Eddie Murphy was born on April 3, 1961. He achieved fame with the “Saturday Night Live” show, “Sketch Comedy” as a regular cast member. In stand-up comedy, Murphy was ranked number 10 on Comedy Central’s ‘100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.’ He has received numerous awards for his acting skills. He received Golden Globe Award for various film nominations including “48 Hrs” in 1982 and “Dolemite Is My Name” in 2019. He won the Golden Globe, for Best Supporting Actor, and was awarded a nomination for the Academy Award, for Best Supporting Actor for the musical film, “Dreamgirls.” Murphy also works as a voice actor and sometimes even plays multiple roles aside from his main role like in “Coming To America.” Such talent is incomparable and we’re honored to be celebrating him today.
Eddie Regan Murphy, globally known as Eddie Murphy is a name you can’t miss when it comes to acting and comedy in the entertainment industry. He was born on April 3, 1961, to his father, Charles, and his mother, Lillian Laney. His father was a transit police officer and his mother was a telephone operator. They lived in Brooklyn, New York City and Murphy was raised in the borough’s Bushwick neighborhood. He went to Roosevelt Junior-Senior High school and his sense of humor and impressions always made him stand out amongst his classmates. His focus was mainly on comedy and not necessarily academics. His father, however, later passed on when he was eight years old in 1969. His mother also fell ill in the same year and this forced Murphy and his brother Charlie to live in foster care for a year. They reunited after and were raised in Roosevelt, New York by their mother and stepfather, Vernon Lynch, who was a foreman at an ice cream company.
Murphy started his career when he was just 15 years old, performing in a talent exhibition at Roosevelt Youth Center. He did an impersonation of musician Al Green in the song, ‘Let’s Stay Together.’ He later rose to fame through the “Sketch Comedy” show “Saturday Night Live” in which he was a cast member from 1980 to 1984. He was later listed as number 10 on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time. He has also received various Golden Globe Award nominations for several film performances such as “48Hrs” in 1982 and “Dolemite Is My Name” in 2019. In 1998, he starred in the film, “Dr. Dolittle” and its sequel in 2001 and he went on to win several awards for his input on the fantasy comedy. In 2007, he won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for the musical film, “Dreamgirls.” He also received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the same role, James Thunder Early in “Dreamgirls.”
Murphy is also a voice actor and has played roles such as Chinese dragon Mushu in “Mulan” in 1998, Thurgood Stubbs in “The P.Js” from 1999 to 2001, and Donkey in the series “Shrek” from 2001 to 2010. He even plays multiple roles aside from his main role in films such as, “Coming to America” in 1988, “Bowfinger” in 1999, and “The Adventures of Pluto Nash.” This he tributes to his mentor, Peter Sellers. In 2020, he was awarded his first Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for hosting “Saturday Night Live.” Apart from acting, Murphy is also known for his music. He has released three albums in the course of his music career, “How Could It Be” in 1985, “So Happy” in 1989, and “Love’s Alright” in 1993. In 1993, he released a reggae song as his first single, ‘Red Light’ that featured Snoop Dogg.
Murphy performs at the Roosevelt Youth Center, impersonating Al Green in his song, 'Let’s Stay Together.'
He gets cast in "Saturday Night Live" at the age of 19 years old.
He stars in the film, "Dr. Dolittle" and its 2001 sequel, and through this film, his work on fantasy comedy is recognized and he goes on to win numerous awards.
He is awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor by John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
He wins his first Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for hosting "Saturday Night Live."
Why We Love Eddie Murphy
He is consistent
Murphy has been creating since he was 15 years old and specifically acting since he was 20 years old. To date, he always shows up and delivers only his best. It has been more than 30 years of great work and consistency and has really contributed to shaping the comedy and film industry.
He is philanthropic
He is involved in numerous charities and foundations. He has given to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and Martin Luther King, Jr. Center, just to name a few. He is also involved in bettering the industry he is in and this was evident when he gave to the Screen Actors’ Guild’s strike relief fund.
He is family oriented
Murphy is always talking about his family and how he takes pleasure in spending quality time with them. For this reason, he is not on any social media network and doesn’t even own a computer. He says that is time he could be spending with his 10 children and getting to know them.
5 Surprising Facts
He was born at 1:30 pm E.S.T.
Murphy was surprisingly born in the afternoon at exactly 1:30 pm E.S.T.
Voted the most popular in high school
While he attended Roosevelt Junior-Senior High school, he was voted the Most Popular because of his comic routines and impersonations.
His brother is also an actor
Charlie, Murphy’s older brother is a professional actor as well while their younger brother was part of the Hip-Hop group K-9 Posse.
He turned down "Ghostbusters"
He turned down the role of Winston Zeddemore in "Ghostbusters" which was originally written with him in mind for "Beverly Hills Cop."
He hosted while casting
He is the only cast member of "Saturday Night Live" to cast and host at the same time.
Eddie Murphy FAQs
Is Murphy iconic?
Murphy is an iconic actor who has starred in several big productions like “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Coming to America,” and “Shrek,” making a name for himself as a performer and comedian.
What was Murphy’s last movie?
His last movie was “Tower Heist.”
Does Murphy have a son?
He has four sons, Miles Mitchell, Eric, Max Charles, and Christian.
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