It's never easy to live in the shadow of your little brother -- especially if you choose the same profession as his and he happens to be one of the most lauded stand-up comedians in history, not to mention a superstar film actor. But Charlie Murphy -- who died at age 57 on Wednesday (April 12) following a battle with leukemia -- found a way to blaze his own path in comedy, one that was distinctly different from that of his brother, legendary comedian Eddie Murphy.
Where Eddie is a reclusive, quiet figure who generally avoids the spotlight unless he's promoting a picture, Charlie was voluble, approachable and not nearly as shy as his superstar sibling. Though the parties and wild scenes at Eddie's legendary 30-room "Bubble Hill" estate in Englewood, New Jersey, were a thing of legend, the Beverly Hills Cop star rarely spoke of them.
That's where Charlie came in -- and, frankly, where he was able to create some daylight between himself and Ed. Tapping into his front-row seat to his brother's rocket ride to fame for a ticket to his own, after years of working the stand-up circuit and appearing in a handful of feature films, Charlie broke out in season 2 of Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show in 2004 thanks to his instantly classic "Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories."