Some comedians have to do a lot to drive you crazy, some just show up, stand there and their mere presence makes us hysterical. Eddie Murphy is one of the latter.
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 Edward Regan Murphy in Brooklyn, New York, Eddie lost his father at the age of eight and had to spend a year in a foster home. His father Charles Edward was an amateur comedian and actor at his side 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 mother and their stepfather Vernon Lynch, who was a foreman at Breyer’s ice cream factory.
Eddie went to school at Roosevelt Junior-Senior High School, where he made a name for himself as an outstanding comic. By the age of fifteen, he had begun appearing on the streets of New York as a stand-up comic. His style was characterized by accurately reproducing the impressions of celebrities and making jokes about the simple things in life.
At the age of 19, Murphy was offered a contract for the “Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time” players of Saturday Night Live. Among other things, he played an adult version of the little rascal Buckwheat, Mr. Robinson and a grumpy, cynical Gumby. Murphy made his feature film debut in 48 hours. (1982) alongside Nick Nolte.
In 1984, Murphy starred in Beverly Hills Cop, which was his breakthrough, the film turned Murphy into a box office superstar and made him a worldwide celebrity, and he is still one of the biggest domestic blockbusters in film history. It generated gross box office revenues of over $230 million and in August 2012 was number 41 on the list of all-time US box office receipts.
If “Beverly Hills Cop” was the movie that announced Eddie Murphy on the big stage, then “Coming to America” (shot in 1988) put him on a firm footing on the world stage. As Eddie Murphy grew older, he retreated to more family-oriented humor with Doctor Dolittle, Mulan, Bowfinger, and the cartoon Shrek. During the 2000s he starred in other successful productions such as The Haunted Mansion, Shrek 2, Dreamgirls, Norbit, Shrek the Third and Shrek Forever After.
It is fair to say that Eddie Murphy is a versatile entertainer. He also tried his hand at music and did not do badly. In the 80s he had two hit singles to his credit party All the Time and Put Your Mouth On Me. In the early 90’s Eddie recorded a whole album. The album was called – Love’s Alright.
He appeared in a music video for the single Whatzupwitu with 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 5’7″.
Eddie Murphy Children, Wife
Eddie’s love life is an interesting story. The legendary humorist has nine children by five different women, some of them wives, some girlfriends and everything in between.
Eddie’s paternity stay began in 1989 with the birth of his first son Eric (born July 10, 1989). He is a product of Eddie’s relationship with Paulette McNeely. While he was still in a relationship with Paulette, Eddie had his second child Christian who was born to Tamara Hood on November 29, 1990.
After the first two relationships ended, Eddie began a romantic relationship with Nicole Mitch Mitchel. They married on March 18, 1993, after living together for about two years. She and Eddie have five children together, Bria, Myles, Shayne, Zola, and Bella. In April 2006, Mitchell and Eddie divorced after Nicole said they had “irreconcilable differences”.
Eddie was back in the dating pool by hooking up with former Spice Girl Melanie Brown, who got pregnant. Originally, Murphy said he wouldn’t accept the baby until a DNA test was done. 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?
With all his escapades with women, we can be sure that Eddie is not gay.
Eddie Murphy’s Brother
Eddie had an older, comedic brother, Charlie Murphy. He died at the age of 57 after a bout with leukemia.
Is Eddie Murphy Dead?
Many people have wondered if Eddie Murphy is still alive. Don’t worry, Eddie is still around and healthy.