He was born in an Afro- American family, to a telephone operator mother named Lillian and his father Charles Edward Murphy, was a cop as well as a small time actor.Born as the younger of two children, Charlie’s brother in Ediie Murphy, who is also an actor/comedian.
Charles was born in New York City, United States of America and raised in Brooklyn.
(Photo by Ray Amati/Getty Images)NEW YORK - OCTOBER 24: Comedians (L-R) Donnell Rawlings, Charlie Murphy, Jackie Martling and Adrianne Curry attend the 6th Annual High Times Stony Awards at B. King's on October 20, 2006 on Broadway in New York City.
(Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images) Tom Meyer-Klipsch and Charlie Murphy during 2006 MTV Video Music Awards - Explicit Events Presents Klipsch Audio at the Style Villa - Day 3 at Bryant Park Hotel in New York City, New York, United States.
Not much is known regarding his childhood or education, although it is known that he had been in jail for 10 months at a young age.
Upon his release, he was sent to serve the United States Navy and served there for 6 years.