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EDDIE GRIFFIN, who portrays the unwitting emergency room hostage Lester, is headed for a breakthrough year in 2002 with three films scheduled for release and production beginning on a fourth. He will soon be seen in the Revolution Studios' comedy The New Guy. This June, he will star in Universal's action/comedy Undercover Brother. The film, based on an animated internet comedy series, follows the secret exploits of a member of a brotherhood fighting to overcome oppression. To infiltrate establishment groups, Griffin's character adopts the persona of Antoine, a :mayonnaise-loving, Gap-wearing, 'Friends' watching black man." Production begins in January on Eddie Griffin: Live in Concert, a feature that will mix Griffin's stand-up comedy act with a cinema verite look at his personal life, which inspires the routine.

Griffin's previous film credits include Double Take, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigalo, Picking Up The Pieces, Foolish, Armageddon, Meteor Man and Jason's Lyric. He is best-known to television audiences as the star of UPN's hit comedy series "Malcolm & Eddie." Griffin was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for "Best Actor in a .Comedy Series" for his portrayal. He also wrote and directed four episodes of the sitcom, one of which starred his mentor, Richard Pryor.

Griffin began his career in Kansas City, Missouri. He was working as a choreographer for a soccer team when a cousin bet him $50 that he would not go on stage during a visit to a local comedy club. After winning the bet, Griffin purchased a one-way ticket to Los Angeles. One month later he was performing at the renowned Comedy Store, where he was compared with Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx and Lenny Bruce. Those performances led to featured appearances on the HBO specials "Voodoo Child," the Cable ACE-nominated "One Night Stand" and "Def Comedy Jam." Griffin's comedy album "The Message" features comedic and musical performances by Griffin as well as Master P, Silkk The Shocker and Fiend. Griffin held the first live comedy/R&B/hip-hop Webcast, "MLK 2K": We Still Have The Dream," during a recent Comedy Store performance. He has formed his own independent record label, Bluelight Records. An accomplished musician, Griffin is also a member of his own band, Eclectic Divinity.

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