Eddie Murphy is one of the most popular American comedy actors in the film industry who is mainly known for his various roles of funny characters and witty sense of humor.
His talent for comedy started to come out while he was still a child by doing various stand-up acts for his friends. This inspired him to pursue a career in comedy and entertain the whole world with his clever sense of humor.
He started his career as a stand-up comedian which gave him success in his career and was able to play in big stand-up comedy events.
This then led him into a career in acting where he starred in a lot of popular movies like “Beverly Hills Cop” and “Dreamgirls” which eventually made him a household name.
If you want to know more about the actor then keep reading as we’ll show you everything there is to know about him like his career, personal life, total net worth, and more.
Early Life and Childhood
Edward Regan “Eddie” Murphy was born on the 13th of April 1961 to Lillian and Charles Edward Murphy. His hometown was in Brooklyn, New York where he spent most of his childhood.
When Eddie turned three, his parents filed for divorce which resulted in his mother gaining custody over him while his brother, Charlie, went with his father and later went into foster care for a year when their dad died in 1969.
By 1970, his mother remarried a foreman named Vernon Lynch and they eventually moved in a suburb at Roosevelt where its main inhabitants were African-Americans.
While Eddie was still a child, he enjoyed watching and mimicking cartoon characters like “Bugs Bunny” which gave him his sense of humor that let him take on a career in comedy. When he reached 15 years old, he started writing and performing his own comedy routines.
He then proceeded to get a degree at “Nassau Community College” while also performing stand-up comedy at local bars within the area.
Becoming a Stand-up Comedian
As Eddie’s stand-up comedy career gained popularity, he was able to move up to bigger venues like the “Comic Strip” and eventually managed to become a disciple to the comedian Richard Pryor.
He was then able to sharpen his skills as a comedian which enabled him to become a cast member at “Saturday Night Live” after auditioning for the role six times.
He then had constant appearances during his entire time on the show as an extra until one day. When the show still had some extra time left, they let Murphy do an improvised stand-up comedy act which made him become one of SNL’s strongest comedic presence.
While he was on the show, he also managed to create a few iconic characters like “Mister Robinson” and “Tyrone Green”. And also did a few impersonations of several celebrities like “Bill Cosby” and “James Brown”.
Eddie Murphy’s Acting Career
The comedian started his acting career at the age of 21 where he was able to take part in the hit film “48 Hours” alongside Nick Nolte.
This was then followed up by the 1983 film “Trading Places” which resulted in the young actor to sign a $23 million dollar deal. This was with Paramount Pictures to produce six movies.
By 1984, Eddie’s next hit movie was with “Beverly Hills Cop” which went on to become one of the “All-Time Box Office Hits”. This even gave the actor his first Golden Globe. He then made a few movies in the next few years but were all deemed as failures.
Eddie managed to bounce back in his career in acting by appearing in the 1996 film “The Nutty Professor”. He was also by being part of the movie franchise “Shrek” as the voice actor for “Donkey”.
After a few years, Eddie was able to have another critically acclaimed performance for his role in the 2006 musical drama “Dreamgirls”. He was then able to appear in several films. Some of these are the 2008 comedy film “Meet Dave” and the 2012 comedy-drama “A Thousand Words”.
Eddie Murphy’s Music Career
With the actor gaining popularity and also reaching celebrity status, he took advantage of this by getting a career in music. He then released his first album in 1985 called “How Could It Be?”. The album was produced by the American singer and songwriter Rick James.
The Album became a success with one of its songs “Party All the Time” being able to reach 2nd place in the “Billboard Hot 100”. Murphy continued to produce a few more albums. He even collaborated with the pop artist Michael Jackson in his 1993 album “Love’s Alright”.
Awards and Nominations
Even though Eddie Murphy’s career has had its ups and downs, the actor has managed to get nominated and win a few awards during his time in the industry.
His performance in “Dreamgirls” managed to win him “Best Actor for Motion Picture Musical or Comedy” in the “Golden Globe Awards. He also got the “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role” in the “Screen Actors Guild Awards”.
His role as “Donkey” in the movie “Shrek” also helped him win several awards. Examples of these are “Best Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer” in the “Annie Awards” and “Favorite Motion Picture Star in a Comedy” on the “People’s Choice Awards”.
Eddie Murphy’s Total Net Worth and Salary
As Murphy has been able to star in a lot of movies throughout his career, and even produced and directed some of them. This helped him have a total salary of $160 million and his usual salary per movie is usually about $20 million.
Eddie Murphy’s Personal Life and Family
Murphy was married to Nicole Murphy. They got married way back in 1993 and had five children together.
By 2006, the couple broke up. The actor moved on to date several more people until he met Paige Butcher where he had two daughters with her. He is currently 59 years old with 10 children.