Eddie Murphy

Actor, Comedian, Producer
As the most talented and influential comedic force to emerge from the 1980s, Eddie Murphy blazed a trail for an entire generation of young comics to follow. Just as he was inspired by legends like Richard Pryor and Redd ... Read more »
Born: 04/02/1961 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (98)

Cook 2015 (Movie)

Henry Joseph Church (Actor)

The 87th Annual Academy Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Presenter

A Thousand Words 2012 (Movie)

Jack McCall (Actor)

Method To The Madness of Jerry Lewis 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Comedy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2011 (Tv Show)

Guest

Tower Heist 2011 (Movie)

Slide (Actor)

Shrek Forever After 2010 (Movie)

Donkey (Voice)

81st Annual Academy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

America's Next Top Model 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Imagine That 2009 (Movie)

Evan Danielson (Actor)

Meet Dave 2008 (Movie)

Dave/Captain (Actor)

Nickelodeon's 2008 Kids' Choice Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Barbara Walters Oscar Special 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Dreamgirls: Divas Drama and Destiny 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Eddie Murphy: The Making of Delirious 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 1981 - 1982, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Norbit 2007 (Movie)

Norbit (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 1980 - 1984, 1998 - 2001, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shrek the Third 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Donkey (Actor)

The PJs 1980 - 1984, 1998 - 2001, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Voice

Dreamgirls 2006 (Movie)

James "Thunder" Early (Actor)

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Father of the Pride 2004 (Tv Show)

Voice

Mouthing Off: 51 Greatest Smartasses 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Shrek 2 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Donkey (Actor)

Daddy Day Care 2003 (Movie)

Charlie Hinton (Actor)

The Haunted Mansion 2003 (Movie)

Jim Evers (Actor)

I Spy 2002 (Movie)

Kelly Robinson (Actor)

Showtime 2002 (Movie)

Trey Sellars (Actor)

The Adventures of Pluto Nash 2002 (Movie)

Pluto Nash (Actor)

Dr. Dolittle 2 2001 (Movie)

Doctor Dolittle (Actor)

Nickelodeon's 14th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Shrek 2001 (Movie)

Donkey (Voice)

Nutty Professor II: The Klumps 2000 (Movie)

Young Papa Klump (Actor)

Bowfinger 1999 (Movie)

Jif Ramsey (Actor)

Life 1999 (Movie)

Rayford Gibson (Actor)

Dr. Dolittle 1998 (Movie)

Dr John Dolittle (Actor)

Holy Man 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mulan 1998 (Movie)

of Mushu (Voice)

Metro 1997 (Movie)

Scott Roper (Actor)

The 27th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nutty Professor 1996 (Movie)

Mama Klump (Actor)

Vampire in Brooklyn 1995 (Movie)

Preacher Pauley (Actor)

Who Makes You Laugh? 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Addicted to Fame 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Beverly Hills Cop III 1994 (Movie)

Axel Foley (Actor)

But... Seriously 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Essence Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1992 Billboard Music Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1992 MTV Video Music Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1993 MTV Movie Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 7th Annual American Comedy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 7th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Chris Evert Special 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Essence Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Road to Hollywood 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

What Is This Thing Called Love? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

A Party For Richard Pryor 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Boomerang 1992 (Movie)

Marcus Graham (Actor)

Hollywood Hotshots 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Distinguished Gentleman 1992 (Movie)

Thomas Jefferson Johnson (Actor)

Another 48 Hours 1990 (Movie)

Reggie Hammond (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 15th Anniversary 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Harlem Nights 1989 (Movie)

Mr E M Quick (Actor)

The 21st Annual NAACP Image Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 3rd Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

What's Alan Watching? 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Coming to America 1988 (Movie)

Saul (Actor)

The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (12/08/87) 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Beverly Hills Cop II 1987 (Movie)

Axel Foley (Actor)

Eddie Murphy Raw 1987 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Hollywood Shuffle 1987 (Movie)

Zombie Pimp (Actor)

The 1st Annual American Comedy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Golden Child 1986 (Movie)

Chandler Jarrell (Actor)

The Joe Piscopo Special 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Best Defense 1984 (Movie)

Landry (Actor)

Beverly Hills Cop 1984 (Movie)

Axel Foley (Actor)

Trading Places 1983 (Movie)

Billy Ray Valentine (Actor)

48 HRS. 1982 (Movie)

Reggie Hammond (Actor)

A Century of Black Cinema (TV Show)

Actor

Beverly Hills Cop IV (Movie)

Axel Foley (Actor)

Eddie Murphy Delirious (TV Show)

Actor

Hong Kong Phooey (Movie)

Penry/Hong Kong Phooey (Voice)

Laughing Matters (TV Show)

Actor

Shrek the Halls (TV Show)

Voice
Writer (11)

Norbit 2007 (Movie)

(Story By)

Norbit 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Vampire in Brooklyn 1995 (Movie)

(From Story)

Vampire in Brooklyn 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Boomerang 1992 (Movie)

(From Story)

Boomerang 1992 (Movie)

(Story By)

Harlem Nights 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Coming to America 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Beverly Hills Cop II 1987 (Movie)

(From Story)

Beverly Hills Cop II 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Eddie Murphy Raw 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (11)

Tower Heist 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Norbit 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Nutty Professor II: The Klumps 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Life 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Vampire in Brooklyn 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Royal Family 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Clippers 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Coming to America 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Harlem Nights 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Eddie Murphy Raw 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Kid Who Loved Christmas (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Music (8)

Shrek the Third 2007 (Movie)

("Thank You(Falletin Me Be Mice Elf Again)") (Song Performer)

Dreamgirls 2006 (Movie)

("Fake Your Way To the Top" Song from the Original Broadway Production of DreamGirls) (Song Performer)

After the Sunset 2004 (Movie)

("Party All The Time") (Song Performer)

Shrek 2 2004 (Movie)

("Livin' La Vida Loca") (Song Performer)

Shrek 2001 (Movie)

("On the Road Again" "Friends" "Try a Little Tenderness" "I'm a Believer") (Song Performer)

Three Kings 1999 (Movie)

("Party All the Time") (Song Performer)

Coming to America 1988 (Movie)

("I Got It") (Song Performer)

Eddie Murphy Raw 1987 (Movie)

("Raw") (Song)
Director (1)

Harlem Nights 1989 (Movie)

(Director)
Other (1)

Eddie Murphy Raw 1987 (Movie)

sketches (Other)

Biography

As the most talented and influential comedic force to emerge from the 1980s, Eddie Murphy blazed a trail for an entire generation of young comics to follow. Just as he was inspired by legends like Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx, Murphy influenced a new wave of African-American comedians who came of age in the 1980's, including Martin Lawrence, Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx and Dave Chappelle. But it was as a movie star that Murphy made his greatest impact. He rose to become Hollywood's first global superstar with such monster hits as "48 Hrs." (1982), "Trading Places" (1983) and "Beverly Hills Cop" (1984). After making the successful stand-up comedy concert, "Eddie Murphy Raw" (1987), he earned critical acclaim playing multiple characters in "Coming to America" (1988). Murphy hit a box office slump in the early 1990s, but reinvented himself as a family-friendly comedian with "The Nutty Professor" (1996) and "Dr. Dolittle" (1998), only to be caught on Sunset Boulevard with a transvestite prostitute in 1997. He again slumped at the box office, but rose anew as a voice actor in "Shrek" (2001) and its three sequels. Though he suffered embarrassments with "Norbit" (2007) and "Meet Dave" (2008), Murphy changed again, this time as a dramatic actor with the hit musical, "Dreamgirls" (2006). Though he may have dropped a peg or two later in his career, Murphy always seemed on the verge of a comeback that would again vault him back to prominence.

Relationships

Mel B Actor

Companion
Began dating June 2006 Rumored to have split October 2006 after reports of Brown's pregnancy surfaced; Murphy fathered her daughter Angel Iris

Halle Berry Actor

Companion
Reportedly dated in 1991 Co-starred in "Boomerang" (1992)

Tracey Edmonds Actor

Companion
Began dating in the fall of 2006 She accompanied Murphy to the New York premiere of "Dreamgirls" on December 4, 2006 Engaged July 25, 2007 Exchanged vows Jan. 1, 2008 on a private island off Bora Bora in French Polynesia (not a legal union since it took place in a foreign country) Couple split just two weeks later

Lillian Lynch

Mother

Vernon Lynch

Step-Father
Worked at an ice-cream plant Died June 16, 2001 at the age of 68

Vernon Lynch

Step-Brother

Tamara Moore

Companion
Mother of Murphy's son Christian

Charlie Murphy Actor

Brother
Born July 12, 1959 Appeared in "Harlem Nights" (1989), which starred and was directed by his brother Also worked together in "Norbit" (2007)

Charles Murphy

Father
Left family when Murphy was three Stabbed to death when Murphy was eight

Nicole Murphy

Wife
Together since the late 1980s Married March 18, 1993; mother of five of Murphy's children Separated July 2005 Divorced April 17, 2006

Bella Murphy

Daughter
Born Jan. 29, 2002; mother, Nicole Mitchell

Bria Murphy

Daughter
Born Nov. 18, 1989; mother, Nicole Mitchell

Shayne Murphy

Daughter
Born Oct. 10, 1994; mother, Nicole Mitchell

Zola Murphy

Daughter
Born Dec. 24, 1999; mother, Nicole Mitchell

Christian Murphy

Son
Born Nov. 29, 1990; mother, Tamara Moore

Miles Murphy

Son
Born Nov. 7, 1992; mother, Nicole Mitchell; named after jazz great Miles Davis

Angel Murphy Brown

Daughter
Born April 3, 2007; mother, Melanie Brown; Brown and Murphy briefly dated, before splitting around the time she announced her pregnancy; Murphy disputed her claims that the child was his; on June 21, 2007, representatives for Brown announced that a DNA test reveled Murphy to be the father of her child

Shaun Robinson Actor

Companion
Rumored to have briefly dated in 2006

EDUCATION

Nassau Community College

Garden City , New York

Roosevelt High School

Roosevelt , New York 1979

Milestones

2012

Starred in the comedy-drama "A Thousand Words"

2011

Announced as the host of The 84th Annual Academy Awards (2012); dropped out of hosting duties on Nov. 9, 2011, less than 24 hours after the show’s producer Brett Ratner stepped aside following a storm of criticism over his use of an anti-gay slur during a

2011

Co-starred with Ben Stiller in the ensemble comedy "Tower Heist"

2010

Once again voiced the Donkey in "Shrek Forever After"

2009

Starred in the family comedy "Imagine That"

2008

Played a human-shaped spaceship controlled by 100 little aliens in the comedy "Meet Dave"

2007

Reprised role of the Donkey for "Shrek the Third"

2007

Played multiple roles in "Norbit"; co-written with his brother Charlie Murphy

2006

Earned rave reviews as soul singer James 'Thunder' Early in the feature adaptation of the Tony-winning musical "Dreamgirls"; received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor

2004

Reprised role of Donkey in "Shrek 2"

2003

Co-starred in Disney's "The Haunted Mansion"

2003

Starred in the family film "Daddy Day Care"

2002

Co-starred with Owen Wilson in the feature adaptation of the 1960s TV series "I Spy"

2002

Co-starred in the comedy film "The Adventures of Pluto Nash"

2001

Reprised the title role for the sequel "Dr. Dolittle 2"

2001

Voiced Donkey in the DreamWorks animated feature "Shrek"

2000

Reprised dual role of Sherman Klump/Buddy Love for "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps"; also played multiple family members

1999

Voiced the lead character in the animated series "The PJs" (Fox, 1999-2000; The WB, 2000-01); also executive produced

1999

Played dual roles in the Frank Oz directed "Bowfinger"; co-starring and scripted by Steve Martin

1999

Co-starred with Martin Lawrence in the comedy "Life"

1998

Played a doctor who discovers that he has the ability to talk to animals in the remake of "Dr. Dolittle"

1996

Performed multiple roles, as well as the title character, in the remake of "The Nutty Professor"

1996

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (June)

1994

Reprised signature role of Axel Foley in "Beverly Hills Cop III"

1992

Played Marcus Graham, a hotshot advertising executive in "Boomerang"; received story credit

1991

Created the short-lived CBS sitcom "The Royal Family"; show ended with the sudden death of series star Redd Foxx

1990

Executive produced first TV-movie, "The Kid Who Loved Christmas"

1990

Reprised role opposite Nick Nolte for the sequel "Another 48 Hrs."

1989

Made producing debut with the CBS comedy "What's Alan Watching?"

1989

First film as director, "Harlem Nights"; also produced, wrote and starred

1988

Played multiple characters in the comedy film "Coming to America"; received story credit

1987

Producing debut, the concert film "Eddie Murphy Raw"

1987

Reprised role of Axel Foley for "Beverly Hills Cop II"; received first writing credit

1986

Released debut album How Could It Be with the hit single "Party All the Time"

1984

First full-fledged starring vehicle, "Beverly Hills Cop"

1983

Co-starred with Dan Aykroyd for "Trading Places"

1983

Headlined the concert film "Delirious"

1982

Made big screen debut in "48 Hrs." alongside Nick Nolte

1980

Debuted as a series regular on NBC's "Saturday Night Live"

1976

Began performing stand-up comedy at age 15

Worked as emcee for a youth club talent show

Bonus Trivia

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"I think Murphy has had his day. I think he did the same thing that Burt Reynolds did that did him in – he stuck with that one style too long. I think that Eddie Murphy is very talented and I think that he should have broken away when he still had an audience and taken his audience with him. We're in such a disposable society. Audiences don't stay too long with one star and now they're ready to move on to Jim Carrey." – from USA Today, Sept. 14, 1994

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"The strangest thing I ever hear is when people say my career is in trouble. How can some journalist look at my career and ask if it's in decline? Why don't they write that sh*t about Christian Slater? He's made about 30 bad movies. So what if my career dies? I stopped thinking in terms of career $80 million ago. If it ends, I'll sit home and chill and raise babies." – Murphy quoted to the Daily News, May 16, 1994

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"I'm not one of those artists that gets books adapted for me, scripts written for me. I'm this road warrior who generates his own projects." – Murphy quoted in the New York Post, June 18, 1996

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In May of 1997, Murphy was stopped by police with a transvestite prostitute named Estelle 'Divine Brown' Thompson in his Toyota Land Cruiser. He was arrested and spent a day in jail.

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Murphy was announced to host the 84th Annual Academy Awards (2012). On Nov. 9, 2011, the actor resigned as the host of the Oscars telecast, less than 24 hours after the show’s producer Brett Ratner, gave up his producing duties following a storm of criticism over his use of an anti-gay slur during a screening of "Tower Heist." Billy Crystal was announced as Murphy's replacement as host.

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