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Eddie Murphy

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Edward Regan Murphy was born April 3, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York, to Lillian (Laney), a telephone operator, and Charles Edward Murphy, a transit police officer who was also an amateur comedian and actor. After his father died, his mother married Vernon Lynch, a foreman at a Breyer's Ice Cream plant. His siblings are Charlie Murphy and Vernon Lynch, Jr. Eddie had aspirations of being in show business since he was a child. A bright kid growing up in the streets of New York, Murphy spent a great deal of time on impressions and comedy stand-up routines rather than academics. His sense of humor and wit made him a stand out amongst his classmates at Roosevelt Junior-Senior High School. By the time he was fifteen, Murphy worked as a stand-up comic on the lower part of New York, wooing audiences with his dead-on impressions of celebrities and outlooks on life. In the early 1980s, at the age of 19, Murphy was offered a contract for the Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time Players of Saturday Night Live (1975), where Murphy exercised his comedic abilities in impersonating African American figures and originating some of the show's most memorable characters: Velvet Jones, Mr. Robinson, and a disgruntled and angry Gumby. Murphy made his feature film debut in 48 Hrs. (1982), alongside Nick Nolte. The two's comedic and antagonistic chemistry, alongside Murphy's believable performance as a streetwise convict aiding a bitter, aging cop, won over critics and audiences. The next year, Murphy went two for two, with another hit, pairing him with John Landis, who later became a frequent collaborator with Murphy in Coming to America (1988) and Beverly Hills Cop III (1994). Beverly Hills Cop (1984) was the film that made Murphy a box-office superstar and most notably made him a celebrity worldwide, and it remains one of the all-time biggest domestic blockbusters in motion-picture history. Murphy's performance as a young Detroit cop in pursuit of his friend's murderers earned him a third consecutive Golden Globe nomination. Axel Foley became one of Murphy's signature characters. On top of his game, Murphy was unfazed by his success, that is until his box office appeal and choices in scripts resulted into a spotty mix of hits and misses into the late 1980s and early 1990s. Films like The Golden Child (1986) and Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) were critically panned but were still massive draws at the box office. In 1989, Murphy, coming off another hit, Coming to America (1988), found failure with his directorial debut, Harlem Nights (1989). Another 48 Hrs. (1990) and his turn as a hopeless romantic in Boomerang (1992) did little to resuscitate his career. However, his remake of Jerry Lewis's The Nutty Professor (1996) brought Murphy's drawing power back into fruition. From there, Murphy rebounded with occasional hits and misses but has long proven himself as a skilled comedic actor with laudable range pertaining to characterizations and mannerisms. Though he has grown up a lot since his fast-lane rise as a superstar in the 1980s, Murphy has lived the Hollywood lifestyle with controversy, criticism, scandal, and the admiration of millions worldwide for his talents. As Murphy had matured throughout the years, learning many lessons about the Hollywood game in the process, he settled down with more family-oriented humor with Doctor Dolittle (1998), Mulan (1998), Bowfinger (1999), and the animated smash Shrek (2001), in a supporting role that showcased Murphy's comedic personality and charm. Throughout the 2000s, he further starred in the hits The Haunted Mansion (2003), Shrek 2 (2004), Dreamgirls (2006) (for which he was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar), Norbit (2007), Shrek the Third (2007), and Shrek Forever After (2010). Murphy was married to Nicole Mitchell Murphy from 1993 to 2006. Murphy has eight children.  See full bio on IMDb »

Eddie Murphy Will Miss Brother Charlie's Laughter and Presence Every Day

Eddie Murphy
I'll Miss Charlie's Laughter Every Day

Eddie Murphy is reacting to the sudden loss of his older brother, Charlie Murphy, saying their family will never be the same. Eddie says on behalf of his family, "Our hearts are heavy with the… READ MORE >

Comedian Charlie Murphy Dead at 57 After Leukemia Battle

Charlie Murphy
Dead at 57 After Leukemia Battle

Charlie Murphy, Eddie's older brother, and a very successful and popular stand-up comedian in his own right has died ... TMZ has learned. According to Charlie's manager, he died from leukemia… READ MORE >

- 433 days ago
Eddie Murphy Really Is Working On 'Coming to America' Sequel (VIDEO)

Eddie Murphy
'Coming to America 2' Is Really in the Works!

If Eddie Murphy's "Coming to America 2" tweet was the smoke, then here's the fire -- there IS a plan to shoot a sequel! Sources close to Eddie tell us he's in the early writing stages of the… READ MORE >

- 460 days ago
Eddie Murphy -- Check Out My Modern Family ... Smoking HOT Edition (PHOTO)

Eddie Murphy
Modern Family ... Smoking HOT Edition

Eddie Murphy was a proud Beverly Hills pop at the premiere of his daughter Bria's new movie, "Amateur Night" -- proud of her and of his choice in women. Ed was smack in the middle of what… READ MORE >

- 694 days ago
Eddie Murphy -- Making Room for a New Girl (VIDEO)

Eddie Murphy
Making Room For a New Girl

Eddie Murphy should just get used to it ... chicks are gonna own him for years and years to come -- 'cause he's having yet ANOTHER female child. Eddie and his pregnant gf, Paige Butcher,… READ MORE >

- 798 days ago
Eddie Murphy -- GF Paige Butcher in 2nd Trimester ... of HOTNESS! (PHOTO)

Eddie Murphy
GF in 2nd Trimester ... of HOTNESS!

Eddie Murphy is in rehearsals for "Daddy Day Care," Part 9 -- and his pregnant co-star's totally ready for her close-up. Eddie and gf Paige Butcher took a stroll for java Wednesday in L.A. The… READ MORE >

- 839 days ago
Dave Chappelle -- Hell Yes, I'll Open for Eddie Murphy, Just One Problem ... (VIDEO)

Dave Chappelle
Hell Yes, I'll Open for Eddie Murphy Just One Problem ...

Dave Chappelle is about to make comedy fantasies come true, because he's not saying "NO" ... to a possible dream team concert with Eddie Murphy. There's more buzz than ever about Eddie possibly… READ MORE >

- 974 days ago
Eddie Murphy's Return to Stand-Up!!! Crowd Roars at Cosby Impression

Eddie Murphy
Return to Stand-Up!!! Crowd Roars at Cosby Impression

Eddie Murphy ended a 28 year dry spell by returning to the stage to do stand-up, and he slayed with his Bill Cosby impression. Eddie was at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. to receive the… READ MORE >

- 975 days ago
Eddie Murphy -- Comedy Stage, Here I Come!!!

Eddie Murphy
Comedy Stage, Here I Come!!!

Eddie Murphy has opened the door to a return to the comedy stage. Eddie was arriving at the Four Seasons in Georgetown ... he's in D.C. to pick up the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the… READ MORE >

- 975 days ago
Chris Farley -- Lost 'Shrek' Footage Finally Unearthed (VIDEO)

Chris Farley
Lost 'Shrek' Footage Finally Unearthed

Chris Farley's voice work as "Shrek" has long been the stuff of legend, and for the first time ever ... we can actually hear it.  Farley completed nearly all of his dialogue for the movie… READ MORE >

- 1049 days ago
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