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Also Known As: Edward Regan Murphy Died:
Born: April 3, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, comedian, screenwriter, director, producer, songwriter, singer, shoe salesman

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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...

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.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

1.
  Harlem Nights (1989) Director

CAST: (feature film)

3.
 Tower Heist (2011)
4.
5.
 Imagine That (2009)
6.
 Meet Dave (2008)
7.
 Norbit (2007)
8.
 Shrek the Third (2007)
9.
 Dreamgirls (2006) James "Thunder" Early
10.
 Shrek 2 (2004) Voice Of Donkey
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Milestones close milestones

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Worked as emcee for a youth club talent show
1976:
Began performing stand-up comedy at age 15
1980:
Debuted as a series regular on NBC's "Saturday Night Live"
1982:
Made big screen debut in "48 Hrs." alongside Nick Nolte
1983:
Co-starred with Dan Aykroyd for "Trading Places"
1983:
Headlined the concert film "Delirious"
1984:
First full-fledged starring vehicle, "Beverly Hills Cop"
1986:
Released debut album <i>How Could It Be</i> with the hit single "Party All the Time"
1987:
Reprised role of Axel Foley for "Beverly Hills Cop II"; received first writing credit
1987:
Producing debut, the concert film "Eddie Murphy Raw"
1988:
Played multiple characters in the comedy film "Coming to America"; received story credit
1989:
Made producing debut with the CBS comedy "What's Alan Watching?"
1989:
First film as director, "Harlem Nights"; also produced, wrote and starred
1990:
Executive produced first TV-movie, "The Kid Who Loved Christmas"
1990:
Reprised role opposite Nick Nolte for the sequel "Another 48 Hrs."
1991:
Created the short-lived CBS sitcom "The Royal Family"; show ended with the sudden death of series star Redd Foxx
1992:
Played Marcus Graham, a hotshot advertising executive in "Boomerang"; received story credit
1994:
Reprised signature role of Axel Foley in "Beverly Hills Cop III"
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)
1998:
Played a doctor who discovers that he has the ability to talk to animals in the remake of "Dr. Dolittle"
1999:
Co-starred with Martin Lawrence in the comedy "Life"
1999:
Played dual roles in the Frank Oz directed "Bowfinger"; co-starring and scripted by Steve Martin
1999:
Voiced the lead character in the animated series "The PJs" (Fox, 1999-2000; The WB, 2000-01); also executive produced
2000:
Reprised dual role of Sherman Klump/Buddy Love for "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps"; also played multiple family members
2001:
Voiced Donkey in the DreamWorks animated feature "Shrek"
2001:
Reprised the title role for the sequel "Dr. Dolittle 2"
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"
2003:
Starred in the family film "Daddy Day Care"
2003:
Co-starred in Disney's "The Haunted Mansion"
2004:
Reprised role of Donkey in "Shrek 2"
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
2007:
Played multiple roles in "Norbit"; co-written with his brother Charlie Murphy
2007:
Reprised role of the Donkey for "Shrek the Third"
2008:
Played a human-shaped spaceship controlled by 100 little aliens in the comedy "Meet Dave"
2009:
Starred in the family comedy "Imagine That"
2010:
Once again voiced the Donkey in "Shrek Forever After"
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 screening of "Tower Heist"; Billy Crystal announced as replacement host
2011:
Co-starred with Ben Stiller in the ensemble comedy "Tower Heist"
2012:
Starred in the comedy-drama "A Thousand Words"
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Education

Nassau Community College: Garden City , New York -
Roosevelt High School: Roosevelt , New York - 1979

Notes

Eddie Murphy vaulted onto the exhibitors annual poll of top ten boxoffice stars in 1983, placing 2nd. He subsequently made the list for the next six years, placing 4th in 1984, 2nd in 1985 and 1986, 1st in 1987, 2nd in 1988 and 7th in 1989.

"I think Eddie 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." --Robert Osborne quoted in USA Today, September 14, 1994.

"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 shit 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." --Eddie Murphy quoted Daily News, May 16, 1994.

"I was a little Sammy Davis-dressing motherf&*#er. I'd wear ascots, a coat over my shoulders." --Eddie Murphy talking about his teenage years in Brooklyn to mrshowbiz.go.com.

"Anytime you see me in a leather suit with the leather gloves equals a period when I was not grounded." --Eddie Murphy to Entertainment Weekly.

"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." --to the New York Post, June 18, 1996.

"It's not the first hooker that I've helped out ..." Murphy told "Entertainment Tonight", referring to the cross-dressing prostitute he offered a lift to in 1997. "I've seen hookers on corners, and I'll pull over and they'll go, 'Oh, you're Eddie Murphy, oh my God', and I'll empty my wallet out to help. ... I'm just being a nice guy".

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Halle Berry. Actor, model.
wife:
Nicole Mitchell. Model. Born c. 1968; together from the late 1980s; married on March 18, 1993; mother of five of Murphy's children.
companion:
Tamara Moore. Mother of Murphy's son Christian.

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father:
Charles Murphy. Police officer. Left family when Murphy was three; stabbed to death when Murphy was eight.
mother:
Lillian Murphy Lynch. Telephone operator.
step-father:
Vernon Lynch Sr. Factory foreman. Worked at an ice-cream plant; died on June 16, 2001 at the age of 68.
brother:
Charles Murphy. Actor, screenwriter. Appeared as bouncer in Spike Lee's "Mo' Better Blues" (1990).
step-brother:
Vernon Lynch Jr.
daughter:
Bria Murphy. Born on November 18, 1989 in Sacramento, California; mother, Nicole Mitchell.
son:
Christian Murphy. Born c. 1991; mother, Tamara Moore.
son:
Miles Mitchell Murphy. Born on November 7, 1992; named after jazz great Miles Davis; mother, Nicole Mitchell.
daughter:
Shayne Audra Murphy. Born on October 10, 1994; mother, Nicole Mitchell.
daughter:
Zola Ivy Murphy. Born on December 24, 1999; mother, Nicole Mitchell.
daughter:
Bella Zahra Murphy. Born on January 29, 2002; mother, Nicole Mitchell.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"The Unofficial Eddie Murphy Scrapbook"

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