In memoriam of the life of comedian Charlie Murphy who passed away today, TV One will present two special airings of “Unsung Hollywood: Charlie Murphy,” scheduled tonight at 11 p.m. ET and Thursday, April 13 at 8 a.m. ET.
In “Unsung Hollywood: Charlie Murphy,” the journey of the stand up-comic-actor-writer (and older brother of Eddie Murphy, but very much a star in his own right), is chronicled. An extraordinary rise, from being a gang member as an adolescent in Long Island, Charlie did some hard time, enlisted in the Navy, worked security for his famous baby brother, and then broke out with iconic riffs in Dave Chappelle’s Comedy Central sketch series in 2003. An accomplished writer, he wrote the screenplays for “Vampire in Brooklyn” and “Norbit” (did you know?), and had prominent acting roles on “Black Jesus” and “The Boondocks.” His one man stand up special, “Charlie Murphy: I Will Not Apologize,” premiered on Comedy Central in 2010.
In this episode of “Unsung Hollywood,” Charlie gets real about his tough early years (including a near death experience), his arduous path to fame and the satisfaction of finding his purpose in life.
For more information on “Unsung,” visit TV One’s YouTube Channel and catch full the full episodes the day after premiere on www.tvone.tv/unsung. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TV One’s Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) and the Unsung Facebook (@tvoneunsung) using the hash tag #UNSUNG.
“Unsung” is narrated by actor Gary Anthony Williams and is Executive Produced by Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Frank Sinton of A. Smith & Co. Productions for TV One. Mark Rowland is Co-Executive Producer. Lamar Chase is Producer and Jubba Seyyid is Executive in Charge of Production for TV One. Robyn Arrington Greene is Vice President and D’Angela Proctor is Head of Original Programming and Production for the network.