Eddie Murphy
Academy Award nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning American actor
Eddie Murphy
Edward Regan "Eddie" Murphy is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, singer, director, and musician. 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.
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April 21, 2016
Actor EDDIE MURPHY has become a dad again. The Beverly Hills Cop star welcomed daughter Izzy Oona Murphy with model and actress girlfriend Paige Butcher on Tuesday (03Mar16), sources tell People magazine. The baby girl weighed in at seven pounds, 15 o
April 06, 2016
Actor EDDIE MURPHY has become a dad again. The Beverly Hills Cop star welcomed daughter Izzy Oona Murphy with model and actress girlfriend Paige Butcher on Tuesday (03Mar16), sources tell People magazine. The baby girl weighed in at seven pounds, 15 o
March 26, 2016
Eddie Murphy picks up coffee from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
March 25, 2016
Actor EDDIE MURPHY has become a dad again. The Beverly Hills Cop star welcomed daughter Izzy Oona Murphy with model and actress girlfriend Paige Butcher on Tuesday (03Mar16), sources tell People magazine. The baby girl weighed in at seven pounds, 15 o
March 24, 2016
Actor EDDIE MURPHY has become a dad again. The Beverly Hills Cop star welcomed daughter Izzy Oona Murphy with model and actress girlfriend Paige Butcher on Tuesday (03Mar16), sources tell People magazine. The baby girl weighed in at seven pounds, 15 o
March 02, 2016
Actor EDDIE MURPHY has become a dad again. The Beverly Hills Cop star welcomed daughter Izzy Oona Murphy with model and actress girlfriend Paige Butcher on Tuesday (03Mar16), sources tell People magazine. The baby girl weighed in at seven pounds, 15 o
December 07, 2015
Eddie Murphy walks hand in hand with pregnant girlfriend Paige Butcher, as they grab an afternoon coffee together in Studio City
September 26, 2015
EDDIE MURPHY TO BE A DAD AGAIN EDDIE MURPHY is preparing to become a father for the ninth time at the age of 54. The veteran comedian and his model girlfriend Paige Butcher, 36, are expecting their first child together, his representative confirms to
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Eddie Murphy and The Rock witness Brett Ratner's Hollywood honor.
Reuters.com - about 1 month
Eddie Murphy and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson turned out to see Brett Ratner receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Rough Cut - no reporter narration
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The Long, Long Road to Building ‘Fences’
NYTimes - 2 months
The film version of August Wilson’s play took decades to make, with Eddie Murphy first interested in it, and Wilson’s request for a black director stalling production.
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Eddie Murphy discusses unproduced projects and remembers being ahead of the curve on #OscarsSoWhite
LATimes - 2 months
Shortly before a Screen Actors Guild Q&A for his most recent movie, “Mr. Church,” Eddie Murphy’s emotional state is total, absolute chill. “I really have such a small amount of stress,” Murphy says as, around him, a room buzzes with anxious publicists and SAG personnel. “I’ve always been aware...
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8 Self-Care Tips for Parents Who Have No Time for Self-Care
Huffington Post - 3 months
Many of the parents in the GoZen! community have children experiencing anxiety, and they feel they don’t have a moment to take care of their own needs. If this is how you feel, try one of these 8 tips to start taking care of yourself again: 1. Change how you prioritize your list There’s a reason why this is first on our list. Where do the things that that are solely for you rank on your to-do list? You’ve probably got one a mile long, and if there’s something on that list that’s “just for you,” then it’s time to reprioritize. Self-care isn’t just for taking care of yourself in the bits and pieces of the day that are left over. It’s something that needs to come first, so that you’re able to put your best self forward throughout the rest of your day. Have you been meaning to get a massage but just haven’t found the time? No, a massage won’t take out the trash, get dinner on the table or help get the homework done. But you’ll be doing those things, and getting to have that m ...
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5 Reasons to Buy Tickets to the Napa Valley Film Festival Right Now
Huffington Post - 4 months
Movie (and wine) buffs need to get in gear now - the last film fest of the season is too good to miss. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup) It's the last film festival of the year - and it's in northern Californian wine country. Need we say more? The six-year-old Napa Valley Film Festival is rolling out some big names, new movie-watching venues (in wineries, of course), and a brand-new schedule. The festival incorporates all four Napa towns (Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga) for movie showings, cooking demos, wine-tasting, and unique events. Still not convinced? Here are the top 5 reasons not to miss this year's wine-fueled movie celebration, November 9-16. We'll cheers to that! 1. The celebs The Celebrity Tributes night on Thursday alone features Lee Daniels (creator of Empire), Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic), Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire and Lion, showing at the festival), and Kurt Russell (Hateful Eight). Also appearing at the festival: Matthew Mc ...
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Ricky Gervais: Donald Trump Is More David Brent Than JFK
Huffington Post - 4 months
Ricky Gervais just can’t take Donald Trump’s presidential campaign seriously. The British comedian said the brash businessman’s bid for the White House was “like a joke that got out of hand” during a wide-ranging interview with Business Insider. The creator and star of the original United Kingdom version of “The Office” also claimed the GOP nominee had more in common with David Brent, the cringeworthy boss Gervais played on the show, than former U.S. President John F. Kennedy.  And he likened Trump’s entire candidacy to “a bet from a 1980s movie,” almost certainly referencing the Eddie Murphy comedy “Trading Places.” “It’s like the movie would start with two old billionaires going, ‘I bet I can choose the worst person and make him president within a year,’” Gervais said in the piece, published online Saturday. “And then someone goes, ‘You’re on!’ and that’s how the film starts.” Read Ricky Gervais’ full interview with Business Insider here. ...
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Eddie Murphy to be honored for career achievement at Hollywood Film Awards
LATimes - 5 months
A lifetime in comedy continues to pay off for Eddie Murphy, who will be honored with the Hollywood Career Achievement Award at the 2016 Hollywood Film Awards in November.  Murphy, who was honored in 2015 with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, earns his latest accolades for a career that...
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Dramatic 'Mr. Church' lures Eddie Murphy back to the screen
Yahoo News - 5 months
LOS ANGELES (AP) — You would think that being a comic legend, an Oscar-nominee and starring in some of Hollywood's greatest blockbusters would mean having an abundance of scripts to choose from.
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Eddie Murphy brings the drama in predictable 'Mr. Church'
LATimes - 5 months
Watching Bruce Beresford’s “Mr. Church,” in which Eddie Murphy does a rare dramatic turn as a longtime cook for a Caucasian woman, it’s hard not to be reminded of Beresford’s “Driving Miss Daisy” — and that’s not necessarily a good thing. Inspired by “a true friendship,” the film begins in circa...
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Mykelti Williamson, David Allen Grier And Jesse Williams In 'Amos 'n Andy?'
Huffington Post - 5 months
As someone who's written about black history my entire life, I thought I knew it all until I started researching the story of Amos 'n Andy. When Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and New Yorker editor Henry Finder approached me about writing a screenplay about the rise and fall of the controversial TV show, I initially winced. Like most of us, I had closed Amos 'n Andy in my "Lock Box of Egregious Black Embarrassments," right there alongside Stepin Fetchit, Uncle Tom and Omarosa. In fact, everything I thought I knew about "Amos 'n Andy" was wrong. I actually watched the old shows. And I laughed. And I kept laughing. I discovered that Amos 'n' Andy was once one of the most popular TV shows in the country, only to now be one of the most misunderstood or forgotten, driven off the air by a threatened boycott by the NAACP which crippled Black Hollywood for decades. In fact, in 1950, during the Amos 'n Andy years, there were around 500 African-American members of the Screen ...
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11 new movie trailers you need to watch from this past week
Yahoo News - 6 months
The iPhone 7 may be the biggest thing happening in tech this week, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have new movie trailers to check out. In fact, there are 11 new clips you should see, including trailers that are our first glimpse at brand-new movies. DON’T MISS: Everything you need to know about preordering the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Collateral Beauty Will Smith is a dad who loses his daughter in Collateral Beauty . He starts writing letters to objects and concepts like Death and Time. The movie opens on December 16th and has an amazing cast. Joining Smith are Keira Knightley, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, Naomie Harris, Edward Norton, and Michael Pena. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxaeSw7_i2c Free Fire Free Fire launches only next year, but it’s definitely a title to jot down. We’re looking at a complicated standoff between some dangerous people. Free Fire launches at some point in 2017, though a release date isn’t available yet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDD3I0uOlqY Goat We ...
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Comedian Eddie Murphy gets serious in 'Mr. Church'
Reuters.com - 6 months
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Eddie Murphy swaps his usual comedy for drama in new movie "Mr. Church" as he makes his return to Hollywood after a break.
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Eddie Murphy gets serious in "Mr. Church"
Reuters.com - 6 months
Eddie Murphy arrives on the red carpet for the Los Angeles premiere of his upcoming drama, "Mr. Church." Rough cut (no reporter narration).
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Eddie Murphy
  • 2016
    Age 54
    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.
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  • 2015
    Age 53
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Murphy co-starred with actress Britt Robertson in the drama Mr. Church. Murphy has said his comedic influences include Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, and Robin Williams. Comedians who in turn cite Murphy has having influenced them include Russell Brand, Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, and Kevin Hart. 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.
    Do Buckwheat!" In Rolling Stone magazine'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.
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    In 2015, his films made him the 6th-highest grossing actor in the United States.
    More Details Hide Details Murphy was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
  • 2014
    Age 52
    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.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    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.
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  • 2013
    Age 51
    On December 6, 2013, it was announced that Murphy would star in the fourth film of the Beverly Hills Cop series.
    More Details Hide Details Brett Ratner will direct the film, Jerry Bruckheimer is confirmed to produce the film, and Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec will write.
  • 2012
    Age 50
    Murphy began dating model Paige Butcher in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Their daughter Izzy was born May 3, 2016.
  • 2011
    Age 49
    However, he dropped out of his hosting duties on November 9, 2011, in the wake of the Brett Ratner scandal.
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    It was reported in 2011 that Murphy would host the 84th Academy Awards in 2012.
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  • 2010
    Age 48
    Brown had stated in an interview that Murphy has not sought a relationship with Angel, although it was later reported in 2010 that Murphy was getting to know her.
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  • 2008
    Age 46
    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. 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".
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    He starred in the 2008 film Meet Dave, and the 2009 film Imagine That for Paramount Pictures.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2007
    Age 45
    Brown gave birth to a baby girl, Angel Iris Murphy Brown, on Murphy's 46th birthday, April 3, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details On June 22, 2007, representatives for Brown announced in People that a DNA test had confirmed that Murphy was the father.
    As a result of Viacom's acquisition of DreamWorks, Paramount distributed his other 2007 releases: Norbit and Shrek the Third.
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    In 2007, Murphy was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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    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 were the negative reviews of his subsequent film Norbit, released in early February 2007.
    More Details Hide Details As a result, Murphy notoriously exited the 79th Academy Awards as soon as Arkin was announced the winner. 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.
  • 2006
    Age 44
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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".
    In 2006, he starred in the motion picture version of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls as soul singer James "Thunder" Early.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1996
    Age 34
    Murphy's box office results began to recover in 1996, starting with The Nutty Professor.
    More Details Hide Details He 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.
  • 1989
    Age 27
    From 1989 and through most of the early 1990s, box office results and reviews for Murphy's films were strong, but by 1992 results for both dropped, hitting a low point with the critically panned Beverly Hills Cop III (1994), a movie Murphy would ultimately denounce during an appearance on Inside the Actors Studio, although he did find box office success with Boomerang and Another 48 Hrs.
    More Details Hide Details 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. During this period, Murphy was criticized by filmmaker Spike Lee for not using his show business stature to help black actors break into film, despite Murphy's films (especially those he produced) often being 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.
  • 1988
    Age 26
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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". On May 2, 1997, Murphy was stopped by police after having been observed picking up a transvestite prostitute. The prostitute, Atisone Seiuli, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for prostitution. Murphy was not arrested or charged and claimed he was just giving Seiuli a ride. Murphy has donated money to the AIDS Foundation, and cancer, education, creative arts, family/parent support, health and homeless charities. He has donated to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center, various cancer charities and $100,000 to the Screen Actors' Guild's strike relief fund.
    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. Murphy and Mitchell had five children together: Bria, Myles, Shayne, Zola, and Bella. In August 2005, Mitchell filed for divorce, citing "irreconcilable differences". The divorce was finalized on April 17, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details As of 2008, Murphy resides in Long Island, New York.
  • 1986
    Age 24
    In 1986, Murphy starred in the supernatural comedy, The Golden Child.
    More Details Hide Details 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. 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 (although he actually 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".
    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.
    More Details Hide Details By this point Murphy's near-exclusive contract with Paramount Pictures rivaled Star Trek as Paramount's most lucrative franchise.
  • 1985
    Age 23
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1984
    Age 22
    In 1984, Murphy appeared in Best Defense, co-starring Dudley Moore.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    In 1984, Murphy starred in the successful action comedy film Beverly Hills Cop.
    More Details Hide Details The film was Murphy's first solo leading role. Beverly Hills Cop grossed over $230 million at the box office and was 41st in the list of all-time total U.S. box office grossers (4th-highest amongst "R" rated films), after adjusting for inflation.
  • 1982
    Age 20
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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. 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 1982, Murphy made his big screen debut in the film 48 Hrs. with Nick Nolte. 48 Hrs. proved to be a hit when it was released in the Christmas season of 1982.
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    Eddie Murphy was his first album, released in 1982.
    More Details Hide Details 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. 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. His notable characters included a grownup version of the Little Rascals character Buckwheat; a street-wise children's show host named Mr. Robinson (a spoof of Fred Rogers, who found it amusing); and a morose, cynical Gumby, whose trademark slogan became an SNL catchphrase: "I'm Gumby, dammit!" 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!
  • 1980
    Age 18
    He was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1980 to 1984.
    More Details Hide Details 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. In films, he 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. His work as a voice actor in films includes: Thurgood Stubbs in The PJs, Donkey in DreamWorks' 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.
  • 1961
    Born on April 3, 1961.
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