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Eddie Murphy

Highest Rated:   92% 48 HRS (1982)
Lowest Rated:   0% A Thousand Words (2012)
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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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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Beverly Hills Cop 4
  • Actor
2017
17% 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
40% 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
  • Producer
  • Norbit/Rasputia/Mr. Wong
  • Screenwriter
$95.4M 2007
78% Dreamgirls
  • James `Thunder' Early
$103.3M 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
88% 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
15% 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
40% Boomerang
  • Marcus Graham
1992
15% Another 48 Hrs.
  • Reggie Hammond
1990
No Score Yet Mandela in America
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet The Kid Who Loved Christmas
  • Producer
1990
27% Harlem Nights
  • Quick
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1989
69% Coming to America
  • Prince Akeem, Clarence, Saul, Randy Watson
1988
80% Eddie Murphy Raw
  • Executive Producer
  • Himself
  • Screenwriter
1987
46% Beverly Hills Cop II
  • Axel Foley
1987
No Score Yet Joe Piscopo New Jersey Special
  • Actor
1987
26% The Golden Child
  • Chandler Jarrell
1986
84% Beverly Hills Cop
  • Axel Foley
1984
No Score Yet Best Defense
  • Lt. T.M. Landry
1984
86% Trading Places
  • Billy Ray Valentine
1983
80% Eddie Murphy Delirious
  • Actor
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1983
No Score Yet Best of the Big Laff Off
  • Actor
1983
92% 48 HRS
  • Reggie Hammond
1982

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2016
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
  • Host
  • Guest
  • Performer
  • Actor
  • 2005
  • 1984
  • 1983
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1976

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