The first and only man ever to be nominated for a BAFTA Award following his dazzling voiceover performance in Shrek, winner of five Golden Globe Awards and two hits in the Billboard Hot 100 Singles; Eddie Murphy is a man of diverse and extraordinary talents. Standup comedian, director, TV and film actor, singer and write; Eddie Murphy has become a household name.
Eddie Murphy was born in Brooklyn, New York on 3 April 1961 to Charles Edward Murphy – a transit police office and amateur comedian – and Lillian Murphy – a telephone operator. Following the early death of his father, Murphy predominantly grew up in the Africa-American neighborhood of Roosevelt, Long Island with his brother Charles, his mother and stepfather, Vernon Lynch. Murphy started performing standup comedy in his early teen years and got a taste for fame at 15, after he successfully hosted a talent show at the Roosevelt Youth Center.
Saturday Night Live break out
Eddie Murphy auditioned for a role in the 1980-81 season of Saturday Night Live and eventually landed a role as an extra after auditioning six times. Following several sporadic appearances on the show, Eddie Murphy shot to fame midway through the season, when poor planning left the producers with four minutes sans content. Eddie Murphy volunteered to fill the gap with his standup comedy routine to rave reviews and was one of only two actors asked back for the next season of the show.
Eddie Murphy received critical acclaim in 1982 following his breakthrough movie 48 Hours, starring Nick Nolte. In the same year, Eddie Murphy released his first album (Eddie Murphy: Comedian), which went on to become a super-hit. Since 1982 Eddie Murphy has starred in over 30 movies and 7 television shows. He also released a hit song “Party all the Time” followed by an album, “Whazzupwitu”.
Children and family movies
Despite being famous for his below the belt humor and adult movie roles, Eddie Murphy has starred in several famous family movies including Dr Doolittle and the Nutty Professor. He has also provided the voice for beloved animation characters including ‘Mushu’ in Mulan, ‘Donkey’ in Shrek as well as superintendent Thurgood Stubbs, on The PJs.
Eddie Murphy has an estimated net worth of over $80 million. He also owns a $15 million island; Rooster Cay, near Nassau in the Bahamas. He is furthermore a known collector of exotic cars and owns, amongst others, a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe as well as a Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano estimated to be worth nearly a $ 1 million.
Eddie Murphy married long time girlfriend Nicole Mitchell in 1993 before divorcing in 2005; the couple have five children together. Murphy also has a son each with Tamara Hood and Paulette McNeely. Eddie Murphy’s youngest child was born following a relationship with former Spice Girl Melanie Brown; although Murphy denied being the father of the little girl until proven otherwise by a paternity test. In 2008 Eddie Murphy exchanged wedding vows with producer and business woman Tracey Edmonds on an island retreat near Bora Bora. The wedding; however, was not legally binding in the United States, and the two separated amicable a short while later. Eddie Murphy is currently reported to be dating Australian-model Paige Butcher.
Following nearly four decades in show business, Eddie Murphy remains one of the greatest and most versatile stars in the industry and is set to continue delighting audiences’ for many years yet.