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Eddie Griffin (born July 15, 1968) is an American actor and comedian. He is best known for his sitcom, Malcolm & Eddie, along with co-star, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, and his role in the 2002 comedy film, Undercover Brother as the film’s title character. He also made headlines in 2007 for crashing an Enzo Ferrari.

Life and career

Griffin was born in Kansas City, Missourimarker and raised by his single mother, Doris. He starred in many films, including 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). Eddie was set to star alongside Steven Seagal in Once Upon a Time in the Hood a thriller set in New Mexicomarker. He also starred in the UPN television series Malcolm & Eddie (1996–2000). In addition to his acting credits, he also performed on two tracks from Dr. Dre's 1999 album, 2001. He also has appeared on commercials for Miller Beer's Man Laws. Griffin 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 the character "Grits n' Gravy".

He is generally considered a talented stand-up comic, displaying a flamboyant, cinematic style. He was ranked at number 62 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.

In March 2007, Eddie Griffin participated in a charity race at Irwindale Speedwaymarker to promote the film Redline, using a Ferrari Enzo owned by Daniel Sadek. During a practice run, Griffin lost control of the Enzo and crashed into a concrete barrier. He walked away unharmed, but the $1.5 million supercar was badly damaged. Griffin went on to lash at reporters who claimed the crash was a publicity stunt.


Television work


The Message
  • Released: March 9, 1999
  • Label: Warner Bros/Wea
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Message in the Hat
  • Released: July 27, 1993
  • Label: Sony
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Album appearances

See also


  1. Eddie Griffin finds his material in his funky, troubled family
  2. Comedy Central Presents: 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time

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