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Charlie Murphy
Charlie Murphy
Murphy in December 2009
Birth name Charles Quinton Murphy Jr
Born (1959-07-12)July 12, 1959
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.[1]
Died April 12, 2017(2017-04-12) (aged 57)
New York City, New York, U.S.[2]
Years active 1980-2017
Spouse Tisha Taylor Murphy
(m. 1997; wid. 2009)
Children 3
Relative(s) Eddie Murphy (brother)
Vernon Lynch Jr. (half-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. He was the older brother of comedian Eddie Murphy and was the older half-brother of Vernon Lynch Jr.

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. As an adolescent, Charlie spent 10 months in jail.[4]

In 1978, on the day Murphy was released from jail,[5] he enlisted in the United States Navy and served for six years as a Boiler Technician.[6] 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.[7]


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".[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, 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.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12]

On March 20, 2009, his own sketch comedy series Charlie Murphy's Crash Comedy began on Crackle.[13] A stand-up special, Charlie Murphy: I Will Not Apologize premiered on Comedy Central in late February 2010.[14] 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.[15]

Personal life

Murphy was a resident of Tewksbury Township, New Jersey.[16] 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.[17][18]


Murphy died from leukemia on April 12, 2017, at the age of 57.[19][20]



Year Title Role Notes
1989 Harlem Nights Jimmy The Muffin Man[21]
1990 Mo' Better Blues Eggy[22]
1991 Jungle Fever Livin' Large[22]
1993 CB4 Gusto[23]
1995 Vampire in Brooklyn Writer[24]
1996 Pompatus of Love, TheThe Pompatus of Love Saxophone Man[22]
1998 Players Club, TheThe Players Club Brooklyn[22]
1999 Unconditional Love Detective
2002 Paper Soldiers Johnson[22] Also writer
2003 Death of a Dynasty Dick James/Dukey Man/Sock Head[22]
2005 Lovesick Damian
2005 King's Ransom Herb Clarke[22]
2005 Roll Bounce Victor[22]
2006 Night at the Museum Taxi Driver[22] Cameo
2007 Three Days to Vegas Andre[22]
2007 Mattie Fresno and the Holoflux Universe Griss[25]
2007 Norbit Lloyd the Dog[22][26] Voice cameo / also writer
2007 Unearthed Hank[22]
2007 Twisted Fortune Angel Robbins
2007 Universal Remote Various
2007 Perfect Holiday, TheThe Perfect Holiday J-Jizzy[22]
2008 Bar Starz Clay the Doorman/Arnie[22]
2008 The Hustle Junior Walker
2009 Frankenhood Franklin[22]
2010 Our Family Wedding T.J.[27]
2010 Lottery Ticket Semaj[28]
2012 Moving Day Cedric[29]
2016 Meet the Blacks Key Flo[30] Last role


Year Title Role Notes
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 14 episodes, also writer
2004 One on One Senator Larry Eldrige
2005 Denis Leary's Merry F#%$in' Christmas Himself TV Special
2005-2010 Boondocks, TheThe Boondocks Ed Wuncler III (voice)[31] 10 episodes
2006 Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness Big Kid (voice) TV movie
2006 Thugaboo: A Miracle on D-Roc's Street Big Kid (voice) TV movie
2006 Wild 'n Out Himself
2007 Beef IV Himself/Narrator (voice) Video documentary
2007 We Got to Do Better Host Unknown episodes
2007 Pauly Shore's Natural Born Komics Himself Direct-to-video
2009 Nite Tales: The Series Samson
2010 Freaknik: The Musical Al Sharpton,[32] Perminator (voice) TV movie
2010 Charlie Murphy: I Will Not Apologize Himself Video documentary
2010 Lopez Tonight Himself
2010-2012 Are We There Yet? Frank Kingston 5 episodes
2010 1000 Ways to Die Himself
2011 The Cookout 2 Coach Ashmokeem TV film
2012-2014 Black Dynamite A Cat Named Rollo (voice) 2 episodes
2013 Hawaii Five-0 Don McKinney
2014-2015 Black Jesus Vic[22] Main cast
21 episodes
2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Bellybomb[33] Episode: "Journey to the Center of Mikey's Mind"
2017 Power Marshal Clyde Williams 5 episodes
2017 The Comedy Get Down Himself Posthumous release
5 episodes

Video games


  1. ^ a b c "Charlie Murphy's Wife, Tisha Taylor Murphy, Dies". MTV News. Retrieved 2014. 
  2. ^ Melas, Chloe (April 13, 2017). "Comedian Charlie Murphy dies at 57". CNN. Retrieved 2017. 
  3. ^ "The other funny Murphy, Eddie's brother Charlie". The Daily Telegraph. March 11, 2012. Retrieved 2013. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Kugel, Allison (December 15, 2007). "Charlie Murphy Shares His True Hollywood Stories and Passion for Comedy with". Retrieved 2013. I got out on a Monday and I signed up for the Navy the same day. 
  6. ^ ""Prince" Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories Chapelle's Show". Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved 2011. 
  7. ^ Ellen, Tom (August 9, 2012). "Charlie Murphy Is Angry at the Pussification of the World". Vice. Retrieved 2016. 
  8. ^ "So Corny It's Good Part Five: The K-9 Posse". Retrieved 2012. 
  9. ^ "K-9 Posse- This Beat Is Military (Video)". YouTube. Retrieved 2012. 
  10. ^ "Remembering Charlie Murphy's Epic Story About Prince On Chappelle's Show". Retrieved 2017. 
  11. ^ "Come on - kidnap me. I'm worth every penny". Retrieved 2017. 
  12. ^ Andrew Williams (July 17, 2012). "Charlie Murphy: I wasn't happy being one of Eddie's troops - I'm a general". Retrieved 2017. 
  13. ^ "Charlie Murphy taking comedy to". The Hollywood Reporter. March 3, 2009. Archived from the original on March 9, 2009. Retrieved 2009. 
  14. ^ ""COMEDY CENTRAL FEBRUARY PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS" The Futon Critic December 21, 2009". Retrieved 2010. 
  15. ^ "Charlie Murphy on the Black Jesus Controversy and 10 Years of Hearing About Rick James". August 22, 2014. Retrieved 2017. 
  16. ^ Charlie Murphy at Pepper Belly's Archived July 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., Accessed January 21, 2011.
  17. ^ Huntington, Heather. "Exclusive interview with Charlie Murphy". Archived from the original on 7 July 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  18. ^ S. Pajot (June 25, 2010). "Charlie Murphy Discusses His Brother, Bitch-Slaps, and the Death of Chappelle's Show". Miami New Times. Retrieved 2017. 
  19. ^ "Eddie Murphy's brother Charlie Murphy dead at 57: TMZ". 12 April 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  20. ^ "Comedian Charlie Murphy Dead at 57 After Leukemia Battle". TMZ. 2017-04-12. Retrieved . 
  21. ^ Cook, Brian (April 12, 2017). "Comedian Charlie Murphy Dies at 57". Sheridan Broadcasting Networks. 
  22. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Charlie Murphy". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2017. 
  23. ^ Ebert, Roger (June 6, 1993). "CB4 Movie Review & Film Summary (1993)". Roger Ebert. 
  24. ^ Ebert, Roger (October 27, 1995). "Vampire In Brooklyn Review (1995)". Roger Ebert. 
  25. ^ "Mattie Fresno and the Holoflux Universe". River Front Times. Retrieved 2017. 
  26. ^ Gettell, Oliver (April 12, 2017). "Eddie Murphy and family mourn Charlie Murphy: 'Our hearts are heavy'". Entertainment Weekly. 
  27. ^ "Our Family Wedding (2010)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2017. 
  28. ^ Barker, Andrew (August 12, 2010). "Review: 'Lottery Ticket'". Variety. 
  29. ^ Punter, Jennie (July 20, 2012). "Moving Day: Not as moving as it wants to be". The Globe and Mail. 
  30. ^ Lemire, Christy (April 1, 2016). "Meet the Blacks Movie Review & Film Summary (2016)". Roger Ebert. 
  31. ^ a b c Hornshaw, Phil (April 12, 2017). "RIP Charlie Murphy: 6 Things You Probably Didn't Know He Was In (Photos)". The Wrap. 
  32. ^ Isler, Ramsay (March 8, 2010). "'Freaknik: The Musical' Review". IGN. 
  33. ^ Nicholson, Max (January 17, 2016). "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: "Journey to the Center of Mikey's Mind" Review". IGN. 

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