Edward Regan Murphy
April 3, 1961
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, producer, singer, writer|
|Spouse(s)||Nicole Mitchell Murphy|
(m. 1993, d. 2006)
|Parent(s)||Charles Edward Murphy |
|Relatives||Charlie Murphy (brother)|
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, and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the same role.
His 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.
His brother was comedian and screenwriter Charlie Murphy, 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  and a uk singles chart number 64 with I Was A King.
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.
Influences[change | change source]
Murphy stated musicians like Luther Vandross and Michael Jackson and comedians like Bill Cosby, John Belushi, Redd Foxx, Robin Williams, George Carlin, Peter Sellers, Richard Pryor and Steve Martin as influences.
Filmography[change | change source]
Awards and nominations[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- Kilday, Gregg (2006-12-14). "'Dreamgirls' Snares Multiple Golden Globe Nods". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2009-11-24.
- "Eddie Murphy's Golden Raspberry Nominations". razzie.com. Archived from the original on August 31, 2012. Retrieved August 29, 2010.
Other websites[change | change source]
Media related to Eddie Murphy at Wikimedia Commons