Comedian Charlie Murphy Dies

Comedian Charlie Murphy died April 12 in New York City as a result of leukemia at the age of 57. Murphy is the older brother of comedic actor Eddie Murphy.


Murphy performed comedy sketches on “The Chappelle Show” using previous encounters with rock legends Rick James and Prince; along with other celebrity encounters while in Hollywood.

Appearing in over 50 productions, Charlie Murphy made his screen debut in 1988 as Ratman in an episode of “Sonny Spoon”. His other roles include “Harlem Nights”, “Mo Better Blues”, “The Players Club”, “Paper Soldiers”, “King’s Ransom”, a taxi driver in “Night at the Museum”, the voice of Floyd the Dog in “Norbit”, “The Hustle”, “Lottery Ticket”, as Ed Wuncler III in 10 episodes of The Boondocks”, five episodes of “Are We There Yet?”, “Hawaii Five-O”, the voice of the cat Rollo in “Black Dynamite”, Vic in 21 episodes of “Black Jesus”, Bellybomb on an episode of “The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, “The Comedy Get Down”, and “Power”.

Murphy served as an assistant to the producers for “Beverly Hills Cop II”.

Murphy also appeared as himself in dozens of programs including “Saturday Night Live”, a variety of talk shows, “Wild “N Out”, a number of documentaries, “Played by Fame”, “Love that Girl!”, “Love & Hip Hop”, and the “Comedy Get Down”.

Besides his comedic sketches, Murphy had a hand in writing “Norbert” and “Vampire in Brooklyn” which starred brother Eddie. His other writing credits include “The Incredible Shrinking Man”, “Paper Soldiers”, and “Tales of the Dogg”. He also penned the autobiography “The Making of a Stand Up Guy”.

Throughout his career Murphy has worked with brother Eddie, Dave Chappelle, Denvel Washington, Halle Berry, Danny Aiello, Terrance Howard, Gabrielle Union, Queen Latifah, Vanessa Williams, Rip Torn, Peter Falk, Redd Fox, Angela Bassett, Wesley Snipes Jamie Foxx, Samuel L Jackson, Sammy Davis, Jr, DL Hugley, Eddie Griffin, George Lopez, and Cedric the Entertainer.

He was born Charles Quinton Murphy on July 12, 1959 in New York City.

Predeceased by his wife Tisha – who died from cervical cancer – Murphy is survived by his brother Eddie and three children.

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By Timothy M. Moore, CC BY 3.0,

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