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Eddie Griffin Biography

Birth Name:
Eddie Griffin Jr.
Birth Place:
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Comedian, actor

Fast Facts

  • Studied dance for three years at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre
  • Choreographed halftime shows for the Kansas City Chiefs
  • Started professional comedy career when a cousin dared him to go on stage during an amateur open-mike night
  • Made TV premiere on HBO's Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam
  • First movie role was in the 1991 film The Five Heartbeats, but it would be 10 years before he would share top billing in the 2001 movie Double Take
  • Had a heart attack in 1998 while rehearsing a dance sequence on the set of Malcolm and Eddie
  • In 2004, was recognized on Comedy Central's list of 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time


  • Luther Griffin -- Brother
  • Wilbert Griffin -- Brother
  • Elexa Griffin -- Daughter
  • Carla Griffin -- Ex-wife
  • Nia Rivers -- Ex-wife
  • Rochelle Griffin -- Ex-wife
  • Eddie Griffin Sr. -- Father
  • King Edward Griffin -- Son