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Eddie Murphy

Murphy in 1988
Born Edward Regan Murphy
April 3, 1961 (1961-04-03) (age 48)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian, director, producer, singer, voice actor
Years active 1979–present
Official website

Edward "Eddie " Regan 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.

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.

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Early life

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 older 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]

Career

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 WASPs, 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.

1980s acting career

Eddie Murphy in Hollywood Walk of Fame

Murphy first earned attention as a regular actor at 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.[13]

Also 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
Birth name Edward Regan Murphy
Born April 3, 1961 (1961-04-03) (age 48)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Genres Pop, Synthpop, R&B, soul
Occupations Actor, comedian, director, producer, singer, voice actor
Instruments Vocals
Years active Actor (1979-present)
Singer (1985-1993)
Labels Columbia (1982-1989)
Motown (1992-1993)
Associated acts Rick James, Shabba Ranks, Michael Jackson

Murphy 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.[citation needed]

Legal problems

According to Murphy's childhood friend Harris Haith in his book, Growing Up Laughing With Eddie,

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 (1994),[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]

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 in Raw, Cuba Gooding Jr in Coming to America, Dave Chappelle in The Nutty Professor and Chris Rock in Beverly Hills Cop II.

Although Murphy has enjoyed commercial success since Saturday Night Live, he has never attended cast reunions or 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).

Comeback and image makeover

Murphy'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 2008 film Meet Dave and 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]

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

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 resides in Long Island, New York.[24]

Relationships

Following his divorce from Mitchell, he dated Spice Girl Melanie B , 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, 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 other 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]

Filmography

Television and video
Year Title Role Notes
1980-1984 Saturday Night Live
1983 Eddie Murphy: Delirious
1987 Eddie Murphy Raw
1989 What's Alan Watching?
1993 Dangerous: The Short Films Ancient Eqyptian Pharaoh Remember the Time music video
1999 - 2001 The PJs Thurgood Stubbs Voice
2007 Shrek the Halls Donkey Voice
Film
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
2010 Shrek Forever After Donkey (voice)
A Thousand Words

Discography

Albums

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

Singles

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

Awards/nominations

Award Year Category Work Outcome
Academy Award 2007 Best Supporting Actor Dreamgirls Nominated
Annie Awards 1999 Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production The PJs Nominated
2001 Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Feature Production Shrek Won
2008 Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production Shrek the Halls Nominated
BAFTA Awards 2002 Actor in a Supporting Role Shrek Nominated
Black Reel Awards 2000 Best Actor in a Motion Picture Bowfinger Nominated
2002 Actor in a Supporting Role Shrek Nominated
2007 Dreamgirls Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2007 Best Supporting Actor Dreamgirls Won
Central Ohio Film Critics Association 2007 Best Supporting Actor Dreamgirls Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2007 Best Supporting Actor Dreamgirls Nominated
Emmy Awards 1983 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy, Variety or Music Series Saturday Night Live Nominated
1984 Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program Saturday Night Live Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program Saturday Night Live Nominated
1999 Outstanding Animated Program - Less Than One Hour The PJs
"He's Gotta Have It"
Nominated
Golden Globe Awards 1983 New Star of the Year (Actor) 48 Hrs. Nominated
1984 Actor in a Leading Role (Musical or Comedy) Trading Places
1997 Actor in a Leading Role (Musical or Comedy) The Nutty Professor
1985 Actor in a Leading Role (Musical or Comedy) Beverly Hills Cop
2007 Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture Dreamgirls
NAACP Image Awards 1997 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture The Nutty Professor Nominated
2007 Actor in a Supporting Role Dreamgirls Nominated
National Society of Film Critics Awards 1997 Best Supporting Actor The Nutty Professor Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Awards 2007 Best Supporting Actor Dreamgirls Nominated
Satellite Awards 1996 Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy The Nutty Professor Nominated
2001 Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
Saturn Awards 1997 Best Actor The Nutty Professor Won
2002 Best Supporting Actor Shrek Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards 2007 Actor in a Supporting Role Dreamgirls Won
Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated

References

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  13. ^ All Time Box Office Adjusted for Ticket Price Inflation
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  19. ^ Academy Invites 115 to Become Members
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Preceded by
Dennis Miller
MTV Movie Awards host
1993
Succeeded by
Will Smith
Preceded by
Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler
MTV Video Music Awards host
1985
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Eddie Murphy
File:Eddie Murphy by David
Murphy at the Tribeca Film Festival for Shrek Forever After in 2010.
Born Edward Regan Murphy
April 3, 1961 (1961-04-03) (age 49)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian, director, producer, singer, voice actor
Years active 1976-present

Edward Regan "Eddie" Murphy (born April 3, 1961) is an American actor, voice actor, film director, producer, comedian and singer. The box office take from his films makes him the second highest grossing actor in the United States.[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 his performances in 48 Hrs, Beverly Hills Cop, 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.

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.

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Early life

Murphy was born in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.[5] His mother, Lillian, 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 older 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]

Career

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 WASPs, 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.

1980s acting career

[[File:|thumb|upright|Murphy in 1988]] Murphy first earned attention as a regular actor at 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, which the real person found amusing),[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.[13]

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 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 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.

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. It was 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

Murphy is 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 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 recorded a duet with Shabba Ranks called "I Was a King". In 1992, Murphy 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."[citation needed] 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.

Legal problems

According to Murphy's childhood friend Harris Haith in his book, Growing Up Laughing With Eddie, 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.

Career slump

From 1989 until the mid 1990s and again in the mid 2000s, box office results for Murphy's films dropped, hitting a low point with the critically panned Beverly Hills Cop III (1994),[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]

During this period Murphy was 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, Dave Chappelle in The Nutty Professor and Chris Rock in Beverly Hills Cop II.

Although Murphy has enjoyed commercial success since Saturday Night Live, he has never attended cast reunions or 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).

Comeback and image makeover

Murphy'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: The Klumps. 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 $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 2008 film Meet Dave and 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] However, later in February 2010, Murphy was replaced by Ben Stiller, and a new draft of the script was re-written to reflect the changes, and that the project was heading into a new direction. Rock, Tucker, and Chappelle were also confirmed to co-star.[18]

In 2007, Murphy was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[19][20]

Murphy will star in a new version of The Incredible Shrinking Man.

Personal life

[[File:|right|thumb|Eddie Murphy in Hollywood Walk of Fame]] 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 three quarters before getting married at the Grand Ballroom of The Plaza Hotel in New York City on March 18, 1993.[21] In August 2005, Mitchell filed for divorce, citing "irreconcilable differences". The divorce was finalized on April 17, 2006.[22]

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.[23][24]

The Murphy family currently resides in Long Island, New York.[25]

Relationships

Following his divorce from Mitchell, in 2006 he began dating former Spice Girl 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".[26] Brown gave birth to a baby girl, Angel Iris 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.[27] Brown has stated in an interview that Murphy has not sought a relationship with Angel.[28]

Murphy exchanged marriage 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.[29] 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.[30]

Charitable work

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

Filmography

Television and video
Year Title Role Notes
1980–1984 Saturday Night Live
1983 Eddie Murphy: Delirious
1987 Eddie Murphy Raw
1989 What's Alan Watching?
1993 Dangerous: The Short Films Ancient Eqyptian Pharaoh Remember the Time music video
1999–2001 The PJs Thurgood Stubbs Voice
2007 Shrek the Halls Donkey Voice
Film
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 Writer
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
2010 Shrek Forever After Donkey (voice)
A Thousand Words

Discography

Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart
positions
US
[32]
US R&B
[33]
1982 Eddie Murphy 97
1983 Comedian
  • Release date: 1983
  • Label: CBS Records
35 10
1985 How Could It Be
  • Release date: 1985
  • Label: CBS Records
26 17
1989 So Happy
  • Release date: 1989
  • Label: CBS Records
70 22
1993 Love's Alright 80
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Compilation albums

Year Album details
1997 Greatest Comedy Hits
1998 All I Fuckin' Know
  • Release date: April 28, 1998
  • Label: Sony BMG

Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US
[34]
US R&B
[35]
US Dance
[36]
NZ
[37]
UK
1982 "Boogie in Your Butt" 56 Eddie Murphy
1985 "Party All the Time" 2 8 19 3 87 How Could It Be
"How Could It Be" (with Crystal Blake) 63
1989 "Put Your Mouth on Me" 27 2 So Happy
"Til the Money's Gone" 75
1993 "I Was a King" 61 64 Love's Alright
"Whatzupwitu" (with Michael Jackson) 74
"Desdesoma"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Awards/nominations

Award Year Category Work Outcome
Academy Award 2007 Best Supporting Actor Dreamgirls Nominated
Annie Awards 1999 Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production The PJs Nominated
2001 Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Feature Production Shrek Won
2008 Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production Shrek the Halls Nominated
BAFTA Awards 2002 Actor in a Supporting Role Shrek Nominated
Black Reel Awards 2000 Best Actor in a Motion Picture Bowfinger Nominated
2002 Actor in a Supporting Role Shrek Nominated
2007 Dreamgirls Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2007 Best Supporting Actor Dreamgirls Won
Central Ohio Film Critics Association 2007 Best Supporting Actor Dreamgirls Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2007 Best Supporting Actor Dreamgirls Nominated
Emmy Awards 1983 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy, Variety or Music Series Saturday Night Live Nominated
1984 Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program Saturday Night Live Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program Saturday Night Live Nominated
1999 Outstanding Animated Program – Less Than One Hour The PJs
"He's Gotta Have It"
Nominated
Golden Globe Awards 1983 New Star of the Year (Actor) 48 Hrs. Nominated
1984 Actor in a Leading Role (Musical or Comedy) Trading Places
1997 Actor in a Leading Role (Musical or Comedy) The Nutty Professor
1985 Actor in a Leading Role (Musical or Comedy) Beverly Hills Cop
2007 Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Dreamgirls Won
NAACP Image Awards 1997 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture The Nutty Professor Nominated
2007 Actor in a Supporting Role Dreamgirls Nominated
National Society of Film Critics Awards 1997 Best Actor The Nutty Professor Won
Online Film Critics Society Awards 2007 Best Supporting Actor Dreamgirls Nominated
Satellite Awards 1996 Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy The Nutty Professor Nominated
2001 Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
Saturn Awards 1997 Best Actor The Nutty Professor Won
2002 Best Supporting Actor Shrek Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards 2007 Actor in a Supporting Role Dreamgirls Won
Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated

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Preceded by
Dennis Miller
MTV Movie Awards host
1993
Succeeded by
Will Smith
Preceded by
Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler
MTV Video Music Awards host
1985
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Edward Regan Murphy (born April 3, 1961, in Brooklyn, New York) is a Golden Globe-winning actor (2007) and comedian, for performance at Beverly Hills Cop, Trading Places, The Nutty Professor, and most recently Dreamgirls. He has also enjoyed a minor singing career.

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Eddie Murphy Delirious (1983)

  • There's somethin' about singing, that is the business! You sing, women go crazy! 'Cause Mick Jagger is an ugly motherfucker...with big-ass lips! Mick Jagger's lips so big, black people be goin', 'He got some big-ass lips! These are big motherfuckin' lips!'
  • Michael Jackson, who can sing, and is a good lookin' guy...but ain't the most masculine fellow in the world.
  • You don't even have to be able to talk. Just sing and get famous. 'Cause James Brown's been singin' 30 years. I don't know what the fuck James is talkin' about!
  • (About Stevie Wonder) I got mad, I was hanging out with Stevie two months ago. I said, 'Look, Steve, I get too much motherfuckin' flak over this impression. I don't like doin' it, I ain't doin' this shit no more.' Stevie said, 'Well, I feel that...' I said, 'Shut the fuck up, Steve.' 'Cause you've gotta cut Steve off, 'cause if he get a roll goin' he'll talk your ears off! You ever see Steve win a Grammy and go up and give one of them long ass acceptance speeches? They say, 'And the winner is Stevie Wonder!' Stevie be goin, 'I'd just like to say...all the people in the world today...God's children...' 'Look, just take the motherfuckin' award and go!' 'Cause the credits be rollin' and Stevie be up there goin' 'And I'd like to thank...' I be in the car, I just said 'Shut the fuck up, Steve. I'm tellin' you, you a genius and all that shit, but you my boy, man, we hangin', man. It's nice and shit, but I don't appreciate all the flak. And personally, the piano and the singin' and all that, I told you how I feel about singin' man, I ain't impressed. You wanna impress me, take the wheel for a while, motherfucker!'
  • (Impersonating an angry fan) 'I heard that shit, man! That shit wasn't funny! Then I suppose in your little sketch, Stevie crashed into a tree, right? Ha ha, very funny, motherfucker! Your mother got a wooden leg with a kick-stand, motherfucker! Your mother got a mouth in the back of her neck and the bitch chew like this!' (Nods his head up and down)
  • (Impersonating his father, drunk at the family cookout) Gus?! What the fuck is wrong with your wife?! Why can't she walk a flight of steps?! You come here every year, Gus, and you burn down my motherfuckin' backyard, and your wife rips down the steps! Why?! I work hard to get my place beautiful! And then the motherfucker come over and rip the steps down! Look at the motherfuckin' steps, they're fucked up, Gus! Why can't she walk the steps? You know why she can't walk the steps? 'Cause she's a fat, hairy bitch!!
  • (Impersonating his father ranting drunkenly at the cookout) I'll tell you somethin', motherfucker! You can take your motherfuckin' hairy, fat-ass moustache bitch out the fuck!! You can go upstairs and get the motherfuckin' dog and scoop up the shit, and take Eddie and get these long, Angela Davis afro-wearin' motherfuckin' kids of yours and put them in the motherfuckin' guni-gugu-mobile and get the fuck out!!

Interviews

  • I have nothing against homosexuals. I think an orgasm is your thing, and you should fuck whoever the fuck you feel like fucking. Whoever makes you come the hardest. Anybody who says you shouldn't, politely tell them to mind their own business.
    • Playboy interview, February 1990.

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Eddie Murphy
Born Edward Regan Murphy
April 3, 1961 (1961-04-03) (age 49)
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Years active 1982 - present
Spouse Nicole Mitchell Murphy (1993-2006)

Edward "Eddie" Regan Murphy (born April 3, 1961, Brooklyn, New York City) is an American actor and comedian who has won the Golden Globe Award in 2006 and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2001.

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,[1] and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the same role.

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.

He was a usual member on Saturday Night Live from 1980 to 1984, and has worked as a stand-up comedian. He has worked a little as a singer too.

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