Eddie Murphy is a comedian, director, actor, singer and producer. He is an ex-husband to Nicole Mitchell, father to Bria Murphy, and a younger brother to Charlie Murphy. His father was also an amateur comedian. He has a net worth of $85 million.
Eddie Murphy Net Worth: How does he makes his money?
Movies and TV shows
Eddie’s career in show business spans around 40 years. His movies have grossed over $6.7 billion at the box office, worldwide. He became the only cast member on Saturday Night Live to host the show. He made his debut onto the big screen with ’48 Hrs’ which grossed more than $5 million in the first week. In 1984, he appeared in ‘Beverly Hills Cops’. It was #9 on all-time box-office hits, earning him a Golden Globe nomination. He also appeared in ‘Harlem Nights’, ‘Another 48 Hrs’, ‘Trading Places’, and ‘Coming to America’.
His popularity seemed to have decreased in the 90s but he revived it with family friendly movies like ‘Shrek’, ‘The Nutty Professor’, and ‘Mulan’. ‘The Nutty Professor’ resulted in a nomination for a Golden Globe Award. He also won an Academy of Science, Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Award for his role in the film. He was nominated for a BAFTA award following his outstanding voice-over performance in Shrek.
He has won a total of 5 Golden Globe awards including one for his role in ‘Dreamgirls’. He was nominated for an Academy Award in 2006. Eddie has starred in more than 30 movies, and 7 TV shows.
He was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2015. Eddie has been able to play multiple characters in some of his films, like in ‘Coming to America.’
He released his first stand-up special in 1982 titled ‘Eddie Murphy: Comedian’. The album received gold certification selling over 500,000 copies. He also was nominated for a Grammy. He then filmed ‘Delirious’ in 1983. The latter became so popular that his concert film, ‘Eddie Murphy Raw’ grossed $50 million.
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Eddie provided background vocals to songs released by The Bus Boys. One of the songs was featured in ’48 Hrs’ and ‘The Boys Are Back in Town’. He released 2 singles in the mid-1980s, ‘Party all the Time’, and ‘Put your Mouth on Me’. The former was #2 on the Billboard 100.
He had begun singing earlier releasing ‘Enough is Enough’ and ‘Boogie in your Butt’. He released an album titled ‘How Could It Be’ in 1985, which featured ‘Party all the Time’. In the early 90s, he recorded ‘Love’s Alright’. He performed a number of songs in ‘Shrek’, including, ‘I’m a Believer’, and ‘Livin La Vida Loca’. He also released a single in 2013, Red Light (ft. Snoop Lion) which is part of his ‘9’ album.
Eddie has produced some of his own movies, including ‘Vampire in Brooklyn’, ‘Life’ and ‘Harlem Nights which he also directed.
Eddie Murphy Net Worth: Career beginnings
Having been heavily influenced by Bill Cosby and Richard Pyor, he began to write and perform stand-up routines when he was still a teenager. At 15, he hosted a talent show at the Roosevelt Youth Center. He was voted the most popular boy in school.
His big break came when he joined ‘Saturday Night Live’ in 1980 after auditioning 6 times for the opportunity. He initially landed a role as an extra and later began making sporadic appearances on the show. He became popular halfway through the season when poor planning left the producers with 4 minutes extra. Eddie offered to fill the gap with some stand-up comedy. Thanks to his impressive performance, he was asked to report for the show’s next season.
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Eddie owns Rooster Cay, an island worth $15 million. It is located in the Bahamas. He owns several luxurious cars, including a Rolls-Royce Phantom, a Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, an Aston Martin Vanquish, a Mercedes SLS, and a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe.
He has a mansion located at the top of Hollywood Hills worth $5 million. Edward Regan Murphy also owns a home, Bubble Hill in New Jersey. He sold it to Alicia Keys in 2012 for $12 million. He also owns a house in Granite Bay which now belongs to his ex-wife.
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Eddie supports a number of causes including AIDS, education, family/parent support, the homeless, cancer, creative arts and health. He has made donations to the Martin Luther King Jr. Center and Screen Actors’ Guild.
In 2006, Eddie’s divorce from wife Nicole cost him $15 million.
– Failed Movies
Every star has his share of movies that were doomed failures. For Eddie, they were ‘The Golden Child’ and ‘Harlem Nights’.
The way forward
Eddie will return to Beverly Hills Cop films. He will star in ‘Beverly Hills Cop 4’, which will be released in 2016.
Eddie Murphy is a talented man by many standards and his net worth is set to increase over time.