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      Eddie Murphy

      Eddie Murphy

      Highest Rated: 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Apr 3, 1961

      Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

      Renowned for his motormouthed delivery, profanity-laden stage persona and ability to play numerous characters in the same film, Eddie Murphy helped revive the fortunes of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975-) before achieving movie superstardom with leading roles in "Beverly Hills Cop" (1984), "Coming to America" (1988) and "The Nutty Professor" (1996). Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1961, Eddie Murphy developed his distinctive sense of humor while spending a year in foster care with his older sibling Charlie and by his mid-teens had become a regular performer on his hometown's stand-up circuit. He immediately became a household name in 1980 when he joined the cast of comic institution "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975-), boosting the show's flagging ratings with parodies of Fred Rogers, Gumby and The Little Rascals' Buckwheat. Murphy then graduated to the big screen in "48 Hrs" (1982), co-starring alongside Nick Nolte as ex-con Reggie Hammond in what's considered to be the genesis of the buddy cop comedy. A year later he joined fellow SNL alum Dan Aykroyd in the first of many John Landis collaborations, "Trading Places" (1983) and filmed a famously profanity-laden HBO stand-up special, "Delirious" (1983), that would also win a Grammy when released in album form. Following a temporary blip with the hastily assembled flop "Best Defense" (1984), Murphy got his career back on track with the role of Detroit cop Axel Foley in "Beverly Hills Cop" (1984), an action comedy which became the year's biggest box office hit and spawned two sequels of varying quality. Murphy's winning streak continued with an entirely musical LP, How Could It Be, that spawned the No.2 US hit "Party All the Time," supernatural comedy "The Golden Child" (1986) and the hugely successful "Raw" (1987) a theatrically-released stand-up show filmed at Madison Square Garden. Murphy first showcased his fondness for assuming multiple roles in the same movie in "Coming to America" (1988), playing the prince of a fictional African country as well as a soul singer and barbershop owner. After joining brother Charlie and comedy hero Richard Pryor in Prohibition-era "Harlem Nights" (1989), Murphy appeared in sequel "Another 48 Hrs" (1990) starred as a womanizing ad executive in "Boomerang" (1992) and collaborated with Michael Jackson on third musical album Love's Alright. Murphy's performances as a conman-turned-Congressman in political satire "The Distinguished Gentleman" (1992) and bloodsucker Maximilian in horror comedy "Vampire in Brooklyn" (1995) were met with both a commercial and critical shrug. But once again Murphy bounced back in style with memorable turns as both the good-natured Sherman Klump and his egotistical alter-ego Buddy Love, also donning latex to portray numerous other family members, in the hugely popular remake "The Nutty Professor" (1996). After adding another action comedy, "Metro" (1997) to his resume, Murphy kickstarted the family-friendly phase of his career with the role of the titular animal communicator in "Dr. Dolittle" (1998), going on to lend his voice to comic relief Mushu in Disney animation "Mulan" (1998) shortly after. But Murphy still continued to grace more adult-themed fare, starring as TV evangelist G in "Holy Man" (1998) and alongside Martin Lawrence in prison comedy "Life" (1999), pulling double duty as neurotic actor Kit Ramsey and his clueless brother Jiff in underrated Hollywood satire "Bowfinger" (1999) and voicing superintendent Thurgood Stubbs in the prime-time stop-motion animated sitcom he also co-created, "The PJs" (Fox, 1999-2001). Murphy's career in the '00s often veered from the sublime to the ridiculous. He stole the show as the voice of wisecracking Donkey in "Shrek" (2001) and its three further installments, enjoyed huge box office success, if little critical acclaim, with "Daddy Day Care" (2003) and "The Haunted Mansion" (2003) and earned an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe for his powerhouse turn as the James Brown-esque singer Jimmy in Broadway musical adaptation "Dreamgirls" (2006). But team-ups with Robert De Niro on "Showtime" (2002) and Owen Wilson on "I Spy" (2002) failed to produce any chemistry, audacious sci-fi "The Adventures of Pluto Nash" (2002) famously became one of the costliest flops of all time and the Razzie-dominating "Norbit" (2007), a tone-deaf comedy which stretched Murphy's latex-wearing habits to breaking point, is widely regarded as his career nadir. After wasting his considerable talents further in family-friendly vehicles "Meet Dave" (2008) and "Imagine That" (2009), Murphy reminded audiences of his natural magnetism playing a thief who helps numerous Ponzi scheme victims in "Tower Heist" (2011). But following another critical drubbing in "A Thousand Words" (2011), Murphy took a five-year break from the spotlight. He returned in surprising fashion with "Mr. Church" (2016), a low-key drama in which he starred as a cook who develops a bond with three generations of women, and went on to receive rave reviews for his portrayal of Blaxploitation filmmaker Rudy Ray Moore in biopic "Dolemite Is My Name" (2019). That same year, it was confirmed that Murphy would be reprising his role as Prince Akeem Joffer in long-awaited sequel "Coming 2 America" (2020).

      Highest rated movies

      97% Dolemite Is My Name 92% 48 HRS. 88% Trading Places 83% Beverly Hills Cop
      83% Eddie Murphy: Delirious
      81% Bowfinger 79% Dreamgirls 73% Coming to America

      Photos

      DOCTOR DOLITTLE, Eddie Murphy, 1998. TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.. THE HAUNTED MANSION, Eddie Murphy, 2003, (c) Walt Disney COMING TO AMERICA, Eddie Murphy, 1988, (c)Paramount COMING TO AMERICA, Eddie Murphy, 1988, (c)Paramount COMING TO AMERICA, Eddie Murphy, 1988, (c)Paramount MEET DAVE, from left: Eddie Murphy, Gabrielle Union, 2008. TM and ©Copyright Twentieth Century Fox. All rights reserved. COMING TO AMERICA, Eddie Murphy, 1988, (c)Paramount Eddie Murphy and Gabrielle Union in "Meet Dave" DR. DOLITTLE 2, Eddie Murphy. 2001. TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.. THE HAUNTED MANSION, Eddie Murphy, 2003, (c) Walt Disney DADDY DAY CARE, Eddie Murphy, 2003, (c) Columbia THE HAUNTED MANSION, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Tilly, 2003, (c) Walt Disney Brian Robbins and Eddie Murphy on the set of "Meet Dave" Eddie Murphy in "Meet Dave" NORBIT, Eddie Murphy (left and right), 2007. ©DreamWorks American Idol, Antonio Banderas, Eddie Murphy, Ryan Seacrest, Crystal Bowersox, Casey James, Aaron Kelly, Siobhan Magnus, Season 9, 1/12/2010, ©FOX SHREK 2, Eddie Murphy, Donkey, 2004, (c) DreamWorks BOWFINGER, Eddie Murphy, 1999, © Universal BOWFINGER, front from left: Heather Graham, Eddie Murphy, Claude Brooks, 1999, © Universal BOWFINGER, Heather Graham (back to camera), Eddie Murphy, 1999, © Universal

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F Axel Foley (Character),
      Producer
      - 2024
      46% 45% Candy Cane Lane Unknown (Character),
      Producer
      - 2023
      40% 34% You People Akbar (Character) - 2023
      49% 38% Coming 2 America Prince Akeem/Clarence/Saul/Randy Watson (Character),
      Producer
      - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Eddie Murphy: Laugh 'Til it Hurts Unknown (Character) - 2020
      97% 91% Dolemite Is My Name Rudy Ray Moore (Character) - 2019
      24% 81% Mr. Church Henry Joseph Church (Character) $685.2K 2016
      0% 46% A Thousand Words Jack McCall (Character) $18.4M 2012
      67% 48% Tower Heist Slide (Character),
      Producer
      $78.0M 2011
      No Score Yet 46% Donkey's Caroling Christmas-tacular Donkey (Voice) - 2010
      57% 54% Shrek Forever After Donkey (Voice) - 2010
      41% 40% Imagine That Evan Danielson (Character) $16.1M 2009
      20% 35% Meet Dave Dave/Captain (Character) $11.8M 2008
      42% 52% Shrek the Third Donkey (Voice) $320.7M 2007
      9% 53% Norbit Norbit/Rasputia/Mr. Wong (Character),
      Writer,
      Producer
      $95.3M 2007
      No Score Yet 63% Shrek the Halls Donkey (Voice) - 2007
      79% 71% Dreamgirls James `Thunder' Early (Character) $103.3M 2006
      No Score Yet 39% Far Far Away Idol Donkey (Voice) - 2004
      89% 69% Shrek 2 Donkey (Voice) $444.8M 2004
      13% 31% The Haunted Mansion Jim Evers (Character) $75.8M 2003
      27% 48% Daddy Day Care Charlie Hinton (Character) $104.1M 2003
      15% 33% I Spy Kelly Robinson (Character) $33.1M 2002
      5% 20% The Adventures of Pluto Nash Pluto Nash (Character) $4.4M 2002
      25% 25% Showtime Trey Sellars (Character) $37.9M 2002
      41% 26% Dr. Dolittle 2 Dr. Dolittle (Character) $113.0M 2001
      88% 90% Shrek Donkey (Voice) $267.7M 2001
      27% 33% Nutty Professor II: The Klumps Professor Sherman Klump/Clesius "Papa" Klump/Young Clesius Klump/Mama Klump/Ernie Klump/Grandma Klump/Buddy Love/Lance Perkins (Character),
      Executive Producer
      $123.3M 2000
      81% 61% Bowfinger Kit Ramsey/Jiffernson 'Jiff' Ramsey (Character) $66.4M 1999
      52% 77% Life Rayford Gibson (Character),
      Producer
      $64.0M 1999
      42% 35% Dr. Dolittle Dr. John Dolittle (Character) $144.2M 1998
      12% 25% Holy Man G (Character) $12.1M 1998
      86% 85% Mulan Mushu (Voice) $120.6M 1998
      17% 27% Metro Insp. Scott Roper (Character) $32.0M 1997
      64% 44% The Nutty Professor Professor Sherman Klump/Buddy Love/Lance Perkins/Cletus 'Papa' Klump/Anna Pearl 'Mama' Jensen Klump/Ida Mae 'Granny' Jensen/Ernie Klump, Sr. (Character) $128.8M 1996
      11% 31% Vampire in Brooklyn Maximillian/Preacher Pauly/Guido (Character),
      Producer
      $18.7M 1995
      11% 35% Beverly Hills Cop III Det. Axel Foley (Character) $41.5M 1994
      13% 37% The Distinguished Gentleman Thomas Jefferson Johnson (Character) $46.5M 1992
      48% 59% Boomerang Marcus (Character),
      Writer
      $66.7M 1992
      19% 35% Another 48 HRS. Reggie Hammond (Character) $78.1M 1990
      26% 80% Harlem Nights Quick (Character),
      Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Executive Producer
      $58.5M 1989
      73% 85% Coming to America Prince Akeem/Clarence/Randy Watson/Saul (Character) $128.1M 1988
      46% 57% Beverly Hills Cop II Det. Axel Foley (Character) $151.7M 1987
      78% 85% Eddie Murphy Raw Self,
      Writer,
      Executive Producer
      $48.8M 1987
      21% 47% The Golden Child Chandler Jarrell (Character) $78.1M 1986
      No Score Yet 13% Best Defense Lieutenant T.M. Landry (Character) - 1984
      83% 82% Beverly Hills Cop Det. Axel Foley (Character) - 1984
      88% 85% Trading Places Billy Ray Valentine (Character) - 1983
      83% 90% Eddie Murphy: Delirious Self (Character) - 1983
      92% 69% 48 HRS. Reggie Hammond (Character) - 1982

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2021 2024
      No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2019 2021 2024
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2011 2015-2016 2019 2021 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show Guest 2021
      No Score Yet 62% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2021
      No Score Yet 28% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2021
      No Score Yet 19% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2021
      No Score Yet 9% The View Guest 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2011 2013 2016 2019 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Guest 2020
      No Score Yet 58% Saturday Night Live Unknown (Character),
      Host
      1980-1984 2019
      No Score Yet 47% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2019
      No Score Yet 87% Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Guest 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrated Self 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet America's Next Top Model Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio Guest 2006
      30% No Score Yet Father of the Pride Unknown (Guest Voice) 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The PJs Thurgoode Orenthal Stubbs (Voice) 1999-2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet DreamWorks Spooky Stories Unknown (Character)