Eddie Murphy

Highest Rated: 93% 48 HRS (1982)
Lowest Rated: 0% A Thousand Words (2012)
Birthday: Apr 3, 1961
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York
The son of a Brooklyn policeman who died when he was eight, African-American comedy superstar Eddie Murphy was raised in the comfortable middle-class community of Hempstead, NY, by his mother and stepfather. A natural-born class clown, he was voted the most popular student at Roosevelt Junior and Senior High. By the age of 15, he was doing standup gigs at 25 to 50 dollars a pop, and within a few years he was headlining on the comedy-club circuit.Murphy was 19 he was when hired as one of the backup performers on the NBC comedy weekly Saturday Night Live. His unique blend of youthful arrogance, sharkish good cheer, underlying rage, and street-smart versatility transformed the comedian into SNL's prime attraction, and soon the country was reverberating with imitations of such choice Murphy characterizations as sourball celebrity Gumby, inner-city kiddie host Mr. Robinson, prison poet Tyrone Green, and the Little Rascals' Buckwheat. Just when it seemed that he couldn't get any more popular, Murphy was hastily added to the cast of Walter Hill's 1982 comedy/melodrama feature film 48 Hours, and voila, an eight-million-dollars-per-picture movie star was born. The actor followed this cinematic triumph with John Landis' Trading Places, a Prince and the Pauper update released during the summer of 1983, the same year that the standup album Eddie Murphy, Comedian won a Grammy. In 1984, he finally had the chance to carry a picture himself: Beverly Hills Cop, one of the most successful pictures of the decade. Proving that at this juncture Murphy could do no wrong, his next starring vehicle, The Golden Child (1986), made a fortune at the box office, despite the fact that the picture itself was less than perfect. After Beverly Hills Cop 2 and his live standup video Eddie Murphy Raw (both 1987), Murphy's popularity and career seemed to be in decline, though his staunchest fans refused to desert him. His esteem rose in the eyes of many with his next project, Coming to America (1987), a reunion with John Landis that allowed him to play an abundance of characters -- some of which he essayed so well that he was utterly unrecognizable. Murphy bowed as a director, producer, and screenwriter with Harlem Nights (1989), a farce about 1930s black gangsters which had an incredible cast (including Murphy, Richard Pryor, Della Reese, Redd Foxx, Danny Aiello, Jasmine Guy, and Arsenio Hall), but was somewhat destroyed by Murphy's lazy, expletive-ridden script and clichéd plot that felt recycled from Damon Runyon stories. Churned out for Paramount, the picture did hefty box office (in the 60-million-dollar range) despite devastating reviews and reports of audience walkouts. Murphy's box-office triumphs continued into the '90s with a seemingly endless string of blockbusters, such as the Reginald Hudlin-directed political satire The Distinguished Gentleman (1992), that same year's "player" comedy Boomerang, and the Landis-directed Beverly Hills Cop III (1994). After an onscreen absence of two years following Cop, Murphy reemerged with a 1996 remake of Jerry Lewis' The Nutty Professor. As directed by Tom Shadyac and produced by the do-no-wrong Brian Grazer, the picture casts Murphy as Dr. Sherman Klump, an obese, klutzy scientist who transforms himself into Buddy Love, a self-obsessed narcissist and a hit with women. As an added surprise, Murphy doubles up his roles as Sherman and Buddy by playing each member of the Klump family (beneath piles and piles of latex). The Nutty Professor grossed dollar one and topped all of Murphy's prior efforts, earning well up into the hundreds of millions and pointing the actor in a more family-friendly direction. His next couple of features, Dr. Dolittle and the animated Mulan (both 1998), were children-oriented affairs, although in 1999 he returned to more mature material with the comedies Life (which he also produced) and Bowfinger; and The PJs, a fairly bawdy claymation sitcom about life in South Central L.A.Moving into the n

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Coming 2 America Actor Producer 2020
No Score Yet Beverly Hills Cop 4 Actor 2018
24% Mr. Church Henry Church $0.7M 2016
No Score Yet Hong Kong Phooey Penry/Hong Kong Phooey 2014
No Score Yet Trampoline Actor 2014
No Score Yet Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' to Tell You Actor 2013
0% A Thousand Words Jack McCall $18.5M 2012
No Score Yet The Incredible Shrinking Man Actor 2012
67% Tower Heist Slide Producer $78.1M 2011
No Score Yet Dreamworks Holiday Classics Actor 2011
No Score Yet Donkey's Christmas Shrektacular (Donkey's Caroling Christmas-tacular) Donkey 2010
58% Shrek Forever After Donkey $238.4M 2010
41% Imagine That Evan Danielson $16.1M 2009
20% Meet Dave Dave $11.7M 2008
No Score Yet Shrek the Halls Donkey 2007
41% Shrek the Third Donkey $320.8M 2007
9% Norbit Screenwriter Norbit/Rasputia/Mr. Wong Producer $95.4M 2007
78% Dreamgirls James `Thunder' Early $103.4M 2006
56% Fuck (F*ck) Actor 2005
No Score Yet Meet the Cast of Shrek 2 Actor 2004
No Score Yet Far Far Away Idol Actor 2004
89% Shrek 2 Donkey $436.5M 2004
13% The Haunted Mansion Jim Evers $75.8M 2003
No Score Yet Shrek 4-D (Shrek 3-D) Actor 2003
27% Daddy Day Care Charlie Hinton $103.7M 2003
16% I Spy Kelly Robinson $33.2M 2002
4% The Adventures of Pluto Nash Pluto Nash $4.4M 2002
25% Showtime Det. Trey Sellars $38M 2002
42% Dr. Dolittle 2 Dr. Dolittle $111.5M 2001
88% Shrek Donkey $267M 2001
No Score Yet Creating a Fairy Tale World: The Making of Shrek Actor 2001
26% Nutty Professor II: The Klumps Executive Producer Sherman/Papa/Mama/Ernie/Cletus/Grandma/Buddy Love/Lance $122.4M 2000
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live: The Best of John Belushi Actor 2000
81% Bowfinger Kit Ramsey/Jiff Ramsey 1999
50% Life Rayford Gibson Producer 1999
12% Holy Man G. 1998
43% Dr. Dolittle Dr. John Dolittle 1998
86% Mulan Mushu 1998
No Score Yet Doctor Dolittle Actor 1998
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live: The Best of Eddie Murphy Actor 1998
15% Metro Producer Insp. Scott Roper 1997
No Score Yet Century of Black Cinema Actor 1997
64% The Nutty Professor Sherman Klump/Buddy Love/Lance Perkins/Papa/Mama/Ernie 1996
10% Vampire in Brooklyn Producer Maximillian 1995
10% Beverly Hills Cop III Axel Foley 1994
13% The Distinguished Gentleman Thomas Jefferson Johnson 1992
44% Boomerang Marcus Graham 1992
No Score Yet The Kid Who Loved Christmas Producer 1990
18% Another 48 Hrs. Reggie Hammond 1990
No Score Yet Mandela in America Actor 1990
24% Harlem Nights Executive Producer Quick Director Screenwriter 1989
67% Coming to America Prince Akeem, Clarence, Saul, Randy Watson 1988
81% Eddie Murphy Raw Screenwriter Executive Producer Himself 1987
48% Beverly Hills Cop II Axel Foley 1987
No Score Yet Joe Piscopo New Jersey Special Actor 1987
26% The Golden Child Chandler Jarrell 1986
82% Beverly Hills Cop Axel Foley 1984
No Score Yet Best Defense Lt. T.M. Landry 1984
86% Trading Places Billy Ray Valentine 1983
83% Eddie Murphy Delirious Producer Actor Screenwriter 1983
No Score Yet Best of the Big Laff Off Actor 1983
93% 48 HRS Reggie Hammond 1982

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2010
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet America's Next Top Model
2003
Appearing
  • 2009
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Performer Guest Host
  • 2005
  • 1984
  • 1983
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1976
No Score Yet Father of the Pride
2004
Voice
  • 2004

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