Apr. 3rd, 1961
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Eddie Murphy's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2012 - Beverly Hills Cop IV
2010 - Shrek Forever After
2009 - Imagine That
2008 - Meet Dave
2007 - Shrek The Third
2007 - Norbit
2006 - Dreamgirls
2004 - Shrek 2
2003 - The Haunted Mansion
2003 - Shrek 4-D
2003 - Daddy Day Care
2002 - Showtime
2002 - I Spy
2002 - The Adventures of Pluto Nash
2001 - Shrek
2001 - Dr. Dolittle 2
2000 - Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
1999 - Bowfinger
1999 - Life
1998 - Holy Man
1998 - Dr. Dolittle
1998 - Mulan
1997 - Metro
1996 - The Nutty Professor
1995 - Vampire in Brooklyn
1994 - Beverly Hills Cop III
1992 - Boomerang
1992 - The Distinguished Gentleman
1990 - Another 48 Hrs.
1989 - Harlem Nights
1988 - Coming to America
1987 - Beverly Hills Cop II
1986 - The Golden Child
1984 - Best Defense
1984 - Beverly Hills Cop
1983 - Trading Places
1982 - 48 Hrs.
Guest TV Roles
Thurgoode Orenthal Stubbs (Voiced)
Edward Regan "Eddie" Murphy (born April 3, 1961) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, singer, director, and musician.
Murphy grew up in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick. His mother, Lillian, was a telephone operator, and his father, Charles Edward Murphy, was a transit police officer and an amateur actor and comedian. His father died when he was young. When Murphy's single mother became ill, the eight-year-old and his older brother lived in foster care for one year. In interviews, the actor and comedian says that his time in foster care was influential in developing his sense of humour. Later Murphy and his older brother Charlie were raised in Roosevelt, New York by his mother and stepfather Vernon Lynch, a foreman at an ice cream plant. Around the age of 15, Murphy was writing and performing his own routines, which were heavily influenced by 'Bill Cosby' and 'Richard Pryor'.
Box-office takes from Murphy's films make him the second-highest grossing actor in the United States. He was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1980 to 1984 and has worked as a stand-up comedian. He was ranked #10 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.
In 1982, Murphy made his big screen debut in the film 48 Hrs. with 'Nick Nolte'. The following year, Murphy starred in Trading Places with fellow SNL alumnus 'Dan Aykroyd'. The movie marked the first of Murphy's collaborations with director John Landis (who also directed Murphy in Coming to America and Beverly Hills Cop III) and proved to be an even greater box office success than 48 Hrs. In 1984, Murphy starred in the successful action comedy film Beverly Hills Cop. The film was Murphy's first starring role.
In 1986, Murphy starred in the supernatural comedy, The Golden Child. Although The Golden Child (featuring Murphy's "I want the knife!" routine) performed well at the box office. The Golden Child was considered a change of pace for Murphy because of the supernatural setting as opposed to the more "street smart" settings of Murphy's previous efforts. A year later, Murphy reprised his role of Axel Foley in the Tony Scott-directed Beverly Hills Cop II.
In Coming to America, he imitated Jackie Wilson when he sang "To Be Loved", but because the character he was playing had a thick accent, he had to sing it in character. In later years, Murphy performed several songs in the Shrek film franchise. In the first film, he performed a version of "I'm a Believer" in the film's final scene; in Shrek 2 he performed Ricky Martin's hit "Livin' La Vida Loca" along with co-star 'Antonio Banderas'.
He also has some very successful family-friendly movies like Mulan, Dr. Dolittle and its sequel, the Shrek series, Daddy Day Care, and The Haunted Mansion, along with Nutty Professor II: The Klumps.
In 2006, he starred in the motion picture version of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls as soul singer James "Thunder" Early. Murphy won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award in that category. Several reviews for the film highlighted Murphy's performance while he received some pre-release Academy Awards buzz. Murphy was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor on January 23, 2007, but lost to 'Alan Arkin' for his performance in Little Miss Sunshine.
Murphy co-starred in Tower Heist, directed by Brett Ratner. Murphy played a thief who joins a group of hardworking men who find out they have fallen victim to a wealthy businessman's Ponzi scheme, and conspire to rob his high-rise residence. 'Ben Stiller', 'Matthew Broderick', and 'Casey Affleck' also starred in the film, released on November 4, 2011.
- In a TV commercial never shown in the USA, Eddie Murphy kissed the front bumper of a Toyota sedan.
- Turned down the role of Winston Zeddemore in _Ghost Busters (1984)_ (qv).
- Ranked #78 in Empire (UK) magazine's Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time list (October 1997).
- He doesn't drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes and the only drug he takes is caffeine.
- (2008) Sold his Granite Bay vacation home, near Sacramento, for $6.1 million shortly after divorcing ex-wife, Nicole.
- Is mentioned, along with 'Vanessa Redgrave' (qv), and 'Joe Piscopo' (qv) in the song "Jammin' Me", by 'Tom Petty' (qv) and the Heartbreakers.
- Has a house in Englewood, New Jersey.
- Although he frequently plays multiple characters in films and television, and has lent his voice to a dozen animated projects, he has never once voiced more then one character in the same animated project.