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Remembering Charlie Murphy: A Life In Film

The comedian passed away in 2017 and today is his birthday.

Charlie Murphy passed away on April 12, 2017, at 59 years 0ld, leaving behind a rich legacy in the comedy world. The brother of Eddie Murphy, his unique style of humor and infectiousness made him a beloved comedian. Although he may no longer be with us, his work continues to entertain and bring laughter.

Though many remember Charlie Murphy for his role on Chapelle's Show as Rick James's comedic punching bag, his career in Hollywood extended beyond the small screen. Let's take a look at his life in film.

  • Harlem Nights (1989)

    In this 1989 cult classic, Murphy played the part of Jimmy, one of Sugar Ray's henchman. The film was written and directed by Eddie Murphy.

  • CB4 (1993)

    Murphy made his mark as Gusto, the local gangster who has his name stolen by aspiring emcee Albert Brown (Chris Rock) in what is widely considered his first major role.

  • The Players Club (1998)

    Charlie Murphy played a loan shark's henchman in this comedy-drama written and directed by Ice Cube

  • King's Ransom (2005)

    With a minor role as Victor in this nostalgic roller-skate comedy, Murphy still managed to stand out with his signature sense of humor.

  • The Perfect Holiday (2007)

    Charlie Murphy tapped into his musical side to portray J-Jizzy, successful rapper and father to Nancy's (Gabrielle Union) children.

  • Norbit (2007)

    Though uncredited, Murphy utilized his voice acting skills to become Lloyd the Dog in his brother's multi-character comedy.

  • Frankenhood (2009)

    Murphy took a turn as a mad scientist named Franklin, who manages a morgue in this raunchy comedy that parodies Frankenstein's Monster.

  • Meet the Blacks (2016)

    His last movie role was the hit comedy "Meet the Blacks," which starred Mike Epps. Murphy played the hilarious Key Flo.

    Happy heavenly birthday, Charlie Murphy! 

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