On this date in 2017, famed comedian and older brother of legendary comic Eddie Murphy, Charlie Murphy, lost his battle with leukemia at age 57. Three years after his untimely passing, his energy is still felt while his legacy is being remembered.
Murphy’s influence stretches far and wide. His career, which has lasted for four decades and seen international success, has allowed him to work with top actors and blockbuster movies instead of just in his brother’s shadow.
Murphy’s talents certainly did not stop at cultivating punch lines. After his initial rise to stardom from Chapelle’s Show, Charlie Murphy has consistently shown to be a gifted writer, actor and overall entertainer. Other show-stopping, unforgettable roles include Are We There Yet?, Lottery Ticket, Roll Bounce, CB 4 and Harlem Nights. He is also known for voicing episodes of The Boondocks.
Partly due to the “True Hollywood Stories” on The Chappelle Show, the legacy of Charlie Murphy will live on forever.