Eddie Murphy

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Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy by David Shankbone.jpg
Murphy at the Tribeca Film Festival 2010
Born
Edward Regan Murphy

(1961-04-03) April 3, 1961 (age 58)
ResidenceLong Island, New York, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
OccupationStand-up comedian, Actor, Voice actor, Writer, Singer, Producer
Years active1973 - present
Spouse(s)Nicole Mitchell Murphy
(m. 1993-2006, divorce)
Children7
Parent(s)Charles Edward Murphy
Lillian Murphy
RelativesCharlie Murphy

Edward "Eddie" Regan Murphy (born April 3, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, singer and producer who has won the Golden Globe Award in 2006 and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2002.

He has received Golden Globe Award nominations for best actor in a comedy or musical for his performances in Beverly Hills Cop, Beverly Hills Cop II, Beverly Hills Cop III, Trading Places, and The Nutty Professor. In 2007, he won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of soul singer James "Thunder" Early in Dreamgirls,[1] and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the same role.

Murphy's work as a voice actor includes Thurgood Stubbs in The PJs, Donkey in the Shrek series and the dragon Mushu in Disney's Mulan. In some of his films, he plays multiple roles in addition to his main character, intended as a tribute to one of his idols Peter Sellers, who played multiple roles in Dr. Strangelove and elsewhere. Murphy has played multiple roles in Coming to America, Wes Craven's Vampire In Brooklyn, the Nutty Professor films (where he played the title role in two incarnations, plus his father, brother, mother and grandmother), Bowfinger and 2007's Norbit.

Murphy's brother was comedian and screenwriter Charlie Murphy (died in 2017) who wrote the screenplay for Norbit and Vampire in Brooklyn.

He was a usual member on Saturday Night Live from 1980 to 1984, and has worked as a stand-up comedian. He has worked a little as a singer too, having a number 87 on the uk singles chart and number 2 on the billboard hot 100 with Party All The Time [2] and a uk singles chart number 64 with I Was A King.[3]

Career[change | change source]

In 1992 Murphy acted in the music video for Michael Jackson's single "Remember the Time". In 1993 Murphy released a song with Michael Jackson called "Whatzupwitu". It was voted by MTV viewers in 1999 as the third worst music video of all time.

Filmography[change | change source]

Title Year Role Director Notes
48 Hrs. 1982 Reggie Hammond Walter Hill Nominated—Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor
Trading Places 1983 Billy Ray Valentine John Landis NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Best Defense 1984 Lieutenant T.M. Landry Willard Huyck
Beverly Hills Cop Detective Axel Foley Martin Brest Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
The Golden Child 1986 Chandler Jarrell Michael Ritchie
Beverly Hills Cop II 1987 Detective Axel Foley Tony Scott Also writer (story)
Eddie Murphy: Raw Himself Robert Townsend Stand-up film
Coming to America 1988 Prince Akeem Joffer / Clarence / Randy Watson / Saul John Landis Also writer (story)
Harlem Nights 1989 Vernest "Quick" Brown Himself Directorial debut
Also writer and executive producer
Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screenplay
Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director
Another 48 Hrs. 1990 Reggie Hammond Walter Hill Also writer (story)
Boomerang 1992 Marcus Graham Reginald Hudlin Also writer (story)
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
The Distinguished Gentleman Thomas Jefferson Johnson Jonathan Lynn
Beverly Hills Cop III 1994 Detective Axel Foley John Landis
Vampire in Brooklyn 1995 Maximillian / Preacher Pauly / Guido Wes Craven Also writer (story) and producer
The Nutty Professor 1996 Professor Sherman Klump / Buddy Love
Lance Perkins / Cletus 'Papa' Klump
Anna Pearl 'Mama' Jensen Klump
Ida Mae 'Granny' Jensen / Ernie Klump, Sr.
Tom Shadyac Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor – Comedy
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor (2nd place)
Saturn Award for Best Actor
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Metro 1997 Insp. Scott Roper Thomas Carter
Mulan 1998 Mushu Voice role; Murphy's first animated film role
Nominated—OFTA Film Award
Best Family Actor
Online Film & Television Association 1999
Dr. Dolittle Dr. John Dolittle Betty Thomas
Holy Man G Stephen Herek
Life 1999 Rayford "Ray" Gibson Ted Demme Also writer (story) and producer.
Bowfinger Kit Ramsey / Jiffrenson "Jiff" Ramsey Frank Oz Nominated—Black Reel Award: Best Actor
Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Comedy Team (shared with Steve Martin)
Nutty Professor II: The Klumps 2000 Professor Sherman Klump / Buddy Love
Lance Perkins / Cletus 'Papa' Klump
Anna Pearl 'Mama' Jensen Klump
Ida Mae 'Granny' Jensen / Ernie Klump, Sr. / Young Cletus 'Papa' Klump
Peter Segal Also executive producer
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Shrek 2001 Donkey Voice role
Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Feature Production
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated—Black Reel Award: Best Supporting Actor.
Dr. Dolittle 2 Dr. John Dolittle Steve Carr
Showtime 2002 Officer Trey Sellers Tom Dey Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor
Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Couple (with either Robert De Niro, Owen Wilson or himself cloned)
The Adventures of Pluto Nash Pluto Nash / Rex Crater Ron Underwood
I Spy Kelly Robinson Betty Thomas
Daddy Day Care 2003 Charles "Charlie" Hinton Steve Carr
The Haunted Mansion Jim Evers Rob Minkoff
Shrek 2 2004 Donkey Voice role
Dreamgirls 2006 James 'Thunder' Early Bill Condon Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Central Ohio Film Critics Association for Best Supporting Actor
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Black Reel Award: Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Norbit 2007 Norbit Rice / Rasputia Latimore-Rice / Mr. Wong Brian Robbins Also writer and producer
Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor (as Norbit)
Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor (as Mr. Wong)
Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress (as Rasputia)
Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Couple (with either Eddie Murphy or Eddie Murphy)
Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screenplay
Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture
Shrek the Third Donkey Voice role
Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie
Meet Dave 2008 Starship Dave Ming-Chang (Spacecraft), Captain Brian Robbins Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor
Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Couple (in Eddie Murphy)
Imagine That 2009 Evan Danielson Karey Kirkpatrick Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor
Shrek Forever After 2010 Donkey Mike Mitchell Voice role
Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie
Tower Heist 2011 Darnell ("Slide") Davis Brett Ratner Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
A Thousand Words 2012 Jack McCall Brian Robbins Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor
Mr. Church 2016 Henry Joseph Church Bruce Beresford
Dolemite Is My Name 2019 Rudy Ray Moore Craig Brewer Also producer
Coming 2 America 2020 Prince Akeem Joffer / Randy Watson Also writer (story)
Filming

Awards and nominations[change | change source]

Award Year Category Work Outcome
Academy Awards 2007 Best Supporting Actor Dreamgirls Nominated
Annie Awards 1999 Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production The PJs Nominated
2001 Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Feature Production Shrek Won
2008 Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production Shrek the Halls Nominated
BAFTA Awards 2002 Actor in a Supporting Role Shrek Nominated
Black Reel Awards 2000 Best Actor in a Motion Picture Bowfinger Nominated
2002 Actor in a Supporting Role Shrek Nominated
2007 Dreamgirls Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2007 Best Supporting Actor Dreamgirls Won
Central Ohio Film Critics Association 2007 Best Supporting Actor Dreamgirls Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2007 Best Supporting Actor Dreamgirls Nominated
Emmy Awards 1983 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy, Variety or Music Series Saturday Night Live Nominated
1984 Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program Saturday Night Live Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program Saturday Night Live Nominated
1999 Outstanding Animated Program The PJs for "He's Gotta Have It" Nominated
Golden Globe Awards 1983 New Star of the Year (Actor) 48 Hrs. Nominated
1984 Actor in a Leading Role (Musical or Comedy) Trading Places Nominated
1985 Actor in a Leading Role (Musical or Comedy) Beverly Hills Cop Nominated
1997 Actor in a Leading Role (Musical or Comedy) The Nutty Professor Nominated
2007 Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Dreamgirls Won
Golden Raspberry Awards[4] 1990 Worst Director Harlem Nights Nominated
Worst Screenplay Won
2003 Worst Actor The Adventures of Pluto Nash Nominated
Worst Screen Combo The Adventures of Pluto Nash; Showtime; I Spy Nominated
2008 Worst Picture Norbit Nominated
Worst Actor Won
Worst Supporting Actor Won
Worst Supporting Actress Won
Worst Screen Combo Nominated
Worst Screenplay Nominated
2009 Worst Actor Meet Dave Nominated
Worst Screen Combo Nominated
2010 Worst Actor Imagine That Nominated
Worst Actor of the Decade N/A Won
2013 Worst Actor A Thousand Words Nominated
Grammy Awards 1983 Best Comedy Album Eddie Murphy Nominated
1984 Best Comedy Album Eddie Murphy: Comedian Won
Kids Choice Awards 1988 Favorite Movie Actor Beverly Hills Cop II Won
2005 Favorite Voice from an Animated Film Shrek 2 Nominated
2008 Favorite Voice from an Animated Film Shrek the Third Won
2011 Best Voice from an Animated Film Shrek Forever After Won
NAACP Image Awards 1997 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture The Nutty Professor Nominated
2007 Actor in a Supporting Role Dreamgirls Nominated
National Society of Film Critics Awards 1997 Best Actor The Nutty Professor Won
Online Film Critics Society Awards 2007 Best Supporting Actor Dreamgirls Nominated
Satellite Awards 1996 Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy The Nutty Professor Nominated
2001 Nutty Professor II: The Klumps Nominated
Saturn Awards 1997 Best Actor The Nutty Professor Won
2002 Best Supporting Actor Shrek Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards 2007 Actor in a Supporting Role Dreamgirls Won
Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated


References[change | change source]

  1. Kilday, Gregg (2006-12-14). "'Dreamgirls' Snares Multiple Golden Globe Nods". The Hollywood Reporter.
  2. www.chartstats.com
  3. www.chartstats.com
  4. "Eddie Murphy's Golden Raspberry Nominations". razzie.com. Retrieved August 29, 2010.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Eddie Murphy at Wikimedia Commons