Eddie Murphy Biography

Birthday: 1961-04-03
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
Wiki Biography: Eddie Murphy's father died when Eddie was quite young, and he, his brother, and step-brother were raised by his mother, a telephone-company employee, and his stepfather, a foreman at a Breyer's Ice Cream plant. His comic talent was evident from an early age, and by 15 he was writing and performing his own routines at youth centers and local bars, as well as at the Roosevelt High School auditorium. Eventually, Murphy made it to a Manhattan showcase, The Comic Strip. The club's co-owners, Robert Wachs and Richard Tienken, were so impressed with Murphy's ability that they agreed to manage his career. Wachs and Tienken succeeded in getting Murphy an audition for the revamped "Saturday Night Live" (1975), where he was eventually cast as a featured player, but by the end of his first season, however, he had moved up to star status. IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous Mini Biography Eddie Murphy was born in Brooklyn New York, in 1961, the youngest son of Lillian Murphy, a widow who married Vernon Lynch, the step-father of Eddie, his brother Charles Q. Murphy, and Vernon Jr. Eddie himself had aspirations of being in show business since he was a child. A bright kid growing up in the streets of New York, Murphy spent a great deal of time on impressions and comedy stand-up routines rather than academics. His sense of humor and wit made him a stand out amongst his classmates at Roosevelt Junior-Senior High School. By the time he was 15, Murphy worked as a stand-up comic on the lower part of New York, wooing audiences with his dead-on impressions of celebrities and outlooks on life. In the early 1980s, at the age of 19, Murphy was offered a contract for the Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time Players of "Saturday Night Live" (1975), where Murphy exercised his comedic abilities in impersonating African American figures and originating some of the shows most memorable characters: Velvet Jones, Mr. Robinson, and a disgruntled and angry Gumby. Murphy made his feature film debut in 48 Hrs. (1982), alongside Nick Nolte. The two's comedic and antagonistic chemistry, alongside Murphy's believable performance as a streetwise convict aiding a bitter, aging cop, won over critics and audiences. The next year, Murphy went two for two, with another hit, pairing him with John Landis, who later became a frequent collaborator with Murphy in Coming to America (1988) and Beverly Hills Cop III (1994). Beverly Hills Cop (1984) was the film that made Murphy a box-office superstar and most notably made him a celebrity worldwide, and it remains one of the all-time biggest domestic blockbusters in motion-picture history. Murphy's performance as a young Detroit cop in pursuit of his friend's murderers earned him a third consecutive Golden Globe nomination. Axel Foley became one of Murphy's signature characters. On top of his game, Murphy was unfazed by his success, that is until his box office appeal and choices in scripts resulted into a spotty mix of hits and misses into the late 1980s and early 1990s. Films like The Golden Child (1986) and Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) were critically panned but were still massive draws at the box office. In 1989, Murphy, coming off another hit, Coming to America (1988), found failure with his directorial debut, Harlem Nights (1989). Another 48 Hrs. (1990) and his turn as a hopeless romantic in Boomerang (1992) did little to resuscitate his career. However, his remake of Jerry Lewis's The Nutty Professor (1996) brought Murphy's drawing power back into fruition. From there, Murphy rebounded with occasional hits and misses but has long proven himself as a skilled comedic actor with applaudable range pertaining to characterizations and mannerisms. Though he has grown up a lot since his fast-lane rise as a superstar in the 1980s, Murphy has lived the Hollywood lifestyle with controversy, criticism, scandal, and the admiration of millions worldwide for his talents. As Murphy had matured throughout the years, learning many lessons about the Hollywood game in the process, he settled down with more family-oriented humor with Doctor Dolittle (1998), Mulan (1998), Bowfinger (1999), and the animated smash Shrek (2001), in a supporting role that showcased Murphy's comedic personality and charm. In spite of being vocal in interviews about his career, Eddie Murphy continues to live a happy life with his wife and kids and has said that if his career would to end tomorrow he would be content just being with his family.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Showtime Officer Trey Sellars 1968
What's Alan Watching? Protester / James Brown 1989 Comedy
The PJs Thurgoode Orenthal Stubbs 1999 - 2001
Imagine That Evan Danielson 2002 - 2002 Comedy
Daddy Daycare Charlie Hinton 2003 Comedy
Shrek The Halls Donkey 2007 Animation
Life Rayford Gibson 2008 - 2009 Comedy
Good, Better...Best Charlie Hinton 2011
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
48 Hrs. Reggie Hammond 1982 0, 0, Comedy, 0
Eddie Murphy Delirious 1983
Best Defense Lieutenant T.M. Landry 1984 Comedy
Beverly Hills Cop Det. Axel Foley 1984 Action, Comedy, Crime
The Golden Child Chandler Jarrell 1986 Action, Adventure, Comedy
Beverly Hills Cop II Det. Axel Foley 1987 Action, Comedy, Crime
Eddie Murphy Raw 1987 Documentary, Comedy
Coming to America Prince Akeem 1988
Harlem Nights Quick 1989 0, Comedy
Another 48 Hrs. Reggie Hammond 1990 Game Show, 0, 0, Comedy
Boomerang Marcus 1992 0, Biography
The Distinguished Gentleman Thomas Jefferson Johnson 1992 Comedy, Crime
Beverly Hills Cop III Det. Axel Foley 1994 Action, Comedy, Crime
Vampire in Brooklyn Maximillian 1995 0, Reality Tv
The Nutty Professor Sherman Klump 1996 Comedy, Romance, Sci Fi
Mulan Mushu 1998 Drama, 0
Holy Man G 1998 0
Doctor Dolittle Dr. John Dolittle 1998 0, 0
Dr. Dolittle Dr. John Dolittle 1998
Bowfinger Kit Ramsey 1999
Nutty Professor II: The Klumps Sherman Klump 2000 Comedy, Sci Fi
Shrek Donkey 2001 0, Drama, 0, 0
Dr. Dolittle 2 Dr. John Dolittle 2001 Biography, 0, 0
Showtime Officer Trey Sellars 2002 0, 0
The Adventures of Pluto Nash Pluto Nash 2002 Sport, 0, 0
I Spy Kelly 2002 Action, Adventure, Comedy
The Haunted Mansion Jim Evers 2003 0, Game Show, 0
Daddy Day Care Charlie Hinton 2003 Comedy, Family
Shrek 2 Donkey 2004 Drama, 0, 0, 0
The Holy Man G. 2005
Dreamgirls James 'Thunder' Early 2006 Drama, Music, Musical
Norbit Norbit 2007 Comedy, Romance
Shrek the Third Donkey 2007 Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Shrek the Halls Donkey 2007 Animation, Adventure
Meet Dave Dave 2008 Adventure, Comedy, Family
Imagine That Evan Danielson 2009 Comedy, Drama, Family
Shrek Forever After Donkey 2010 0, Drama, 0, 0
Tower Heist Slide 2011
A Thousand Words Jack McCall 2012 Comedy, Drama
Trampoline James Needham 2013 Comedy, Drama, Family
Cook Henry Church 2015 Drama
Metro Scott Roper 2016 Game Show, 0
Beverly Hills Cop 4 Axel Foley 2016 Action, Comedy
Life Rayford Gibson 2017 Game Show, Sport, Reality Tv, 0