Eddie Murphy

Edward Regan Murphy (born April 3, 1961)[2] is an American comedian, actor, screen writer, singer, and film producer. Murphy was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1980 to 1984. He has worked as a stand-up comedian and was ranked #10 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.[3]

In films, Murphy has received Golden Globe Award nominations for his performances in 48 Hrs., the Beverly Hills Cop series, Trading Places, and The Nutty Professor. In 2007, he won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of soul singer James "Thunder" Early in Dreamgirls.[4]

Murphy's work as a voice actor in films includes Thurgood Stubbs in The PJs, Donkey in DreamWorks Animation's Shrek series, and the Chinese dragon Mushu in Disney's Mulan. In some films, he plays multiple roles in addition to his main character, intended as a tribute to one of his idols Peter Sellers, who played multiple roles in Dr. Strangelove and elsewhere. He has played multiple roles in Coming to America, Wes Craven's Vampire in Brooklyn, the Nutty Professor films (where he played the title role in two incarnations, plus his character's father, brother, mother, and grandmother), Bowfinger, The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Norbit, and Meet Dave. As of 2014, Murphy's films have grossed over $3.8 billion in the United States and Canada box office and $6.6 billion worldwide.[5] In 2015, his films made him the sixth-highest grossing actor in the United States.[6][7][8]

In 2015, Murphy was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.[9]

Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy by David Shankbone
Birth nameEdward Regan Murphy
BornApril 3, 1961 (age 57)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
MediumFilm, television, stand-up, music
Years active1980–present
GenresObservational comedy, musical comedy, blue comedy, black comedy, political satire, physical comedy, cringe comedy, insult comedy
Subject(s)African-American culture, race relations, racism, marriage, sex, everyday life, pop culture, current events
Nicole Mitchell
(m. 1993; div. 2006)
Partner(s)Mel B (2006–2007)
Tracey Edmonds (2008)
Paige Butcher (2012–present)
Relative(s)Charlie Murphy (brother)

Early life

Murphy was born in Brooklyn, New York City,[2] and raised in the borough's Bushwick neighborhood.[10] His mother, Lillian (Laney), was a telephone operator, and his father, Charles Edward Murphy, was a transit police officer and an amateur actor and comedian.[2][11][12][13][14]

His father died in 1969 when Murphy was eight.[15]

"My mother and father broke up when I was three, and he died when I was eight, so I have very dim memories… He was a victim of the Murphy charm (laughs). A woman stabbed my father. I never got all the logistics. It was supposed to be one of those crimes of passion: 'If I can't have you, no one else will'-kind of deal. Someone said to me one day, 'That's why you don't trust women.' Get the fuck outta here. What are you, a fucking psychiatrist?"[16]

When Murphy's single mother became ill, the eight-year-old Murphy and his older brother Charlie lived in foster care for one year. In interviews, Murphy has said that his time in foster care was influential in developing his sense of humor. Later, he and his brother were raised in Roosevelt, New York, by his mother and stepfather Vernon Lynch, a foreman at an ice cream plant.[11]


Stand-up comedy

When Murphy was 15 he listened to Richard Pryor's comedy album That Nigger's Crazy, which inspired his decision to become a comedian.[17] Other early influences included Bill Cosby, Redd Foxx, and Robin Williams.[11] On July 9, 1976, the date with which Murphy marks the beginning of his career, he performed in a talent show at the Roosevelt Youth Center, doing an impersonation of singer Al Green as Green's song "Let's Stay Together" played. This led to work at other clubs within walking distance, and then late night jobs at locations that required him to commute by train. To do this he secretly skipped school, and after his mother discovered this at the end of his senior year, he was required to attend summer school.[17]

Murphy's early comedy was characterized by copious profanity and sketches lampooning a diverse group of people (including White Anglo-Saxon Protestants (WASPs), African Americans, Italian Americans, overweight people, and gay people). Murphy released two stand-up specials. Eddie Murphy was his first album, released in 1982. Delirious was filmed in 1983 in Washington, D.C. Due to the popularity of Delirious, his concert film Eddie Murphy Raw (1987) received a wide theatrical release, grossing $50 million; the movie was filmed in the Felt Forum section of Madison Square Garden in New York City.[18][19]

Comedians who cite Murphy as influencing them include Russell Brand,[20] Dave Chappelle,[21] and Chris Rock.[22]

1980s acting career

Murphy in 1988

Murphy first earned national attention as a cast member on Saturday Night Live (SNL) and was credited with helping to revitalize the show during the early 1980s.[23] His notable characters included a grown-up version of the Little Rascals character Buckwheat;[24] a street-wise children's show host named Mr. Robinson (a spoof of Fred Rogers, who found it amusing[25]); and a morose, cynical Gumby, whose trademark slogan became an SNL catchphrase: "I'm Gumby, dammit!"[24]

The Buckwheat character was retired in spectacular fashion—assassinated, on camera, in front of 30 Rockefeller Plaza—at Murphy's request, after he grew tired of constant demands from fans to "Do Buckwheat! Do Buckwheat!"[26][27] In Rolling Stone's February 2015 appraisal of all 141 SNL cast members to date, Murphy was ranked second (behind John Belushi). "It is customary (and accurate) to say that Eddie Murphy is the only reason SNL survived the five-year wilderness without Lorne Michaels," they noted.[28]

In 1982, Murphy made his big screen debut in the film 48 Hrs. with Nick Nolte.[11] 48 Hrs. proved to be a hit when it was released in the Christmas season of 1982. Nolte was scheduled to host the December 11, 1982, Christmas episode of Saturday Night Live, but became too ill to host, so Murphy took over. He became the only cast member to host while still a regular. Murphy opened the show with the phrase, "Live from New York, It's the Eddie Murphy Show!"

The following year, Murphy starred in Trading Places with fellow SNL alumnus Dan Aykroyd.[11] 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 appeared in Best Defense, co-starring Dudley Moore. Murphy, who was credited as a "Strategic Guest Star", was added to the film after an original version was completed but tested poorly with audiences. Best Defense was a major financial and critical disappointment. When he hosted SNL, Murphy joined the chorus of those bashing Best Defense, calling it "the worst movie in the history of everything". Aykroyd originally wrote the Winston Zeddemore character in Ghostbusters specifically for Murphy, but he was unable to commit at the time due to the Beverly Hills Cop shooting schedule. The part ultimately went to Ernie Hudson.

Later in 1984, Murphy starred in the successful action comedy film Beverly Hills Cop.[11] The film was Murphy's first solo leading role.[11] Beverly Hills Cop grossed over $230 million at the U.S. box office becoming the highest-grossing film released in 1984, the highest grossing comedy of all-time and the highest grossing "R" rated film of all-time and as of May 2018 it was 46th in the list of all-time U.S. box office grossers after adjusting for inflation (3rd-highest amongst "R" rated films).[29]

Murphy was also offered a part in 1986's Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, a role that, after being heavily re-written from comic relief to love interest, ultimately went to future 7th Heaven star Catherine Hicks. By this point[30] Murphy's near-exclusive contract with Paramount Pictures rivaled Star Trek as Paramount's most lucrative franchise.

In 1986, Murphy starred in the supernatural comedy, The Golden Child.[11] Although The Golden Child performed well at the box office, the movie was not as critically acclaimed as 48 Hrs., Trading Places, and Beverly Hills Cop. 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. It was a box-office success, grossing almost $300 million worldwide.[31]

1990s career

From 1989 and through most of the early 1990s, box office results and reviews for Murphy's films were strong, but by 1992 both declined, hitting a low point with the critically panned Beverly Hills Cop III (1994),[32] a movie Murphy would ultimately denounce during an appearance on Inside the Actors Studio,[11] although he did find box office success with Boomerang and Another 48 Hrs. Harlem Nights featured Murphy, who had previously been known only as a performer, as director, producer, star, and co-writer, with his brother, Charlie Murphy, as well as supporting roles for Murphy's comic idols Redd Foxx and Richard Pryor.[11]

During this period, Murphy was criticized by filmmaker Spike Lee for not using his show business stature to help black actors break into film,[33] but as Murphy's prominence grew, his films (especially those he produced) were often populated with predominantly black casts (Coming to America, Harlem Nights, Boomerang, Vampire in Brooklyn, Life). Many black actors who would later gain wider recognition make early appearances in Murphy films, such as Damon Wayans in Beverly Hills Cop, Halle Berry and Martin Lawrence in Boomerang, Samuel L. Jackson and Cuba Gooding Jr. in Coming to America, Dave Chappelle in The Nutty Professor, and Chris Rock in Beverly Hills Cop II.

Although Murphy has enjoyed commercial success since Saturday Night Live, he did not participate in the making of the Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live retrospective book by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller (2002), nor did he ever attend cast reunions or anniversary specials until his appearance on the SNL 40th anniversary special. Murphy's box office results began to recover in 1996, starting with The Nutty Professor.

1998 to present

Murphy followed with a series of 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. However, most of his movies meant for more adult audiences performed moderately; Metro, I Spy, and Showtime all grossed less than $40 million domestically, Holy Man performed poorly, grossing less than $13 million, and The Adventures of Pluto Nash is on record as one of the biggest theatrical money-losers of all time, grossing just $7 million worldwide on a reported $110 million budget. A notable exception to this run of poorly received adult-themed films was the Frank Oz comedy Bowfinger, also starring Steve Martin. The film garnered generally positive critical reviews and grossed $98 million at the box office.[34]

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.[35]

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 – there was a suggestion that one of the reasons Murphy lost out on winning the Academy Award was the negative reviews of his subsequent film Norbit, released in early February 2007.[36] As a result, Murphy notoriously exited the 79th Academy Awards as soon as Arkin was announced the winner.[37][38]

Dreamgirls was the first film distributed by Paramount Pictures to star Murphy (who once was on an exclusive contract with the studio) since Vampire in Brooklyn in 1995.

In 2007, Murphy was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[39] As a result of Viacom's acquisition of DreamWorks, Paramount distributed his other 2007 releases: Norbit and Shrek the Third. He starred in the 2008 film Meet Dave, and the 2009 film Imagine That for Paramount Pictures.

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.[11][40] It was reported in 2011 that Murphy would host the 84th Academy Awards in 2012.[41] However, he dropped out of his hosting duties on November 9, 2011, in the wake of the Brett Ratner scandal.[42]

On December 6, 2013, it was announced that Murphy would star in the fourth film of the Beverly Hills Cop series. Brett Ratner will direct the film, Jerry Bruckheimer is confirmed to produce the film, and Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec will write.[43] In a June 2014 interview, Murphy discussed the plot of the film stating that it would take place in Detroit and they would actually film in Detroit bringing in an estimated $56.6 million to the state of Michigan.[44] On June 14, 2016, it was confirmed that Murphy was still set to reprise his role as Axel Foley in a fourth film of the Beverly Hills Cop franchise.[45][46]

On March 8, 2014, it was announced that Murphy would team up with Boomerang co-star Halle Berry in a new film titled Miles and Me. The film was also set to star Laurence Fishburne and was set to begin pre-production in 2014 from Paramount Pictures. No other word was released about or who else was attached.[47]

On March 15, 2015, it was announced that Murphy will play comedian Richard Pryor's father, LeRoy Pryor, in the upcoming biopic directed by Lee Daniels with Mike Epps playing Pryor.[48]

Murphy co-starred with actress Britt Robertson in the drama Mr. Church.[49]

Singing career

Murphy is also a singer, having frequently provided background vocals to songs released by The Bus Boys; the song "(The Boys Are) Back in Town" was featured in 48 Hrs. and Murphy's comedy special Eddie Murphy Delirious. As a solo artist, Murphy had two hit singles, "Party All the Time" (which was produced by Rick James) and "Put Your Mouth On Me" during the latter half of the 1980s. He had started singing earlier in his career, with the songs "Boogie in Your Butt" and "Enough Is Enough", the latter being a parody of Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer's 1979 song, "No More Tears" (They both appear on his 1982 self-titled comedy album.)

"Party All the Time" was featured on Murphy's 1985 debut album How Could It Be, which included a minor follow-up R&B hit in the title track, a duet with vocalist Crystal Blake. This track was written by Rusty Hamilton and was produced by Stevie Wonder's cousin Aquil Fudge after a brief falling out with Rick James. In 2004, VH-1 and Blender voted "Party All the Time" number seven among the "50 Worst Songs of All-Time." Sharam used a sample of the song for the UK #8 hit "PATT (Party All The Time)" in 2006. "Put Your Mouth on Me" appeared on Murphy's 1989 follow-up album, So Happy.

Murphy recorded the album Love's Alright in the early 1990s. He performed in a music video of the single "Whatzupwitu", featuring Michael Jackson. He recorded a duet with Shabba Ranks called "I Was a King". In 1992, Murphy appeared in Michael Jackson's "Remember the Time" alongside Magic Johnson and Iman.

Though uncredited, Murphy provided vocal work on SNL castmate Joe Piscopo's comedy single, "The Honeymooners Rap." Piscopo impersonated Jackie Gleason on the single, while Murphy provided an imitation of Art Carney.

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; Murphy performed "Thank You (Falletin Me Be Mice Elf Again)" for Shrek the Third, once again with Banderas.

In 2013 he released his first single in years titled "Red Light", a reggae song featuring Snoop Lion. He is also working on a new album titled 9.[50]

Personal life


In 2008, Murphy bought property in Long Island, New York.[51]

Eddie Murphy's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Murphy has a son, Eric (born circa 1989), with then girlfriend Paulette McNeely, and a son, Christian (born circa 1990) with then girlfriend Tamara Hood.[52][53]

Murphy began a longtime romantic relationship with Nicole Mitchell after meeting her in 1988 at an NAACP Image Awards show. They lived together for almost two years before getting married at the Grand Ballroom of The Plaza Hotel in New York City on March 18, 1993.[54] Murphy and Mitchell had five children together: Bria, Myles, Shayne, Zola, and Bella.[52][53] In August 2005, Mitchell filed for divorce, citing "irreconcilable differences". The divorce was finalized on April 17, 2006.[55]

Following his divorce from Mitchell, in 2006, Murphy began dating former Spice Girl Melanie Brown, who became pregnant and stated that the child was Murphy's. When questioned about the pregnancy in December 2006, by RTL Boulevard, Murphy told Dutch reporter Matthijs Kleyn, "I don't know whose child that is until it comes out and has a blood test. You shouldn't jump to conclusions, sir". Brown gave birth to a baby girl, Angel Iris Murphy Brown, on Murphy's 46th birthday, April 3, 2007. On June 22, 2007, representatives for Brown announced in People that a DNA test had confirmed that Murphy was the father.[56] Brown had stated in an interview that Murphy has not sought a relationship with Angel,[57][58] although it was later reported in 2010 that Murphy was getting to know her.[59]

Murphy exchanged marriage vows with film producer Tracey Edmonds, former wife of Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, on January 1, 2008, in a private ceremony on an island off Bora Bora.[60] On January 16, 2008, the couple released a statement saying, "After much consideration and discussion, we have jointly decided that we will forgo having a legal ceremony as it is not necessary to define our relationship further," and called the Bora Bora wedding a "symbolic union". The two had planned on having a legal ceremony upon their return to the U.S. but did not, and their wedding was never official.[61]

Murphy began dating model Paige Butcher in 2012.[62] Their daughter Izzy was born May 3, 2016.[63] In August 2018, the couple announced they were expecting another child, a boy.[64][65][66] The couple got engaged in September 2018.[67][68][69] On November 30, the couple's son, Max Charles Murphy, was born.[70][71] The child's middle name pays tribute to Murphy's late brother, Charlie, who passed away from leukemia in 2017.[72][73]


In 1988, Art Buchwald sued Murphy and Paramount Pictures, alleging that they had used ideas from a screenplay he had submitted to Paramount as the basis for Murphy's film Coming to America. In 1992, Buchwald was awarded $150,000 in a summary judgment; Buchwald's producing partner, Alan Bernheim, was awarded $750,000. Both sides described the outcome as a "victory".[74]

Legal issues

On May 2, 1997, Murphy was stopped by police after having been observed picking up a transgender prostitute. The prostitute, Shalimar Seiuli, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for prostitution. Murphy was not arrested or charged and claimed he was just giving Seiuli a ride.[75][76]


Murphy has donated money to the AIDS Foundation, as well as cancer, education, creative arts, family support, health and homeless charities. He has donated to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center, and $100,000 to the Screen Actors' Guild's strike relief fund.[77]


Awards and nominations

Year Title Accolade Results
1983 48 Hrs. Golden Globe award, New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture - Male Nominated
Trading Places Image award, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture Won
Saturday Night LIVE! Primetime Emmy award, Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program Nominated
1984 Trading Places Golden Globe award, Best Lead Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Nominated
Saturday Night LIVE! Primetime Emmy award, Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program Nominated
Primetime Emmy award, Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program Nominated
1985 Beverly Hills Cop Golden Globe award, Best Lead Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Nominated
People's Choice award, Favorite All-Around Male Entertainer Won
ShoWest Convention award, Star of the Year Won
1987 American Cinematheque award, Gala Tribute Won
Beverly Hills Cop II Bravo Otto award, Best Lead Actor Nominated
1988 Coming to America Nominated
Beverly Hills Cop II Nickelodeon Kid's Choice award, Favorite Movie Actor Won
1989 Coming to America Nickelodeon Kid's Choice award, Favorite Movie Actor Nominated
People's Choice award, Favorite Comedy Motion Picture Actor Won
1990 Image award, Entertainer of the Year Won
Harlem Nights Golden Raspberry award, Worst Director Nominated
Golden Raspberry award, Worst Screenplay Won
1992 ShoWest Convention award, Star of the Decade Won
1993 Boomerang MTV Movie + TV award, Best Comedic Performance Nominated
Soul Train award, Heritage award Won
1996 The Nutty Professor Los Angeles Film Critics Association award, Best Lead Actor Nominated
Walk of Fame, Star on the Walk of Fame - Motion Picture 7000 Hollywood, Blvd. Won
1997 The Nutty Professor American Comedy award, Funniest Lead Actor in a Motion Picture Nominated
Blockbuster Entertainment award, Favorite Lead Actor - Comedy Won
Golden Globe award, Best Lead Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Nominated
Image award, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture Nominated
MTV Movie + TV award, Best Male Performance Nominated
MTV Movie + TV award, Best Comedic Performance Nominated
National Society of Film Critics award, Best Lead Actor Won
Online Film & Television Association award, Best Lead Actor - Comedy or Musical Nominated
Satellite award, Best Lead Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Nominated
Saturn award, Best Lead Actor Won
1999 The PJs Annie award, Best Individual Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production Nominated
Dr. Dolittle Blockbuster Entertainment award, Favorite Lead Actor - Comedy Nominated
Nickelodeon Kid's Choice award, Favorite Movie Actor Nominated
The PJs Online Film & Television Association award, Best Voice-Over Performance Nominated
Mulan Online Film & Television Association award, Best Family Actor Nominated
The PJs Primetime Emmy award, Outstanding Short-Form Animated Program Nominated
2000 Life Black Reel award, Best Film (shared with Brian Grazer) Nominated
Bowfinger Black Reel award, Best Lead Actor - Theatrical Nominated
Life Blockbuster Entertainment award, Favorite Comedy Team (shared with Martin Lawrence) Nominated
Bowfinger Blockbuster Entertainment award, Favorite Comedy Team (shared with Steve Martin) Nominated
2001 Shrek Annie award, Best Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Feature Won
Nutty Professor 2 Blockbuster Entertainment award, Favorite Lead Actor - Comedy Nominated
Shrek Golden Schmoes award, Coolest Character of the Year Nominated
Nutty Professor 2 MTV Movie + TV award, Best Comedic Performance Nominated
Nickelodeon Kid's Choice award, Favorite Movie Actor Nominated
Satellite award, Best Lead Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Nominated
2002 Showtime

Dr. Dolittle 2

BET award, Best Lead Actor Nominated
Shrek Black Reel award, Best Supporting Actor - Theatrical Nominated
British Academy Film award, Best Supporting Actor Nominated
MTV Movie + TV award, Best Comedic Performance Nominated
MTV Movie + TV award, Best On-Screen Team (shared with Cameron Diaz & Mike Myers) Nominated
Nickelodeon Kid's Choice award, Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie Won
Dr. Dolittle 2 Nickelodeon Kid's Choice award, Favorite Movie Actor Nominated
Shrek People's Choice award, Favorite Motion Picture Star in a Comedy Won
Saturn award, Best Supporting Actor Nominated
The Adventures of Pluto Nash

I Spy

The Stinkers Bad Movie award, Worst Lead Actor Nominated
The Stinkers Bad Movie award, Worst On-Screen Couple (and anyone forced to co-star with him) Nominated
2003 Golden Raspberry award, Worst Lead Actor Nominated
Golden Raspberry award, Worst Screen Couple (and anyone forced to co-star with him) Nominated
2004 The Haunted Mansion
Daddy Day Care
Nickelodeon Kid's Choice award, Favorite Movie Actor Nominated
2005 Shrek 2 Nickelodeon Kid's Choice award, Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie Nominated
2006 Dreamgirls African-American Film Critics Association award, Best Supporting Actor Won
Chicago Film Critics Association award, Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association award, Best Supporting Actor Nominated
New York Film Critics Circle award, Best Supporting Actor Nominated
St. Louis Film Critics Association award, Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2007 Academy award, Best Supporting Actor Nominated


BET award, Best Lead Actor Nominated
Dreamgirls Black Reel award, Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Central Ohio Film Critics Association award, Best Supporting Actor Won
Critics Choice award, Best Supporting Actor Won
Critics Choice award, Best Acting Ensemble Nominated
Gold Derby award, Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Gold Derby award, Best Ensemble Cast Nominated
Golden Globe award, Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Won
Image award, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Nominated
Online Film & Television Association award, Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Online Film & Television Association award, Best Music - Original Song "Patience" Nominated
Online Film Critics Society award, Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Screen Actors Guild award, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role Won
Screen Actors Guild award, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Motion Picture Nominated
Norbit Women Film Critics Circle award, Hall of Shame Won
2008 Shrek the Halls Annie award, Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production Nominated
Norbit Golden Raspberry award, Worst Lead Actor Won
Golden Raspberry award, Worst Supporting Actor Won
Golden Raspberry award, Worst Supporting Actress Won
Shrek the Third Nickelodeon Kid's Choice award, Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie Won
Norbit Nickelodeon Kid's Choice award, Favorite Movie Actor Nominated
2009 Meet Dave Golden Raspberry award, Worst Lead Actor Nominated
Golden Raspberry award, Worst Screen Couple (shared with Himself) Nominated
2010 The Adventures of Pluto Nash
I Spy
Imagine That
Meet Dave
Golden Raspberry award, Worst Actor of the Decade Won
Imagine That Golden Raspberry award, Worst Lead Actor Nominated
2011 Shrek Forever After Nickelodeon Kid's Choice award, Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie Won
2012 Tower Heist Image award, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture Nominated
2013 A Thousand Words Golden Raspberry award, Worst Lead Actor Nominated
2016 Hollywood Film Festival award, Career Achievement award Won
Mr. Church Satellite award, Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Nominated
2018 CinEuphoria award, Career - Honorary award Won


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Beverly Hills Cop

Beverly Hills Cop is a 1984 American action comedy film directed by Martin Brest, written by Daniel Petrie Jr. and starring Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, a street-smart Detroit cop who visits Beverly Hills, California to solve the murder of his best friend. Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Ronny Cox, Lisa Eilbacher, Steven Berkoff and Jonathan Banks appear in supporting roles.

This first film in the Beverly Hills Cop series shot Murphy to international stardom, won the People's Choice Award for "Favorite Motion Picture" and was nominated for both the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1985. It earned $234 million at the North American domestic box office, making it the highest-grossing film released in 1984 in the U.S.

Beverly Hills Cop (film series)

Beverly Hills Cop is a series of American action comedy films and an unaired television pilot based on characters created by Daniel Petrie, Jr. and Danilo Bach. The films star Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley, a street-smart Detroit cop who travels to Beverly Hills, California to investigate crimes, even though it is out of his jurisdiction. There, he meets Detective Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold), Sergeant John Taggart (John Ashton), and Lieutenant Andrew Bogomil (Ronny Cox). Ashton and Cox do not appear in Beverly Hills Cop III. Murphy, Reinhold, and Gil Hill, who plays Axel's boss, Inspector Todd, are the only actors who appear in all three films. Harold Faltermeyer produced the now famous "Axel F" theme song heard throughout the series. The series as a whole have been distributed by Paramount Pictures. The films have made a total of $735,534,503 at the worldwide box office.

Following a failed attempt at a television series based on the films, Paramount decided to produce another film with a currently unknown release date.

Charlie Murphy

Charles Quinton Murphy (July 12, 1959 – April 12, 2017) was an American actor, comedian, and writer. Murphy is best known as a writer and cast member of the Comedy Central sketch-comedy series Chappelle's Show, and as the costar of the sitcom Black Jesus. He was the older brother of comedian Eddie Murphy and the older half-brother of Vernon Lynch Jr.

Coming to America

Coming to America is a 1988 American romantic comedy film directed by John Landis and based on a story originally created by Eddie Murphy, who also starred in the lead role. The film also co-stars Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, and John Amos. The film was released in the United States on June 29, 1988. Eddie Murphy plays Akeem Joffer, the crown prince of the fictional African nation of Zamunda, who comes to the United States in the hopes of finding a woman he can marry.

In 1989, a pilot for a planned spin-off TV show was made, although this was never picked up for a series.

Donkey (Shrek)

Donkey is a fictional fast-talking donkey created by William Steig and adapted by DreamWorks Animation for the Shrek franchise. The character is voiced by Eddie Murphy.

Dreamgirls (film)

Dreamgirls is a 2006 American romantic musical comedy-drama film written and directed by Bill Condon and jointly produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures. Adapted from the 1981 Broadway musical of the same name by composer Henry Krieger and lyricist/librettist Tom Eyen, Dreamgirls is a film à clef, a work of fiction taking strong inspiration from the history of the Motown record label and one of its acts, The Supremes. The story follows the history and evolution of American R&B music during the 1960s and 1970s through the eyes of a Detroit, Michigan girl group known as the Dreams and their manipulative record executive.

The film adaptation of Dreamgirls stars Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé, Eddie Murphy, and Jennifer Hudson, and also features Danny Glover, Anika Noni Rose and Keith Robinson. Produced by Laurence Mark, the film's screenplay was adapted by director Condon from the original Broadway book by Tom Eyen. In addition to the original Kreiger/Eyen compositions, four new songs, composed by Krieger with various lyricists, were added for this film. Dreamgirls features the acting debut of Hudson, a former American Idol contestant and singer.

The film debuted in four special road show engagements starting on December 15, 2006, before its nationwide release on December 25, 2006. With a production cost of $80 million, Dreamgirls is one of the most expensive films to feature an all African-American starring cast in American cinema history. Upon its release, the film garnered positive reviews from critics, who particularly praised the performances of Hudson and Murphy. The film also earned $155 million at the international box office. Dreamgirls also received a number of accolades, including three awards at the 64th Golden Globe Awards ceremony, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, and two Oscars at the 79th Academy Awards.

Eddie Murphy (baseball)

John Edward Murphy (October 2, 1891 – February 21, 1969), nicknamed "Honest Eddie", was an American professional baseball right fielder. He played in Major League Baseball for the Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates.

He appeared in three World Series. His first two were with the Athletics in 1913 and 1914 World Series. Murphy appeared in the 1919 World Series as a member of the Chicago White Sox, a series best known for the Black Sox Scandal.

Eddie Murphy Delirious

Delirious (1983) is an American stand-up comedy television special directed by Bruce Gowers, written by and starring Eddie Murphy. The comedy became a TV Special for HBO released August 30, 1983. The 70-minute film became Eddie Murphy's first feature stand-up film, becoming the predecessor to the wide theatrical release in 1987, Eddie Murphy Raw. The stand-up was also released as an album on October 24, 1983 titled Eddie Murphy: Comedian, which won Grammy for Best Comedy Album at the 1984 Grammy Awards.

Eddie Murphy Raw

Eddie Murphy Raw is a 1987 American stand-up comedy film starring Eddie Murphy and directed by Robert Townsend. It was Murphy's second feature stand-up comedy film, following Eddie Murphy Delirious. However, unlike Delirious, Raw received a wide theatrical release. The 90-minute show was filmed at the Felt Forum, a venue in the Madison Square Garden complex in New York City. As of November 2018, Raw is still the #1 stand-up film of all time at the box office, making $50.5 million worldwide before inflation. After inflation, the film grossed $110.5 million in 2017 dollars. The film was released in the United States on December 18, 1987.

Eddie Murphy filmography

Eddie Murphy is an African American comedian, actor, film producer, song-writer, screen-writer, singer, director, author, and musician.

Harlem Nights

Harlem Nights is a 1989 American crime comedy film written, executive produced, and directed by Eddie Murphy. Murphy co-stars with Richard Pryor as a team running a nightclub in late-1930s Harlem while contending with gangsters and corrupt police officials. The film also features Michael Lerner, Danny Aiello, Redd Foxx (in his last film before his death in 1991), Della Reese, and Murphy's brother Charlie Murphy in his first film. The film was released on November 17, 1989 by Paramount Pictures.

Harlem Nights remains Murphy's only directorial effort. He had always wanted to direct and star in a period piece, as well as work with Pryor, whom he considered his greatest influence in stand-up comedy. Reviews of the film were generally negative, criticizing the film's slow pacing and relative lack of comedy. Nonetheless, the film was a financial success, grossing $95 million against a $30 million budget.

History of Saturday Night Live (1980–85)

Saturday Night Live is an American sketch comedy series created and produced by Lorne Michaels for most of the show's run. The show has aired on NBC since 1975.

After the 1979–80 season, Michaels attempted to take a break and appoint writer Al Franken his successor. However, then-president of NBC Fred Silverman passed on Franken and gave the job to associate producer Jean Doumanian, bringing in a brand new cast and mostly new writers, and resulting in the most critically unstable season in SNL's history. Doumanian was fired and replaced with Dick Ebersol, who brought in a new cast, keeping only Eddie Murphy and Joe Piscopo. Murphy and Piscopo became breakout stars and restored the show's popularity.

During the 1983–84 season, Murphy left SNL and went on to foster a successful film career. Piscopo and several other cast members also left after the season, prompting Ebersol to rebuild the cast for the following year with already-established celebrities such as Billy Crystal and Christopher Guest. After a successful 1984–85 season, NBC denied Ebersol a more permanent retool, which led to Ebersol leaving and original producer Michaels returning for the 1985–86 season.

Life (1999 film)

Life is a 1999 American comedy-drama film written by Robert Ramsey and Matthew Stone and directed by Ted Demme. The film stars Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence. It is the second film that Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence have worked on, the first being Boomerang. The supporting cast includes Ned Beatty, R. Lee Ermey, Obba Babatundé, Bernie Mac, Anthony Anderson, Miguel A. Núñez Jr., Bokeem Woodbine, Guy Torry, Michael Taliferro and Barry Shabaka Henley. The film's format is a story being told by an elderly inmate about two of his friends, who are both wrongly convicted of murder and given a life sentence in prison. As of 2018, Life stands as the last R-rated feature to date for Eddie Murphy, whose subsequent works have earned either PG or PG-13 ratings.

List of Saturday Night Live musical sketches

Saturday Night Live has featured many recurring characters that appear in sketches with a musical theme. In addition there are characters listed here who predominantly featured music, but may not have exclusively featured it.

Nick The Lounge Singer (Bill Murray) – April 16, 1977

The Blues Brothers (Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi) – April 22, 1978

Candy Slice (Gilda Radner) – December 9, 1978

Buckwheat (Eddie Murphy) – October 10, 1981

Pudge & Solomon (Joe Piscopo, Eddie Murphy) – January 30, 1982

The Sweeney Sisters (Jan Hooks, Nora Dunn, Marc Shaiman) – October 18, 1986

Tonto, Tarzan & Frankenstein's Monster (Jon Lovitz, Kevin Nealon, Phil Hartman) – December 19, 1987

I'm Chillin' (Chris Rock, Chris Farley) – January 12, 1991

Opera Man (Adam Sandler) – April 18, 1992

Mighty Mack Blues (John Goodman) – March 25, 1995

G-Dog (Tim Meadows) – December 2, 1995

The Roxbury Guys (Chris Kattan, Will Ferrell) – March 23, 1996

The Culps (Ana Gasteyer, Will Ferrell) – November 2, 1996

Janet Reno's Dance Party (Will Ferrell) – January 11, 1997

The DeMarco Brothers (Chris Parnell, Chris Kattan) – March 15, 1997

Gunner Olsen (Jim Breuer) – March 7, 1998

7 Degrees Celsius (Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan, Chris Parnell, Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz) – January 16, 1999

Gemini's Twin (Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer) – November 4, 2000

Rap Street (Jerry Minor, Horatio Sanz) – November 18, 2000

Season's Greetings From Saturday Night Live (Christmas is Number One) (Horatio Sanz, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Kattan, Tracy Morgan) – December 16, 2000

The Kelly Brothers (Fred Armisen, Will Forte) – February 8, 2003

Mascots (Justin Timberlake) – October 11, 2003

The Prince Show (Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph) – February 14, 2004

The Lundford Twins Feel Good Variety Hour (Fred Armisen, Amy Poehler) – January 22, 2005

Deep House Dish (Kenan Thompson, Rachel Dratch, Andy Samberg) – November 19, 2005

The Lawrence Welk Show (Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig) – October 4, 2008

Les Jeunes de Paris (Taran Killam) - October 23, 2010


Norbit is a 2007 American comedy film, directed by Brian Robbins, and co-written by, co-produced by, and starring Eddie Murphy. The film co-stars Thandie Newton, Terry Crews, Cuba Gooding Jr., Eddie Griffin, Katt Williams, Marlon Wayans, and Charlie Murphy. It was released by DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures on February 9, 2007.

The film was negatively received by critics and earned Murphy three Golden Raspberry Awards, out of the film's eight total nominations. However, it was a commercial success and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Makeup.

Party All the Time

"Party All the Time" is a 1985 single by comedian and actor Eddie Murphy, written and produced by Rick James and Kevin Johnston. It was the lead single from Murphy's debut album How Could It Be. The single was recorded at James' home studio in Buffalo, New York. It reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks, behind "Say You, Say Me" by Lionel Richie. Rick James also provided vocals for the song.

The song is a lament by the singer that despite the expensive things he gives her, his girlfriend prefers to spend her time out dancing and flirting with other men, rather than staying at home and showing affection for him.

Since 2014, the song has enjoyed a mini resurgence in Scotland thanks largely to the supporters of St Johnstone F.C., who now have adopted it as an unofficial club anthem.

Recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced 1981–1982

The following is a list of recurring Saturday Night Live characters and sketches introduced between October 3, 1981, and May 22, 1982, the seventh season of SNL.

Trading Places

Trading Places is a 1983 American comedy film directed by John Landis and starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy. It tells the story of an upper-class commodities broker and a homeless street hustler whose lives cross paths when they are unknowingly made part of an elaborate bet. Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche, Denholm Elliott, and Jamie Lee Curtis also star. The storyline is often called a modern take on Mark Twain's classic 19th-century novel The Prince and the Pauper.

The film was written by Timothy Harris and Herschel Weingrod and was produced by Aaron Russo. It was released to theaters in North America on June 8, 1983, where it was distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film earned over $90 million during its theatrical run in the United States, finishing as the fourth highest earning film of the year and the second highest earning R-rated film of 1983.

Denholm Elliott and Jamie Lee Curtis won the awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Actress in a Supporting Role, respectively, at the 37th British Academy Film Awards. The film was nominated for several additional awards including Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the 41st Golden Globe Awards.


"Whatzupwitu" (pronounced "what's up with you") is a 1993 R&B song by Eddie Murphy, featuring Michael Jackson. It is included as the sixth track on Murphy's third studio album Love's Alright. Jackson decided to participate in the song and video since he thought the lyrics had a positive message.

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