Eddie Murphy was born on April 3, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York. His father, Charles Edward Murphy, a police officer, left his mother when Eddie was only 3 years old. He grew up in poverty with his mother, who worked as a telephone operator. Eddie was 8 when his father was shot dead by his girlfriend. His mother remarried and moved to Roosvelt with Eddie and brother his Charlie.
Eddie had to struggle against racism for a long time here. However, he made people laugh with his sympathetic attitude and imitations. He managed to become popular in high school with his mini-shows among friends.
When Murphy learned that the producers of the popular late-night comedy show, Saturday Night Live, were seeking a black cast member for the 1980-81 season, he jumped on the opportunity. He auditioned for the part six times, and finally earned a place as an extra on the show.
Eddie Murphy made his debut with Saturday Night Live. The comedian, who was 19 when he started appearing in the show, made the whole of America laugh for 6 years. On the other hand, he was performing stand-up shows called “Delirious” and “Raw”. He entered the music world in the 80s. Particularly his tracks called “Put Mouth On Me” and “Party All Time” were hit. In 1993, he made a duet with Michael Jackson on “Love’s Alright”. After the success of this album, he continued to sing in his films even though he did not return to the music world.
Eddie Murphy’s film career began and debuted in “48 hours,” starring with Nick Nolte. Just a year later, in 1983, he joined “Trading Places” with Dan Aykroyd. Meanwhile he was still performing extras on Saturday Night Live.
Eddie Murphy became an accomplished actor in comedy films. In 1995, he made a breakthrough and collaborated with Wes Craven in the role of a black vampire for the first time in “Vampire In Brooklyn.” The actor, who managed to portray many characters at the same time in his films, made his debut in The Nutty Professor, one of his most successful films.
The success of the famous actor continued with “Dr. Dolittle” in 1998, “Nutty Professor II: The Klumps” in 2000, “Bowfinger” in 1999 and “Dr Dolittle II” in 2001.
Eddie Murphy, who has also achieved success in the field of voice-over, won many awards in 2001 with his voice in the film “Shrek”. In 2006, Eddie Murphy, nominated for “Best Supporting Actor” Oscar for his role in the production of “Dreamgirls,” which featured several famous singers, has shown that he can continue his success with films other than comedy.
Eddie Murphy said that he is inspired by Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor and James Brown, he is also a big fan of Elvis Presley and Star Trek.
If you’re an artist like a really, really long time, it stops being a performance. I’m not performing anymore. I reveal myself to the audience… I show you some of me. It’s not a show no more.