56 Facts About Eddie Murphy

1.

Edward Regan Eddie Murphy was born on April 3, 1961 and is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and singer.

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Eddie Murphy rose to fame on the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, for which he was a regular cast member from 1980 to 1984.

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Eddie Murphy has worked as a stand-up comedian and is ranked No 10 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.

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Eddie Murphy has received Golden Globe Award nominations for his performances in 48 Hrs.

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Eddie Murphy has won numerous awards for his work on the fantasy comedy film Dr Dolittle and its 2001 sequel.

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In 2007, Eddie Murphy won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of soul singer James "Thunder" Early in the musical film Dreamgirls.

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Eddie Murphy has played multiple roles in Coming to America, Wes Craven's Vampire in Brooklyn (1995), the Nutty Professor films, Bowfinger (1999), The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002), Norbit (2007), and Meet Dave (2008).

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In 2015, Murphy was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor by the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

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Eddie Murphy was born in Brooklyn, New York City and raised in the borough's Bushwick neighborhood.

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10.

In interviews, Eddie Murphy has said his time in foster care was influential in developing his sense of humor.

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11.

When Eddie Murphy was fifteen, he listened to Richard Pryor's comedy album That Nigger's Crazy, which inspired his decision to become a comedian.

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12.

Comedians who cite Eddie Murphy as influencing them include Russell Brand, Dave Chappelle, and Chris Rock.

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13.

Eddie Murphy became the only cast member to host while still a regular.

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14.

Eddie Murphy, who was credited as a "Strategic Guest Star", was added to the film after an original version was completed but tested poorly with audiences.

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15.

When he hosted SNL, Eddie Murphy joined the chorus of those bashing Best Defense, calling it "the worst movie in the history of everything".

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Eddie Murphy starred in the successful action comedy film Beverly Hills Cop.

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17.

Eddie Murphy was offered a part in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, a role that, after being heavily re-written from comic relief to love interest, ultimately went to Catherine Hicks.

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18.

Eddie Murphy starred in the supernatural comedy The Golden Child.

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19.

From 1989 onward, critical praise for Eddie Murphy's films declined, hitting a low point with the critically panned Beverly Hills Cop III, a movie Eddie Murphy denounced during an appearance on Inside the Actors Studio.

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20.

On Harlem Nights, Eddie Murphy worked as director, producer, star, and co-writer, with his brother, Charlie Eddie Murphy.

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21.

Eddie Murphy told Rolling Stone he distanced himself from the show because he was angry with David Spade over the latter's joke about Eddie Murphy's career during a segment on SNL, as well as with Lorne Michaels and the production staff for allowing the joke in the first place.

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Eddie Murphy followed with a series of successful family-friendly movies like Mulan, Dr Dolittle ( 1998) and its 2001 sequel, the Shrek series, Daddy Day Care (2003), and The Haunted Mansion ( 2003), along with Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000).

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23.

Eddie Murphy starred in the motion picture version of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls as soul singer James "Thunder" Early.

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24.

Eddie Murphy won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award in that category.

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25.

Eddie Murphy was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor on January 23, 2007, but lost to Alan Arkin for his performance in Little Miss Sunshine—it was speculated that one of the reasons Eddie Murphy lost out on winning the Academy Award was the negative reviews of his subsequent film Norbit, released in early February 2007.

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26.

Eddie Murphy notoriously exited the 79th Academy Awards as soon as Arkin was announced the winner.

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27.

In 2007 Eddie Murphy was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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28.

Eddie Murphy co-starred in Tower Heist, directed by Brett Ratner, alongside Ben Stiller, Matthew Broderick, and Casey Affleck.

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Eddie Murphy played a thief who joins a group of hardworking men who find out they have fallen victim to a wealthy businessman's Ponzi scheme, and conspire to rob his high-rise residence.

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30.

In February 2015, Eddie Murphy attended Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special where Chris Rock introduced him in a special tribute dedicated to him.

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31.

Eddie Murphy was greeted with an enthusiastic standing ovation from the crowd of comedians and stars, however he received criticism for his brief appearance, declining to tell any jokes, and for not reprising his iconic SNL characters.

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32.

Eddie Murphy co-starred with actress Britt Robertson in the drama Mr Church.

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33.

In October 2019, Eddie Murphy produced and starred in Dolemite Is My Name as Rudy Ray Moore.

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34.

In December 2019, Eddie Murphy returned to Saturday Night Live to promote Dolemite; this was his first time hosting since 1984.

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35.

Eddie Murphy's hosting duties received overwhelming acclaim from audiences and critics alike, making it the highest watched episode since 2008 when Tina Fey played Sarah Palin.

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36.

Eddie Murphy went on to reprise his popular SNL characters such as Mr Robinson, Gumby, Buckwheat, and Velvet Jones.

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37.

Eddie Murphy won his first ever Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for hosting the episode.

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38.

On June 14, 2016, it was confirmed that Eddie Murphy was still set to reprise his role as Axel Foley in a fourth film.

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39.

On March 31, 2022, it was announced that Eddie Murphy will portray George Clinton in an untitled biopic, with John Davis and Catherine Davis producing through Davis Entertainment.

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40.

Eddie Murphy is a singer, having frequently provided background vocals to songs released by the Bus Boys; the song Back in Town" was featured in 48 Hrs.

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Eddie Murphy had started singing earlier in his career, with the songs "Boogie in Your Butt" and "Enough Is Enough", the latter being a parody of Barbra Streisand's and Donna Summer's 1979 song, "No More Tears".

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42.

Eddie Murphy recorded the album Love's Alright in the early 1990s.

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43.

Eddie Murphy performed in a music video of the single "Whatzupwitu", featuring Michael Jackson.

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44.

Eddie Murphy recorded a duet with Shabba Ranks called "I Was a King".

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45.

In 1992, Eddie Murphy appeared in the music video for Michael Jackson's "Remember the Time" alongside Magic Johnson and Iman.

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46.

Eddie Murphy began a longtime romantic relationship with Nicole Mitchell after meeting her in 1988 at an NAACP Image Awards show.

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47.

When questioned about the pregnancy in December 2006, by RTL Boulevard, Eddie Murphy told Dutch reporter Matthijs Kleyn, "I don't know whose child that is until it comes out and has a blood test.

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48.

Brown had stated in an interview that Eddie Murphy has not sought a relationship with Angel, although it was later reported in 2010 that Eddie Murphy was getting to know her.

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49.

Eddie Murphy exchanged vows with film producer Tracey Edmonds, former wife of Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, on January 1, 2008, in a private ceremony on an island off Bora Bora.

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50.

Eddie Murphy bought property on Long Island, New York, later that year.

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51.

In May 2016, Eddie Murphy had a daughter by Australian model Paige Butcher, whom he has been dating since 2012.

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52.

Eddie Murphy and Butcher are parents of a son born in November 2018.

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53.

Eddie Murphy has donated money to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, as well as cancer, education, creative arts, family support, health, and homeless charities.

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54.

Eddie Murphy is a baptized Catholic, and after saying so to Rolling Stone in 2011, he remarked, "But I don't want to have no religion.

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55.

On May 2, 1997, Eddie Murphy was stopped by police in Santa Monica, California, with Atisone Seiuli, a transgender prostitute, in his car.

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56.

Eddie Murphy was not charged with any crime, but the incident caused him a number of public relations problems.

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