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. Eddie Murphy is a talented man by many standards and his wealth is set to increase over time. He currently has assets to the tune of $85 million.
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.
Eddie Murphy’s Income, Sources
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 on 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.’ Eddie will return to Beverly Hills Cop films, he will star in ‘Beverly Hills Cop 4’, which is in the works and will soon be released. Every star has a couple of failed interests and ventures, and for Eddie, they were ‘The Golden Child’ and ‘Harlem Nights’. His current wealth is placed at $85 million.
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.
House, Property, Charity
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.
Eddie has two brothers. An elder brother, Charles Murphy and a step-brother, Vernon Lynch. Charles was also an actor, writer and stand-up comedian popular known for the comedy series ‘Chappelle’s Show’. He battled leukemia and was going through chemotherapy, but sadly lost his life to the disease at age 57. He died on April 12, 2017. Vernon is a writer and producer and has had a short stint with music as a rapper.
Eddie Murphy Wife, Girlfriend, Children
Eddie Murphy is the father of nine children from five women but has only been legally married once. He was married to international fashion model, Nicole Mitchell from 1993 to 2006. Asides being a model, Nicole is also an actress, TV personality and designer. Their divorce on April 17, 2006, cost Eddie a whopping $15 million in divorce settlements. Nicole also was mother to five of Eddie’s nine children – four daughters which include Bria Murphy (b. November 1989), Shayne Audra Murphy (b. October 1994), Zola Ivy Murphy (b. December 1999), Bella Zahra Murphy (b. January 2002), and a son, Miles Mitchell Murphy (b. November 1992). Before his marriage to Nicole Mitchell, Eddie had a son – Eric Murphy (b. July 1989) with Paulette McNeely and very little is known about her.
In 1990, Eddie Murphy had another son – Christian Murphy with Tamara Hood Johnson. He had another high profile relationship with Melanie Brown, aka Mel B, in 2006. The relationship lasted for about two years but they had a daughter, Angel Iris Murphy Brown who was born on April 3, 2007. His last child (for now) was born in 2016 with his current super-model girlfriend, Paige Butcher. They started dating in 2012, and their relationship seems to be on a jolly good ride. Paige, who is also an Australian actress gave birth to Eddie’s ninth child and sixth daughter, Izzy Oona Murphy on May 3rd, 2016.
Is Eddie Murphy Dead or Alive?
Like many other celebrities, Eddie Murphy has been a cat with nine lives as he’s been pronounced dead many times on the internet, but thankfully such reports have only been a string of celebrity death hoaxes.
In 2012, a fake news site – Global Associated News pronounced the comedian dead reporting that he died in a ski accident in Switzerland. Again, shortly after his brother – Charlie Murphy’s death in 2017, Eddie was a victim of another celebrity death hoax which gained popularity on the internet. According to the report, Eddie allegedly signed off to meet his maker in a car crash in California. However, Eddie Murphy’s reps later officially debunked the news stressing that the comedian is still alive and well.
Such fake reports are all too common on the internet with the intent to pull traffic by tricking people into visiting such websites and that of 2017 was an obvious attempt by scammers to capitalize on the Murphy family loss.