Actor and comedian Charles Q. Murphy, the older brother of famous actor/comedian Eddie Murphy, is widely recognized for his role on the Comedy Central's sketch comedy series, “Chappelle's Show” (2003-2006). He voiced Ed Wuncler III (2005-2007) in Adult Swim's animated comedy series "The Boondocks" and has guest-starred in the sitcoms "Martin" and "One on One."
On the big screen, he could be seen in the films "Harlem Nights" (1989), "Mo' Better Blues" (1990), "Jungle Fever" (1991), "CB4" (1993), "The Pompatus of Love" (1996), "The Players Club" (1998), "King's Ransom" (2005), "Night at the Museum" (2006), "Norbit" (2007; voice), "Twisted Fortune" (2007), "The Hustle" (2008), and "Frankenhood" (2009).
This 6' 1" funny man has been married since 1997 and is a proud father of three.
Childhood and Family:
On July 12, 1959, Charles Quinton Murphy, nicknamed “Charlie,” was born in New York City, New York, to Lillian, a former telephone operator, and Charles Edward Murphy, a former transit police officer and amateur comedian. After his father left the family and stabbed to death, Charlie and his younger brother Eddie Murphy (actor/comedian; born on April 3, 1961), was raised by their mother and stepfather, Vernon Lynch. He is half brother of Vernon Lynch Jr. and nephew of Uncle Ray Murphy. His cousin is producer Ray Murphy Jr. and his ex-sister-in-law is Nicole Mitchell Murphy, who was married to Eddie from 1993 to 2006.
Charlie was in the U.S. Navy until 1984. He has been married to Tisha Taylor Murphy since August 12, 1997 and they have 3 children together. Charlie now lives in Tewksbury Township, NJ.
Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories
The older brother of famed actor/comedian Eddie Murphy, Charles Q. Murphy made his film debut in a 1989 comedy-drama crime film starring, written, and directed by his younger brother, "Harlem Nights." Despite being critically panned, the film that also featuring Richard Pryor was nominated for an Academy Award. Also in that year, as "K-9 Posse," he released a self-titled album on Arista/BMG Records.
In the early 1990s, Murphy appeared in two Spike Lee films, "Mo' Better Blues" (1990), a musical drama starring Lee, Denzel Washington, and Wesley Snipes, and "Jungle Fever" (1991), a romantic drama starring Lee, Snipes, and Annabella Sciorra. He was also cast in Tamra Davis' rockumentary "CB4" (1993; starring Chris Rock, Allen Payne, and Deezer D), the independent crime/comedy "Murder Was the Case: The Movie" (1995; co-starring with Snoop Dogg), and Richard Schenkman's independent drama/comedy "The Pompatus of Love" (1996; featuring Jon Cryer, Adrian Pasdar, and Tim Guinee).
The late of the 1990s saw Murphy in "The Players Club" (1998), a drama/comedy written and directed by Ice Cube, and "Unconditional Love" (1999), an independent action helmed by Steven Rush and is based on Jimmy Dale Taylor and Donald G. Bross' book. Meanwhile, on television, he was spotted as a guest in an episode of Martin Lawrence's sitcom on Fox, "Martin."
After co-starring with Beanie Sigel, Kevin Hart, Michael Rapaport, and Memphis Bleek in the urban crime comedy movie "Paper Soldiers" (2002), Murphy landed his most prominent work to date, as a recurring performer on Comedy Central's sketch show, “Chappelle's Show” (2003-2006). He particularly appeared in the “Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories” sketches, where he recounts his misadventures in the 1980s as part of his brother Eddie's entourage, including encounters with various celebrities such as Rick James and Prince.
During his “Chappelle's Show” stint, Murphy appeared in TV commercials for the albums "Sweat" and "Suit" by Nelly. He also continued to act in films, in Damon Dash's musical comedy "Death of a Dynasty" (2003), Sam B. Lorn's romantic drama "Lovesick" (2005), the Byrd Brothers' crime comedy "King's Ransom" (2005; starring Anthony Anderson), Malcolm D. Lee's musical drama/comedy "Roll Bounce" (2005; starring Bow Wow, Chi McBride, and Meagan Good), which earned him a Black Reel Award nomination for Best Ensemble, and Shawn Levy's adventure comedy "Night at the Museum" (2006; starring Ben Stiller).
Murphy also provided his voice on the video games "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" (2004) and "Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure" (2005). Additionally, he guest-starred in an episode of UPN sitcom "One on One" and voiced the character of Ed Wuncler III (2005-2007) in Adult Swim's animated comedy series "The Boondocks."
In 2006, Murphy's voice could be heard in the TV movie "Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness" (aka. "The Wayans Family Presents: Thugaboo - Sneaker Madness") and he also appeared in "Thugaboo: A Miracle on D-Roc's Street." That same year, he lent his voice in TV commercials for Boost Mobile. He also appears in N.O.R.E.'s "I'm A G" music video from his unreleased album "1 Fan a Day" and in the music video for "Go All Out" by Buckshot & 9th Wonder.
Murphy continued to add to his resume with roles in the 2007 films "Three Days to Vegas," a romantic comedy by Charlie Picerni starring Peter Falk and Rip Torn, "Natural Born Komics," a direct-to-video released comedy helmed by Pauly Shore, "Mattie Fresno and the Holoflux Universe," a drama/comedy by Phil Gallo featuring Angela Pierce, Orson Bean, and Carol Alt, and "Norbit," a romantic comedy starring his brother Eddie that earned him a Razzie Award nomination.
Also in that year, he was cast in Matthew Leutwyler's horror/thriller "Unearthed" (with Emmanuelle Vaugier and Luke Goss), Victor Varnado's comedy "Twisted Fortune" (starring Carol Alt), Gary Hardwick's comedy "Universal Remote" (starring Howard Alonzo and Devin McGinn), and Lance Rivera's family comedy "The Perfect Holiday" (starring Morris Chestnut and Gabrielle Union).
Recently, in 2008, Murphy co-starred with Derek Waters, Charlie Finn, Jana Kramer, and Jon Gries in Michael Pietrzak's comedy movie, "Bar Starz," and co-starred as Al Shearer's cynical, naysaying best friend Junior, in Deon Taylor's comedy "The Hustle."
Most recently, in 2009, Murphy teamed up with DeRay Davis and Jasper Redd in Blaxwell Smart's comedy "Frankenhood" (2009). He reportedly will begin starring in his own sketch comedy series, “Charlie Murphy's Crash Comedy,” on Crackle on March 20, 2009.