Eddie Griffin

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Eddie Griffin
EddieGriffin 2008.jpg
Griffin on January 2, 2008
Birth name Edward Griffin
Born (1968-07-15) July 15, 1968 (age 46)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, film, television
Nationality American
Years active 1991–present
Genres Black comedy, Observational comedy, Satire, Improvisational comedy, Blue comedy
Subject(s) Recreational drug use, human sexuality, race relations, politics, racism, religion[1]
Influenced Loni Love[2]
Spouse Carla Griffin (1983 - 1994; divorced)
Rochelle Griffin (2002 - ?)
Nia Rivers (2011-present)
Notable works and roles Malcolm & Eddie
Undercover Brother
Scary Movie 3
Date Movie
Urban Justice
Eddie Griffin Going For Broke

Edward "Eddie" Rubin Griffin (born July 15, 1968) is an American actor and comedian. He is best known for his role as Eddie Sherman on the sitcom Malcolm & Eddie, along with co-star Malcolm-Jamal Warner, and his role as the title character in the 2002 comedy film Undercover Brother.

Early life[edit]

Griffin was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and raised by his single mother, Doris Thomas, a phone company operator.[3] After attending high school in Kansas City, he enrolled as a biological engineering major at Kansas State University, but left after three months.[4]


Acting career[edit]

Griffin starred in many films, including The Meteor Man (1993), Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999), Double Take (2001), Undercover Brother (2002), John Q (2002), Scary Movie 3 (2003), Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005) and Norbit (2007). Later in 2007, Eddie starred alongside Steven Seagal in Urban Justice a thriller set in New Mexico. He also starred in the UPN television series Malcolm & Eddie (1996–2000).

Stand-up career[edit]

He was ranked at number 62 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.[5] In 2011 Comedy Central released You Can Tell 'Em I Said It on DVD. It was 82 minutes of unedited and uncensored content.

Other work[edit]

In addition to his acting credits, he also performed on two tracks from Dr. Dre's 1999 album, 2001, and the intro track from The D.O.C.'s 1996 album Helter Skelter. He also has appeared on commercials for Miller Beer's Man Laws. Griffin is well known for his comedic routine of imitating Michael Jackson on crack cocaine. He also made an appearance on Chappelle's Show in the skit "World Series of Dice" as the character "Grits n' Gravy".

Personal life[edit]

Griffin has been married three times. He married his first wife Carla in 1983 when he was 16 years old, They were together for 13 years. Griffin married his second wife, Rochelle, in 2002, but has since divorced. Griffin has nine children and the oldest is 28 years old, Edward James Griffin, III.[6] On September 8, 2011, Griffin married Nia Rivers.[7]However a month later the couple filed for divorce, citing "irreconcilable differences." They were officially divorced six months later.[8]

Car accident[edit]

In March 2007,[9] Griffin participated in a charity race at Irwindale Speedway to promote the film Redline, using a Ferrari Enzo owned by Daniel Sadek. During a practice run, Griffin accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brake and lost control of the Enzo, crashing hard into a concrete barrier.[9] He walked away unscathed, but the $1.5 million supercar was badly damaged.[9] Griffin later lashed out at reporters who claimed the crash was a publicity stunt.[citation needed]


Year Film Role
2014 Last Supper Fumnanya
2011 You Can Tell 'Em I Said It Himself
2010 Hollywont N/A
Bunyan and Babe TBA
2009 Young World N/A
2008 Beethoven's Big Break Stanley
Freedom of Speech Himself
2007 Norbit Pope Sweet Jesus
Redline Infamous
I'm Rick James Himself
Urban Justice Armand Tucker
2006 Date Movie Frank Jones
Irish Jam Jimmy Winston "Da Jam" McDevitt
2005 The Wendell Baker Story McTeague
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo T.J. Hicks
2004 Blast Lamont Dixon
My Baby's Daddy Lonnie
2003 Dysfunktional Family Himself
Scary Movie 3 Orpheus
2002 John Q Lester Matthews
The New Guy Luther
Undercover Brother Anton Jackson/Undercover Brother
Pinocchio N/A
2001 Double Take Freddy Tiffany
2000 All Jokes Aside Himself
Picking Up the Pieces N/A
1999 Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo Tiberius Jefferson "T.J." Hicks
The Mod Squad N/A
Foolish Miles "Foolish" Waise
1998 Armageddon Bike Messenger
1997 Eddie Griffin: Voodoo Child Himself
1995 The Walking Dead Pvt. Hoover Brache
1994 House Party 3 N/A
Jason's Lyric Rat
1993 The Meteor Man Michael Anderson
1992 Brain Donors N/A
1991 The Last Boy Scout Club DJ
TV Shows/Program
Year Show Role
1996-2000 Malcolm & Eddie Eddie
2001 Chappelle's Show Grits N' Gravy
2006 The Year Without a Santa Claus
2009 Eddie Griffin Going For Broke Himself
2012–present Black Dynamite Richard Pryor
2014 The Boondocks The Black Guy who took over the bathroom


List of Live albums
Title Album details
The Message
Message In The Hat
List of soundtrack album's
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Foolish (with Various artists)
  • Released: March 23, 1999
  • Label: No Limit/Priority
  • Format: CD, digital download, LP
32 10

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