Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy

Movie Actor

Edward Regan Murphy is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and singer. He rose to fame on the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, for which he was a regular cast member from 1980 to 1984.

Full Name
Edward Regan Murphy
Apr 3, 1961
5′ 9″
Net Worth


Eddie Murphy was born on April 3, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York. His father was Charles Edward Murphy, a transit police officer and his mother was Lillian Murphy, a telephone operator. Eddie has seven siblings: four brothers, Charlie Jr., Vernon, Christian and John; two sisters, Patricia and Theresa; and one half brother, George. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1979.

Murphy began performing stand-up comedy at the age of 15. He caught the attention of Saturday Night Live (SNL) producer Lorne Michaels and was offered a spot on SNL as a cast member for its 1980–1981 season. He became the show's breakout star and left after two seasons to pursue a career as an actor.

He made his first feature film debut in 1982's 48 Hrs., followed by Trading Places (1983), Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Coming to America (1988), The Nutty Professor (1996), Doctor Dolittle (1998) and Shrek (2001). In 2007 he reprised his most popular role as Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop III. Other notable films include Dreamgirls (2006), Tower Heist (2011) and Dolemite Is My Name (2019). He has starred in several family-friendly films such as Daddy Day Care (2003) and The Haunted Mansion (2003). 

In addition to acting, Murphy is also an accomplished singer with five albums under his belt: How Could It Be? (1985); So Happy (1989); Love's Alright (1993); Vicious Rumors  (1994); and Party All the Time  (1997).

Murphy has won numerous awards throughout his career including Golden Globe Awards for Best Supporting Actor in Dreamgirls and Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for The Nutty Professor. He has also been nominated for Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for Dreamgirls and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in A Comedy Series for 30 Rock.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1961</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Eddie Murphy is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On April 3rd, 1961, Eddie Murphy was born in Brooklyn, New York.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1980</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Debut on Saturday Night Live</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Murphy debuts on Saturday Night Live and becomes one of the show's most popular cast members.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1982</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Breakout Movie Role in 48 Hours</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Murphy stars opposite Nick Nolte in the action comedy 48 Hours, becoming an instant star.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1984</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Beverly Hills Cop Released</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Murphy stars in Beverly Hills Cop, which grosses $316 million worldwide and establishes him as a box office bankable star.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1993</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Receives Golden Globe Award</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Receives a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his performance in The Distinguished Gentleman.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1996</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Shrek Premiers</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Voices the lead character in the animated movie Shrek, which grosses $484 million worldwide.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2019</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Dolemite Is My Name Released</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Starring as Rudy Ray Moore in Dolemite Is My Name, Murphy receives Golden Globe and Academy Awards nominations.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> He's a Great Entertainer</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Eddie Murphy is a great entertainer. He is well known for his comedic roles in films such as Beverly Hills Cop, Shrek, and The Nutty Professor. He has also starred in serious films such as Dreamgirls and Dolemite Is My Name. He is an incredibly versatile actor.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> He's a Humble Person</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Despite his enormous success, Eddie Murphy remains humble and down to earth. He is often seen giving back to the community and supporting charities around the world. His humility is inspiring and it makes him even more likable.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> He Has A Great Sense of Humor</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Eddie Murphy has an incredible sense of humor which he displays in his movies, stand up specials, and interviews. His quick wit and sharp tongue have made him a fan favorite of millions around the world.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Started Stand-up Comedy at 15</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Eddie Murphy started his stand-up comedy career at the age of 15 and went on to become one of the most successful comedians.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> First African American Host of Saturday Night Live</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Eddie Murphy was the first African American host of Saturday Night Live, making him one of the most successful entertainers of all time.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Fastest Selling Single in Music History</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Eddie Murphy released the single "Party All The Time" in 1985, which became the fastest selling single in music history.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Highest Grossing Actor in Movie History</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Eddie Murphy is the highest grossing actor in movie history, having earned over $6.7 billion at the box office.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Eddie Murphy won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album for his 1983 album "Delirious".</p></div>


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