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. Under the settlement reached in January 2002, Pitt will design jewelry for Damiani that Aniston will model in ads, and the company will stop selling the copies. Murphy claimed that he had just been driving through and she asked him for a ride home. According to Pitt, the ring was his design and was to be exclusive. In 1997 a police officer stopped Murphy and found a transvestite prostitute in the passenger's seat. He sued Damiani International, the company which made the wedding ring he gave Jennifer Aniston, for selling replica "Brad and Jennifer" rings. Murphy was also a one-hit wonder in the 1980s with the single "Party All the Time". He tore his Achilles tendon during the production of Troy, in which he plays, coincidentally, Achilles.

Doolitle, Shrek, Bowfinger). He was previously engaged to actress Gwyneth Paltrow, and dated actress Juliette Lewis. His record since then has been hit and miss, with several big flops (Holy Man, Pluto Nash) and some hits (Dr. Like many A-List stars, Pitt won't do American commercials, but does commercials that are seen in Asia only, most notably for Edwin Jeans, the Toyota Altis, and Japanese canned coffee, ROOTS. Murphy's career continued to slide until 1996, when he would make his comeback in comedies, starting with The Nutty Professor. He was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the 1995 film Twelve Monkeys. Richard Pryor had nothing good to say about the film or the star, which stunned Murphy, who had considered Pryor an idol. Their separation was announced on January 7, 2005.

Harlem Nights was savaged not only by the critics, but also by several of the actors in the film. He married actress Jennifer Aniston on July 29, 2000. 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. Nude photographs of the couple - taken by paparazzi without permission - controversially appeared in magazines. 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. Extensive tabloid coverage surrounded the relationship. 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. They became engaged in December 1996, but it didn't last long and the two split up in June 1997.

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. Pitt was involved in a long-term relationship with actress Gwyneth Paltrow. In many of his films, he plays multiple roles in addition to his main character. In 1995, he was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 25 sexiest stars in film history. He is a versatile voice actor and voiced the donkey in the Shrek series and the dragon in Disney's Mulan. Before he became successful at acting, Pitt supported himself by driving strippers in limos, moving refrigerators, and dressing as a giant chicken while working for the restaurant chain El Pollo Loco. Murphy later starred in many comedies including the Beverly Hills Cop series, Trading Places and Coming to America. He was two credits shy of graduating with a Journalism degree, before trying his luck in Hollywood.

His characters include a parody of Buckwheat from the Little Rascals and of Fred Rogers. He dropped out of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Murphy began his comedy career at the young age of 19, as a performer on NBC's Saturday Night Live television show. In high school, Pitt was involved in sports, debating, student government, and school musicals. Eddie Murphy (born Easter Monday April 3, 1961, Brooklyn, New York) is an African-American comedian and actor. He was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma and raised in Springfield, Missouri. Shrek 2, 2004, Donkey (voice). William Bradley Pitt, widely known as Brad Pitt (born December 18, 1963), is an American film actor.

The Haunted Mansion, 2003, Jim Evers. Johnny Suede (1991). Daddy Day Care, 2003, Charlie Hinton. Thelma & Louise (1991). Showtime, 2002, Trey Sellars. Cool World (1992). I Spy, 2002, Kelly Robinson. A River Runs Through It (1992).

The Adventures of Pluto Nash, 2002, Pluto Nash. Kalifornia (1993). Shrek, 2001, Donkey (voice). Interview with the Vampire (1994). Dolittle. Legends Of The Fall (1994). Dolittle 2, 2001, Dr. Se7en (1995).

Dr. Twelve Monkeys (1995). The Klumps, 2000, Sherman Klump/Buddy Love/Grandma Klump/Mama Klump/Papa Klump/Young Papa Klump/Ernie Klump/Lance Perkins. Sleepers (1996). Nutty Professor II. The Devil's Own (1997). Life, 1999, Ray Gibson. Seven Years in Tibet (1997).

Bowfinger, 1999, Kit Ramsey/Jeff Ramsey. Meet Joe Black (1998). Mulan, 1998, Mushu (voice). Fight Club (1999). John Dolittle. Snatch (2000). Dolittle, 1998, Dr. The Mexican (2001).

Dr. Friends (2001 episode as Monica's friend). Metro, 1997, Scott Roper. Spy Game (2001). The Nutty Professor, 1996, Sherman Klump/Buddy Love/Lance Perkins/Papa Klump/Mama Klump/Grandma Klump/Ernie Klump. Ocean's Eleven (2001). Vampire in Brooklyn, 1995, Maximillian/Father Pauley/Guido. Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (voice) (2003).

Beverly Hills Cop III, 1994, Axel Foley. Troy (2004). The Distinguished Gentleman, 1992, Thomas Jefferson Johnson. Ocean's Twelve (2004). Boomerang, 1992, Marcus Graham. and Mrs. Smith (2005). Another 48 Hrs., 1990, Reggie Hammond. Mr.

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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