Charles Quinton Murphy (July 12, 1959 – April 12, 2017) was an American actor, comedian and writer. Murphy was best known as a writer and cast member of the Comedy Central sketch-comedy series Chappelle’s Show. He was the older brother of Eddie Murphy.
Murphy was born on July 12, 1959, in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. His mother, Lillian, was a telephone operator, and his father, Charles Edward Murphy, was a transit police officer and an amateur actor and comedian. As an adolescent, Charlie spent 10 months in jail.
In 1978, on the day Murphy was released from jail, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served for six years as a Boiler Technician. In 1983, shortly before being discharged from the Navy, Murphy witnessed a mushroom cloud over Beirut. He later learned that it was the aftermath of the Beirut barracks bombing in which 307 people were killed.