Edward Griffin (born July 15, 1968) is an American comedian and actor. Griffin was ranked at number 62 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time. He is best known for portraying Eddie Sherman on the sitcom Malcolm & Eddie, the title character in the 2002 comedy film Undercover Brother, and Tiberius Jefferson "T.J." Hicks in Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999) and Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005).
Griffin in January 2008
|Birth name||Edward Griffin|
|Born||July 15, 1968|
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up, film, television|
|Genres||Improvisational comedy, observational comedy, blue comedy, satire|
|Subject(s)||African-American culture, recreational drug use, human sexuality, race relations, politics, racism, religion, everyday life|
|Spouse||Ko Lee Griffin (2017-present)
(m. 1984; div. 1997)
(m. 2002; div. 2009)
(m. 2011; div. 2012)
Griffin was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and was raised by his single mother, Doris Thomas, a phone company operator. His family were Jehovah's Witnesses. In 1984, at 16 years old, he moved to Compton, California to live with his cousins. He later became a father and enlisted in the U.S. Navy but was discharged within months for using marijuana. After six months in jail on an assault conviction following a fight, he made ends meet dancing and painting houses. Then, at a comedy club open-mike night in 1989, Griffin hopped onstage on a bet and earned a standing ovation with family stories. He talked his way into gigs around town and in L.A. One popular bit was his gay version of tough-guy comic Andrew Dice Clay, who later hired Griffin to open for him. Griffin did not see his mother for four years, after Griffin and his mother got into an argument at his 20th birthday party, where Griffin's mother accused him of stealing jewelry from her, which Griffin denied doing. Griffin later moved back to Los Angeles, California in March 1992, to be closer with his family when his mother was injured in a car accident.
Griffin has starred in The Meteor Man (1993), The Walking Dead (1995) 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 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. He will be starring alongside Charlie Sheen, Jason Momoa, Emily Blunt, Robin Wright, Dolph Lundgren, Lindsey Stirling, Connie Nielsen and Selena Gomez in The Seeker: Wild Run.
In 2011 Comedy Central released You Can Tell 'Em I Said It on DVD. In December 2019, his comedy special, E-Niggma, was released on Showtime. Griffin discusses his 30 year career, real world issues, interracial relationships and his personal life including his ex-wives, 10 children and being 52 years old.
Griffin has been married four times. He married his first wife, Carla, in 1984; he was 16 years old. However he married his second wife, Rochelle, in 2002, but they have since divorced. On September 8, 2011, he married Nia Rivers. However, they filed for divorce after one month of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. They were officially divorced six months later. He married Ko Lee Griffin on July 27, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In March 2007, 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. He walked away unscratched, but the $1.5 million supercar was badly damaged. Griffin later criticized reporters who suggested the crash was a publicity stunt.
During the sexual assault allegations on Bill Cosby, Griffin suggested that Cosby was the victim of a conspiracy to destroy his image and that several other prominent African-American men had been victims of similar conspiracies.
|1991||The Last Boy Scout||Club DJ|
|1993||The Meteor Man||Michael Anderson|
|1994||House Party 3||Guest at Kid's Bachelor Party (uncredited)|
|1995||The Walking Dead||Pvt. Hoover Brache|
|1997||Eddie Griffin: Voodoo Child||Himself|
|1999||Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo||Tiberius Jefferson "T.J." Hicks|
|1999||The Mod Squad||Sonny|
|1999||Foolish||Miles "Foolish" Waise|
|2000||All Jokes Aside||Himself|
|2000||Picking Up the Pieces||Sediento|
|2001||Double Take||Freddy Tiffany|
|2002||John Q||Lester Matthews|
|2002||The New Guy||Luther|
|2002||Undercover Brother||Anton Jackson / Undercover Brother|
|2002||Pinocchio||The Cat (voice: English dub)|
|2003||Scary Movie 3||Orpheus|
|2004||My Baby's Daddy||Lonnie|
|2005||The Wendell Baker Story||McTeague|
|2005||Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo||Tiberius Jefferson "T.J." Hicks|
|2006||Date Movie||Frank Jones|
|2006||The Year Without a Santa Claus||Jingle|
|2006||Who Made the Potatoe Salad?||Malik|
|2006||Irish Jam||Jimmy Winston "Da Jam" McDevitt|
|2007||Norbit||Pope Sweet Jesus|
|2007||I'm Rick James||Himself|
|2007||Urban Justice||Armand Tucker|
|2008||Beethoven's Big Break||Stanley Mitchell|
|2008||Freedom of Speech||Himself|
|2010||Bunyan and Babe|
|2011||You Can Tell 'Em I Said It||Himself|
|2014||Going to America||Fumnanya|
|2017||All About the Money||Christopher Jefferson Johnson|
|2018||A Star Is Born||Pastor|
|2020||The Comeback Trail|
|Year not known||Saved by the Bell||The Glee Club|
|1996–2000||Malcolm & Eddie||Eddie Sherman|
|2004||Chappelle's Show||Grits N' Gravy|
|2009||Eddie Griffin Going For Broke||Himself|
|2012–2015||Black Dynamite||Richard Pryor|
|2014||The Boondocks||Himself (voice)||Episode: "Good Times"|
|2017||The Comedy Get Down||Himself|
|2020||Woke||40 Oz. Bottles (voice)|
|Best Actor||Last Supper||Los Angeles International Film Festival 2014 |
|Best Actor||Last Supper||San Francisco Global Movie Fest 2014 |
Music video appearancesEdit
|1993||Snoop Dogg featuring Daz Dillinger, Heney Loc & Jewell (singer)||"Gin & Juice"||Party Goer||Dr. Dre|
|1997||Mariah Carey||"Honey (Mariah Carey song)"||Kidnapper/D.U.N.C.E. organization Member||Paul Hunter|
|1997||Puff Daddy featuring Mase||"Can't Nobody Hold Me Down"||Car Passenger||Paul Hunter|
|1999||Magic (rapper), Master P & Mo B. Dick (musician)||"Foolish (Master P song)"||Miles "Foolish" Waise||-|
|2001||Lil' Bow Wow featuring Fundisha||"Take Ya Home"||Store Owner||Dave Meyers (director)|
|The Message in The Hat|
|Freedom Of Speech||
|You Can Tell 'Em I Said It||
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|Foolish (with various artists)||32||10||
- 1996 "Intro" (from The D.O.C. album Helter Skelter)
- 1998 "DP Gangsta" (from Snoop Dogg & C-Murder album Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told)
- 1999 "Bar One" (with Traci Nelson and Ms. Roq) (from Dr. Dre album 2001)
- 1999 "Ed-ucation" (from Dr. Dre album 2001)
- 2002 "Bitch Ass Niggaz" (from Xzibit album Man vs. Machine)
- 2003 "I Thought U Knew" (with Crooked I, Eastwood & The Dramatics album Dysfunktional Family) (Various artists)
- 2003 "Dys-Funk-Tional" (from Spider Loc & Eddie Griffin album Dysfunktional Family) (Various artists)
- 2008 "Take A Ride Skit" & "Feed The Lions Skit" (from T-Pain album Thr33 Ringz)
- Comedy Central Presents: 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time on IMDb
- "Eddie Griffin finds his material in his funky, troubled family". Archived from the original on March 27, 2018. Retrieved October 11, 2009.
- Griffin, Eddie. "Eddie Griffin on Jehovah Witnesses and the Benefits of Polygamy. Standup Comedy From The Vault". The Vault. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
- "New Material Drives Comedian Eddie Griffin's New Special, Stand-up Tour". Retrieved March 30, 2011.
- Miller, Samantha (April 21, 2003). "Verve Griffin". People. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
- "Eddie Griffin - The Walk-In VEGAS Wedding!!!!". TMZ.com. August 28, 2011. Retrieved January 29, 2012.
- "Eddie Griffin FINALLY DIVORCED After 6 Months of Marriage". TMZ. March 24, 2012. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
- "Eddie Griffin on Instagram". Instagram. May 10, 2020. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
- "Eddie Griffin Wrecks $1.5 Million Ferrari". CBS News. March 27, 2007.
- Norman, Pete; Pfeiffer, Kimberly (March 30, 2007). "Eddie Griffin: Car Wreck, Injuries No Hoax". People.com. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
- Howard, Adam (December 31, 2015), Eddie Griffin defends Cosby, alleges 'systematic effort to destroy' black male stars, MSNBC, retrieved December 31, 2015
- Winners 2014, laufilmfest.com, retrieved December 1, 2014
- Awards 2014, sfmoviefest.com, archived from the original on August 26, 2014, retrieved August 16, 2014
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