Before Mike Epps, Kevin Hart, Katt Williams, Tracey Morgan or any other black comedian grabbing the spotlight these days, there was a bright star from New York taking the comedy world by storm. Eddie Murphy was responsible for making our sides hurt with continuous laughter. Of course, Richard Pryor was influential to a young Murphy.
It’s been 30 years since Eddie Murphy’s first film “48 Hrs” was released and he has made strides ever since.
To commemorate his success over the years, BlackEnterprise.com has compiled a few facts about our generation’s King of Comedy.
1. His full name is Edward Regan Murphy.
2. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, April 3, 1961 and grew up on Roosevelt, Long Island.
3. Has starred in 39 movies (voiceovers included) and they have grossed $6,695,000,000 worldwide.
4. He has a total of 8 children, 5 daughters and 3 sons.
5. Eddie Murphy has played multiple roles in 7 different movies.
6. Highest grossing film, worldwide: Shrek 2- $919,800,000
7. 1998 (Mulan, Dr. Doolittle and Holy Man) and 2002 (Showtime, The Adventures of Pluto Nash and I Spy) are the only years he released more than 2 movies in the same calendar year.
8. Murphy has done 5 sequels (Beverly Hill Cop, Beverly Hill Cop II, Beverly Hill Cop III; Shrek, Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, Shrek Forever After; Doctor Doolittle, Doctor Doolittle 2; The Nutty Professor, The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps; 48 Hrs and Another 48 Hrs).
9. The Alex Foley character in Beverly Hills Cop played by Murphy was originally supposed to be played by Sylvester Stallone.
10. Murphy is the only Saturday Night Live cast member to host the show whilst still a regular. This happened in 1984 when he stepped in for planned host Nick Nolte, who was ill. (from the StuView)