7 Things You Need To Know About The Late Charlie Murphy
Charlie Murphy (elder brother to Eddie Murphy), one of the funniest man of all time who never failed to crack me up with his jokes and acting is dead.
He died of leukemia on Wednesday in New York. He was 57.
As we celebrate the life he lived on earth, here are 6 things you need to know about him.
1. Early life
Charlie Murphy, older brother to fellow actor and comedy icon Eddie Murphy, was born on July 12, 1959 in New York. His mother, Lillian, was a telephone operator, and his father, Charles Edward Murphy, was a transit police officer and an amateur actor and comedian.
2. He Was a Navy Vet
Charlie Murphy enlisted in the United States Navy when he was a teenager and served for six years as a Boiler Technician.
He was discharged in 1983.
3. Acting Career
Following the steps of his father, Charlie Murphy started his acting career in the late 1980s and early 1990s. However, he first appeared on screen in the 1993 motion picture film named CB4 where he portrayed the role of the antagonist, Gusto.
Although he went ahead to featured in various outstanding films and series after CB4 -like The Boondocks, Black Jesus and Are We There Yet etc,- his breakout role was on the Comedy Central sketch series Chappelle’s Show (2003-06), where he performed alongside Dave Chappelle and fellow comedian Donnell Rawlings.
4. He Published An Autobiography
When he’s not acting or doing a stand-up, Murphy kept himself busy by writing his autobiography ‘The Making Of A Stand-Up Comedian’. You can download it Here.
5. He was also a scriptwriter
In addition to his roles as actor and comedian, he was also an accomplished scriptwriter, having written movies like vampire in brooklyn and paper soldiers. He also co-wrote some of his younger brother’s movies like Norbert etc.
6. He Originally Pursued A Career In Hip-Hop
Before his comedy career took off, Murphy briefly considered a career in hip-hop music. He worked behind-the-scenes with the rap group K-9 Posse, which was comprised of his half-brother Vernon Lynch, Jr. and Wardell Mahone. He even served as the executive producer of their self-titled debut album in 1988. He was also credited as a songwriter on the tracks “Somebody’s Brother” and “Say Who Say What,” and appeared in the duo’s music video for “This Beat Is Military.”
7. Both He and his wife died from Cancer
Charlie Murphy married Tisha Taylor Murphy in 1997 and they stayed married until her death from cervical cancer in December 2009.
Murphy also died from leukemia on April 12, 2017 at a hospital in New york.
He is survived by 3 children and a brother.
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