Murphy in December 2009
|Born||Charles Quinton Murphy
July 12, 1959
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, voice artist, writer, comedian|
|Spouse(s)||Tisha Taylor Murphy
(m. 1997; wid. 2009)
|Relatives||Eddie Murphy (brother)|
Charles Quinton "Charlie" Murphy (born July 12, 1959) is an American actor, comedian, voice artist, and writer. He is the older brother of Eddie Murphy. He is most notable as being a writer and cast member of the Comedy Central sketch-comedy series Chappelle's Show.
Early life and education
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, he spent 10 months in jail.
In 1978, on the day Murphy 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.
Although he had minor roles in several films in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Murphy's first major role in a motion picture was in the 1993 film CB4, where he portrayed the antagonist, Gusto. 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 also worked behind the scenes with the hip hop group K-9 Posse, a hip hop duo composed of his half-brother Vernon Lynch, Jr. and Wardell Mahone. On their 1988 self-titled debut, Murphy was credited 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 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. 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. Recently, 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, Murphy began starring in his own sketch comedy series Charlie Murphy's Crash Comedy on Crackle. A stand-up special, Charlie Murphy: I Will Not Apologize premiered on Comedy Central in late February 2010. Murphy also makes special appearances in 1000 Ways to Die and the TBS sitcom Are We There Yet? as Frank Kingston.
In 2014-15, Murphy has played Vic on the Adult Swim live action show Black Jesus.
Murphy has been a resident of Tewksbury Township, New Jersey. He was married to Tisha Taylor Murphy from 1997 until her death from cancer in 2009. The couple had two children together, and Murphy has another child from a previous relationship.  Charlie Murphy is a karate practitioner.
|1989||Harlem Nights||The Muffin Man|
|1990||Mo' Better Blues||Eggy|
|1991||Jungle Fever||Livin' Large|
|1996||Pompatus of Love, TheThe Pompatus of Love||Saxophone Man|
|1998||Players Club, TheThe Players Club||Brooklyn|
|2002||Paper Soldiers||Detective Johnson|
|2003||Death of a Dynasty||Dick James/Dukey Man/Sock Head|
|2005||King's Ransom||Herb Clarke|
|2006||Night at the Museum||Taxi Driver|
|2007||Three Days to Vegas||Andre|
|2007||Mattie Fresno and the Holoflux Universe||Griss|
|2007||Norbit||Lloyd||voice / also writer|
|2007||Twisted Fortune||Angel Robbins|
|2007||Perfect Holiday, TheThe Perfect Holiday||J-Jizzy|
|2008||Bar Starz||Clay the Doorman/Arnie|
|2008||The Hustle||Junior Walker|
|2010||Our Family Wedding||T.J.|
|2010||Freaknik: The Musical||Al Sharpton|
|2010||Lottery Ticket||Semaj (James spelled backwards)|
|2011||The Cookout 2||Coach Ashmokeem||TV movie|
|2016||Meet the Blacks||Key Flo|
Television and video
|1984||Saturday Night Live|
|1990||Kid Who Loved Christmas, TheThe 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||8 episodes, also writer|
|2004||One on One||Senator Larry Eldrige||TV series|
|2005||Denis Leary's Merry F#%$in' Christmas||Himself|
|2005–2010||Boondocks, TheThe Boondocks||Ed Wuncler III||voice, 10 episodes|
|2006||Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness||Big Kid||voice|
|2006||Thugaboo: A Miracle on D-Roc's Street||Big Kid||voice|
|2006||Wild 'n Out||Himself|
|2007||We Got to Do Better||Host||TV series|
|2007||Pauly Shore's Natural Born Komics||Direct-to-video|
|2009||Nite Tales: The Series||TV series|
|2010||Charlie Murphy: I Will Not Apologize||Himself|
|2010–2011||Are We There Yet?||Frank||TV series, 5 episodes|
|2010||1000 Ways to Die||Himself||TV series|
|2013||Hawaii Five-0||Don McKinney||TV series|
|2014–Present||Black Jesus||Vic||TV series|
|2016||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Bellybomb||voice|
|2004||Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas||Jizzy B.|
|2005||Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure||White Mike|
|1995||Vampire in Brooklyn||Story and screenplay|
|2007||Norbit||Story and screenplay|
- "The other funny Murphy, Eddie's brother Charlie". The Daily Telegraph. March 11, 2012. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
- Murphy, Charlie (December 1, 2009). The Making of a Stand-Up Guy. Contributions by Chris Millis. Simon & Schuster. pp. 81–83. ISBN 9781439123140.
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.
- Kugel, Allison (December 15, 2007). "Charlie Murphy Shares His True Hollywood Stories and Passion for Comedy with PR.com". Retrieved January 18, 2013.
I got out on a Monday and I signed up for the Navy the same day.
- Ellen, Tom (August 9, 2012). "Charlie Murphy Is Angry at the Pussification of the World". Vice. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
- "So Corny It's Good Part Five: The K-9 Posse". Bloggerhouse.net. Retrieved 2012-10-14.
- "K-9 Posse- This Beat Is Military (Video)". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-10-14.
- "Charlie Murphy taking comedy to Crackle.com". The Hollywood Reporter. 2009-03-03. Archived from the original on March 9, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-04.
- ""COMEDY CENTRAL FEBRUARY PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS" The Futon Critic December 21, 2009". Thefutoncritic.com. Retrieved 2010-06-23.
- Charlie Murphy at Pepper Belly's, SFstandup.com. Accessed January 21, 2011.
- "Charlie Murphy's Wife, Tisha Taylor Murphy, Dies". MTV News. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
- Huntington, Heather. "Exclusive interview with Charlie Murphy". Retrieved 4 November 2014.
- S. Pajot (25 June 2010). "Charlie Murphy Discusses His Brother, Bitch-Slaps, and the Death of Chappelle's Show". Riptide 2.0. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
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