Charlie Murphy

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Charlie Murphy
Murphy in December 2009
Birth nameCharles Quinton Murphy
Born(1959-07-12)July 12, 1959
New York City, New York, U.S. [1]
DiedApril 12, 2017(2017-04-12) (aged 57)
New York City, New York, U.S. [2]
Years active1980–2017
Tisha Taylor Murphy
(m. 1997;died 2009)
Relative(s) Eddie Murphy (brother)

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


Early life

Murphy was born on July 12, 1959, in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. [3] His mother, Lillian, was a telephone operator, and his father, Charles Edward Murphy, was a transit police officer and an amateur actor and comedian who died in 1969. [4]

As an adolescent, Murphy spent 10 months in jail. [5] In 1978, on the day he was released from jail, [6] he enlisted in the United States Navy and served for six years as a boiler technician. [7]


Murphy had minor roles in several films in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and worked behind the scenes with the hip hop group K-9 Posse, a 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." [8] He also made an appearance in the video for the duo's first single "This Beat Is Military." [9] Murphy's first major role in a motion picture was in the 1993 film CB4 , in which he portrayed the antagonist Gusto.

Murphy gained national attention 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. [10] [11] 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. [12] Murphy also did 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 . [13]

On March 20, 2009, his own sketch comedy series Charlie Murphy's Crash Comedy began on Crackle. [14] A stand-up special, Charlie Murphy: I Will Not Apologize premiered on Comedy Central in late February 2010. [15] 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 . [16]

Personal life and death

Murphy was a resident of Tewksbury Township, New Jersey. [17] He was married to Tisha Taylor Murphy from 1997 until her death from cervical cancer in December 2009. [1] The couple had two children together, and Murphy had another child from a previous relationship. [1] He was a karate practitioner. [18] [19]

Murphy died from leukemia on April 12, 2017, at the age of 57. [20] [21]



1989 Harlem Nights Jimmy The Muffin Man [22]
1990 Mo' Better Blues Eggy [23]
1991 Jungle Fever Livin' Large [23]
1993 CB4 Gusto [24]
1995 Vampire in Brooklyn Writer [25]
1996 The Pompatus of Love Saxophone Man [23]
1998 The Players Club Brooklyn [23]
1999Unconditional LoveDetective
2002 Paper Soldiers Johnson [23] Also writer
2003 Death of a Dynasty Dick James/Dukey Man/Sock Head [23]
2005 King's Ransom Herb Clarke [23]
2005 Roll Bounce Victor [23]
2006 Night at the Museum Taxi Driver [23] Cameo
2007 Three Days to Vegas Andre [23]
2007 Mattie Fresno and the Holoflux Universe Griss [26]
2007 Norbit Lloyd the Dog [23] [27] Voice cameo / also writer
Nominated — Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screenplay
2007 Unearthed Hank [23]
2007 Twisted Fortune Angel Robbins
2007Universal RemoteVarious
2007 The Perfect Holiday J-Jizzy [23]
2008Bar StarzClay the Doorman/Arnie [23]
2008The HustleJunior Walker
2009 Frankenhood Franklin [23]
2010 Our Family Wedding T.J. [28]
2010 Lottery Ticket Semaj [29]
2012 Moving Day Cedric [30]
2016 Meet the Blacks Key Flo [31] Last role


1990 The Kid Who Loved Christmas TV movie
1995 Martin Big Bro1 episode
1995 Murder was the Case: The Movie JC Direct-to-video
2003–2006 Chappelle's Show Various14 episodes, also writer
2004 One on One Senator Larry Eldrige
2005 Denis Leary's Merry F#%$in' Christmas HimselfTV Special
2005–2010 The Boondocks Ed Wuncler III (voice) [32] 10 episodes
2006 Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness Big Kid (voice)TV movie
2006Thugaboo: A Miracle on D-Roc's StreetBig Kid (voice)TV movie
2006 Wild 'n Out Himself
2007 Beef IV Himself/Narrator (voice)Video documentary
2007 We Got to Do Better HostUnknown episodes
2007 Pauly Shore's Natural Born KomicsHimself Direct-to-video
2009 Nite Tales: The Series Samson
2010 Freaknik: The Musical Al Sharpton, [33] Perminator (voice)TV movie
2010Charlie Murphy: I Will Not ApologizeHimselfVideo documentary
2010 Lopez Tonight Himself
2010–2012 Are We There Yet? Frank Kingston5 episodes
2010 1000 Ways to Die Himself
2011 The Cookout 2 Coach AshmokeemTV film
2012–2014 Black Dynamite A Cat Named Rollo (voice)2 episodes
2013 Hawaii Five-0 Don McKinney
2014–2015 Black Jesus Vic [23] Main cast
21 episodes
2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Bellybomb [34] Episode: "Journey to the Center of Mikey's Mind"
2017 Power Marshal Clyde Williams5 episodes
2017 The Comedy Get Down HimselfPosthumous release
5 episodes

Video games

2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Jizzy B. [32]
2006 Marc Eckō's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure White Mike [32]

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