Birthday: April 3, 1961
African American Men
African American Actors
Age: 59 Years, 59 Year Old Males
Sun Sign: Aries
Also Known As: Edward Regan Murphy
Born Country: United States
Born in: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Famous as: Actor
Height: 5'9" (175 cm), 5'9" Males
Spouse/Ex-: Nicole Mitchell Murphy (m. 1993–2006)
father: Charles Edward Murphy
siblings: Charlie Murphy
children: Angel Iris Murphy Brown, Bella Zahra Murphy, Bria Murphy, Christian Murphy, Eric Murphy, Eric Murphy Eddie Murphy, Izzy Oona Murphy, Max Charles Murphy, Miles Mitchell Murphy, Shayne Audra Murphy, Zola Ivy Murphy
Partner: Mel B (2006–2007), Paige Butcher (2012–), Tracey Edmonds (2008)
City: New York City
U.S. State: New Yorkers, African-American From New Yorkers
Edward Regan ‘Eddie’ Murphy is an American comedian and actor, known for his witty sense of humor and his portrayal of funny characters. With a penchant for comedy right from his childhood, Eddie started off by performing stand-up acts in front of his friends. He was a creative and ambitious child with an amusing personality. His dream was to become a comedian and entertain the world with his clever and smart sense of humor. He received his big breakthrough when he landed the role of a comedian in a television show. He grabbed the opportunity with both hands and succeeded in making a name for himself in the entertainment world. It led to his first major motion picture release, which was succeeded by many other films. Like his professional life, Eddie’s personal life too has been much talked about because of his multiple relationships with women. However, Eddie would be best remembered for winning the hearts of many through his award-winning roles and inspiring portrayal of characters in movies. He has been accepted and appreciated throughout the world for his delightful performances.
Childhood & Early Life
Eddie Murphy was born on April 3, 1961, in Brooklyn, New York, USA, to Lillian, a telephone operator, and Charles Edward Murphy, a police officer and an amateur comedian.
His parents got divorced when he was three years old. When he was eight, his father died and his mother became very ill. As a result, he and his elder brother, Charlie, lived in foster care for a year.
When he was nine, his mother married Vernon Lynch, a foreman at an ice cream plant, and the family moved to the Roosevelt suburb which primarily housed African-Americans.
As a kid, he used to watch television often, and impersonated characters, such as ‘Bugs Bunny’ and ‘Bullwinkle.’ Because of his witty humor, he was voted the ‘most popular’ of his graduating class.
He got enrolled at ‘Nassau Community College’ and worked part time as a shoe store clerk. He also performed at local clubs and bars.
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In 1980, he auditioned for a role for ‘NBC’ network’s popular late night comedy show ‘Saturday Night Live!’ and got selected. He performed in the show periodically until one night when he was asked to perform stand-up comedy for a few minutes as the channel was left without any content for a brief period.
His performance was delightful and he became one of the main comedians of the show thereafter. He created memorable characters, such as ‘Mister Robinson,’ an urban version of ‘Mister Rogers,’ and an illiterate convict and poet named ‘Tyrone Green.’
In 1982, he landed his first major movie role in ‘48 Hours,’ which also starred Nick Nolte. The film was a commercial success, and Murphy was highly appreciated for his charming performance. He followed it up with his next delightful performance in the movie ‘Trading Places’ in 1983.
In 1984, his performance in the movie ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ made him a superstar, and he was nominated for a ‘Golden Globe Award.’ He also appeared in its 1987 sequel, ‘Beverly Hills Cop II,’ which too was a commercial success.
His next successful movie was a romantic comedy titled ‘Coming to America,’ which released in 1988. In 1990, he took a break from movies following the failure of ‘Another 48 Hours,’ a sequel to his 1982 flick ‘48 Hours.’
Upon his return, he did several movies which were also commercially unsuccessful. In 1996, he appeared in the comedy ‘The Nutty Professor’ which was a success at the box-office. He also voiced the role of ‘Donkey’ in the animated ‘Shrek’ movie franchise which became popular with the audience.
His next critically acclaimed performance came in the movie ‘Dreamgirls’ in 2006. After that, he appeared in movies, such as ‘Meet Dave’ (2008), ‘Imagine That’ (2009), ‘Tower Heist’ (2011), and ‘A Thousand Words’ (2012).
Eddie returned to ‘Saturday Night Live’ on the occasion of its ‘40th Anniversary Special’ in 2015. In 2016, he played the titular role opposite Britt Robertson in the drama film ‘Mr. Church.’
In 2018, he was cast to play the lead role of ‘Rudy Ray Moore’ in the biographical comedy film ‘Dolemite Is My Name.’ The following year, he was cast to reprise his role as ‘Prince Akeem Joffer’ in ‘Coming 2 America,’ a sequel to the 1988 film ‘Coming to America.’
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He came up with one of the finest works of his career in the 1996 comedy film ‘The Nutty Professor.’ His performance in the film earned him worldwide popularity and appreciation.
His endearing performance as the soul singer in the 2006 movie adaptation of the musical ‘Dreamgirls’ was highly praised and admired by everyone. It also won him several awards and nominations.
Awards & Achievements
For his performance in the 1996 movie ‘The Nutty Professor,’ he won the ‘Best Actor’ award at the ‘National Society of Film Critics Awards.’ He also won the ‘Saturn Award’ under the ‘Best Actor’ category.
In 2007, he was nominated for the ‘Best Supporting Actor’ award at the ‘Academy Awards’ for his performance in the movie ‘Dreamgirls.’ For the same movie, he went on to win the ‘Golden Globe Award’ and the ‘Screen Actors Guild Award’ under the ‘Best Supporting Actor’ category.
He also received ‘Kids’ Choice Award’ for ‘The Best Voice from an Animated Film’ for his role in the movies ‘Shrek the Third’ and ‘Shrek Forever After’ in the year 2008 and 2011 respectively.
Personal Life & Legacy
On July 10, 1989, his son Eric Murphy was born from his relationship with Paulette McNeely. On November 29, 1990, his son Christian Murphy was born from his relationship with Tamara Hood.
He began a relationship with a lawyer named Nicole Mitchell in 1988 and got married to her on March 18, 1993 after two years of cohabitation. They were blessed with five children. On April 17, 2006, they got divorced after 13 years of marriage.
After his divorce, he began dating Melanie Brown of ‘Spice Girls’ fame. On April 3, 2007, Brown gave birth to a baby girl, who was later confirmed to be Murphy’s daughter. Subsequently, she was named Angel Iris Murphy Brown.
In January 2008, he exchanged marriage vows with a film producer named Tracey Edmonds in a private ceremony on an island. They planned on having a legal ceremony upon their return to the U.S. but it never happened as they broke up after sometime when he started dating Paige Butcher.
On 3 May 2016, Paige and Murphy welcomed their first daughter Izzy Oona Murphy, and got engaged on September 2018. They welcomed their second child, a son named Max Charles Murphy, on November 30, 2018.