Eddie Murphy is one of the funniest men on the face of the earth today. He is a singer, comedian, actor, writer, and more recently, a producer. He is a fine actor who has received many awards for his roles in movies and stand-up comedy. He began his professional comedic and acting career when he was 15 and has for the past 4 decades been thrilling fans all over the world with his unique type of comedic talent. Eddie Murphy’s net worth has gone over $100 million and he is ranked no. 10 on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 greatest stand-ups of all time. He is also a philanthropist who has donated money to help find the cure for AIDS and Cancer, as well as to fund education, health services, and creative arts.
Background Details and Rise to Fame
Edward Regan Murphy, popularly known as Eddie Murphy, was born on April 3, 1961, in Brooklyn, New York, the United States of America. His father, Charles Murphy, was probably the one who passed on the “funny” genes to him as he was an amateur comedian and actor, but he worked full time as a police officer. His mother Lilian Murphy, at the time of his birth, was a telephone operator. He didn’t enjoy the comfort of a loving family for long as his parents got divorced when he was just 3.
His father died when he was 8, from a crime of passion as he was stabbed to death by his lover. At about this time, Eddie’s mother fell ill and as a result of that, he had to go and live in a foster home with his older brother, Charlie for about a year. Eddie would reveal several years later that the time he spent in foster care were very instrumental to his future life as a comedian and actor.
The very funny comedian, Richard Pryor, was one of the early role models and inspiration for the then young Eddie Murphy. He was also inspired by other comedians such as Robin Williams, Bill Cosby, and Redd Foxx. Eddie started doing stand up comedy acts when he was just 15; he performed at a talent show and then moved on to performing at clubs where he further honed his comedic acts and skills.
Eddie Murphy as a very successful comedian has not lacked female companionship at all. He is the father of 10 children from 6 different women. His first two children were from his ex-girlfriends. He got married to Nicole Mitchell in 1993 and she gave birth to his next 5 children. Divorcing Nicole in 2006 reportedly set him back financially by as much as $15 million. He also has a daughter from popular Spice girl, singer Mel B, who he had to accept as his daughter only after a DNA test was carried out. His last two children are from his current wife, model Paige Butcher.
What’s Eddie Murphy’s Net Worth?
Eddie Murphy has been in the entertainment industry since 1980, and having spent almost 4 decades as a top comedian and entertainer in Hollywood, featuring in a lot of top movies within this period, it is no surprise that he is worth about $120 million presently: though some argue that Eddie should probably be worth much more, if he didn’t have to pay several million as divorce settlement and part with more in the name of child support.
How He Made His Wealth
Eddie’s comedic potentials were first discovered in a talent show at the Roosevelt Youth Center, and from then on several opportunities opened up for him till his talents got him a place on Saturday Night Live show, where he gained national fame.
Eddie’s first movie appearance was in a movie titled 48 Hours, and he was reportedly paid $450,000 for his efforts, which was quite a lot in those days. By the time he featured in the sequel 8 years after the first release, he earned about $7 million. Another popular movie that Eddie Murphy has featured in is the Shrek series, where his voice was that of Donkey; he earned $3 million from the first installment and by the time he starred in the last Shrek movie, his earnings were up to $10 million.
He starred in the movie “The Adventures of Pluto Nash” and took home $20 million for his efforts. He also pocketed $20 million each for his appearances in “Nutty Professor II: The Klumps” and “Dr. Dolittle 2”. It is worth noting that Eddie has featured in more than 40 movies till date, a few television shows and that he has come a very long way from the days he was earning $4,500 per episode on Saturday Night Live. He has also dabbled into the music scene and has a few music albums to his credit.
All the movies that he has featured in till date have raked in almost a whopping $7 billion in revenues. Eddie Murphy’s net worth may increase in the nearest future as he is still active in the industry.