Eddie Griffin

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Eddie Griffin
EddieGriffin 2008.jpg
Griffin in January 2008.
Birth nameEdward Rubin[citation needed] Griffin
Born(1968-07-15) July 15, 1968 (age 46)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
MediumStand-up, film, television
Years active1991–present
GenresBlack comedy, observational comedy, satire, improvisational comedy, blue comedy
Subject(s)Recreational drug use, human sexuality, race relations, politics, racism, religion
InfluencedLoni Love[1]
SpouseCarla Griffin
(1983–1994; divorced)
Rochelle Griffin
(2002–unknown; divorced)
Nia Rivers
(2011–2012; divorced)
Children9
WebsiteOfficial website
 
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Eddie Griffin
EddieGriffin 2008.jpg
Griffin in January 2008.
Birth nameEdward Rubin[citation needed] Griffin
Born(1968-07-15) July 15, 1968 (age 46)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
MediumStand-up, film, television
Years active1991–present
GenresBlack comedy, observational comedy, satire, improvisational comedy, blue comedy
Subject(s)Recreational drug use, human sexuality, race relations, politics, racism, religion
InfluencedLoni Love[1]
SpouseCarla Griffin
(1983–1994; divorced)
Rochelle Griffin
(2002–unknown; divorced)
Nia Rivers
(2011–2012; divorced)
Children9
WebsiteOfficial website

Edward Rubin "Eddie" Griffin (born July 15, 1968) is an American actor and comedian. He is best known for portraying Eddie Sherman on the sitcom Malcolm & Eddie and the title character in the 2002 comedy film Undercover Brother.

Early life[edit]

Griffin was born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised by his single mother, Doris Thomas, a phone company operator.[2] After attending high school in Kansas City, he enrolled as a biological engineering major at Kansas State University, but left after three months.[3]

Career[edit]

Griffin has starred in films such as The Meteor Man (1993), Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999), Double Take (2001), Undercover Brother (2002), John Q (2002), Scary Movie 3 (2003), Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005) and Norbit (2007). In 2007, he starred in Urban Justice, a thriller set in New Mexico. He also starred in the UPN television series Malcolm & Eddie (1996–2000).

Griffin was ranked at number 62 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.[4] In 2011 Comedy Central released You Can Tell 'Em I Said It on DVD. It was 82 minutes of unedited and uncensored content.

Griffin performed on two tracks from Dr. Dre's 1999 album, 2001, and the intro track from The D.O.C.'s 1996 album Helter Skelter. He also has appeared on commercials for Miller Beer's Man Laws. He is well known for his comedic routine of imitating Michael Jackson on crack cocaine. He also made an appearance on Chappelle's Show in the skit "World Series of Dice" as Grits n' Gravy.

Since 2012, Griffin has been performing in Las Vegas, "THE EDDIE GRIFFIN EXPERIENCE". His live show is uncensored and isn't for the faint at heart, so come with tough skin and be prepared to laugh hard.

Personal life[edit]

Griffin has been married three times. He married his first wife, Carla, in 1983; he was 16 years old. They were together for 13 years before divorcing. He married his second wife, Rochelle, in 2002, but they have since divorced. On September 8, 2011, he married Nia Rivers.[5] However, they filed for divorce after one month of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. They were officially divorced six months later.[6] He has nine children.[7]

In March 2007,[8] Griffin participated in a charity race at Irwindale Speedway to promote the film Redline, using a Ferrari Enzo owned by Daniel Sadek. During a practice run, Griffin accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brake and lost control of the Enzo, crashing hard into a concrete barrier.[8] He walked away unscathed, but the $1.5 million supercar was badly damaged.[8] Griffin later lashed out at reporters who claimed the crash was a publicity stunt.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRole
1991The Last Boy ScoutClub DJ
1992Brain Donors
1993The Meteor ManMichael Anderson
1994House Party 3
1994Jason's LyricRat
1995The Walking DeadPvt. Hoover Brache
1997Eddie Griffin: Voodoo ChildHimself
1998ArmageddonBike Messenger
1999Deuce Bigalow: Male GigoloTiberius Jefferson "T.J." Hicks
1999The Mod Squad
1999FoolishMiles "Foolish" Waise
2000All Jokes AsideHimself
2000Picking Up the Pieces
2001Double TakeFreddy Tiffany
2002John QLester Matthews
2002The New GuyLuther
2002Undercover BrotherAnton Jackson / Undercover Brother
2002Pinocchio
2003Dysfunktional FamilyHimself
2003Scary Movie 3Orpheus
2004BlastLamont Dixon
2004My Baby's DaddyLonnie
2005The Wendell Baker StoryMcTeague
2005Deuce Bigalow: European GigoloTiberius Jefferson "T.J." Hicks
2006Date MovieFrank Jones
2006The Year Without a Santa Claus
2006Irish JamJimmy Winston "Da Jam" McDevitt
2007NorbitPope Sweet Jesus
2007RedlineInfamous
2007I'm Rick JamesHimself
2007Urban JusticeArmand Tucker
2008Beethoven's Big BreakStanley
2008Freedom of SpeechHimself
2009Young World
2010Hollywont
2010Bunyan and Babe
2011You Can Tell 'Em I Said ItHimself
2014Last SupperFumnanya

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1996–2000Malcolm & EddieEddie
2001Chappelle's ShowGrits N' Gravy
2009Eddie Griffin Going For BrokeHimself
2012–presentBlack DynamiteRichard Pryor
2014The BoondocksVoice

Awards[edit]

AwardFilmEvent
Best ActorLast SupperLos Angeles International Film Festival 2014 [9]
Best ActorLast SupperSan Francisco Global Movie Fest 2014 [10]

Discography[edit]

Live albums[edit]

TitleAlbum details
The Message
Message in the Hat

Soundtrack albums[edit]

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsCertifications
USUS R&B
Foolish (with various artists)
  • Released: March 23, 1999
  • Label: No Limit/Priority
  • Format: CD, digital download, LP
3210

Album appearances[edit]

Music video appearances[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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