My Script-by Me

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Birth name
Edward Regan Murphy

Date of birth (location)
3 April 1961,
Brooklyn, New York, USA

Sometimes Credited As:
Fred Braughton

Filmography as: Actor, Producer, Writer, Miscellaneous crew, Director, Notable TV guest appearances

Actor - filmography
(2000s) (1990s) (1980s)

Shrek 2 (2004) .... Donkey

I Spy (2002) .... Kelly Robinson

Showtime (2002) .... Trey

Adventures of Pluto Nash, The (2002) .... Pluto Nash

Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001) .... Dr. Dolittle

... aka DR.2 (2001) (USA: promotional abbreviation)

... aka DR2 (2001) (USA: promotional abbreviation)

Making of 'Shrek', The (2001) (TV) .... Himself

Shrek (2001) (voice) .... Donkey

Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000) .... Professor Sherman Klump, Buddy Love, Cletus 'Papa' Klump/Young Cletus Klump, Anna Pearl 'Mama' Jensen Klump, Ida Mae 'Grandma/Granny' Jensen, Ernie Klump, Sr., Lance Perkins (archive footage)

... aka Klumps, The (2000) (Australia)

Saturday Night Live Christmas (1999) (V) .... Gumby/Mister Robinson/Various

Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary (1999) (TV) (archive footage) .... Himself

Bowfinger (1999) .... Kit Ramsey/Jiffernson 'Jiff' Ramsey
Life (1999) .... Rayford Gibson

"PJs, The" (1999) TV Series (voice) .... Superintendent Thurgoode Orenthal Stubbs

Saturday Night Live: The Best of Eddie Murphy (1998) (V) .... Himself/Mr. White/James Brown/Shebas K. Morton/Mister Robinson/Jesse Jackson/Bishop Tutu/Stevie Wonder/Velvet Jones/Buckwheat/Gumby/John David Stutts/Clarence Thomas/Little Richard Simmonds/Plastic Bubble Salesman/Various

Holy Man (1998) .... G

Doctor Dolittle (1998) .... John Dolittle, M.D.

Mulan (1998) (voice) .... Mushu the Demoted One

Metro (1997) .... Scott Roper

Nutty Professor, The (1996) .... Professor Sherman Klump/Buddy Love, Lance Perkins, Cletus 'Papa' Klump, Anna Pearl 'Mama' Jensen Klump, Ida Mae 'Grandma/Granny' Jensen, Ernie Klump, Sr.

Vampire in Brooklyn (1995) .... Maximillian/Preacher Pauly/Guido

Beverly Hills Cop III (1994) .... Axel Foley

1993 MTV Movie Awards (1993) (TV) .... Host

Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America (1993) (TV) (archive footage) .... Himself/Stevie

Wonder/Jesse Jackson/Velvet Jones

1992 MTV Movie Awards (1992) (TV) .... Presenter

Boomerang (1992) .... Marcus Graham

Distinguished Gentleman, The (1992) .... Thomas Jefferson Johnson

Another 48 Hrs. (1990) .... Reggie Hammond

Harlem Nights (1989) .... Quick

What's Alan Watching? (1989) (TV)

Coming to America (1988) .... Prince Akeem/Clarence/Randy Watson/Saul

... aka Prince in New York (1988) (Europe: English title: video title

Eddie Murphy Raw (1987) .... Himself

Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) .... Detective Axel Foley Detroit Police

Golden Child, The (1986) .... Chandler Jarrell

Joe Piscopo Video, The (1985) (V) .... Himself

Best Defense (1984) .... Lieutenant T.M. Landry

Great Standups, The (1984) (TV) (archive footage) .... Himself

... aka Great Standups: Sixty Years of Laughter, The (1984) (TV) (USA)

Beverly Hills Cop (1984) .... Axel Foley

Best of the Big Laff Off, The (1983)

Eddie Murphy Delirious (1983) (V) .... Himself

Trading Places (1983) .... Billy Ray Valentine

48 Hrs. (1982) .... Reggie Hammond

"Saturday Night Live" (1975) TV Series .... Himself (1980-1984)

... aka "NBC's Saturday Night" (1975)

... aka "SNL 25" (2000) (USA: new title)

... aka "SNL" (1975)

... aka "Saturday Night" (1975)


Filmography as: Actor, Producer, Writer, Miscellaneous crew, Director, Notable TV guest appearances


Producer - filmography

(2000s) (1990s) (1980s)

Adventures of Pluto Nash, The (2002) (executive producer)

Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000) (executive producer)

... aka Klumps, The (2000) (Australia)

Life (1999) (producer)

"PJs, The" (1999) TV Series (executive producer)

Vampire in Brooklyn (1995) (producer)

Harlem Nights (1989) (executive producer)

What's Alan Watching? (1989) (TV) (executive producer)

Eddie Murphy Raw (1987) (executive producer)


Filmography as: Actor, Producer, Writer, Miscellaneous crew, Director, Notable TV guest


Writer - filmography
(1990s) (1980s)

Vampire in Brooklyn (1995) (story)

Boomerang (1992) (story)

Another 48 Hrs. (1990) (story) (as Fred Braughton)

Harlem Nights (1989) (written by)

Coming to America (1988) (story)

... aka Prince in New York (1988) (Europe: English title: video title)

Eddie Murphy Raw (1987)

Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) (story)

Eddie Murphy Delirious (1983) (V)


Filmography as: Actor, Producer, Writer, Miscellaneous crew, Director, Notable TV guest


Miscellaneous crew - filmography

American Pimp (1999/I) (special thanks)

Filmography as: Actor, Producer, Writer, Miscellaneous crew, Director, Notable TV guest
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Director - filmography

Harlem Nights (1989)

Filmography as: Actor, Producer, Writer, Miscellaneous crew, Director, Notable TV guest
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Notable TV guest appearances

"Nick Cannon Show, The" (2002) playing "Himself" in episode: "Nick Takes Over Hollywood"

"Clive Anderson All Talk" (1996) playing "Himself"(episode # 1.1) 1996

"Arsenio Hall Show, The" (1989) playing "Himself" 11/16/1989


IMDb mini-biography by


Mini biography

Eddie Murphy was born in Brooklyn New York in 1961, the youngest son of Lillian Murphy, a widow who married Vernon Lynch, the step father of Eddie, his brother Charlie, and Vernon Jr. Eddie himself had aspirations of being in show business since he was a child. A bright kid growing up in the streets of New York, Murphy spent a great deal of time on impressions and comedy stand-up routines rather than academics. His sense of humor and wit made him a stand out amongst his classmates at Roosevelt Junior High School. By the time he was 15, Murphy worked as a stand up comic on the lower part of New York, wooing audiences with his dead-on impressions of celebrities and outlooks on life. In the early '80s at 19, Murphy was offered a contract for the "Not-Ready-for Prime Time Players." It was from SNL, where Murphy exercised his comedic abilities in impersonation African American figures and originating some of the shows most memorable characters: Velvet Jones, Mr. Robinson, and a disgruntled and angry Gumby. Murphy made his feature film debut in 48 Hours, alongside Nick Nolte. The two's comedic and antagonistic chemistry, alongside Murphy's believable performance as a street wise convict aiding a bitter, aging cop, won over critics and audiences. The next year, Murphy went 2 for 2 with another hit, pairing him with John Landis, who later became a frequent collaborator with Murphy in "Coming to America" and the third installment of his 1984 film Beverly Hills Cop. Beverly Hills Cop was the film that made Murphy a box-office superstar, and most notably made him a celebrity worldwide. It remains one of the all-time biggest domestic blockbusters in motion picture history. Murphy's performance as a young Detroit cop in pursuit of his friend's murderers earned him a third consecutive Golden Globe nomination. Axel Foley became one of Murphy's signature characters. On top of his game, Murphy was unfazed by his success, that is until his box office appeal and choices in scripts resulted into a spotty mix of hits and misses into the late '80s and early '90s. Films like "The Golden Child" (1986) and "Beverly Hills Cop II" (1987) were critically panned, but were still massive draws at the box office. In 1989, Murphy, coming off another hit "Coming to America" found failure with his directorial debut Harlem Nights. The sequel to "48 Hours" (1990) and his turn as a hopeless romantic in "Boomerang" (1992) did little to resuscitate his career. His remake of Jerry Lewis' "The Nutty Professor" (1996) brought Murphy's drawing power back into fruition. From there, Murphy rebounded with occasional hits and misses, but has long proven himself as a skilled comedic actor, with applaudable range pertaining to characterizations and mannerisms. Though he has grown up a lot since his fast-lane rise as a superstar in the 1980s, Murphy has lived the Hollywood lifestyle with controversy, criticism, scandal, and the admiration of millions worldwide for his talents. As Murphy had matured throughout the years, learning many lessons about the Hollywood game in the process, he settled down with more family-oriented humor with Dr. Dolittle and Mulan (both 1998), Bowfinger (1999), and the animated smash Shrek (2001) , in a supporting role that showcased Murphy's comedic personality and charm. In spite of being vocal in interviews about his career, Eddie Murphy continues to live a happy life with his wife and kids and has said that if his career would to end tomorrow he would be content just being with his family.


Spouse 'Nicole Mitchell' (18 March 1993 - present); 4 children


Signed with Saturday Night Live and NBC when he was 19 years old.

(October 1997) Ranked #78 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.

Born at 1:30pm-EST

Has 1 son each with Tamara Hood and Paulette McNeely.

In a TV commercial never shown in the USA, Eddie Murphy kissed the front bumper of a Toyota sedan.

Zola Ivy born 24 December 1999. Daughters Bria (b. 1989) and Shayne (b. 1994). Son, Miles (b. 1992).

Attended Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York before beginning his acting career.

Did stand-up comedy at the same Bay Area Comedy Club as Robin Williams and Caryn Johnson (who's stage name eventually became Whoopi Goldberg ) before getting into acting.

Was voted "Most Popular" in high school, due to the stand-up comedy routines he would perform in the school's auditorium and jokes he would tell classmates during lunch.

Brother, Charlie Murphy, is also an actor.

Won a Grammy for his 1983 comedy album "Eddie Murphy: Comedian", which featured his stand-up routine.

Turned down the role of Winston Zeddemore in Ghostbusters (1984).

Idolized Richard Pryor and was inspired by him to do comedy. Went on to cast Pryor in his directorial debut Harlem Nights (1989).

At the height of his popularity in the mid 1980s, Murphy began a music career, spawning the popular song "Party all the Time", which he recorded with Rick James. Also recorded an album in the early '90s entitled "Whazzupwitu", in which he performs in a video of the single of the same name, alongside Michael Jackson. Murphy appeared in Jackson's "Remember the Time" video in 1992, alongside fellow celebrities Magic Johnson and Iman.

Hosted the very first MTV Video Music Awards in 1984. Went on to do it again the next year.

Voted "Most Popular" while attending Roosevelt Junior-Senior High School Roosevelt, NY.

Dated actress Halle Berry

Dated Robin Givens

Close friends with former late night talk show host Arsenio Hall

Paid for the funeral of comedic inspiration Redd Foxx

(2001) Expecting fifth child with wife Nicole in January 2002

Was criticized tremendously by Spike Lee for not using his show business stature to help black actors break into film.


Personal quotes

"I'd like to produce, direct, write, score, and star in a film in exactly the way [Charlie] Chaplin did. I'll do that before I'm thirty." - in 1985.

"I've always admired him, but my admiration has gone to another level. He is truly a genius." - Janet Jackson on Eddie Murphy after co-starring in Nutty Professor II.

"Every bad decision I've made has been based on money. I grew up in the projects and you don't turn down money there. You take it, because you never know when it's all going to end. I made Cop III because they offered me $15 million. That $15 million was worth having Roger Ebert's thumb up my ass."

"He's like an old-timer. He has the professional confidence without intruding on the scene or script. I caught him watching Don Ameche and me, not to learn from us -- heavens, no -- but so as not to take anything away." - Veteran actor Ralph Bellamy on working with 22-year old Murphy in Trading Places.



Doctor Dolittle (1998) $17,000,000
Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001) $20,000,000
Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000) $20,000,000 (and 20% of the gross)

Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:

By the time he was 19, this quick-witted, sharp-tongued black comedian had achieved stardom as the standout cast member on "Saturday Night Live" (1981-84). Having distinguished himself in TV and nightclubs (where he'd done stand-up comedy since age 16), Murphy's next step was motion pictures. His first break came when a last-minute change of plans caused producers to offer him a costarring part with Nick Nolte in 48HRS (1982). A hastily rewritten script drew on his already familiar smartass personality from television and proved a perfect showcase. He had more of a chance to act in Trading Places (1983), opposite Dan Aykroyd, which confirmed that the earlier film had been no fluke: Murphy was a bona fide movie star. After an overpromoted cameo in the dismal Best Defense (1984), the comedian hit pay dirt with his first solo starring vehicle, Beverly Hills Cop (1984), which originally had been written for Sylvester Stallone.

Murphy has taken control of his career since then. In the enjoyable Coming to America (1988) he augmented his starring role with some very funny cameos (in heavy makeup and costuming)-as an elderly Jewish man, a loquacious barber, and a lounge lizard entertainer. In Harlem Nights (1989) he managed to billboard his name five times in the opening credits (as presenter, executive producer, director, writer, and star)-but failed to provide a coherent or compelling script for himself and a stellar cast, including his hero Richard Pryor. His sequels have been a mixed blessing: Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) was a terrible film, but a huge hit; the equally dismal Another 48HRS (1990) was far from a flop, as well, on the strength of Murphy's potent name. He has pleased both critics and fans most often returning to familiar comic territory, in Boomerang The Distinguished Gentleman (both 1992), and the inevitable Beverly Hills Cop III (1994).

OTHER FILMS INCLUDE: 1986:The Golden Child 1987:Eddie Murphy Raw

Copyright ©1994 Leonard Maltin, used by arrangement with Signet, a division of Penguin Putnam, Inc.



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