STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Eddie Murphy Fast Facts

Here's a look at the life of Oscar-nominated actor, writer, director, singer and comedian Eddie Murphy....

Posted: Jan 9, 2019 5:44 PM
Updated: Jan 9, 2019 5:45 PM

Here's a look at the life of Oscar-nominated actor, writer, director, singer and comedian Eddie Murphy.

Personal:
Birth date: April 3, 1961

Academy Awards

Arts and entertainment

Awards and prizes

Business and industry sectors

Celebrities

Eddie Murphy

Entertainment and arts awards

Late night television

Media industry

Movie and video industry

Movie awards

Movies

Music

Television comedies

Television programming

Movie revenues

Emmy Awards

Television awards

New York (State)

New York City

North America

Northeastern United States

United States

Celebrity and pop culture

Music industry

Comedians and comedy

Fast Facts

Business, economy and trade

Washington, D.C.

Continents and regions

The Americas

Birth place: Brooklyn, New York

Birth name: Edward Regan Murphy

Father: Charles Murphy, police officer

Mother: Lillian Murphy, telephone operator

Marriage: Nicole Mitchell (March 18, 1993-April 17, 2006, divorced)

Children: with Paige Butcher: Max and Izzy; with Melanie Brown (Mel B, aka Scary Spice): Angel; with Nicole Mitchell: Bella, Zola, Shayne, Miles and Bria; with Tamara Hood: Christian; with Paulette McNeely: Eric

Education: Attended Nassau Community College

Other Facts:
Nominated for one Grammy Award and won.

Nominated for one Academy Award.

Nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards.

Murphy's childhood heroes include Richard Pryor, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lewis.

When Murphy was three years old, his parents split up. His father was murdered by a girlfriend five years later. Murphy was raised by his mother and stepfather, Vernon Lynch.

His flair for celebrity voices springs from watching and imitating cartoons as a kid.

Demonstrating his slapstick versatility, Murphy portrayed multiple characters in "Coming to America," "Bowfinger," "Norbit," "Vampire in Brooklyn," "Meet Dave," "The Adventures of Pluto Nash" and two "Nutty Professor" films, in which he played five members of a deranged family, plus two other characters.

Murphy's musical output includes two Billboard Hot 100 singles, "Party All the Time" and "Put Your Mouth on Me," as well as a duet with Michael Jackson, "Whatzupwitu." The 1993 duet was spotlighted as one of the lamest music videos of all time during a 1999 MTV special.

Timeline:
November 22, 1980 - Murphy makes his first appearance on "Saturday Night Live." He had auditioned six times before he was hired as a featured player to occasionally appear in skits. The comedian later gets promoted to the main cast and portrays such characters as a petulant version of Gumby, a gleefully garbled Buckwheat and Mister Robinson, a parody of Mister Rogers. He and Joe Piscopo are the only members of the 1980 ensemble who aren't fired at the end of the season.

December 8, 1982 - Murphy's first movie, "48 Hrs." is released. The action comedy centers on a thief (Murphy) who helps a cop (Nick Nolte) track down a murderous fugitive.

1983 - HBO airs Murphy's concert special, "Eddie Murphy - Delirious."

June 8, 1983 - "Trading Places," a screwball comedy starring Murphy, Dan Aykroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis, debuts in theaters.

February 28, 1984 - Murphy's live album, "Eddie Murphy: Comedian" wins a Grammy for Best Comedy Recording.

December 5, 1984 - "Beverly Hills Cop" opens. Sylvester Stallone had been originally slated to play the main character, Axel Foley but he quit weeks before the shoot and Murphy replaced him.

December 15, 1984 - After launching his movie career, Murphy returns to "Saturday Night Live" as host and retires many of his popular characters.

December 18, 1987 - The comedy concert film, "Eddie Murphy Raw," is released.

April 11, 1988 - Presenting the Best Picture award during the Oscars telecast, Murphy criticizes the Academy for failing to recognize the contributions of African-American performers throughout film history. He quips that he likely will never get an Oscar because of the remark.

November 17, 1989 - "Harlem Nights," a passion project directed by Murphy, is released to mixed reviews and middling box office. Two of Murphy's childhood idols, Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx, costar in the 1930s-period piece about a wild New York nightspot.

June 28, 1996 - Murphy makes a comeback with the release of "The Nutty Professor," a Jerry Lewis remake.

May 2, 1997 - The comedian gets pulled over after offering a ride to an alleged transgender prostitute. A spokesman for Murphy says the star was simply trying to help someone who appeared to be troubled and alone.

January 10, 1999 - "The PJs," a stop motion animated series co-created by Murphy and Larry Wilmore, debuts on Fox. The mordantly comical look at life in an urban housing project is criticized for perpetuating black stereotypes. The series garners three Primetime Emmy awards, two for voice actress, Ja'Net DuBois and one for achievement in animation. It's canceled after three seasons.

May 16, 2001 - "Shrek," a computer animated fairy tale about an ogre (Mike Myers) who befriends a hapless donkey (Murphy), opens and grosses $42 million during its first weekend.

May 19, 2004 - "Shrek 2" opens in theaters. The movie tallies $441 million in ticket sales, making it the top box office hit of 2004.

December 15, 2006 - "Dreamgirls" opens in limited release. Critics praise Murphy for his dramatic turn as James "Thunder" Early, a fading star struggling with addiction. Bill Condon, the director of "Dreamgirls," tells Vanity Fair that Murphy was his first choice to play Early.

January 23, 2007 - Murphy earns a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for "Dreamgirls." The award ultimately goes to Alan Arkin of "Little Miss Sunshine."

September 6, 2011 - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces that Murphy will host the Oscars.

November 9, 2011 - Murphy says he is stepping down as Oscar host. He and director Brett Ratner were slated to collaborate on the show but Ratner quit amid controversy over his usage of an anti-gay slur. Billy Crystal is selected as Murphy's replacement.

February 15, 2015 - During a "Saturday Night Live" 40th anniversary special, Murphy makes a brief appearance. He declines to participate in a sketch mocking Bill Cosby, according to a series of Tweets by writer and former cast member, Norm McDonald. Cosby expresses gratitude through a spokesman, telling NBC News, "I am very appreciative of Eddie and I applaud his actions."

October 18, 2015 - Murphy is awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

September 16, 2016 - After a four-year hiatus from the big screen, "Mr. Church" opens with Murphy playing the title role.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 8 p.m. ET)

Confirmed Cases: 31715

Reported Deaths: 1984
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion9189533
Lake3299167
Cass15826
Allen127766
St. Joseph117034
Hendricks112367
Hamilton109992
Johnson1082104
Elkhart100827
Madison58258
Porter48721
Bartholomew48033
Clark45838
LaPorte40821
Tippecanoe3733
Jackson3611
Howard35618
Delaware35434
Hancock31927
Shelby31421
Floyd31338
Boone28235
Morgan26124
Vanderburgh2482
Montgomery22717
White2268
Decatur22431
Clinton2151
Noble18520
Grant18520
Harrison18521
Dubois1822
Greene16723
Warrick16426
Dearborn16221
Monroe16010
Henry1597
Vigo1477
Lawrence14322
Miami1391
Putnam1337
Jennings1274
Orange12422
Scott1183
Ripley1126
Franklin1068
Carroll922
Kosciusko861
Daviess8216
Steuben792
Newton7410
Wabash722
Wayne695
Fayette654
Marshall641
LaGrange602
Jasper561
Washington521
Fulton471
Rush452
Jay430
Jefferson411
Randolph403
Pulaski390
Clay391
Whitley392
Brown331
Sullivan321
Starke313
Owen311
DeKalb291
Perry270
Huntington262
Benton250
Knox240
Crawford230
Wells230
Tipton221
Blackford201
Switzerland190
Fountain182
Parke170
Posey170
Spencer161
Gibson142
Ohio130
Adams121
Warren121
Vermillion90
Martin90
Union80
Pike60
Unassigned0152

Illinois Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 7 p.m. CT)

Confirmed Cases: 112017

Reported Deaths: 4885
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Cook730973324
Lake7723250
DuPage7207340
Kane5761152
Will5188258
Winnebago195351
McHenry142767
St. Clair99172
Kankakee79942
Kendall71419
Rock Island63622
Champaign5647
Madison53954
Boone39716
Sangamon33126
DeKalb3253
Randolph2593
Jackson22810
McLean21110
Ogle1922
Stephenson1902
Macon18819
Peoria1797
Clinton17716
Out of IL1641
Union1417
LaSalle14012
Whiteside13410
Iroquois1304
Coles1169
Warren1140
Unassigned1100
Jefferson10116
Knox940
Monroe9211
Grundy892
McDonough835
Lee771
Cass670
Henry670
Tazewell673
Williamson551
Marion500
Jasper457
Adams441
Macoupin411
Perry410
Pulaski400
Montgomery391
Vermilion391
Morgan341
Christian334
Livingston312
Douglas270
Jo Daviess270
Fayette202
Ford201
Jersey201
Washington180
Mason170
Menard170
Woodford172
Shelby161
Bureau151
Mercer150
Carroll132
Hancock130
Franklin120
Crawford110
Fulton110
Piatt110
Bond101
Brown100
Clark100
Cumberland100
Logan100
Moultrie100
Schuyler100
Wayne91
Alexander80
Henderson80
Johnson70
Massac70
Saline70
Effingham61
Greene50
Marshall50
De Witt40
Lawrence40
Richland30
Stark30
Clay20
Edwards20
Gallatin20
Hamilton20
Wabash20
White20
Calhoun10
Hardin10
Pike10
Pope10
Putnam10
Edgar00
Terre Haute
Clear
75° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 75°
Robinson
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 72°
Indianapolis
Scattered Clouds
74° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 74°
Rockville
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 70°
Casey
Clear
75° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 75°
Brazil
Clear
75° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 75°
Marshall
Clear
75° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 75°
No Major Changes
WTHI Planner
WTHI Temps
WTHI Radar

WTHI Events