Eddie Murphy: biography and latest news!

  • Occupation: Actor
  • Real name : Edward Regan Murphy
  • Sign : Aries
  • Date of birth : Monday 03 April 1961 (age : 60)
  • Country: United States

Edward Regan Murphy was born on April 3, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York. Son of Charles Murphy, a policeman and amateur comedian and Lillian Murphy, a switchboard operator, he has an older brother, Charles. He was 8 years old when his father died and he grew up with his mother and stepfather in Brooklyn and then on Long Island where the family moved. In high school, he demonstrated early on his impersonation skills in front of his classmates, and was inspired by American comedians. Listening to the album of his idol Richard Pryor, That nigger’s crazy, the teenager has a click and aspires to become a comedian. From then on, he performs his sketches and plays everywhere he can, in high school but also in the bars of his neighborhood. His talent noticed, he is hired in a club, the Comic Strip, in New York. At the age of 19, he joins the team of a famous television show, Saturday Night Live. For this comedy program, Eddie Murphy creates a whole gallery of characters and does impersonations of Lionel Richie or Bill Cosby.

For three years, his numerous television appearances give him a certain notoriety and the proposals flow in. In the cinema, the director Walter Hill entrusted him with his first role in 48 hours in 1982. The following year, he turns in a chair for two, great commercial success of the year, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination. At the same time, he continued his career as a comedian and performed on a New York stage in a show called Delirious (1983) for which he received the award for best comedian of the year. In 1984, The Beverly Hills Cop propelled him to stardom and allowed him to reunite with his character, Axel Foley, in the next two installments in 1987 and 1994. Popular actor, he followed with the comedies Golden child, the sacred child of Tibet (1986) and A prince in New York (1988).

In 1989, Eddie Murphy goes behind the camera and multiplies the hats on the set of his first film, Harlem Nights. But the film is a failure and the actor then goes through a gap punctuated by films with mixed success (Boomerang, A vampire in Brooklyn). He returned to success in 1996, in the film Professor Foldingue, a comedy with a comic mood, a genre in which he excels, then with Doctor Dolittle (1998). In the 2000s, he lends his voice to a donkey for the four parts of the animated film Shrek. In 2007, he won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for Dreamgirls, a film that traces the career of the Supremes. In 2016, he returned to the forefront of the scene, starring in The Beverly Hills Cop 4 and Richard Pryor: It something I said?

In his private life, Eddie Murphy is the father of eight children. In 1993, he married the model Nicole Mitchell with whom he has five children; Briana Liana (born in 1989), Myles Mitchell (born in 1992), Shayne Audra (born in 1994), Zola Ivy (born in 1999) and Bella Zahara (born in 2002). But the couple separated in 2005 and their divorce was pronounced the following year. From his relationship with Paulette McNeely he is the father of a boy, Eric, born in July 1989, a few months before the birth of his oldest daughter Briana. He is also the father of another boy, Christian, born in 1990 from his relationship with Tamara Hood. In 2006, Eddie Murphy shares the life of the ex-Spice Girl Melanie Brown, who gives birth to a baby girl, April 3, 2007, Angel Iris. The paternity of the girl was confirmed by a DNA test in June 2007. In September 2012, he met the Australian model Paige Butcher, 18 years his junior. She gave birth to a baby girl, Izzy Oona on May 3, 2016. The couple is expecting their second child by the end of 2018. On November 30, 2018, the family expands with the birth of a boy named Max Charles.