Eddie Murphy (born Edward Regan, born 3.4.1961) Eddie Murphy is an American actor, comedian and film producer.
Childhood: Eddie Murphy was born in the Brooklyn area of New York City, to Lillian and Charles Murphy. His mother was a police officer and amateur actor and his mother was a telephone operator. Eddie was raised, along with his brother Charlie, by Lillian and her Vernon Lynch, Murphy's stepfather.
As a child, Murphy was heavily influenced by comedians such as Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor. By the age of 15, Murphy had begun performing his own stand-up routines.
Comedy: Murphy started out performing stand up at the Comedy Club in the Bay Area of New York - the same venue where Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams launched their careers. His early material caused controversy, as he often pushed the boundaries of acceptable behaviour when dealing with certain groups of people, including homosexuals and overweight people.
In 1980, after a great deal of begging, Neil Levy gave Eddie Murphy a break on Saturday Night Live. His debut came on an episode hosted by Malcolm McDowell. He was soon promoted to become a full cast member. He built his early popularity on impressions of Stevie Wonder, Bill Cosby and James Brown, to name a few.
Film Career: Eddie Murphy's mainstream film debut came in 1982 when he appeared in 48 Hrs, opposite Nick Nolte. The next year, Murphy starred opposite Dan Aykroyd in Trading Places. The film was directed by John Landis, who went on to direct Eddie Murphy in Coming to America and Beverley Hills Cop III.
1984 saw Murphy star in the first Beverley Hills Cop film, to huge box office success and the film series has become a cult classic. He also starred in Best Defense that year, starring alongside Dudley Moore.
Two years later, Eddie Murphy appeared in The Golden Child and a year after that, he reprised his role as Axel Foley in Beverley Hills Cop II. Murphy's lucrative deal with the Paramount Pictures studio was one of the last cases of an actor signing an exclusive deal with a studio.
Murphy's career slumped in the early 1990s, though he saw a brief resurgence with the release of Boomerang and Vampire In Brooklyn.
In 1996, however, Murphy starred in The Nutty Professor, starting a run of family-targeted comedies, such as Dr. Doolittle, Mulan and Daddy Day Care. He also starred alongside Steve Martin in Bowfinger, a film that grossed around $66 million at the box office worldwide.
When the Shrek films were made, Eddie Murphy provided the voice of Donkey. In Shrek 2, he performed a duet of 'Livin' La Vida Loca' along with Antonio Banderas.
In 2006, Eddie Murphy appeared in a film version of the Broadway production of Dreamgirls. The film version also starred Beyonce Knowles of Destiny's Child and Jamie Foxx. Murphy won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in the film.
Music: Eddie Murphy had two singles in the 1980s. 'Party All The Time' was produced by Rick James and 'Put Your Mouth On Me' was a parody of the Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand disco duet 'No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)'. Both songs were taken from his 1982 eponymous comedy album. Following a brief disagreement with Rick James, some of the songs on Murphy's album How Could It Be were produced by Aquil Fudge, Stevie Wonder's cousin.
At the start of the 1990s, Eddie Murphy recorded the album Love's Alright. One of the tracks, 'Whatzupwitu' featured Michael Jackson and another, 'I Was a King' was a duet with Shabba Ranks. By and large, Murphy's music career has been slated by the critics.
Musically, Murphy has acknowledged Elvis Presley, Kylie Minogue and Whitney Houston as influences.
Personal Life: Eddie Murphy has been romantically linked with a number of high profile female musicians and actresses, including Lorraine Pearson of Five Star, Whitney Houston and Nicole Mitchell (with whom he had a long-standing relationship). Murphy and Mitchell married in 1988 but divorced in 1993. The singer Mel B of The Spice Girls briefly dated Murphy and fell pregnant. After initially denying paternity of the child, a DNA test proved otherwise.
Murphy had already fathered seven children to three different women.
Watch the actor and comedian in the video for his song, Oh Jah Jah
Flashback to those glamourous 1980s and Eddie Murphy was the King of Comedy Movies but these days the former funny man favourite likes to rehearse reggae more than he likes to rehearse scripts. And to prove it, the 54-year-old actor-cum-singer released Oh Jah Jah earlier this year.
Eddie Murphy is more concerned with making good music in his latest reggae career move
In a video of a somewhat lower quality than the movies in which he was the star, Murphy takes on the world of reggae as he sings about police brutality to a tune not completely dissimilar to reggae’s own legend, Bob Marley.
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Eddie Murphy is being honored for his services to comedy.
Eddie Murphy is to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humour for 2015, it has been announced. The actor represents the first movie star to pick up the prestigious prize since Will Ferrell in 2011.
Eddie Murphy is this year's recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
Previously, Tina Fey was a recipient of the prize, as was Jay Leno, Carol Burnett, Richard Pryor, Whoopi Goldberg and Steve Martin.
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Eddie Murphy will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humour at a star studded ceremony in October 2015.
Eddie Murphy is being honoured for his achievements in comedy by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The 54-year-old actor and comedian will receive the 18th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Murphy will receive the award on 18th October 2015 at a gala performance at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.
Eddie Murphy will be honoured at a gala performance in October.
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The comedian is said to be considering the role of Pryor’s father LeRoy.
Eddie Murphy is said to be in talks to join the cast of the as-yet-untitled Richard Pryor biopic, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The film is being produced by the Weinstein Co, with award winning director Lee Daniels behind the camera.
Is Eddie Murphy set for the Richard Pryor biopic?
Murphy is being line up to play the late comedian’s father, LeRoy, a boxer and WWII veteran, whose abusive relationship with his son was the subject of many of Pryor’s routines. Pryor himself will be played by Mike Epps, best known for his role in Next Friday.
Eddie Murphy - The 87th Annual Oscars - Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and The Beverly Hills City Hall - Arrivals at Wallis Annenberg Center, Oscars - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015
Eddie Murphy and Paige Butcher - The 87th Annual Oscars - Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and The Beverly Hills City Hall - Arrivals at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Oscars - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Monday 23rd February 2015
Eddie Murphy - Celebrities attend 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts with City Hall in Beverly Hills. at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015
Eddie Murphy and Paige Butcher - A host of stars including previous cast members were snapped as they arrived to the Rockerfeller Plaza for Saturday Night Live as it celebrated it's 40th anniversary with a star studded gala in New York, United States - Sunday 15th February 2015
The veteran comic will be back on 'SNL' for the first time in over thirty years for its 40th anniversary special.
Eddie Murphy is to return to the programme where it all started for him, as the comedian announced his return to ‘Saturday Night Live’ for its 40th anniversary special. It will be his first appearance on the comedy performance show in over three decades.
The 'Today' show confirmed via a phone interview on ‘News One Now’ that Murphy will take part in the three hour special alongside a host of former ‘SNL’ names past and present. The anniversary show will be broadcast on NBC on Sunday 15th February.
Eddie Murphy, pictured with girlfriend Paige Butcher, will return to 'SNL'
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Macaulay Culkin is alive contrary to reports which circulated on social media on Saturday (8th November).
Macauley Culkin is very much alive, despite reports which circulated on social media on Saturday (8th November).
Macaulay Culkin is alive!
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Neil Patrick Harris looked as natural in drag at the Tony Awards as he does in a suit and tie. He's not the only actor who's donned drag for a role and never looked back.
So, Neil Patrick Harris basically won the Tonys 2014 (the whole thing) with his performance of "Sugar Daddy" from Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Harris has been making headlines as the lead in the Broadway show since he joined the cast earlier this year. He’s not the first actor to don drag for a role, these other actors have all dressed up like the fairer sex for performances in the past.
Neil Patrick Harris has received rave reviews for his performance in Hedwig and the Angry Inch
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It's been 20 years in the making, but Beverly Hills Cop IIII is coming in 2016 and Eddie Murphy will be back.
It’s been 20 years since we’ve seen Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop and for almost as long we’ve been hearing about the rumoured fourth movie. Finally, we now have an official date for Foley getting back on the beat, March 25, 2016, studio Paramount has confirmed.
Eddie Murphy is bringing Axel Foley back
This one has been in development hell for what’s felt like an eternity, with at one point a TV show being looked at, though that idea was passed on last year.
Chris Evans, star of Captain America: The Winter Solider, plans to join this list of actors-turned-directors once his Marvel contract is up. But was it a wise decision for all of them to give directing a go?
Chris Evans has told Variety that when the time comes that he is no longer under Marvel contract he plans to turn his hand to directing. The Captain America: The Winter Soldier actor explained, “I’ve known for a while I wanted to direct. But [time] never really opens up...There’s another movie to do, there’s another acting job...If I’m acting at all, it’s going to be under Marvel contract, or I’m going to be directing.”
Actor Chris Evans plans to direct when he is no longer under Marvel contract
Evans isn’t the first actor to feel the call of the director’s seat, some were more natural behind the camera, some should never have quit their day jobs.
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