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Birth name: Edward Regan Murphy (Eddy Murphy, Eddie Murphey)
Born: April 3, 1961 (1961-04-03), Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Medium: Stand-up comedy, Film, Television
Nationality: American
Years active: 1979 – present
Influences: Jerry Lewis, Richard Pryor, Peter Sellers, Redd Foxx, Bill Cosby, Elvis Presley (to be a singer)
Influenced: Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Dave Chappelle, Andy Milonakis, George Lopez, Eddie Murphy Life, Chris Tucker, Jeff Garlin, Russell Peters
Spouse/Wife: Nicole Mitchell (1993-2006)

Edward Regan "Eddie" Murphy (born April 3, 1961) is an American actor, voice actor, film director, producer, comedian and singer. He is the second highest grossing actor in motion picture history.[1][2] He was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1980 to 1984, and has worked as a stand-up comedian. He was ranked #10 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.[3]

He has received Golden Globe Award nominations for best actor in a comedy or musical for his performances in Beverly Hills Cop, Beverly Hills Cop II, Beverly Hills Cop III, Trading Places, and The Nutty Professor. In 2007, he won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of soul singer James "Thunder" Early in Dreamgirls,[4] and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the same role. Eddie Murphy Stand Up

Murphy's work as a voice actor includes Thurgood Stubbs in The PJs, Donkey in the Shrek series and the dragon Mushu in Disney's Mulan. In some of his films, he plays multiple roles in addition to his main character, intended as a tribute to one of his idols Peter Sellers, who played multiple roles in Dr. Strangelove and elsewhere. Murphy has played multiple roles in Coming to America, Wes Craven's Vampire In Brooklyn, the Nutty Professor films (where he played the title role in two incarnations, plus his father, brother, mother and grandmother), Bowfinger and 2007's Norbit. Another trademark of Murphy is his deep, infectious, goofy laugh. His other trademark is a recurring line he says in movies "How you doin'?", which he states is his catchphrase in real life.

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Murphy was born in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.[5] His mother, Lilian, was a telephone operator, and his father, Charles Edward Murphy, was a transit police officer and an amateur actor[6] and comedian.[7][8][9] Murphy and his brother Charlie were raised in Roosevelt, New York by his mother and stepfather Vernon Lynch, a foreman at an ice cream plant.[8] Around the age of 15, Murphy was writing and performing his own routines, which were heavily influenced by Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor.[8]


Stand-up comedy

Murphy performed stand-up at the same Bay Area Comedy Club as Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg. His early comedy was characterized by frequent swearing and sketches lampooning a diverse group of people (including Anglo Americans, African Americans, Italian Americans, overweight people, and gays). This racy content was akin to that of Richard Pryor, whom Murphy has credited as his inspiration to enter comedy;[8] however, in his autobiography, Pryor Convictions, Pryor wrote that he found Murphy's comedy at times excessively insensitive. Murphy later apologized for insensitive jokes about gays and HIV. The stand-up shows Delirious and Raw have been recorded and released on DVD/VHS.

Early acting career

Eddie Murphy - Black Stand Up Comedi - Funny Comedy Videos - Eddie Murphy DVD Delirious - DeleriousMurphy first earned attention as a regular on Saturday Night Live, and was credited with helping revitalize the series after its first slump in the early 1980s.[10] Some of his notable characters included a grown version of the Little Rascals character Buckwheat,[11] impoverished but street-wise children's show host Mr. Robinson (a spoof of Mr. Rogers),[12] and Gumby,[11] a harshly cynical version of the animated character; Murphy's take on the latter character spawned one of SNL's many catchphrases, "I'm Gumby, dammit!"

In 1982, Murphy made his big screen debut in the film 48 Hrs. with Nick Nolte.[8] 48 Hrs. proved to be a hit when it was released in the Christmas season of 1982. Nolte was scheduled to host the December 11, 1982 Christmas episode of Saturday Night Live, but became too ill to host, so Murphy took over. He became the only cast member to host while still a regular. Murphy opened the show with the phrase, "Live from New York, It's the Eddie Murphy Show!"

The following year, Murphy starred in Trading Places with fellow SNL alumnus Dan Aykroyd.[8] The movie marked the first of Murphy's collaborations with director John Landis (who also directed Murphy in Coming to America and Beverly Hills Cop III) and proved to be an even greater box office success than 48 Hrs. In 1984, Murphy starred in the successful action film Beverly Hills Cop.[8] The film was Murphy's first full-fledged starring vehicle, originally intended to star Sylvester Stallone.[8] Beverly Hills Cop grossed over $200 million at the box office and is 39th in the list of all-time total U.S. box office grosses (third-highest amongst "R" rated films), after adjusting for inflation, as of March 2009[update].[13]

Eddie Murphy - Black Stand Up Comedi - Funny Comedy Videos - CDAlso in 1984, Murphy appeared in Best Defense, co-starring Dudley Moore. 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. Best Defense was a major financial and critical disappointment. When he hosted SNL, Murphy joined the chorus of those bashing Best Defense, calling it "the worst movie in the history of everything". Murphy has also been rumored to be initially a part of hits such as Ghostbusters (featuring his Trading Places co-star Dan Aykroyd and fellow SNL alumnus Bill Murray). The part that was originally written with Murphy in mind ultimately went to Ernie Hudson. Murphy was also offered a part in 1986's Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, a role that, after being heavily re-written from comic relief to love interest, ultimately went to future 7th Heaven star Catherine Hicks. By this point[14] Murphy's near-exclusive contract with Paramount Pictures rivaled Star Trek as Paramount's most lucrative franchise.

Also in 1986, Murphy starred in the supernatural comedy, The Golden Child.[8] The Golden Child was originally intended to be a serious adventure picture starring Mel Gibson. After Gibson turned the role down, the project was offered to Murphy as it was subsequently rewritten as a partial comedy. Although The Golden Child (featuring Murphy's "I want the knife!" routine) performed well at the box office, the movie was not as critically acclaimed as 48 Hrs., Trading Places, and Beverly Hills Cop. The Golden Child was considered a change of pace for Murphy because of the supernatural setting as opposed to the more "street smart" settings of Murphy's previous efforts. A year later, Murphy reprised his role of Axel Foley in the Tony Scott-directed Beverly Hills Cop II. Although the film was panned by critics, it was still a box office success, grossing over $150 million. Producers reportedly wanted to turn the Beverly Hills Cop franchise into a weekly television series. Murphy declined the television offer, but was willing to do a film sequel instead.

Murphy was one of the last movie actors to sign an exclusive contract with a studio. In this case, it was Paramount Pictures, which released all of his early films.

Singing career

Eddie Murphy - Black Stand Up Comedi - Funny Comedy Videos - Greatest comedy hits CDMurphy is also a singer and musician, having frequently provided background vocals to songs released by the The Bus Boys. As a solo artist, Murphy had two hit singles, "Party All the Time" (which was produced by Rick James) and "Put Your Mouth on Me" in the mid-1980s (although he actually 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 and Donna Summer's 1979 song, "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)". They both appear on his 1982 self-titled comedy album.) "Party All the Time" was featured on Murphy's 1985 debut album How Could It Be, which also included a minor follow-up R&B hit in the title track, a duet with vocalist Crystal Blake. This track was written by Rusty Hamilton and was produced by Stevie Wonder's cousin Aquil Fudge after a brief falling out and bet with Rick James. In 2004, VH-1 and Blender voted "Party All the Time" number seven among the "50 Worst Songs of All-Time." Sharam used a sample of the song for the UK #8 hit "PATT (Party All The Time)" in 2006.

Murphy recorded the album Love's Alright in the early 1990s. He performed in a music video of the single "Whatzupwitu", featuring Michael Jackson. He also recorded a duet with Shabba Ranks called "I Was a King", which was similarly panned. In 1992, Murphy also appeared in Michael Jackson's "Remember the Time" video alongside Magic Johnson and Iman.

Although uncredited, Murphy provided vocal work on SNL castmate Joe Piscopo's comedy single, "The Honeymooners Rap." Piscopo impersonated Jackie Gleason on the single, while Murphy provided an imitation of Art Carney.

In Coming to America, Murphy imitated Jackie Wilson when he sang "To Be Loved," but because the character he was playing had a thick accent, he had to sing it in character. In later years, Murphy performed several songs in the Shrek film franchise. In the first film, he performed a version of "I'm a Believer" in the film's final scene; in Shrek 2 he performed Ricky Martin's hit "Livin' La Vida Loca" along with co-star Antonio Banderas.

Eddie Murphy's all time favorite singer is Elvis Presley. He is also a huge fan of Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Kylie Minogue.

Legal problems

Eddie Murphy - Black Stand Up Comedi - Funny Comedy Videos - Eddie Murphy DVD RawAccording to Murphy's childhood friend Harris Haith in his book, Growing Up Laughing With Eddie, (Eddie Murphy Comedy)
“ Long before Murphy did any writing for Coming to America, Art Buchwald had approached Paramount Pictures with the idea for a similar film. His material was rejected, but the information was retained by Paramount. They liked Buchwald's idea but did not see fit to pay him and saved it for use later down the road. Some years later, Paramount presented the idea of Coming to America to Eddie and gave him the contract. Murphy wrote a screenplay that came to light exactly as it aired on the silver screen. In 1988, Buchwald sued Murphy and Paramount Pictures, but Murphy was not found liable because Paramount had received the material and plagiarized it before giving it to Eddie. He did not know the origins of the piece, he just took the idea and expounded on it to bring about the final version of the movie. ”

However, Buchwald and his partner Alain Bernheim did win the suit against Paramount Pictures, were awarded damages, and then accepted a settlement from Paramount. The case was the subject of a 1992 book, Fatal Subtraction: The Inside Story of Buchwald v. Paramount by Pierce O'Donnell and Dennis McDougal.
Career slump

From 1989 until the mid-1990s and again in the mid '00s, box office results for Murphy's films dropped, hitting a low point with the critically panned Beverly Hills Cop III,[15] a movie Murphy would ultimately denounce during an appearance on Inside the Actors Studio,[8] although he did find minor box office success with The Distinguished Gentleman, Boomerang, Another 48 Hrs. and Vampire In Brooklyn. Harlem Nights featured Murphy, who had previously been known only as a performer, as director, producer, star, and co-writer, with his brother, Charlie Murphy, as well as supporting roles for Murphy's comic idols Redd Foxx and Richard Pryor.[8] Eddie Murphy SNL

During this period Murphy was also criticized by filmmaker Spike Lee for not using his show business stature to help black actors break into film, despite Murphy's films (especially those he produced) often being populated with predominately black casts (Coming To America, Harlem Nights, Boomerang, Vampire In Brooklyn, Life). Many black actors who would later gain wider recognition make early appearances in Murphy films such as Damon Wayans in Beverly Hills Cop, Halle Berry and Martin Lawrence in Boomerang, Samuel L. Jackson and Cuba Gooding Jr in Coming to America and Raw, Dave Chappelle in The Nutty Professor and Chris Rock in Beverly Hills Cop II and Boomerang.

Although Murphy has enjoyed commercial success since Saturday Night Live, he has never attended cast reunions, anniversary specials nor did he participate in the making of the Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live retrospective book by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller (2002). youtube eddie murphy Eddie Murphy White

Comeback and image makeover

Eddie Murphy - Black Stand Up Comedi - Funny Comedy Videos - Eddie Murphy DVD - Eddie Murphy SNLMurphy's box office results began to recover in 1996, starting with The Nutty Professor. He followed with a series of very successful family-friendly movies like Mulan, Dr. Dolittle and its sequel, the Shrek series, Daddy Day Care, and The Haunted Mansion, along with Nutty Professor II. However, most of his movies meant for more adult audiences performed moderately; Metro, I Spy, and Showtime all ended to gross less than $40 million domestically, Holy Man performed badly, grossing less than $13 million, and The Adventures of Pluto Nash is on record as one of the biggest theatrical money-losers of all time, grossing just $7 million worldwide on a reported $110 million budget. A notable exception to this run of poorly received adult -themed films was the Frank Oz comedy Bowfinger, also starring Steve Martin. The film garnered generally positive critical reviews, and grossed a respectable $66 million at the box office.

In 2006, he starred in the motion picture version of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls as soul singer James "Thunder" Early. 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. Several reviews for the film highlighted Murphy's performance while he received some pre-release Academy Awards buzz.[16] 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. Dreamgirls was the first film distributed by Paramount Pictures to star Murphy (who once was on an exclusive contract with the studio) since Vampire in Brooklyn in 1995. As a result of Viacom's acquisition of Dreamworks SKG, Paramount distributed his other 2007 releases: Norbit and Shrek the Third. He starred in the 2009 film Imagine That for Paramount Pictures.

Murphy is expected to begin work on Beverly Hills Cop IV sometime in the near future, and it is expected that producer Jerry Bruckheimer will not participate in the fourth installment of the series. Murphy recently told The Sun Online that "the new script is looking good". The New York Daily News is reporting that The Trump Heist, Brett Ratner's all-black heist movie, will star Murphy as the leader of a crew of con artists who land jobs at Donald Trump's Trump Tower so they can steal from its residents. Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle and Chris Tucker are reportedly in consideration to join the cast. Brian Grazer is producing the picture for his Imagine Entertainment shingle.[8][17] Eddie Murphy Ice Cream

In 2007, Murphy was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[18][19]

As reported, Murphy will star in the new version of The Incredible Shrinking Man which will be released in the future.

Personal life

In 1988, Murphy had a brief relationship with a singer Lorraine Pearson of the pop group Five Star. He was also romantically linked to singer Whitney Houston. eddie murphy white

Murphy began a longtime romantic relationship with Nicole Mitchell after meeting her in 1988 at an NAACP Image Awards show. They lived together for a year and a half before getting married at the Grand Ballroom of The Plaza Hotel in New York City on March 18, 1993.[20] In August 2005, Mitchell filed for divorce, citing "irreconcilable differences." The divorce was finalized on April 17, 2006.[21]

In May 1997, Murphy was stopped by police with a transvestite prostitute in his car shortly before the release of Holy Man, a situation which subsequently caused public relations problems for the star.[22][23]

The Murphy family currently reside in Long Island, New York.[24] eddie murphy music video


Following his divorce from Mitchell, he dated Spice Girl Mel B/Scary Spice or Melanie Brown, who became pregnant and stated that the child was Murphy's. When questioned about the pregnancy in December 2006, Murphy told a reporter, "I don't know whose child that is until it comes out and has a blood test. You shouldn't jump to conclusions, sir".[25] Brown gave birth to a baby girl, Angel Iris Murphy Brown, on Murphy's 46th birthday, April 3, 2007. On June 22, 2007, representatives for Brown announced in People that a DNA test had confirmed that Murphy was the father.[26] Brown has revealed in an interview that Murphy has not sought a relationship with Angel.[27] Brown's daughter is Murphy's eighth child. Murphy has four daughters, Bria (born November 18, 1989), Shayne Audra (born October 10, 1994), Zola Ivy (born December 24, 1999) and Bella Zahra (born January 29, 2002), and a son, Myles Mitchell (born November 7, 1992) from his previous marriage to Nicole Mitchell, along with two other sons, Eric Murphy (born July 10, 1989) and Christian Murphy (born November 29, 1990) from two other previous relationships.

Murphy exchanged marriage vows with film producer Tracey Edmonds, former wife of Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, on January 1, 2008, in a private ceremony on an island off Bora Bora.[28] It was announced on January 16, 2008, that they never legally wed, had decided to forgo legalizing their union, and had instead chosen to remain friends.[29] He has recently been romantically linked to the sister of CSI: Miami star Eva LaRue.[30]

Charitable work

Murphy has donated money to the AIDS Foundation, and also cancer, education, creative arts, family/parent support, health and homeless charities. He has also donated to the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, various cancer charities and $100,000 to the Screen Actors' Guild's strike relief fund.[31]

Eddie Murphy Quotes

Eddie Murphy Quote: Richard said, "The next time the motherfucker call, tell him I said, "Suck *my* dick." I don't give a fuck. Whatever the fuck make the people laugh, say that shit. Do the people laugh when you say what you say?" I said, "Yes." He said, "Do you get paid?" I said, "Yes." He said, "Well, tell Bill I said have a Coke and a smile and shut the fuck up. Jello pudding-eating motherfucker."

Eddie Murphy Quote: There's a song out now called "Ain't Nothin' Goin' on But the Rent." So when a man asks a woman "Hey, baby! What's going on?" The woman will say, "The rent, motherfucker!"

Eddie Murphy Quote: Hey, don't mind the cameras, everyone. They're filming a movie up in here. And y'all gonna be in it! Only *I'm* the only one gonna get paid, the motherfucker.

Eddie Murphy Quote: (imitating his father who is singing Motown songs but messing up the lyrics) If I have to beg and plead to the symphony...

Eddie Murphy Quote: I'm sadistic. I go to the supermarkets to watch mothers lose it and beat the shit out of their kids.

Eddie Murphy Quote: White people can't dance. I'm not being racist; it's true. Just like when white people say black people have big lips, it's not racist; it's true. Black people have big lips, white people can't dance. Some brothers will be in the club and white people are like, "What are those niggers doing in here?" They watchin' y'all dance. And they're like, "Look at these crazy muthafuckas." Y'all be stepping on people's feet and hitting one another.

Eddie Murphy Quote: The brothers went to court and got educated on the judge. All of a sudden, it was like, "Can you state your case?" (gangsta voice) "Uh, yes, Your Honor. On the evening in question, per se, Your Honor... yo, check it out, Your Honor. I was just out the disco, right? Coolin', right? I went in with my girl, right, and my girl starts illin', says "There go Eddie Murphy." Started actin' all tipsy and shit. I said, "Where, where?" She go, "Over there." I say, "Fuck that big-nosed motherfucker!" I make my money just like him, right, Your Honor, cuz I don't give a fuck, I ain't gittin on nobody's jobs, you know? So, Your Honor, check it out, right? What happened, what happened then, right? I said, "Yo, what you want me go get the motherfucker's autograph?" I got the autograph for my girl, walked over and said, "Yo, Ed? Sign this autograph." (Pause) Then Ed said, "I ain't signing a *motherfuckin'* thing! Fuck you and your ugly bitch!" I said, "Yo, Ed, I'll bust your ass for sayin' shit like that." He say, "Wh-Where, motherfucker, I'll kill-" And he ran over to my woman and slapped her in the face, Your Honor! Then he slapped me and my man in the face, all three of us like the Three Stooges, Your Honor! 12 million! 12! (Normal) I was disgusted.

I don't think more concentration is required for Robert De Niro to do what he does as for Jim Carrey to do what he does. - Eddie Murphy Quote

I'd like to produce, direct, write, score, and star in a film in exactly the way Chaplin did. I'll do that before I'm thirty. - Eddie Murphy Quote

I'm 42 and the age of a guy who has kids, so I guess I'm playing right where I'm supposed to be. I'm comfortable with that, but in the same breath I'd do something edgy. If someone came to me and offered me an edgy and funny story, then I'd do it. - Eddie Murphy Quote

I'm relaxed about my career. I've been making movies for over 20 years, so I've earned at least the right to relax. - Eddie Murphy Quote

I've always had confidence. It came because I have lots of initiative. I wanted to make something of myself. - Eddie Murphy Quote

I've made 30 movies and for the most part my movies work. In a business where success is an exception and not the rule, I've mostly been successful. - Eddie Murphy Quote

If I don't die in a plane crash or something, this country has a rare opportunity to watch a great talent grow. - Eddie Murphy Quote

In a movie like this, the relationship between the two guys is crucial. It sinks or swims on how these two guys are together. I think we did a good job. - Eddie Murphy Quote

In the original script, my character was a basketball player rather than a boxer. I didn't think I could pull that off. I'm a little short to be a basketball player! - Eddie Murphy Quote

The economy in Ireland has been rampaging ahead for the last 15 years. Barring an international, political or natural catastrophe, things can only get better for the Irish. - Eddie Murphy Quote

The thing about kids is that they express emotion. They don't hold back. If they want to cry, they cry, and if they are in a good mood, they're in a good mood. - Eddie Murphy Quote

You know, making a movie is a collaborative effort and sometimes all the ingredients don't work out. I know that every now and again I am going to make a movie that won't work. - Eddie Murphy Quote Eddie Murphy Movie

“I've always had confidence. It came because I have lots of initiative. I wanted to make something of myself.” - Eddie Murphy quote

“I've made 30 movies and for the most part my movies work. In a business where success is an exception and not the rule, I've mostly been successful.” - Eddie Murphy quote

"If you`re involved in with something that`s original, you know, you`ll always go back and try to rehash it." - Eddie Murphy Quote

"The advice I would give to someone is to not take anyone`s advice." - Eddie Murphy Quote

"I keep telling people I`ll make movies until I`m fifty and then I`ll go and do something else. I`m going to be a professional gentleman of leisure." - Eddie Murphy Quote

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The audacious concert film Eddie Murphy Raw rubbed some people the wrong way upon its release in 1987, but there's no denying that between Murphy's more insensitive bits about women and gay men is some of his most inspired material. While the young comedian indulges an unattractive homophobia and rants about the sexual manipulativeness of all females, he makes up for it with an amazing story about being chided by Bill Cosby for obscene humor and does a great impression of Mr. T falling under the spell of a Jedi mind trick. The best stuff comes deep into the show, particularly a long tale of being pressured into a fight at a club, resulting in a phone call to Murphy's drunk father, the latter in the middle of a verbal attack on his wife. The scene is genuinely horrifying and funny, testament to Murphy's early reputation as heir to Richard Pryor's mercilessly autobiographical brilliance.

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The record-setting number one concert film, EDDIE MURPHY: RAW shows Eddie Murphy doing what he does best: making people laugh. Filmed live at New York's Felt Forum, Murphy delights, shocks, and entertains with celebrity impersonations, observations on 'love, sex and marriage in the 80's, a remembrance of Mom's hamburgers and much more.

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Light years before political correctness--1983 to be exact--or his comeback in tame Disney comedies, Eddie Murphy was a charismatic, wonderfully offensive, egocentric 22-year-old black comedian known for crude celebrity impersonations and often shockingly frank diatribes on racial and sexual politics. Dressed in a skin-tight red leather suit and delivering endless streams of obscenities faster than Richard Pryor ever did, Murphy is captured in this raunchy HBO special (a filmed document of his Grammy-winning album, Eddie Murphy, Comedian) at his confident, swaggering, comedic peak--a posture that soon disappeared after a string of bland Hollywood comedies. Here, however, his energy and sheer virtuosity command complete control over the audience for 107 minutes, whether he's mocking personalities like Elvis, James Brown, and Stevie Wonder, or spinning long, gag-filled personal anecdotes about the ice-cream man or dysfunctional family barbecues. There's no apologizing for the immature stereotyping, blatant homophobia, and sexism (though Murphy did so several years later) that surface during the routine. But, then again, unlike his much nastier, one-sided concert film, Raw, no topic here is safe from Murphy's uproarious tongue-lashings--including the comedian himself.

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Half of the characters in this 1988 John Landis potboiler seem to be played either by Eddie Murphy or costar Arsenio Hall, swaddled in elaborate Rick Baker makeup appliances that render them unrecognizable but also weirdly immobile. As a pampered African prince who journeys incognito to Queens, New York, to find a bride who will love him just for himself, Murphy manages to look smug and naive at the same time. There are enjoyable sequences of Murphy's Prince Akeem applying his lordly manner to his new job in a fast-food emporium, and falling for the boss's spirited daughter (Shari Headley), who teaches him how to party down, American style. But the fish-out-water premise is never fully exploited. Star spotters will have a field day locating Cuba Gooding Jr., Donna Summer, Louie Anderson, Vondie Curtis Hall, E.R.'s Eriq La Salle, and Samuel L. Jackson in their minuscule supporting roles.

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Perhaps one of the greatest lights ever to shine on late-night television, Eddie Murphy has gone on to well-deserved international superstardom. Check out his earliest television work on Saturday Night Live: The Best of Eddie Murphy, a collection of his greatest roles, from Gumby to Stevie Wonder to Buckwheat. Of course, some would argue that his best role was as himself, and there is plenty of evidence for that--many of the skits feature Murphy au naturel and the opening sequence is taken from his monologue when he returned to the show triumphantly after leaving for Hollywood. Exploring the world around him and finding laughs everywhere, Murphy can take a simple idea (such as the "James Brown Hot Tub Party") and run wild with it, leaving the audience hysterically begging for more. You don't have to be a fan to enjoy this collection, but odds are you'll be one by the time you're finished.


Television and video
Year Title Role Notes
1980-1984 Saturday Night Live
1983 Eddie Murphy Quote: Delirious
1987 Eddie Murphy RAW
1989 What's Alan Watching?
1993 Dangerous: The Short Films Ancient Eqypian Pharaoh Remember the Time music video
1999 - 2001 The PJs Thurgood Stubbs Voice
2007 Shrek the Halls Donkey (voice) Voice
Year Film Role Notes
1982 48 Hrs. Reggie Hammond
1983 Trading Places Billy Ray Valentine
1983 Eddie Murphy Delirious Himself Also Producer
1984 Best Defense Lieutenant T.M. Landry
Beverly Hills Cop Det. Axel Foley
1986 The Golden Child Chandler Jarrell
1987 Beverly Hills Cop II Det. Axel Foley
Eddie Murphy Raw Himself Also Producer
1988 Coming to America Prince Akeem/Clarence/Randy Watson/Saul
1989 Harlem Nights Quick (Real Name Vernest Brown) Also Director and Producer
1990 Another 48 Hrs. Reggie Hammond
1992 Boomerang Marcus Graham
The Distinguished Gentleman Thomas Jefferson Johnson
1994 Beverly Hills Cop III Det. Axel Foley
1995 Vampire in Brooklyn Maximillian/Preacher Pauly/Guido Also Producer
1996 The Nutty Professor Professor Sherman Klump/Buddy Love/
Lance Perkins/Cletus 'Papa' Klump/
Anna Pearl 'Mama' Jensen Klump/
Ida Mae 'Granny' Jensen/Ernie Klump, Sr. Also Producer
1997 Metro Insp. Scott Roper
1998 Mulan Mushu (voice)
Doctor Dolittle Dr. John Dolittle
Holy Man G
1999 Life Rayford "Ray" Gibson Also Producer
Bowfinger Kit Ramsey/Jeffernson 'Jiff' Ramsey
2000 Nutty Professor II: The Klumps Professor Sherman Klump/Buddy Love/
Lance Perkins/Cletus 'Papa' Klump/
Anna Pearl 'Mama' Jensen Klump/
Ida Mae 'Granny' Jensen/Ernie Klump Also Producer
2001 Shrek Donkey (voice)
Dr. Dolittle 2 Dr. John Dolittle
2002 Showtime Officer Trey Sellers
The Adventures of Pluto Nash Pluto Nash
I Spy Kelly Robinson
2003 Daddy Day Care Charles "Charlie" Hinton
The Haunted Mansion Jim Evers
2004 Shrek 2 Donkey (voice)
2006 Dreamgirls James 'Thunder' Early
2007 Norbit Norbit Rice/Rasputia Latimore-Rice/Mr. Wong Also Producer
Shrek the Third Donkey (voice)
2008 Meet Dave Starship Dave (Spacecraft), Captain
2009 Imagine That Evan Danielson
A Thousand Words Lead role Post-production
2010 Shrek Forever After Donkey (voice) Post-production
Beverly Hills Cop IV Axel Foley Pre-production
The Incredible Shrinking Man Scott Carey Pre-production


Studio albums
Year Title Notes
1982 Eddie Murphy Comedy US #52
1983 Comedian Comedy US #35
1985 How Could It Be Music US #26
1989 So Happy Music US #70
1993 Love's Alright Music Compilation albums
Year Title Notes
1997 Greatest Comedy Hits Comedy
1998 All I Fuckin' Know Comedy

Year Film Notes
1986 Beverly Hills
2006 Dreamgirls With Beyoncé Knowles, Jermaine Bolling,Jennifer Hudson, Keith Robinson and Sharon Leal

Year Song Label Notes
1982 "Boogie in Your Butt/No More Tears" Columbia Comedy/music
1985 "Party All the Time" Columbia Music - US #2, UK #87
1985 "How Could It Be" (featuring Crystal Blake) Columbia Music
1989 "Put Your Mouth on Me" Columbia Music - US #27
1989 "Til the Money's Gone" Columbia Music
1993 "I Was a King" Motown Music - UK #64
1993 "Whatzupwitu" (featuring Michael Jackson) Motown Music
1993 "Desdemona" Motown Music

Year Status Award Category Work
2007 Nominated Academy Award Actor in a Supporting Role Dreamgirls
2007 Won Screen Actors Guild Actor in a Supporting Role Dreamgirls
2008 Nominated Kids Choice Awards Best Movie Actor Norbit
2008 Won Kids Choice Awards Best Voice in an Animated Movie Shrek the Third
2007 Nominated NAACP Image Awards Actor in a Supporting Role Dreamgirls
2007 Won Golden Globes Actor in a Supporting Role Dreamgirls
1997 Nominated Golden Globes Actor in a Leading Role (Musical or Comedy) The Nutty Professor
1985 Nominated Golden Globes Actor in a Leading Role (Musical or Comedy) Beverly Hills Cop
1984 Nominated Golden Globes Actor in a Leading Role (Musical or Comedy) Trading Places
1983 Nominated Golden Globes New Star of the Year (Male) 48 Hrs.
2002 Nominated BAFTA Award Actor in a Supporting Role Shrek
2007 Nominated Black Reel Awards Actor in a Supporting Role Dreamgirls
2002 Nominated Black Reel Awards Actor in a Supporting Role Shrek
2000 Nominated Black Reel Awards Actor in a Leading Role Bowfinger
2007 Won Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Actor in a Supporting Role Dreamgirls
2007 Nominated Chicago Film Critics Awards Actor in a Supporting Role Dreamgirls
1999 Nominated Emmy Awards Outstanding Animated Programming (One Hour or Less) The PJ's
1984 Nominated Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program Saturday Night Live
1984 Nominated Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program Saturday Night Live
1983 Nominated Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy, Variety or Music Series Saturday Night Live


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