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[LH] Jaffe Joffer 2016-10-05

Jaffe Joffer is a character from the 1988 John Landis-directed Eddie Murphy-starring movie Coming to America. In the film, Joffer is the king of the fictional African nation of Zamunda (a reference to a Richard Pryor routine). An obscenely wealthy man, he arranges a marriage for his son Akeem (Murphy). Akeem rejects the bride and decides to find a bride whom he can respect for her intelligence, running away to America to find a queen in, where else, Queens, New York. The film was a moderate box office success, and started a notable trend in Eddie Murphy's career: Murphy playing multiple roles.

Here's a fun bit of trivia. Madge Sinclair played Joffer's wife, Queen Aoeleon. Six years later Jones and Sinclair would again play the king and queen of an African kingdom: Mufasa and Sarabi in The Lion King.
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