Griffin, Eddie 1968-

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Griffin, Eddie 1968-


Born June 15, 1968, in Kansas City, MO; son of Eddie Griffin, Sr., and Doris Thomas (a telephone operator); married Carla, 1983 (divorced, 1984); married Rochelle Lyn (a nurse), 2002; children: (first marriage) Eddie, Jr. (an actor); (second marriage) Elexa; three other children from other relationships. Education: Attended high school in Kansas City, MO.


Agent—International Creative Management, 10250 Constellation Way, 9th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90067. Manager—Artistry Entertainment, 525 Westbourne Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90048. Publicist—Jonas Public Relations, 240 26th St., Suite 3, Santa Monica, CA 90402.


Actor and comedian. Performed as a standup comedian at Comedy Store, Los Angeles. Ecclectic Divinity (music group), performer; toured with the vocal group the Dells, 1991; Blue Light Records, founder, 1998; appeared in television commercial for Miller Lite, 2006. Opened a dance studio in Kansas City, MO, c. 1983; worked as dancer, choreographer, and songwriter. Military service: U.S. Naval Reserve, active duty, c. 1986-87.

Awards, Honors:

CableACE Award, National Cable Broadcasting Association, 1994, for HBO Comedy Half-Hour: Eddie Griffin; Image Award nomination, outstanding actor in a comedy series, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 2000, for Malcolm & Eddie.


Film Appearances:

(Uncredited) Ventriloquist, The Five Heartbeats, 1991.

Gas station attendant, "A Day in the Life," Dice Rules, 1991.

The Second Coming of Sammy, 1991.

M. C., The Last Boy Scout, Warner Bros., 1991.

Messenger, Brain Donors (also known as Lame Ducks), Paramount, 1992.

Customer, Coneheads, Paramount, 1993.

Michael, The Meteor Man, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1993.

Himself, The Legend of Dolemite (documentary), Xenon Entertainment Group, 1994.

Rat, Jason's Lyric, Gramercy, 1994.

Guest at Kid's bachelor party, House Party 3, 1994.

Private Hoover Branche, The Walking Dead, Savoy Pictures, 1995.

Little guy, Armageddon, Buena Vista, 1998.

T. J. Hicks, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, Buena Vista, 1999.

Sammy, The Mod Squad, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1999.

Miles "Foolish" Waise, Foolish, Artisan Entertainment, 1999.

Franky Goes to Hollywood (short documentary), Warner Bros. Home Video, 1999.

Himself, All Jokes Aside (documentary), 2000.

Sediento, Picking Up the Pieces, 2000.

Freddy Tiffany, Double Take, Buena Vista/Walt Disney Pictures, 2001.

Luther, The New Guy, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2001.

Lester, John Q, New Line Cinema, 2001.

Title role/Anton Jackson, Undercover Brother, Universal, 2002.

(English version) Voice of The Cat, Pinocchio (also known as Robert Benigni's "Pinocchio"), Miramax, 2002.

Orpheus, Scary Movie 3 (also known as Scary Movie 3.5), Miramax, 2003.

Himself, DysFunktional Family (documentary), Miramax, 2003.

Lonnie, My Baby's Daddy, Miramax, 2004.

Lamont Dixon, Blast!, Screen Gems, 2004.

Himself, Making "Scary Movie 3" (documentary short), Dimension Home Video, 2004.

McTeague, The Wendell Baker Story, VVS Films, 2005.

T. J. Hicks, Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, Columbia, 2005.

Ray Ray, N.T.V. Volume 1, Image Entertainment, 2005.

Benjamin Wells, N.T.V. Volume 2, Image Entertainment, 2005.

Frank Jones, Date Movie, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2006.

Jimmy McDevitt, Irish Jam, Visual Entertainment, 2006.

Malik, Who Made the Potato Salad?, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2006.

Pope Sweet Jesus, Norbit, DreamWorks, 2007.

Infamous, Redline, Weinstein Company, 2007.

Armand Tucker, Urban Justice (also known as Renegade Justice), Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2007.

Himself, A Lawyer Walks Into a Bar (documentary), 2007.

Himself, I'm Rick James (documentary), 2007.

Film Work:

Producer, DysFunKtional Family, Miramax, 2003.

Producer, My Baby's Daddy, 2004.

Director, executive producer, and casting director, N.T.V. Volume 1, Image Entertainment, 2005.

Director and executive producer, N.T.V. Volume 2, Image Entertainment, 2005.

Television Appearances; Series:

Russell Simmon's "Def Comedy Jam" (also known as Def Comedy Jam), HBO, 1992.

Edward Otis "Eddie" Sherman and others, Malcolm & Eddie, UPN, 1996-2000.

Hollywood Squares, syndicated, 1998.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Sediento, Picking up the Pieces, Cinemax, 2000.

Television Appearances; Specials:

(Archival footage) Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America, HBO, 1993.

HBO Comedy Half-Hour: Eddie Griffin, HBO, 1994.

It's Hot in Here: UPN Fall Preview, UPN, 1996.

Eddie Griffin: Voodoo Child, HBO, 1997.

The 4th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, syndicated, 1998.

The 13th Annual Soul Train Music Awards, syndicated, 1999.

The 31st Annual NAACP Image Awards, Fox, 2000.

The 2002 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 2002.

VH1 Big in 2002, VH1, 2002.

Richard Pryor: I Aint' Dead Yet,#%$#@!! (also known as Richard Pryor: I Ain't Dead Yet,#%$#@!!—Uncensored), 2003.

VH1 Big in 03, VH1, 2003.

The Osbourne Family Christmas Special, MTV, 2003.

Wendy Williams Is on Fire, VH1, 2003.

Comedy Central Presents: 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time, Comedy Central, 2004.

Reel Comedy: Deuce Bigalow European Gigolo, Comedy Central, 2005.

Roaster, Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson, Comedy Central, 2005.

Narrator, Parliament Funkadelic: One Nation Under Groove, PBS, 2005.

Jingle, The Year Without a Santa Claus, NBC, 2006.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

One Night Stand, 1992.

Townsend Television, Fox, 1993.

Al Fontaine, "Labor Intensive," Roc, Fox, 1993.

The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1997.

Russell Simmons' Oneworld Music, syndicated, 1998.

The Martin Short Show, syndicated, 1999.

Hollywood Squares (also known as H2 and H2: Hollywood Squares), syndicated, 1999.

"Snoop Dogg: Undercover Funk," Access Granted, Black Entertainment Television, 2001.

The Howard Stern Radio Show, syndicated, 2001.

Punk'd, MTV, 2003.

The Daily Show (also known as Jon Stewart, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Global Edition), Comedy Central, 2003.

Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 2003.

Tinseltown TV, International Channel, 2003.

The Sharon Osbourne Show (also known as Sharon), syndicated, 2003, 2004.

Grits 'n Gravy, Chappelle's Show, Comedy Central, 2004.

"Tournament 1, Game 3," Celebrity Blackjack, GSN, 2004.

Late Show with David Letterman (also known as The Late Show), CBS, 2004.

Real Time with Bill Maher, HBO, 2006.

"Norbit," HBO First Look, HBO, 2007.

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, CBS, 2007.

Entertainment Tonight (also known as E.T.), syndicated, 2007.

"Redline," Access Granted, Black Entertainment Television, 2007.

Television Work; Series:

Producer and choreographer, Malcolm & Eddie, UPN, 1998-99.

Supervising producer, Malcolm & Eddie, UPN, 1999-2000.

Television Director; Episodic:

Malcolm & Eddie, UPN, 1998-2000.


Comedy Albums:

The Message in the Hat, Epic, 1993.

The Message, Warner Bros., 1999.

Also recorded Live from Hut 3, Warner Bros.


(With others) Master P—I Got the Hook Up! Comedy Jam, 1998.

Urban II Collector's Pack, 1999.

Def Comedy Jam: All Stars, Volume 2, 2000, Volume 3, 2001.

Music Videos:

Appeared in Puff Daddy's "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down"; Mariah Carey's "Honey."



(With Master P) Foolish, Artisan Entertainment, 1999.

(With others) DysFunKtional Family, Miramax, 2003.

My Baby's Daddy, Miramax, 2004.

Television Specials:

HBO Comedy Half-Hour: Eddie Griffin, HBO, 1994.

Eddie Griffin: Voodoo Child, HBO, 1997.

Television Episodes:

Wrote episodes of Malcolm and Eddie, UPN.



People Weekly, April 21, 2003, p. 83.


Eddie Griffin Website,, October 10, 2007.

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