The comedian and actor Charlie Murphy has died of leukemia at the age of 57, leaving behind an impressive collection of work and a few stories his fans may not know.
Decades before Charlie Murphy was reliving his memories of basketball with Prince and the Revolution on Chappelle’s Show, he and his crew were assembled for service in the military.
It was in 1978 that Murphy enlisted in the Navy, having spent time in jail and not looking to return.
“When I was a teenager, my whole thing was, I was a street guy. I hung out with street people and when you hang out with a crowd like that, you will end up in trouble,” he told PR.com. So I got in trouble and it was like, ‘Ok, you wanna to go to prison or you wanna go to the military?'”
Murphy said he was released from jail on a Monday and signed up that afternoon. Later on in life, he recalled it as the best move he could have possibly made. His friends from home wound up in jail or dead, but the Navy helped Murphy out of that life.