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Edward “Eddie” Regan Murphy is an American actor, stand-up comedian and musician known for his frantic manner of speaking. He is the younger brother of actor Charlie Murphy, who died in 2017, and can now look back on an impressive filmography himself. Eddie Murphy is primarily seen in comedy and is also known for his voice acting role in Shrek, where he voices the well-known donkey. Murphy has 10 children in total. Five of them are from his marriage to Nicole Mitchell, to whom he was married from 1993 to 2006. He was also dating former Spice Girl Melanie Brown, with whom he also has a daughter.
Murphy was born in 1961 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of a police officer and a switchboard operator. When Eddie was three years old, his parents divorced and he moved in with his mother. His father was murdered five years after the divorce. At the age of 15, young Eddie Murphy was already gaining experience as a stand-up comedian in a youth center on Long Island. After graduating from high school, he continued his career as a comedian. His cheeky manner and extremely quick way of speaking became his personal trademark. In 1980, Murphy appeared on “Saturday Night Live” and was twice nominated for an Emmy for his performance. He made his big screen debut two years later in the lead role in the film Only 48 Hours. Due to the great success of the film, Murphy was nominated for a Golden Globe in the category “Best Young Actor”.
Eddie Murphy’s final breakthrough came with leading roles in the film “The Soldier of Net Worth” and in the well-known film series “Beverly Hills Cop”. In 1996, Murphy was nominated for a Golden Globe for a role in the film The Nutty Professor, which he eventually won in 2007 for a supporting role in the film Dreamgirls.
Musically, Murphy had great success in 1985. With his single “Party all the time”, which was composed by soul funk artist Rick James, he was able to achieve millions of sales and received a platinum award for it. In addition to his musical and acting career, Murphy continued to be a comedian. His two most successful live appearances as a stand-up comedian were the two programs “Delirious” and “Raw”, both of which were recorded in Washington DC and New York, respectively. Between 5,000 and 6,000 people attended its performance in Washington in 1983 and the program has enjoyed cult status to this day. The live recording was released on CD and sold under the title “Comedian”. Due to the great success and the high sales figures, the CD was awarded double platinum. “Comedian” also received a Grammy in the category “Best Comedy Performance Single or Album, Spoken or Musical”.
Between 2007 and 2008, Murphy received over $55 million in fees for starring in many Hollywood productions. Despite many cinematic failures, according to Forbes magazine, Eddie Murphy is one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood and was even nominated for an Oscar for “Best Supporting Actor” in 2007 for his supporting role in “Dreamgirls”.
“Cocaine magnifies your personality. Yeah, but what if you’re an asshole.”
Hey guys, this is seriously the cleanest, coziest squad car I’ve ever been in. Can I move in here with my wall unit?
-Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop 1
Eddie Murphy claims to have never used drugs, except for a few joints in his youth. He has also sworn off alcohol and, according to his statement, he has been abstinent for over 18 years.