Muffin Man
1990 Mo' Better Blues Eggy
1991 Jungle Fever Livin' Large
1993 CB4 Gusto
1996 Pompatus of Love, TheThe Pompatus of Love Saxophone Man
1998 Players Club, TheThe Players Club 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 Perfect Holiday, TheThe Perfect Holiday 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

Television and video
Year Title Role Notes
1984 Saturday Night Live
1990 Kid Who Loved Christmas, TheThe Kid Who Loved Christmas 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 also writer
2004 One on One Senator Larry Eldrige TV series
2005 Denis Leary's Merry F#%$in' Christmas Himself
2005–2010 Boondocks, TheThe Boondocks Ed Wuncler III voice
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
2010 1000 Ways to Die Himself TV series
2013 Hawaii Five-0 (episode "Hookman") Don McKinney TV series
2014-2015 Black Jesus Vic TV series


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Jizzy B.
2005 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


  1. "The other funny Murphy, Eddie's brother Charlie". The Daily Telegraph. March 11, 2012. Retrieved December 2, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Murphy, Charlie (December 1, 2009). The Making of a Stand-Up Guy. Contributions by Chris Millis. Simon & Schuster. pp. 81–83. ISBN 9781439123140. On the spur of the moment, for what in our minds amounted to nothing more than a lark, we decided to rob the driver at gunpoint. [...] I was charged as a youthful offender on my first offense and handed three years' probation. [...] [I]n the third year I was arrested for petit larceny, loitering, and a few other misdemeanors. Taken all together, the crimes were a violation of my probation. [...] I was sentenced to serve out the remainder of my probation in Nassau County Jail. I was going away for ten months.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Kugel, Allison (December 15, 2007). "Charlie Murphy Shares His True Hollywood Stories and Passion for Comedy with". Retrieved January 18, 2013. I got out on a Monday and I signed up for the Navy the same day.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. ""Prince" Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories Chapelle's Show". Retrieved 2011-02-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "So Corny It's Good Part Five: The K-9 Posse". Retrieved 2012-10-14. |first= missing |last= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "K-9 Posse- This Beat Is Military (Video)". music video. Retrieved 2012-10-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  8. ""COMEDY CENTRAL FEBRUARY PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS" The Futon Critic December 21, 2009". Retrieved 2010-06-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Charlie Murphy at Pepper Belly's, Accessed January 21, 2011.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Charlie Murphy's Wife, Tisha Taylor Murphy, Dies". MTV News. Retrieved 4 November 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Huntington, Heather. "Exclusive interview with Charlie Murphy". Retrieved 4 November 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. S. Pajot (25 June 2010). "Charlie Murphy Discusses His Brother, Bitch-Slaps, and the Death of Chappelle's Show". Riptide 2.0. Retrieved 4 November 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. Charlie Murphy Dead at 57 After Leukemia Battle, TMZ, April 12, 2017, retrieved May 18, 2017<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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