Eddie Murphy

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Eddie Murphy

Born

4/3/1961, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Birth Name

Edward Regen Murphy

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Fred Braughton
9.0
out of 10
User Rating
160 votes

Biography

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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 Charlie, and Vernon Jr. Eddie himself had aspirations of being in show business since he was a child. A…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Eddie won three worst actor awards in the 2008 Golden Raspberries:
      Worst Actor: Eddie in Norbit
      Worst Supporting Actress: Eddie in Norbit
      Worst Supporting Actor: Eddie in Norbit

    • At the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2007), Eddie was awarded "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Theatrical Motion Picture)" for his performance in Dreamgirls.

    • Eddie announced his engagement to Tracey Edmonds in August 2007. They then announced their separation in January, 2008 after only two weeks of marriage. The couple had begun dating in the fall of 2006.

    • In June 2007, it was revealed that a DNA test had proven Eddie was the father of Mel B's baby - despite Eddie's insistent claims of denial.

    • On June 19, 2007 Eddie was one of 115 people to be admitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences which is the group whose members vote on Academy Award nomination ballots.

    • Eddie Murphy appeard in Garth Brooks' "We Shall Be Free" (1993) Video alongside Other Stars Such as Patrick Swayze, Country Singer/Star of Reba Reba McEntire, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Host Jay Leno, American Idol Judge Paula Abdul, Craig T. Nelson, Michael Bolton, Former Denver Broncos Linebacker Karl Mecklenburg, Julio Iglesias, Amy Grant, Former Denver Broncos Quarterback And NFL Hall of Famer John Elway, Former Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Troy Atkins, Screen leagend Elizabeth Taylor, Former Gen. Colin Powell, Whoopi Goldberg, Christy Yamaguchi and Marlee Matlin.

    • Following the 2007 Oscars, it was revealed that Eddie stormed out of the ceremony after losing out for the Best Supporting Actor award. When Alan Arkin was announced as the winner of the award, an angry Eddie left with girlfriend Tracey Edmonds.

    • Eddie won the Golden Globe Award for 'Best Supporting Actor' for his portrayal of James "Thunder" Early in Bill Condon's film Dreamgirls.

    • Following their split in July 2005, Eddie and his wife, Nicole, have divorced after 13 years of marriage. Eddie has agreed to support their five children and share their assets equally.

    • In many of his films, Eddie plays multiple roles in addition to his main character.

    • In 2002, Eddie was nominated in the MTV Movie Awards for Best on Screen Team - shared with Cameron Diaz and Mike Myers.

    • Eddie has starred in more sequels than any other actor: Beverly Hills Cop 2 & 3, Another 48 Hrs, Doctor Dolittle 2, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps and Shrek 2.

    • In 2001, E! named Eddie as one of their top 20 entertainers.

    • In a TV commercial, Eddie kissed the front bumper of a Toyota Sedan, however the commercial was never aired in the USA.

    • As a stand-up comedian, Eddie was once paid $1 per minute.

    • In 2001, Eddie was nominated for the best performance by an actor in a Motion Picture, comedy or musical for the film Nutty Professor II: The Klumps in the Golden Satelite Awards.

    • Eddie was ordered by a court to give Coming To America co-writer Art Buchwald 19% of his own earning because he hadn't given credit to Art for developing the story with him.

    • Due to his stand-up routines and the jokes he told to his friends at lunch, Eddie was voted 'Most Popular' in his High School.

    • In the early 1980's, Eddie got his break as a stand-up comedian at Manhattan's Comedy Showcase, Comic Strip club.

    • Eddie also started a music career in the 80's where he recorded the popular 'Party All The Time' with Rick James.

    • Eddie's idol is Richard Pryor who inspired Eddie to do comedy.

    • In the earlier stages of his career, Eddie had performed stand-up with the likes of Whoopie Goldberg and Robin Williams.

    • Eddie has studied in the Nassau Community College, Garden City, NY.

    • Eddie got a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame in June 1996.

    • Eddie has a production company, called Eddie Murphy Productions.

    • Eddie has been performing as a stand-up comedian since he was 15 years old, in Long Island clubs.

  • Quotes

    • Eddie: (denying he is the father of Mel B's baby to a Dutch reporter) We're not together any more. And I don't know whose child that is, until it comes out and has a blood test. You shouldn't jump to conclusions, sir.

    • Eddie: 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: 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: 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: I've made thirty 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: My life is nothing like the Daddy Day Care life. Me around the house is nothing like the Daddy Day Care dad.

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

    • Eddie: Apparently every man was told to bring three women with them. Sounds like a ho-down.

    • Eddie: The competitions are as much a part of the tradition as the actual dances.

    • Eddie: Right now, we've got to stretch that dollar as far as we can.

    • Eddie: He gives a tremendous amount of time to clients and is completely focused on each of their careers. He's very hands-on. He's always been a straight-up guy in any business dealings. They're not poachers and they don't home in on other people's clients.

    • Eddie: My girl wants to party all the time, party all the time, party all the time...

    • Eddie: If I don't die in a plane crash or something, this country has a rare opportunity to watch a great talent grow ... Saturday Night Live.

    • Eddie: I'm in a whole different part of show business. I'm not even part of Shakespeare in Love.

    • Eddie: I trip off it. You know what's interesting about the makeup is when you get up close and you know he's been working on your face and you see where the makeup starts and it stops and how seamless it is. You could look at it for hours.

    • Eddie: There was a lot of stuff where we were doing scenes and (we would) bust out laughing - more on this movie than ever, where you can't finish scenes. I hope we didn't mess up the movie.

    • Eddie: We need to be prepared to help with their rent and utilities for six months to a year. We don't want them working right now.

    • Eddie: We want the same effect as if someone's house burned here. We want to give them a normal life as soon as possible.

    • Eddie: 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: 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: That's a new thing for me; to have my co-star in a scene turn to me and tell me they love me. In 48 Hrs, Nick Nolte never turned to me and went, 'I love you Ed'.

    • Eddie: I think in twenty years I'll be looked at like Bob Hope. Doing those president jokes and golf sh*t. It scares me.

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

    • Eddie: 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: The welfare of our children is our main concern and their best interests are our first priority.

    • Eddie: 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: Over the past 50 years Bob Hope employed 88 joke writers who supplied him with more than one million gags, and he still couldn't make me laugh.

    • Eddie: Anything you have to acquire a taste for was not meant to be eaten.

    • Eddie: How can you do the moonwalk and ask a woman to dance? "Hey baby lets dance...cya later!"

    • Eddie: I'd like to produce, direct, write, score, and star in a film in exactly the way Chaplin did.

    • Eddie: Every bad decision I've made has been based on money. I grew up in the projects and you don't turn down money there. You take it, because you never know when it's all going to end. I made Cop III because they offered me $15 million. That $15 million was worth having Roger Ebert's thumb up my ass.

    • Eddie: 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.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Great for laugharound, but for cryptic comedy stuff and seriousness. No. But he's supposed to be a comedian!

    10
    He gets a bad critic from his movie because it's just plain, but plain in a GOOD way for me. He's mostly funny for me, knows how to pull ironic jokes and puns that works good very well! He may be stereotypical, in his own race! That's okay for me. Kudos to this guy.
  • There are those that act and real actors...

    10
    I consider Eddie Murphy a real actor. He can take several different personas and make the separately real, including different genders, which is no easy task. And his voice is great for animation, it's so alive and full of intensity. "Meet Dave," is one of my favorite movies. I love the giant robot/ship. Great story. Some of my other favorite Eddie Murphy Movies are; all of the "Shrek" movies, "Norbit," "Daddy Day Care," "Haunted Mansion," "Dr. Doolittle," "Nutty Professor," "48 Hours," "Golden Child," "Pluto Nash," "Coming to America," "Trading Place." And of course, "Saturday Night Live." I think he was pretty daring as a comedian, bringing to life attitudes and beliefs that most people might think about, but were not likely to say.moreless
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