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      Charlie Murphy

      Charlie Murphy

      Highest Rated: 66% 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.

      Highest rated movies

      Roll Bounce
      CB4 Night at the Museum
      Lottery Ticket
      The Perfect Holiday
      Meet the Blacks
      The Pompatus of Love
      Our Family Wedding

      Photos

      Who Gets the Last Laugh?, Charlie Murphy, 'Charlie Murphy vs. Owen Benjamin vs. Chris Kattan', Season 1, Ep. #4, 05/07/2013, ©TBS Who Gets the Last Laugh?, from left: Charlie Murphy, Donald Faison, Owen Benjamin, Chris Kattan, 'Charlie Murphy vs. Owen Benjamin vs. Chris Kattan', Season 1, Ep. #4, 05/07/2013, ©TBS THE PERFECT HOLIDAY, Charles Murphy, Khail Bryant, Gabrielle Union, Malik Hammond, 2007. ©Yari Film Group Releasing THE PERFECT HOLIDAY, Katt Williams, Charles Murphy, 2007. ©Yari Film Group Releasing OUR FAMILY WEDDING, from left: Charles Q. Murphy, Forest Whitaker, 2010. TM & copyright ©Fox Searchlight Pictures. All rights reserved FRANKENHOOD, from left: Charles Q. Murphy, Bob Sapp, Jasper Redd, 2009. ©Lionsgate NORTHMEN - A VIKING SAGA, Charlie Murphy, 2014. ph: Joe Alblas/©Anchor Bay THE PERFECT HOLIDAY, Charles Murphy, 2007. ©Yari Film Group Releasing THE PERFECT HOLIDAY, Malik Hammond, Gabrielle Union, Khail Bryant, Katt Williams, Charles Murphy, 2007. ©Yari Film Group Releasing FRANKENHOOD, from left: Jasper Redd, Charles Q. Murphy, DeRay Davis, 2009. ©Lionsgate LOTTERY TICKET, l-r: Bow Wow, Brandon T. Jackson, Charlie Murphy, 2010, ph: David Lee/©Warner Bros. Pictures Who Gets the Last Laugh?, Charlie Murphy, 'Charlie Murphy vs. Owen Benjamin vs. Chris Kattan', Season 1, Ep. #4, 05/07/2013, ©TBS UNEARTHED, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Tonantzin Carmelo, Charles Q. Murphy, 2007. ©After Dark Films CB4, Charles Murphy, Chris Rock, 1993, (c)Universal PIctures CB4, Charles Murphy, 1993, (c)Universal Pictures LOTTERY TICKET, Charlie Murphy, 2010, ph: David Lee/©Warner Bros. Pictures THE COOKOUT 2, Charlie Murphy (center), 2011. THE COOKOUT 2, from left: Charlie Murphy, Quran Pender, 2011. NORTHMEN - A VIKING SAGA, from left: Darrell D'Silva, Leo Gregory, Charlie Murphy, Tom Hopper, Ryan Kwanten, 2014. ph: Joe Alblas/©Anchor Bay

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      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 38% 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 89% The Hustle Junior Walker (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet 35% Universal Remote Various (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 9% Unearthed Hank (Character) - 2007
      19% 52% The Perfect Holiday J-Jizzy (Character) $5.8M 2007
      9% 53% Norbit Writer $95.3M 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mattie Fresno and the Holoflux Universe Griss (Character) - 2007
      43% 67% Night at the Museum Taxi Driver (Character) $113.7M 2006
      66% 70% Roll Bounce Victor (Character) $17.4M 2005
      2% 32% King's Ransom Herb Clarke (Character) $4.0M 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lovesick Damian (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 87% Paper Soldiers Writer - 2002
      11% 31% Vampire in Brooklyn Screenwriter $18.7M 1995
      17% 23% The Pompatus of Love Saxophone Man (Character) $37.6K 1995
      52% 61% CB4 Gusto (Character) $17.6M 1993

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Comedy Get Down Unknown (Character) 2017
      81% 81% Power Marshal Clyde Williams (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet 70% Black Jesus Unknown (Character) 2014-2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Who Gets the Last Laugh? Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      No Score Yet 70% Hawaii Five-0 Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 106 & Park Guest 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lopez Tonight Guest 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One on One Unknown (Guest Star) 2004