To most people, Charlie Murphy was simply the elder brother of legendary comic/actor – Eddie Murphy. However, he was so much more than that. The late Murphy was an accomplished comic, actor and screenwriter in his own right. Even though he never reached the heights of his brother, he still recorded several achievements and made a name for himself in Hollywood. Find out more about him here, including his bio, life, death and much more.
Charlie Murphy – Bio (Age)
Charles Quinton Murphy was born on the 12th day of July 1959 in Brooklyn, New York City. His father’s name was Charles Edward while his mother’s name was Lillian. He also had a younger brother named Eddie. Murphy’s parents divorced when he was five and he, alongside his brother, subsequently grew up with their mom. Lillian later encountered health challenges and the boys had to spend some time in foster care. During this period, Murphy suffered domestic violence at the hands of his foster mom but did not allow that to define him.
As a teenager, Charlie Murphy encountered several troubles with the law and eventually ended up in jail. He was set free in 1978 and upon his release, he promptly joined the US Navy. The future Hollywood star spent six years in the service of the Navy and was honourably discharged in 1983. At the time of his discharge, his younger brother Eddie was already a fast-rising Hollywood star and Murphy promptly joined his entourage as a security guard. This brought him in close contact with Hollywood and he naturally pursued a career in that direction.
Charlie Murphy commenced his Hollywood career in the late 80s with a minor part in Harlem Nights (1989), a movie produced and directed by his brother. After that humble debut, he went on to star in several movies and TV series including Black Jesus, Power, Are We There Yet?, The Boondocks, One on One, 1000 Ways to Die, Black Dynamite, Hawaii Five-O, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Death of a Dynasty, Night at the Museum, The Perfect Holiday, Lottery Ticket, Moving Day, Mo’ Better Blues, Meet The Blacks, Our Family Wedding, King’s Ransom , The Players Club, CB4, and Jungle Fever.
Charlie Murphy was also an accomplished comic and was in fact most famous for his work on the comedy TV series, Chappelle’s Show. The show ran from 2003 to 2006 and he had a segment titled Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Story. The segment involved him recounting his experience with the celebrities that he encountered in Hollywood. His hilarious versions of encounters with legendary singers, James Brown and Prince, would go on to become enduring hits.
Wife And Kids
Charlie Murphy was married once during his lifetime. He tied the knot with a lady named Tisha Taylor Murphy in 1997. The couple’s union produced two children; namely Xavier and Eva. Murphy and his wife remained together until she, unfortunately, died of cancer in 2009. The actor/comic also had another child from a previous relationship. This, therefore, means that he’s survived by a total of three children.
Charlie Murphy had a net worth of $2.5 million at the time of his death. His wealth largely stemmed from his career earnings over the years. Apart from acting and comedy, Murphy was also an accomplished screenwriter. He co-wrote the scripts for movies such as Vampire in Brooklyn (1995), Paper Soldiers (2002) and Norbit (2007). Norbit is a 2007 comedy about a timid young man who is coerced into marrying an overweight lady who saved him from bullies. Norbit endures his wife’s infidelity, as well as his brothers-in-law’s mistreatment for several years. He later breaks free from their shackles and reunites with his childhood love. The movie was headlined by Eddie Murphy and Thandie Newton. It was a commercial success and grossed $159 million on a budget of $60 million.
Prior to his demise, Charlie Murphy was 6 feet 1 inch tall (1.85m) and his weight was given as 90kg or 198lb. His hair colour was black while his eye colour was dark brown. The actor was in good physical shape for someone of his age. Unfortunately, this fact had little or no impact on the disease that took his life.
Charlie Murphy passed away on the 12th of April 2017, as a result of leukemia. It seems that the actor/comic already had a premonition of his death and had made peace with it as he posted an emotional message on his Twitter account a day before his demise. The post simply said, “one to sleep on: release the past to rest as deeply as possible”. Upon Murphy’s demise, his younger brother and the rest of the family released a statement saying that he filled their lives with laughter and that they would forever miss him. His death also led to an outpouring of tributes from several personalities including Chris Rock, Spike Lee, Magic Johnson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Gabrielle Union who described him as a kind, sweet and funnyman.