Eddie Griffin

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Eddie Griffin
EddieGriffin 2008.jpg
Griffin in January 2008.
Birth name Edward Rubin[citation needed] Griffin
Born (1968-07-15) July 15, 1968 (age 46)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, film, television
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
Influenced Loni Love[1]
Spouse Carla Griffin
(1983–1994; divorced)
Rochelle Griffin
(2002–unknown; divorced)
Nia Rivers
(2011–2012; divorced)
Children 9
Website Official website

Edward Rubin "Eddie" Griffin (born July 15, 1968) is an American actor and comedian. He is best known for portraying Eddie Sherman on the sitcom Malcolm & Eddie and 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.[2] After attending high school in Kansas City, he enrolled as a biological engineering major at Kansas State University, but left after three months.[3]

Career[edit]

Griffin has starred in films such as 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). In 2007, he starred in Urban Justice, a thriller set in New Mexico. He also starred in the UPN television series Malcolm & Eddie (1996–2000).

Griffin was ranked at number 62 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.[4] In 2011 Comedy Central released You Can Tell 'Em I Said It on DVD. It was 82 minutes of unedited and uncensored content.

Griffin 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. He 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 Grits n' Gravy.

Personal life[edit]

Griffin has been married three times. He married his first wife, Carla, in 1983; he was 16 years old. They were together for 13 years before divorcing. He married his second wife, Rochelle, in 2002, but they have since divorced. On September 8, 2011, he married Nia Rivers.[5] However, they filed for divorce after one month of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. They were officially divorced six months later.[6] He has nine children.[7]

In March 2007,[8] 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.[8] He walked away unscathed, but the $1.5 million supercar was badly damaged.[8] Griffin later lashed out at reporters who claimed the crash was a publicity stunt.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

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

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996–2000 Malcolm & Eddie Eddie
2001 Chappelle's Show Grits N' Gravy
2009 Eddie Griffin Going For Broke Himself
2012–present Black Dynamite Richard Pryor
2014 The Boondocks Voice

Awards[edit]

Award Film Event
Best Actor Last Supper Los Angeles International Film Festival 2014 [9]
Best Actor Last Supper San Francisco Global Movie Fest 2014 [10]

Discography[edit]

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details
The Message
Message in the Hat

Soundtrack albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US US R&B
Foolish (with various artists)
  • Released: March 23, 1999
  • Label: No Limit/Priority
  • Format: CD, digital download, LP
32 10

Album appearances[edit]

Music video appearances[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "417 at 4:17: An Interview with Comedian Loni Love - 417 Blog - March 2010 - Southwest Missouri". 417mag.com. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  2. ^ "Eddie Griffin finds his material in his funky, troubled family". 
  3. ^ "New Material Drives Comedian Eddie Griffin's New Special, Stand-up Tour". Retrieved March 30, 2011. 
  4. ^ Comedy Central Presents: 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ "Eddie Griffin - The Walk-In VEGAS Wedding!!!!". TMZ.com. 2011-08-28. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  6. ^ "Eddie Griffin FINALLY DIVORCED After 6 Months of Marriage". TMZ. 2012-03-24. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ "EDDIE GRIFFIN" Celebrity Wonder. Last accessed 25 Feb 2011.
  8. ^ a b c "Eddie Griffin Wrecks .5 Million Ferrari". CBS News. March 27, 2007. 
  9. ^ Winners 2014, laufilmfest.com, retrieved 2014-12-01 
  10. ^ Awards 2014, sfmoviefest.com, retrieved 2014-08-16 

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