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Eddie Murphy
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Biography

Actor, director, screenwriter, producer. (b. Apr. 3, 1961, Hempstead, N.Y.) By the time he was 19, this quick-witted, sharp-tongued black comedian had achieved stardom as the standout cast member on "Saturday Night Live" (1981-84). Having distinguished himself in TV and nightclubs (where he'd done stand-up comedy since age 16), Murphy's next step was motion pictures. His first break came when a last-minute change of plans caused producers to offer him a costarring part with Nick Nolte in 48HRS (1982). A hastily rewritten script drew on his already familiar smartass personality from television and proved a perfect showcase. He had more of a chance to act in Trading Places (1983), opposite Dan Aykroyd, which confirmed that the earlier film had been no fluke: Murphy was a bona fide movie star. After an overpromoted cameo in the dismal Best Defense (1984), the comedian hit pay dirt with his first solo starring vehicle, Beverly Hills Cop (1984), which originally had been written for Sylvester Stallone.

Murphy has taken control of his career since then. In the enjoyable Coming to America (1988) he augmented his starring role with some very funny cameos (in heavy makeup and costuming)-as an elderly Jewish man, a loquacious barber, and a lounge lizard entertainer. In Harlem Nights (1989) he managed to billboard his name five times in the opening credits (as presenter, executive producer, director, writer, and star)-but failed to provide a coherent or compelling script for himself and a stellar cast, including his hero Richard Pryor. His sequels have been a mixed blessing: Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) was a terrible film, but a huge hit; the equally dismal Another 48HRS (1990) was far from a flop, as well, on the strength of Murphy's potent name. He has pleased both critics and fans most often returning to familiar comic territory, in Boomerang The Distinguished Gentleman (both 1992), and the inevitable Beverly Hills Cop III (1994).

Height
5' 10"
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Spouse
'Nicole Mitchell' (18 March 1993 - present); 4 children
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Trivia

Signed with Saturday Night Live and NBC when he was 19 years old.

(October 1997) Ranked #78 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.

Born at 1:30pm-EST

He also has 1 son each with Tamara Hood and Paulette McNeely.

Brother of Charles Q. Murphy

(June 1999) Reported to be expecting a fourth child.

In a TV commercial never shown in the USA, Eddie Murphy kissed the front bumper of a Toyota sedan.

Zola Ivy born 24 December 1999 Daughters Bria (b. 1989) and Shayne (b. 1994) Son, Miles (b. 1992)

Attended Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York before beginning his acting career.

Did stand-up comedy at the same Bay Area Comedy Club as Robin Williams and Caryn Johnson (who's stage name eventually became Whoopi Goldberg ) before getting into acting.

Eddie Murphy stared in:

Title Year Saw with/at: Own On? Rating
48 Hours 1982 With Peter Loge at Showcase Orange ***
Trading Places 1983 With Pete L. *** 1/2
Best Defense 1984 Don't Remember *
Beverly Hills Cop 1984 With Jessica?? ***
The Golden Child 1986 Don't Remember *
Beverly Hills Cop II 1987 With Jessica **
Coming To America 1988 With Jessica ***
Another 48 Hours 1990 Don't Remember ** 1/2
Beverly Hills Cop III 1994 With Adam at Showcase North Haven ** 1/2
Mulan 1998 w/ Kendra at Suzy House Digital ** 1/2
Bowfinger 1999 In Chicago Suburb with Neil Olsen and Shrini Vassan ***
Dr. Dolittle 2 2001 w/ Suzy, Kendra & Alissa at Southington Drive-In ** 1/2
Shrek 2001 North Haven Showcase DVD *** 1/2
I Spy 2002 on plane from england * 1/2
Showtime 2002 at Showcase North Haven **
Daddy Day Care 2003 w/ Kendra on DVD ***
The Haunted Mansion 2003 w/ family on DVD * 1/2
Shrek 2 2004 w/ Suzy on DVD DVD ** 1/2
Dreamgirls 2006 kids on DVD ***
Shrek the Third 2007 family on DVD DVD * 1/2
Shrek Forever After 2010 Suzy and Hanna Digital **
Tower Heist 2011 Suzy & Hanna Digital **