Murphy in December 2009
|Birth name||Charles Quinton Murphy Jr|
July 12, 1959|
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
April 12, 2017 (aged 57)|
New York City, New York, U.S.
Tisha Taylor Murphy
(m. 1997; wid. 2009)
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 is 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 the older half-brother of Vernon Lynch Jr.
Murphy was born on July 12, 1959, in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. 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, Murphy spent 10 months in jail. In 1978, on the day he was released from jail, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served for six years as a Boiler Technician. 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.
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 cred as the album's executive producer as well as songwriter on the songs "Somebody's Brother" and "Say Who Say What". He also made an appearance in the video for the duo's first single "This Beat Is Military". 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. 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. 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.
On March 20, 2009, his own sketch comedy series Charlie Murphy's Crash Comedy began on Crackle. A stand-up special, Charlie Murphy: I Will Not Apologize premiered on Comedy Central in late February 2010. 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.
Murphy was a resident of Tewksbury Township, New Jersey. He was married to Tisha Taylor Murphy from 1997 until her death from cervical cancer in December 2009. The couple had two children together, and Murphy had another child from a previous relationship. He was a karate practitioner.
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|1989||Harlem Nights||Jimmy The Muffin Man|
|1990||Mo' Better Blues||Eggy|
|1991||Jungle Fever||Livin' Large|
|1995||Vampire in Brooklyn||Writer|
|1996||The Pompatus of Love||Saxophone Man|
|1998||The Players Club||Brooklyn|
|2002||Paper Soldiers||Johnson||Also writer|
|2003||Death of a Dynasty||Dick James/Dukey Man/Sock Head|
|2005||King's Ransom||Herb Clarke|
|2006||Night at the Museum||Taxi Driver||Cameo|
|2007||Three Days to Vegas||Andre|
|2007||Mattie Fresno and the Holoflux Universe||Griss|
|2007||Norbit||Lloyd the Dog||Voice cameo / also writer|
|2007||Twisted Fortune||Angel Robbins|
|2007||The Perfect Holiday||J-Jizzy|
|2008||Bar Starz||Clay the Doorman/Arnie|
|2008||The Hustle||Junior Walker|
|2010||Our Family Wedding||T.J.|
|2016||Meet the Blacks||Key Flo||Last role|
|1990||The 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||The Boondocks||Ed Wuncler III (voice)||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, Perminator (voice)||TV movie|
|2010||Charlie Murphy: I Will Not Apologize||Himself||Video documentary|
|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||Main cast|
|2016||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Bellybomb||Episode: "Journey to the Center of Mikey's Mind"|
|2017||Power||Marshal Clyde Williams||5 episodes|
|2017||The Comedy Get Down||Himself||Posthumous release|
|2004||Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas||Jizzy B.|
|2006||Marc Eckō's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure||White Mike|
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.
I got out on a Monday and I signed up for the Navy the same day.