Charlie Murphy was a well-known name in show business, both as an actor and a comedian. As a matter of fact, the actor was popular both on TV and on film. He was also especially popular for his work on Dave Chapelle’s comedy sketch show Chappelle's Show.
In the comedy series, he had a recurring role in which he gave an account of his experiences as his brother Eddie Murphy’s entourage.
Charlie Murphy was worth $2.5 million as of April 2017, the time of his death. He amassed this net worth primarily from a career as an actor.
He also earned from his work as a screenwriter; in fact, Paramount paid him $150,000 for the screenplay titled "The Peddler,” but the film has not yet been made.
Murphy started his career on the big screen with the film Harlem Nights in 1989, playing a minor role. Then in 1990, he worked on Mo' Better Blues as Eggy. His first role in a major film was as Livin' Large on the film Jungle Fever (1991).
His first major role was in 1993’s CB4, where he played the villain Gusto. After this, he had some minor roles in films like The Players Club, The Pompatus of Love, Paper Soldiers, etc. before finally working on Death of a Dynasty.
In 2006, he did a cameo role on Night at the Museum acting alongside Ben Stiller, Dick van Dyke, etc. The film grossed over $574.5 million.
Some of his other well-known films are Our Family Wedding, Norbit, Meet the Blacks, etc.
His TV career started in 1990 with the TV movie The Kid Who Loved Christmas, after a short hiatus of 5 years, he worked in an episode of Martin.
The same year, he was also cast in Murder was the Case: The Movie. He was cast on Chappelle's Show in 2003 as a writer and an actor. Then in 2005, he voiced Ed Wuncler III on The Boondocks.
Other of his popular TV shows include Black Dynamite and Black Jesus, among others.
Similarly, his brother Eddie Murphy is one of the biggest comedy icons in the world, who is worth $160 Million as of March 2020.
Charlie Murphy was born Charles Quinton Murphy on July 12, 1959, in Brooklyn, New York, U.S to Charles Edward Murphy and Lillian Murphy, he died aged 57. He was raised in his hometown and had a rough childhood, even going to jail for ten months while a teenager.
He joined the Navy when he was released from jail and served for six years. He had two brothers named Vernon Lynch and Eddie Murphy.
The star was married to Tisha Taylor, they tied the knot in 1997 and were married until Tisha passed away due to cervical cancer in December 2009. Murphy had three children, two from his marriage with Taylor and one from a previous relationship.
Charlie Murphy died on April 12, 2017, after a long battle with leukemia. He passed away at the age of 57, 8 years after his wife died.
His death caused a lot of tragedy all over the world, and stars like Chris Rock took to social media to express their grief.