Charlie Murphy

Charlie Murphy

Highest Rated: 65% Roll Bounce (2005)

Lowest Rated: 2% King's Ransom (2005)

Birthday: Jul 12, 1959

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Charlie Murphy may have followed in the footsteps of his younger brother Eddie Murphy by going into a career in standup comedy, but he charted his own path, and gained unexpected fame thanks to some classic bits on "Chappelle's Show" (Comedy Central, 2003-06). Born on July 12, 1959, in Brooklyn, NY, Murphy had a rough and tumble upbringing. Murphy served ten months in prison as a teenager for a number of gang-related offenses, then joined the U.S. Navy soon after his release. While working as a boiler technician overseas, Murphy personally witnessed the Beirut barracks bombing of 1983, which claimed the lives of 307 people. When Murphy got back to the states, his younger brother, Eddie Murphy was on his way to becoming a bona fide superstar. Eddie cast Charlie in small roles in a number of his films, including "Harlem Nights" (1989), "Vampire in Brooklyn" (1995), and "Norbit" (2007), and also made him a permanent part of his entourage, which would come into play for Charlie in a big way later on. Murphy caught a big break when he became a cast member on "Chappelle's Show," appearing in sketches that utilized his imposing physique and menacing demeanor to great comedic effect. However, Murphy truly became a household name thanks to the infamous "Rick James" sketch, in which Murphy told a number of hilarious, too strange for fiction tales of hanging out with the troubled "Super Freak" singer at the height of his popularity in the 80s. The sketch ignited a cultural zeitgeist, and Murphy suddenly found his own name turned into a catchphrase. A similar sketch about a game of pickup basketball with Prince was also a hit, and showed that Murphy was an innately gifted storyteller. After "Chappelle's Show" ended in 2006, Murphy was still highly in demand, performing standup all over the world and appearing in a number of films, including "King's Ransom" (2005), "Roll Bounce" (2005), and "Night at the Museum" (2006). Murphy went through a tragic setback in 2009, when his wife of over ten years, Tisha Taylor Murphy, died of cervical cancer. Murphy pressed on, releasing a standup special through entitled "Charlie Murphy: I Will Not Apologize" (Comedy Central 2010) the very next year. On April 12, 2017, Charlie Murphy died at the age of 57, due to complications from leukemia.

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Filmography

Movies

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17% 72% Meet the Blacks Key Flo (Character) $9.1M 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Saturday Is a Terrible Thing to Waste Sensei (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 30% Moving Day Cedrick (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cookout 2 Coach Ashmokeem (Character) - 2011
34% 44% Lottery Ticket David Semaj (Character) $24.7M 2010
15% 48% Our Family Wedding Brad's Friend (Character) $20.2M 2010
No Score Yet 31% Frankenhood Franklin (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 80% The Hustle Junior Walker (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mattie Fresno and the Holoflux Universe Griss (Character) - 2007
9% 53% Norbit Writer $95.3M 2007
No Score Yet 9% Unearthed Hank (Character) - 2007
19% 52% The Perfect Holiday J-Jizzy (Character) $5.8M 2007
No Score Yet 36% Universal Remote Various (Character) - 2007
42% 67% Night at the Museum Taxi Driver (Character) $113.7M 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lovesick Damian (Character) - 2005
65% 70% Roll Bounce Victor (Character) $17.4M 2005
2% 32% King's Ransom Herb Clarke (Character) $4M 2005
No Score Yet 87% Paper Soldiers Writer - 2002
10% 31% Vampire in Brooklyn Screenwriter $18.7M 1995
17% 23% The Pompatus of Love Saxophone Man (Character) $37.6K 1995
57% 62% CB4 Gusto (Character) $17.6M 1993

TV

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No Score Yet No Score Yet The Comedy Get Down Unknown (Character) 2017
81% 82% Power Marshal Clyde Williams (Guest Star) 2017
No Score Yet 71% Black Jesus Unknown (Character) 2014-2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Arsenio Hall Show Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Who Gets the Last Laugh? Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
No Score Yet 71% Hawaii Five-0 Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lopez Tonight Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet One on One Unknown (Guest Star) 2004

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