Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy (born Easter Monday April 3, 1961, Brooklyn, New York) is an African-American comedian and actor.

Murphy began his comedy career at the young age of 19, as a performer on NBC's Saturday Night Live television show. His characters include a parody of Buckwheat from the Little Rascals and of Fred Rogers. Murphy later starred in many comedies including the Beverly Hills Cop series, Trading Places and Coming to America.

He is a versatile voice actor and voiced the donkey in the Shrek series and the dragon in Disney's Mulan.

In many of his films, he plays multiple roles in addition to his main character. A perfect example of this is The Nutty Professor, a remake of the Jerry Lewis classic in which Murphy plays several members of the Klump family as well as Sherman Klump's arrogant alter ego, Buddy Love.

His early comedy was racy, akin to Richard Pryor, whom Murphy says was the one "that wanted [him] to get into comedy." Characterized by excessive swearing and making fun of gays, singers, and others, Murphy became, in a sense, the Pryor of the 1980s. He made vicious comments about gays and AIDS during his 80's standup routines, so vicious that some years later he apologized for the remarks. However, in the late 80's and early 90's, Murphy's fame was fading via a series of poor sequels, drab comedies, and ego-driven vehicles that the public avoided in droves. Harlem Nights was savaged not only by the critics, but also by several of the actors in the film. Richard Pryor had nothing good to say about the film or the star, which stunned Murphy, who had considered Pryor an idol.

Murphy's career continued to slide until 1996, when he would make his comeback in comedies, starting with The Nutty Professor. His record since then has been hit and miss, with several big flops (Holy Man, Pluto Nash) and some hits (Dr. Doolitle, Shrek, Bowfinger).

Murphy was also a one-hit wonder in the 1980s with the single "Party All the Time".

In 1997 a police officer stopped Murphy and found a transvestite prostitute in the passenger's seat. Murphy claimed that he had just been driving through and she asked him for a ride home.

Eddie Murphy's older brother, Charlie Murphy, is also an actor, best known recently for his appearances on Chappelle's Show.

Filmography

  • 48 Hrs., 1982, Reggie Hammond
  • Trading Places, 1983, Billy Ray Valentine
  • Eddie Murphy Delirious, 1983, Eddie Murphy
  • Best Defense, 1984, Landry
  • Beverly Hills Cop, 1984, Axel Foley
  • The Golden Child, 1986, Chandler Jarrell
  • Beverly Hills Cop II, 1987, Axel Foley
  • Eddie Murphy Raw, 1987, Eddie Murphy
  • Coming to America, 1988, Prince Akeem/Clarence/Saul/Randy Watson
  • Harlem Nights, 1989, Quick
  • Another 48 Hrs., 1990, Reggie Hammond
  • Boomerang, 1992, Marcus Graham
  • The Distinguished Gentleman, 1992, Thomas Jefferson Johnson
  • Beverly Hills Cop III, 1994, Axel Foley
  • Vampire in Brooklyn, 1995, Maximillian/Father Pauley/Guido
  • The Nutty Professor, 1996, Sherman Klump/Buddy Love/Lance Perkins/Papa Klump/Mama Klump/Grandma Klump/Ernie Klump
  • Metro, 1997, Scott Roper
  • Dr. Dolittle, 1998, Dr. John Dolittle
  • Mulan, 1998, Mushu (voice)
  • Bowfinger, 1999, Kit Ramsey/Jeff Ramsey
  • Life, 1999, Ray Gibson
  • Nutty Professor II. The Klumps, 2000, Sherman Klump/Buddy Love/Grandma Klump/Mama Klump/Papa Klump/Young Papa Klump/Ernie Klump/Lance Perkins
  • Dr. Dolittle 2, 2001, Dr. Dolittle
  • Shrek, 2001, Donkey (voice)
  • The Adventures of Pluto Nash, 2002, Pluto Nash
  • I Spy, 2002, Kelly Robinson
  • Showtime, 2002, Trey Sellars
  • Daddy Day Care, 2003, Charlie Hinton
  • The Haunted Mansion, 2003, Jim Evers
  • Shrek 2, 2004, Donkey (voice)

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Eddie Murphy's older brother, Charlie Murphy, is also an actor, best known recently for his appearances on Chappelle's Show. His third wife, from August 19, 1945 until his death, was June Allyson, with whom he had two children, Pamela (adopted) and Richard, Jr. Murphy claimed that he had just been driving through and she asked him for a ride home. His second wife, from September 19, 1936 until 1944, was Joan Blondell, with whom he had two children, Ellen and Norman. In 1997 a police officer stopped Murphy and found a transvestite prostitute in the passenger's seat. Powell's first wife, from 1925 until 1927, was Mildred Maund. Murphy was also a one-hit wonder in the 1980s with the single "Party All the Time". He is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

Doolitle, Shrek, Bowfinger). Powell died on January 2, 1963 of stomach cancer, one of many of the cast and crew of the 1956 movie , The Conqueror, who died of the disease. The Conqueror had been filmed in Utah near an atomic test site. His record since then has been hit and miss, with several big flops (Holy Man, Pluto Nash) and some hits (Dr. In the 1950s Powell produced and directed several B-movies and was one of the founders of Four Star Television, appearing in and supervising several shows for that company. Murphy's career continued to slide until 1996, when he would make his comeback in comedies, starting with The Nutty Professor. His character in the 30 minute weekly was a likeable private detective with a quick wit. Richard Pryor had nothing good to say about the film or the star, which stunned Murphy, who had considered Pryor an idol. From 1949 until 1953 Powell played the lead role in the NBC radio theater production Richard Diamond, Private Detective.

Harlem Nights was savaged not only by the critics, but also by several of the actors in the film. Mike, he never sang in his later roles. However, in the late 80's and early 90's, Murphy's fame was fading via a series of poor sequels, drab comedies, and ego-driven vehicles that the public avoided in droves. Even when he appeared in lighter fare such as The Reformer and the Redhead and Mrs. He made vicious comments about gays and AIDS during his 80's standup routines, so vicious that some years later he apologized for the remarks. He became a popular tough-guy lead, appearing in movies such as Cornered, Johnny O'Clock, and The Tall Target. His early comedy was racy, akin to Richard Pryor, whom Murphy says was the one "that wanted [him] to get into comedy." Characterized by excessive swearing and making fun of gays, singers, and others, Murphy became, in a sense, the Pryor of the 1980s. In 1944 he abruptly switched to noir detective roles, first starring as Philip Marlowe in Murder, My Sweet.

A perfect example of this is The Nutty Professor, a remake of the Jerry Lewis classic in which Murphy plays several members of the Klump family as well as Sherman Klump's arrogant alter ego, Buddy Love. He went on to star as a boyish crooner in movies such as 42nd Street, Footlight Parade, Gold Diggers of 1933, Flirtation Walk, and On the Avenue, often appearing opposite Ruby Keeler. In many of his films, he plays multiple roles in addition to his main character. in 1932 and made his film debut as a singing bandleader in Blessed Event. He is a versatile voice actor and voiced the donkey in the Shrek series and the dragon in Disney's Mulan. He was signed by Warner Bros. Murphy later starred in many comedies including the Beverly Hills Cop series, Trading Places and Coming to America. Born in Mountain View, Arkansas, Powell started his entertainment career as a singer in his own band.

His characters include a parody of Buckwheat from the Little Rascals and of Fred Rogers. He attended Little Rock College. Murphy began his comedy career at the young age of 19, as a performer on NBC's Saturday Night Live television show. Dick Powell, or Richard Ewing Powell (November 14, 1904 - January 2, 1963) was a singer, actor, producer, and director. Eddie Murphy (born Easter Monday April 3, 1961, Brooklyn, New York) is an African-American comedian and actor. Shrek 2, 2004, Donkey (voice).

The Haunted Mansion, 2003, Jim Evers. Daddy Day Care, 2003, Charlie Hinton. Showtime, 2002, Trey Sellars. I Spy, 2002, Kelly Robinson.

The Adventures of Pluto Nash, 2002, Pluto Nash. Shrek, 2001, Donkey (voice). Dolittle. Dolittle 2, 2001, Dr.

Dr. The Klumps, 2000, Sherman Klump/Buddy Love/Grandma Klump/Mama Klump/Papa Klump/Young Papa Klump/Ernie Klump/Lance Perkins. Nutty Professor II. Life, 1999, Ray Gibson.

Bowfinger, 1999, Kit Ramsey/Jeff Ramsey. Mulan, 1998, Mushu (voice). John Dolittle. Dolittle, 1998, Dr.

Dr. Metro, 1997, Scott Roper. The Nutty Professor, 1996, Sherman Klump/Buddy Love/Lance Perkins/Papa Klump/Mama Klump/Grandma Klump/Ernie Klump. Vampire in Brooklyn, 1995, Maximillian/Father Pauley/Guido.

Beverly Hills Cop III, 1994, Axel Foley. The Distinguished Gentleman, 1992, Thomas Jefferson Johnson. Boomerang, 1992, Marcus Graham. Another 48 Hrs., 1990, Reggie Hammond.

Harlem Nights, 1989, Quick. Coming to America, 1988, Prince Akeem/Clarence/Saul/Randy Watson. Eddie Murphy Raw, 1987, Eddie Murphy. Beverly Hills Cop II, 1987, Axel Foley.

The Golden Child, 1986, Chandler Jarrell. Beverly Hills Cop, 1984, Axel Foley. Best Defense, 1984, Landry. Eddie Murphy Delirious, 1983, Eddie Murphy.

Trading Places, 1983, Billy Ray Valentine. 48 Hrs., 1982, Reggie Hammond.

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