Eddie Murphy Biography

Eddie Murphy is an American comedian and actor, known for his witty sense of humor and inspiring characters. This biography of Eddie Murphy provides detailed information about his childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline.

Eddie Murphy
Quick Facts

Birthday: April 3, 1961

Nationality: American

Famous: Black Comedians African American Men

Age: 58 Years, 58 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Aries

Also Known As: Edward Regan Murphy

Born in: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Famous as: Actor

Height: 5'9" (175 cm), 5'9" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Tracey Edmonds (m. 2008), Nicole Mitchell Murphy (m. 1993–2006)

father: Charles Edward Murphy

mother: Lillian

siblings: Charlie Murphy

children: Angel Iris Murphy Brown, Bella Zahra Murphy, Bria Murphy, Christian Murphy, Eric Murphy, Miles Mitchell Murphy, Shayne Audra Murphy, Zola Ivy Murphy

City: New York City

U.S. State: New Yorkers

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Edward Regan “Eddie” Murphy is an American comedian and actor, known for his witty sense of humor and inspiring characters. He was a gifted artist since his childhood and used to perform 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 first stepped on the ladder of success when he got the role of comedian in a television show. He grabbed the opportunity with both hands and succeeded in creating a name for himself in the entertainment world and built his own fan base. It led to his first major motion picture release which was succeeded by one after another. His personal life has also been very much talked about because of his multiple relationships and his children from various women. But his real success lies in winning the hearts of people through his award winning roles and inspiring portrayal of characters in movies. He has been accepted and appreciated throughout the world by the audiences for his delightful performances.

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Eddie Murphy
Childhood & Early Life
  • He was born on April 3, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York to Lillian, a telephone operator and Charles Edward Murphy, a New York police officer and an amateur comedian.
  • His parents got divorced when he was three years old. When he was five, 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 primarily African-American suburb of Roosevelt, Long Island.
  • As a kid, he used to watch a lot of television and impersonated characters such as Bugs Bunny and Bullwinkle. He was voted as the “most popular” of his graduating class because of his witty humor.
  • He got enrolled in Nassau Community College and worked part time as a shoe store clerk. He also used to perform at local clubs and bars.
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  • In 1981, he auditioned for a role in NBC’s popular late night comedy show, ‘Saturday Night Fever’, and got selected. He performed periodically in the show until one night, when a few minutes of airtime was left without any content, he was asked to fill it with his stand-up performance.
  • His performance was delightful and he became one of the main comedians in the show thereafter. He created memorable characters such as Mister Robinson, an urban version of TV’s Mister Rogers and an illiterate convict and poet named Tyrone Green.
  • In 1982, he got his first major movie role in ‘48 Hours’, alongside Nick Nolte. The film was a commercial success and Murphy was highly appreciated for his charming performance in it. It was followed by his next successful movie venture ‘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 for his performance in the film.He also appeared in its sequel in 1987, ‘Beverly Hills Cop II’, which too was a commercial success.
  • His next successful movie was a romantic comedy ‘Coming to America’ with Arsenio Hall, in 1988. In 1990, he took a break from movies after the failure of his movie ‘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 positively acclaimed performance was in the movie ‘Dreamgirls’ in 2006. After that, he appeared in movies such as ‘Meet Dave’ (2008), ‘Imagine That’ (2009) and ‘Tower Heist’ (2011).
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Major Works
  • He did one of the finest works of his career in the 1996 comedy ‘The Nutty Professor’ gaining 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
  • He was honored in the ‘Best Actor’ category by the ‘National Society of Film Critics Awards’ and ‘Saturn Awards’ for his performance in the 1996 movie ‘The Nutty Professor’.
  • In 2007, he was nominated in the ‘Best Supporting Actor’ category in ‘Academy Awards’ and won the ‘Golden Globe Award’ and the ‘Screen Actors Guild Award’ for his performance in the movie ’Dreamgirls’.
  • He also received Kids Choice Award for the ‘The Best Voice from an Animated Film’ for his movies ‘Shrek the Third’ and ‘Shrek Forever’ in the year 2008 and 2011 respectively.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • He has a son with Tamara Hood, named Christian Murphy, born on November 29, 1990 and another son with Paulette McNeely named Eric Murphy, born on July 10, 1989.
  • He began a relationship with a lawyer, Nicole Mitchell, in 1988 and got married to her on March 18, 1993 after two years of live-in relationship. They were blessed with five children. On April 17, 2006, they got divorced after 13 years of marriage.
  • After his divorce, he began dating Spice Girl ‘Melanie Brown’, who became pregnant and gave birth to a girl on April 3, 2007 which was later confirmed to be Murphy’s daughter, Angel Iris Murphy Brown.
  • In January 2008, he exchanged marriage vows with Tracey Edmonds, a film producer, in a private ceremony on an island. They planned on having a legal ceremony upon their return to U.S. but it never happened as they broke up after sometime when he started dating an actress, Paige Butcher.

1. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

  (Comedy, Action, Crime)

2. Trading Places (1983)


3. Mr. Church (2016)

  (Comedy, Drama)

4. Coming to America (1988)

  (Comedy, Romance)

5. 48 Hrs. (1982)

  (Action, Crime, Comedy, Drama, Thriller)

6. Eddie Murphy: Raw (1987)

  (Documentary, Comedy)

7. Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)

  (Crime, Thriller, Comedy, Action)

8. Shrek (2001)

  (Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure, Animation, Family)


Golden Globe Awards
2007 Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Dreamgirls (2006)
People's Choice Awards
2002 Favorite Motion Picture Star in a Comedy Winner
1989 Favorite Comedy Motion Picture Actor Winner
1985 Favorite All-Around Male Entertainer Winner

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