Eddie Griffin is an American entertainer who is best known for his acting as well as his work as a comedian. He has achieved fame and fortune through his career. As of 2020 he has built an estimated net worth of $5 million. In an industry where some make it big, but others struggle to survive, he's done well by becoming a multimillionaire. How did he achieve this fortune? Was it solely through his acting career or did Eddie have other sources of revenue coming in? We looked into his career history to learn the answers to these questions and here is what we discovered.
His early years
Griffin is currently 52 years old. He was born on July 15, 1968 in Kansas City, Missouri. Eddie wasn't born into a wealthy family, but he had dreams of building a solid financial base for himself. Before he became a famous actor and comedian, he enrolled in classes at Kansas State University. He was enrolled in the biological engineering program, but his college career was short-lived. After just three months, he left school to pursue a career in acting. It wasn't long after making the decision that he landed a role in the dramatic film "John Q" playing the part of Lester. One of his first acting jobs was in the movie "Foolish" in 1999. His obvious talent as an actor helped him to move forward to other roles. His most notable gigs include his part in "Undercover Brother" in 2001-2002, "My baby's Daddy" in 2004, and most notably the part of Eddie Sherman in the hit comedy series "Malcolm & Eddie." He also appeared in the comedy movie "Norbit" as Pope Sweet Jesus in 2007. Griffin appeared in "You Can Tell "Em I Said It" in 2011, and in a supporting role in "A Star Is Born" in 2018.
Eddie Griffin established a solid following of fans
Eddie Griffin has come a long way since he made his screen debut in 1991. His first acting job was in "The Last Boy Scout" playing the part of a DJ. It was a small role but it was a start. Within just five short years he would star with Malcolm-Jamal Warner in the hit series "Malcolm & Eddie" from 1996 through 2000. This gave him the exposure that he needed as a young up and coming actor. He's appeared in dozens of films and television shows that were huge successes. He established himself as a comedian by shining in roles in multiple comedy successes including "Scary Movie 3," "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo," "Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo," and more.
Other notable acting jobs
Griffin also starred in "Double Take," "Meteor Man," "Urban Justice," and most notably, in the series titled "Black Dynamite" where he played the part of Richard Pryor between 2012 and 2015. Pryor was one of the most famous comedians on the circuit and playing his character was a huge boost for Griffin's comedy career.
Eddie gained success appearing in various comedies throughout the years. He was listed on Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time list as number 62. Griffin paid his dues and spent time making he circuit. He was known for him impersonation of Michael Jackson high on cocaine. He also released several live albums featuring his sand up comedy between 1993 and 2011. He has also made appearances on a variety of musical tracks including collaborations with Dr. Dre and The D.O.C.
Award winning actor
Griffin's performance in "Going to America" earned him two awards for best actor. He was chosen for an Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Award in and an Image Award 2000 for this role in "Malcolm & Eddie." Griffin was also nominated in 1995 for a CableAce Award for Stand-Up Comedy Special. He is a highly celebrated comedian and actor, but he also pursued other roles within the entertainment industry.
Other jobs in the entertainment industry
Eddie Griffin has achieved fame and wealth through his success as a stand-up comedian and actor, but he hasn't limited himself to these sectors of the entertainment industry. He has expanded his horizons to also serve as a producer, writer, and director. He served as the supervising producer and executive producer for dozens of episodes of "Malcolm & Eddie." He continued producing through the early 2000s to the present with a variety of videos, documentaries, series and films. Some of them include "N.T.V. Volumes 1 & 2," "My Baby's Daddy," DysFunktional Family," "Highway," "Eddie Griffin: You Can Tell "Em I Said It!" "Freedom of Speech," "Going for Broke," "The Slimbones," and most recently "Undeniable" in 2018. He is the executive producer for the new project "Bad President" that is currently in the post production stage of development. Griffin directed "NTV Volumes 1 &2" videos as well as 3 episodes of the television series "Malcolm & Eddie" from 1999 through 2000.
Finally, Eddie Griffin is also credited with several writing projects. He is the genius that provided source material for he TV special documentary "You Can Tell "Em I Said It!" "Going for Broke," "Undeniable," and several episodes of "Malcolm & Eddie." He wrote "My Baby's Daddy," and served as the head writer for the documentary "DysFunktional Family." Griffin also wrote "Voodoo Child," 1 episode of "HBO Comedy Half-Hour," "One Night Stand," and "Foolish."
Eddie Griffin has made his millions in the entertainment industry. His fortune was not earned in any particular segment, although the bulk of it likely was earned through is comedy and acting work. He is also a very talented writer, director, and producer. He is a versatile professional within the industry and although he leans towards being a funny man, he does have a serious side. He's highly capable of playing funny or serious parts, but when it comes to producing quality projects, he makes his work very seriously.
Written by Allen Lee
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