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Born: July 15, 1968 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Kansas City, Missouri, USA Profession: comedian, actor, director, producer, screenwriter, songwriter, choreographer, dancer

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Bright and energetic comedian Eddie Griffin, at one time named "the king of hip-hop stand-ups," won over a large audience with his straight-talking comedy routines, but reached even more people as an actor, excelling especially in comedic roles, but proving more than capable of dramatic fare as well. As star of "Malcolm & Eddie," one of UPN's most successful and long-running sitcoms, Griffin was able to try his hand at other facets of the entertainment industry, serving as writer, producer and director of select episodes, as well as co-writing the theme song with co-star and former "Cosby" kid Malcolm-Jamal Warner. The series also occasionally showcased Griffin's choreography, harkening back to his pre-comedy dance career.

Bright and energetic comedian Eddie Griffin, at one time named "the king of hip-hop stand-ups," won over a large audience with his straight-talking comedy routines, but reached even more people as an actor, excelling especially in comedic roles, but proving more than capable of dramatic fare as well. As star of "Malcolm & Eddie," one of UPN's most successful and long-running sitcoms, Griffin was able to try his hand at other facets of the entertainment industry, serving as writer, producer and director of select episodes, as well as co-writing the theme song with co-star and former "Cosby" kid Malcolm-Jamal Warner. The series also occasionally showcased Griffin's choreography, harkening back to his pre-comedy dance career.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 American Hero (2015)
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 Highway (2012)
5.
 Norbit (2007)
6.
 Redline (2007)
7.
 Urban Justice (2007)
8.
 Irish Jam (2006)
9.
 Date Movie (2006)
10.
 Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005) T.J. Hicks
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Raised in Kansas City, Missouri
1983:
Opened a dance studio in Kansas City at age 15 (date approximate)
1984:
Was married at age 16 (date approximate)
1986:
After his divorce, joined the Navy at age 17 (date approximate)
1987:
Discharged from the Navy
1988:
Served a six-month jail sentence for assault at age 19 (date approximate)
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To win a bet, performed an impromptu routine at a comedy club in Kansas City, MO
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Relocated to Los Angeles, where he quickly became a favorite performer at the Comedy Store
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Landed the opening spot on Andrew Dice Clay's national tour after the comedian saw Griffin's memorable onstage impersonation of him
1991:
Toured with Robert Townsend and the vocal group The Dells in a series of nationwide promotional appearances for the film "The Five Heartbeats"
1991:
Appeared in Clay's concert film "Dice Rules"
1991:
Landed a small role in the Bruce Willis action vehicle "The Last Boy Scout"
1993:
Appeared in the comedy feature adaptation "Coneheads"
1993:
Co-starred in Townsend's urban superhero comedy "The Meteor Man"
1993:
Guest starred on the premiere episode of Townsend's short-lived comedy series "Townsend Television" (Fox)
1993:
Played hustler Al Fontaine on an episode of "Roc" (Fox)
1994:
Performed in his own CableACE Award nominated HBO special "HBO Comedy Half-Hour: Eddie Griffin"
1994:
Landed a featured role in the inner-city set drama "Jason's Lyric," starring Allen Payne
1995:
Reteamed with Payne as African-American Marines looking back at their lives while under attack in the Vietnam war drama "The Walking Dead"
1996:
Co-starred with Malcolm Jamal Warner in the UPN sitcom "Malcolm & Eddie"; also wrote and produced select episodes
1997:
Starred in "Eddie Griffin: Voodoo Child," an hour-long HBO comedy special
1998:
Appeared in the summer action blockbuster "Armageddon," starring Bruce Willis
1998:
Founded Blue Light Records
1999:
Co-starred as an aspiring stand-up comedian with a gangster brother (hip hop mogul Master P), each trying to make it in their chosen professions in "Foolish"
1999:
Appeared in the comedy "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo," starring Rob Schneider as a man who takes over a male escort's business
2000:
Cast in a supporting role in the black comedy "Picking up the Pieces," starring Woody Allen and Sharon Stone
2001:
Teamed with Orlando Jones in "Double Take"
2002:
Provided laughter in drama feature "John Q"
2002:
Starred in the hit comedy feature "Undercover Brother"
2003:
Wrote and starred in the documentary "DysFunKtional Family"
2004:
Along with Anthony Anderson, co-starred in the feature "My Baby's Daddy"
2005:
Reprised role of pimp T.J. Hicks in "Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo"
2006:
Starred in "Date Movie," a cinematic spoof of romantic comedy features
2007:
Co-starred with Eddie Murphy in the comedy "Norbit"
2007:
Co-starred with brothers Luke and Owen Wilson in "The Wendell Baker Story," a film co-directed by Luke and Andrew Wilson
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Education

Lincoln High School: Kansas City , Missouri -

Notes

Griffin on advice give to him by his idol, legendary comedian Richard Pryor: "He told me about the temptation of money and he said a lot of people will try to water down my comedy, but I'm not worried about being tempted. Money isn't that important to me. I've panhandled before and I can panhandle again." --quoted in Orange County Register, August 25, 1996.

"Being poor gets you thinking quicker. If we were well off, I probably wouldn't have made the moves that quick; I would have had access to everything and used nothing. You got access to nothing, you want to use everything." --quoted in Daily News, Monday April 12, 1999.

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companion:
Rochelle Lyn. Mother of one of his children.

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