Eddie Murphy is an American actor, comedian, and singer. He is one of the highest-grossing actors in film history.
Eddie Murphy was born in Brooklyn, NY on April 3, 1961. He was raised in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick. is mother was a telephone operator and his father was a transit cop and amateur comedian. Tragically, his father died when Eddie was eight. He and older brother Charlie Murphy spent some time living in foster care when their mother grew ill temporarily. His mother recovered and eventually married.
Eddie became obsessed with comedy after hearing a Richard Pryor comedy album as a teenager. He was also heavily influenced by Bill Cosby. In 1980, at the age of 19, Eddie joined the cast of Saturday Night Live. At the time, the show was struggling drastically in the ratings after losing all of its original stars. Eddie was a smash hit and lifted the show to new heights. Eddie remained at SNL until 1984.
In 1982, while still on SNL, Eddie made his big-screen debut in 48 Hrs. He followed up with a series of smash hits including Trading Places, the Beverly Hills Cop films, Coming to America, Harlem Nights, and Another 48 Hrs. Murphy’s box-office draw dropped slightly in the 1990s but was revived with a series of family-friendly movies, notably Mulan, the Shrek franchise, Dreamgirls and the Nutty Professor movies.
In 2006, Murphy was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe for his role in Dreamgirls. He has also produced a number of his own films, including Vampire in Brooklyn, Life, and Harlem Nights, which he also directed. In 2017 it was announced that Murphy will be returning to the Beverly Hills Cop films, this time starring in Beverly Hills Cop 4, scheduled to be released sometime in the future. In 2019 it was announced that Eddie would be reprising his role in Coming To America.
Eddie Murphy married longtime girlfriend Nicole Mitchell in 1993. The two divorced in 2006. Eddie reportedly paid Nicole a $15 million divorce settlement. Eddie dated Spice Girl Mel B from 2006 to 2007. He dated business woman Tracey Edmonds in 2008. He has been dating model Paige Butcher since 2012. Eddie has 10 children from his various relationships.
Eddie Murphy has a net worth of $200 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.