There are comedians who have to do a lot to crackup you up, some just show up, stand there and their mere presence gets us hysterical. Eddie Murphy is one of the later.
Whatever happens to the world of comedy in the future, Eddie Murphy will go down in history as one of the greatest American comedians of all time.
Born as Edward Regan Murphy in Brooklyn, New York, Eddie lost his dad at the age of eight and had to spend a year in foster care. His dad Charles Edward was an amateur comedian and actor on the sides but had a full-time job as a police officer.
After the death of his father, Eddie and his older brother were raised by their mum and stepfather Vernon Lynch, who was a foreman at Breyer’s ice cream plant.
Eddie schooled at Roosevelt Junior-Senior High School where he made a name for himself as an outstanding comic. At the age of fifteen, he had started getting gigs as a stand-up comic on the streets of New York. His style was distinct for rendering dead-on impressions of celebrities and making jokes out of the simple things of life.
At the age of 19, Murphy was offered a contract for the Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time Players on Saturday Night Live. He played characters including a grown-up version of the Little Rascals character Buckwheat, Mr. Robinson and a morose, cynical Gumby. Murphy made his feature film debut in 48 Hrs. (1982), alongside Nick Nolte.
In 1984, Murphy stared in Beverly Hills Cop, this was well and truly his breakout performance, the film transformed Murphy into 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. It actually grossed over $230 million at the box office and as of August 2012 was 41st in the list of all-time total U.S. box office grossers.
If Beverly Hills Cop was the movie that announced Eddie Murphy on the big stage, then Coming to America (shot in 1988) established him on sure footing on the global stage. As Eddie got older, he retreated to more family-oriented humor with Doctor Dolittle, Mulan, Bowfinger and the animation Shrek. Throughout the 2000’s, he starred in more hit productions such as The Haunted Mansion, Shrek 2, Dreamgirls, Norbit , Shrek the Third, and Shrek Forever After.
It’s fair to say Eddie Murphy is an all-round entertainer. He also tried his hands at music and didn’t do badly. In the 80’s he had two hit singles to his credit Party All the Time and Put Your Mouth On Me. Eddie went on to record a full album in the early 90’s. The album was titled – Love’s Alright.
He performed in a music video of the single Whatzupwitu, featuring Michael Jackson, recorded a duet with Shabba Ranks called I Was a King and in 1992, he appeared in Michael Jackson’s Remember the Time alongside Magic Johnson and Iman.
Eddie stands at 1.75 meters.
Eddie Murphy Children, Wife
Eddie’s love life is definitely an interesting tale. The legendary humour merchant has nine kids from five different women, some wives, others girlfriends and every other thing in between.
Eddie’s sojourn into fatherhood began in 1989 with the birth of his first son Eric (born on 10 July 1989). He is a product of Eddie’s relationship with Paulette McNeely. While still in a relationship with Paulette, Eddie had his second child Christian who was born on 29 November 1990 with Tamara Hood.
After the first two relationships ended, Eddie began a romantic relationship with Nicole Mitch Mitchel. On March 18, 1993, they got married after they had lived together for about two years. She and Eddie have five children together; Bria, Myles, Shayne, Zola, and Bella. In April 2006, Mitchell and Eddie got a divorce after Nicole said they had “irreconcilable differences”.
Eddie was back in the dating pool again, hooking up former Spice Girl Melanie Brown, who became pregnant. Initially, Murphy said he wouldn’t accept the child until a DNA test was conducted. On June 22, 2007, it was announced that a DNA test had confirmed that Murphy was the father. Eddie had another daughter Izzy in 2016 with his girlfriend Paige Butcher.
Is Eddie Murphy Gay?
For all his escapades with ladies, we can be sure Eddie is not gay.
Eddie Murphy’s Brother
Eddie had an older, comedian brother, Charlie Murphy. He died at the age of 57 following a battle with leukaemia.
Is Eddie Murphy Dead?
There has been a lot of people wondering whether Eddie Murphy is alive. Fear not, Eddie is still around and healthy.