Edward Regan Murphy (born April 3, 1961) is an American actor, comedian, writer, and singer. He rose to fame on the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, for which he was a regular cast member from 1980 to 1984. Murphy has also worked as a stand-up comedian and was ranked No. 10 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.In films, Murphy has received Golden Globe Award nominations for his performances in 48 Hrs. (1982), the Beverly Hills Cop series (1984–present), Trading Places (1983), The Nutty Professor (1996), and Dolemite Is My Name (2019). He has also won numerous awards for his work on the fantasy comedy film Dr. Dolittle (1998) and its 2001 sequel. In 2007, Murphy won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of soul singer James "Thunder" Early in the musical film Dreamgirls.Murphy's work as a voice actor in films includes the Chinese dragon Mushu in Disney's Mulan (1998), Thurgood Stubbs in the sitcom The PJs (1999–2001), and Donkey in DreamWorks Animation's Shrek series (2001–2010). In some films he plays multiple roles in addition to his main character; this is intended as a tribute to one of his idols, Peter Sellers. He has played multiple roles in Coming to America (1988), Wes Craven's Vampire in Brooklyn (1995), the Nutty Professor films, Bowfinger (1999), The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002), Norbit (2007), and Meet Dave (2008). As of 2016, Murphy's films have grossed over $3.8 billion ($6.5 billion adjusted for inflation) in the United States and Canada box office, and over $6.7 billion worldwide. In 2015, his films made him the sixth-highest grossing actor in the United States.In 2015, Murphy was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In 2020, he won his first Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for hosting Saturday Night Live. As a singer, Murphy has released three studio albums, including How Could It Be (1985), So Happy (1989), and Love's Alright (1993).
Murphy was born in Brooklyn, New York City and raised in the borough's Bushwick neighborhood. His mother, Lillian (Laney), was a telephone operator, and his father, Charles Edward Murphy (1940–1969), was a transit police officer and an amateur actor and comedian.His father died in 1969. He later declared:My mother and father broke up when I was three and he died when I was eight, so I have very dim memories ... He was a victim of the Murphy charm (laughs). A woman stabbed my father. I never got all the logistics. It was supposed to be one of those crimes of passion: "If I can't have you, no one else will" kind of deal.When Murphy's single mother became ill, the eight-year-old Murphy and his elder brother Charlie lived in foster care for one year. In interviews, Murphy has said his time in foster care was influential in developing his sense of humor. Later, he and his brother were raised in Roosevelt, New York, by his mother and stepfather Vernon Lynch, a foreman at an ice cream plant.
Movies & TV shows
Eddie Murphy: Laugh 'Til it Hurts
Eddie Murphy is loved by fans for his infectious smile and goofy laugh. Eddie is faced with many challenges along his way to fame and he continues to make his fans laugh.
Coming 2 America
Akeem Joffer will become the King when he discovers he has a son. Akeem and Semmi traveled to America once more to fulfill their father's wish to groom their son as the crown prince.
2 Movies · 1 TV show
The Oprah Conversation
Today's foremost newsmakers, thought leaders, and masters of their craft are having intimate discussions with Oprah. They bring truth and perspective to a lot of topics.
Dave Chappelle: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize
An outstanding lineup of entertainers gathers in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall to salute Dave Chappelle, recipient of the 22nd annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Feeding America Comedy Festival
All-star comics are performing in support of Feeding America.
1 Movie · 2 TV shows
Desus & Mero
Desus and Mero chat with guests at the intersection of pop culture, sports, music, politics, and more on the first ever weekly late-night talk show.
Tamron Hall is a former news host and journalist and she interviews people in thorough meaningful and entertaining conversations.
Dolemite Is My Name
The story of Rudy Ray Moore, who created the big screen pimp character Dolemite in the 1970s.
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The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy was Jay Leno's replacement. After 42 years in Los Angeles, the program was brought back to New York.
Eat Drink Laugh: The Story of The Comic Strip
EAT DRINK LAUGH: The Story of The Comic Strip showcases the iconic New York comedy club where Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler and hundreds of the best comedians of our time hone...
A feature documentary about Jackie "Moms" Mabley, an African-American stand-up comic and show-biz pioneer who emerged from the Chitlin' Circuit of African-American Vaudeville to become a mainstream st...
5 Movies · 1 TV show
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Jerry takes his comedy friends out for coffee. Larry David said, "You've finally made a show about nothing."
Dreamworks Holiday Classics (Merry Madagascar / Shrek the Halls / Gift of the Night Fury)
Join your favourite DreamWorks friends for these four holiday specials. Watch as those zany zoosters from Madagascar save Christmas, Donkey puts on a carolling Christmas Shrek-tacular, and Po prepares...
DreamWorks Holiday Classics (Merry Madagascar / Shrek the Halls / Gift of the Night Fury / Kung Fu Panda Holiday)
Join your favorite DreamWorks friends for these four holiday specials. Watch as those zany zoosters from Madagascar save Christmas, Donkey puts on a caroling Christmas Shrek-tacular, and Po prepares f...
Shrek's Thrilling Tales
Shrek's Lettuces is the best Halloween DVD for your family. The scariest, ugliest, and funniest characters from the movie are included in the review. There are ALIENS franchises. The DVD includes 'The...
Eddie Murphy: One Night Only
Eddie Murphy: One Night Only will pay homage to Murphy's journey from a 15-year-old aspiring comedian, to the record-breaking Raw, which remains the highest grossing stand-up film of all time, to his ...
A Thousand Words
Jack McCall can close any deal at any time. He would like to get in touch with the New Age guru. Sinja wanted to do something for himself. But the doctor. Jack's life was thrown into turmoil after a B...
Shrek: Once Upon a Time
A making-of for the Shrek series.
Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis
Since he was five years old, Jerry Lewis has been trying to amuse others. Audiences watch his wacky antics, whilst wannabe comics aspire to his prolific career, from his solo work to his double act wi...
A group of workers are going to get revenge on a Wall Street fraudster. The unlikely crew of amateur thieves enlisted the help of a small-time crook to steal the $20 million they are sure is hidden in...
Shrek’s Yule Log
In front of a crackling virtual fireplace, there are over 25 character appearances in "Shrek's Yule Log." This was included with "Donkey's Christmas"
The Women of SNL
A look back at some of the funniest female characters and sketches in SNL's 39-year history.
Donkey's Christmas Shrektacular
Deck the halls with Donkey’s laughter in this all-new holiday collection. Donkey presents his very own carolling stage show featuring his Far Far Away pals in this merry, musical treat with all the tr...
Shrek Forever After
A bored and domesticated Shrek pacts with deal-maker Rumpelstiltskin to get back to feeling like a real ogre again, but when he's duped and sent to a twisted version of Far Far Away—where Rumpelstilts...
1 Movie · 1 TV show
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show that featured Conan O'Brien as host from June 1, 2009 to January 22, 2010 as part of NBC's long-running Tonight Show franchise. ...
A financial executive who can't stop his career downspiral is invited into his daughter's imaginary world, where solutions to his problems await.
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History
The history of Hollywood musical movies, from the very beginning until the 21st century, hosted by Shirley Jones.
A crew of aliens are in a spaceship. While trying to save their planet, the aliens encounter a new problem as their ship becomes enamored with an Earth woman.
A mild-mannered guy who is engaged to a monstrous woman meets the woman of his dreams and tries to find a way to be with her.
Shrek the Halls
The Christmas tree isn't the only green thing. The character is trying to get into the spirit of the season. After he promised the kids a Christmas, he had to take a crash course. He thought he had ev...
Shrek the Third
After the death of the King of Far Far Away, a king and queen will be created. They brought him back to rule the kingdom because he wanted to live in peace and quiet.
2 Movies · 1 TV show
Father of the Pride
Father of the Pride is an American animated television series that began broadcasting on NBC on August 31, 2004 and was part of a short-lived trend of CGI series in prime-time network TV. The show, w...
Far Far Away Idol
People from the Far Far Away Kingdom compete in a singing competition.
The mother and father of Donkey will meet the three of them. Not everyone is happy. It's hard to get along with the King because of the tension in the marriage. The fairy godmother discovered that her...
3 Movies · 1 TV show
Celebrities Uncensored is a TV show on the E! network that edited together amusing paparazzi footage of celebrities, usually in public places such as public sidewalks, restaurants, nightclubs, etc. Th...
Daddy Day Care
Two men were laid off and had to become stay-at- home dads, which inspired them to open their own day- care center.
The Haunted Mansion
Workaholic Jim Evers and his wife/business partner Sara got a call one night from a mansion owner, Edward Gracey, who wanted to sell his house. Once the Evers family arrive at the mansion, a torrent o...
The Ghost of Lord Farquaad
Lord Farquaad was eaten by the dragon, but his ghost has come back, and he's still evil. He used the help of his henchman, Thelonious, to abduct Fiona. Before she goes over a waterfall on a raft, the ...
The Adventures of Pluto Nash
There is a moon in the sky. The owner of the hottest nightclub in the world, Pluto Nash, finds himself in trouble when he refuses to sell his club to Mogan, who just happens to be helping the mysterio...
Two very different cops are forced to team up on a new reality based T.V in a spoof of buddy cop movies. A police show.
The prototype stealth fighter, the Switchblade, was stolen from the U.S. Alex Scott, one of the United States' top spies, is being called to action by the government. He doesn't think he'll be teaming...
If you're likable, it's hard to be green. On a mission to retrieve a gorgeous princess from the clutches of a fire-breathing dragon, Shrek teams up with an unlikely companion -- a wisecracking donkey....
Shrek in the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party
A group of people are having fun.
Creating a Fairy Tale World: The Making of Shrek
Behind-the-scenes look at the making of the DreamWorks Pictures animated feature, "Shrek."
Dr. Dolittle 2
A group of animals. They don't do much to save their environment. The only hope is to get the forest preserved because it's the home of a protected bear, but she can't reproduce because she's the only...
Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
Sherman Klump discovered a formula that reverses aging when he was a professor. Sherman's thin and obnoxious alter ego, Buddy Love, wants out. Things get crazy when Buddy is loose.
2 Movies · 1 TV show
The PJs were created by Eddie Murphy, Larry Wilmore, and Steve Tompkins. It was similar to the Detroit housing projects that once housed Diana Ross and other celebrities. Eddie Murphy starred in the s...
Two men were sentenced to life in prison for a crime they did not commit, but they became friends.
Bobby Bowfinger was on the verge of financial ruin and desperate for a break when he came up with a crazy plan to make his dream movie. He doesn't let Kit Ramsey know he's in the picture because he's ...
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Eddie Murphy
Before he was The Nutty Professor, before he was Dr. Dolittle, and even before he was the Beverly Hills Cop, Eddie Murphy was an SNL comic! From 1981-1984 he entertained us with sketches as Gumby, Mis...
Eddie Murphy is an over-the-top television Evangelist who finds a way to turn television home shopping into a religious experience and takes America by storm.
A girl disguises herself as a young man in order to fight for the Imperial Chinese Army. Mulan might be able to save her country if she gets help from a dragon.
A successful physician and devoted family man, John Dolittle seems to have the world by the tail, until a long suppressed talent he possessed as a child, the ability to communicate with animals is sud...
1 Movie · 1 TV show
On ABC daytime's morning chat fest, the most exciting events of the day are being discussed. Hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment are...
Roper is a hostage negotiator. The man put the bank robber in jail after he escaped.
The Nutty Professor
Eddie Murphy is a doctor. Sherman Klump was a kind and brilliant genetic professor. Sherman is desperate to lose his 400 pound frame and win the heart of a beautiful woman when she joins the universit...
2 Movies · 1 TV show
Inside the Actors Studio
James is interviewing some of the world's most accomplished actors and directors.
The comedians give commentary on the events of the 20th century.
Beverly Hills Cop III
Back in sunny southern California and on the trail of two murderers, Billy Rosewood and Axel Foley once again team up with one another. The same gang that shot Billy's boss is running an amusement par...
Michael Jackson - Dangerous - The Short Films
"Dangerous - The Short Films" captures the visual and musical highlights of his most recent string of hit singles. There are extensive behind the scenes profiles of the making of Michael's state of th...
2 Movies · 2 TV shows
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is an American late-night talk show hosted by Jay Leno that initially aired from May 25, 1992 to May 29, 2009, and resumed production on March 1, 2010. The fourth incarn...
MTV Movie & TV Awards
The film and TV awards show is hosted by MTV. MTV executives pick the nominees.
Marcus is an advertising executive. He found that his new boss was treating him the same way after a company merger. After he was traumatised by this, his work goes downhill.
The Distinguished Gentleman
A Florida con man uses the passing of a long time Congressman from his district, who he just happens to share a name with, to get elected to his version of paradise, Congress, where the money flows fr...
The Kid Who Loved Christmas
A family is torn apart at Christmas when the wife of a couple trying to adopt a son is killed in a car accident and the husband is deemed unsuitable to raise a child.
Another 48 Hrs.
A cop in San Francisco has been looking for a drug lord who calls himself the "Ice Man" for the past four years. Jack found a picture of the Ice Man putting a price on Reggie's head before he was rele...
Sugar Ray is the owner of an illegal casino and has to contend with vicious mobsters and corrupt police who want to see him go out of business. The 1920s were a good time for organised crime and polic...
Saturday Night Live: 15th Anniversary
The 15th anniversary of Saturday Night Live is celebrated in a TV special. Before a celebrity audience, many of the former cast members and guest hosts return to perform their signature monologues and...
1 Movie · 1 TV show
LIVE with Kelly and Ryan
A morning talk show with A-list celebrity guests, top-notch performances and one-of-a-kind segments are unparalleled on daytime television.
Coming to America
Akeem left the paradise kingdom to look for his queen. Akeem wants to find a bride in Queens. Akeem and Semmi are trying to blend in.
Eddie Murphy Raw
Eddie Murphy delights, shocks and entertains with dead-on celebrity impersonations, observations on '80s love, sex and marriage, a remembrance of Mom's hamburgers and much more.
Beverly Hills Cop II
There is a land of sunshine and palm trees where the person who shot the police captain is located. A couple of old friends helped uncover a series of robberies.
The Golden Child
The fate of humankind hangs in the balance after a Tibetan boy is kidnapped. The Chosen One, who will save the boy, is in Los Angeles. Nang sees a social worker talking about his ability to find missi...
2 Movies · 1 TV show
Beverly Hills Cop
A tough-talking Detroit cop heads to the rarified world of Beverly Hills in his beat-up Chevy Nova to investigate a friend's murder, but soon discovers that he's stumbled onto something much more comp...
Wylie is a lazy engineer. Landry is a Sergeant specialising in Armour. They have never met but their lives become entangled when Landry must take the tank Wylie designed into combat. Wylie is waiting ...
MTV Video Music Awards
MTV presents an annual award ceremony to honor the best in the music video medium.
Eddie Murphy: Delirious
Taped live and in concert at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. in August, 1983, Eddie Murphy: Delirious captures Eddie Murphy's wild and outrageous stand-up comedy act, which he performed in New Y...
Two millionaires bet against each other, causing their positions to be reversed.
1 TV show
Saturday Night Live
A late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels. The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying ...
1 TV show
The American morning television show is called Today. January 14, 1952 is when the program first aired. The first of its kind, the fifth-longest running American television series. It was expanded to ...
1 TV show
The Emmy Awards
The best in the United States are honored. There is a list of prime time television programming.
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