Charlie Murphy, the older brother of Eddie Murphy and beloved comedian whose iconic bits on “Chappelle’s Show” sealed his own celebrity status, died Wednesday after a battle with leukemia.
He was perhaps best-known for his appearances on Dave Chappelle’s Comedy Central show.
In the recurring segment “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories,” Murphy would recount how his brother’s fame brought him into the orbit of the biggest stars.
His versions of the experiences, played out by him, Chappelle and others, became enduring hits.
He collaborated with writing his brother’s starring films “Norbert” and “Vampire in Brooklyn.”
He voiced a role in the animated TV series “The Boondocks” and also appeared in the comedy series “Black Jesus.
“The actor and comedian was on record as saying he was a hothead when he worked as a bodyguard for his famous brother.
He said he loved Eddie so much, and thought he was so funny, that he would pick fights with people who did not laugh at his brother’s jokes when he performed.
It was to the point that, if I went to a show and you were the hater in the audience that was like, ‘That shit wasn’t funny,’ POW!
I’m jamming you, man,” Murphy once said.
“Because the shit was funny.
There was 10,000 people laughing, and you that one joker that wanna try and squeeze a lemon.
I don’t even want you to be there.
And I took it as a personal crusade, and they were like, ‘You know what, you’re a little overzealous with your job.’
So, that is how I ended up not doing that anymore.”
Murphy’s feature films include “Our Family Wedding,” ”King’s Ransom” and “CB4.”
He is credited with appearances to run later this year on the Starz TV drama series “Power.”
The comedian’s Twitter account sent a final note Tuesday evening that read:
“One to Sleep On: Release the past to rest as deeply as possible.”