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Eddie Murphy Author: Dosis Von Lustig Author: Comedians
[Bio] Eddie Murphy is one of the funniest and greatest comedians in the last thirty years. He started his stand up career while he was in his teens and went onto become one of the most beloved cast members of Saturday Night Live and star in some of the greatest comedies in the last 30 years. Eddie Murphy was born in Brooklyn on April 3rd, 1961.

His full name is Eddie Regan Murphy. His father, Charles (who Eddie's brother is named after) was a New York City police officer and his mother was a telephone operator. His dad also dabbled on the side with comedy, which would pay dividends in shaping Eddie growing up. Eddie's big shot came after he earned a place on Saturday Night Live.

At the time he was just a bit player, but one evening the producers realized they had an extra four minutes of air time they needed to fill so they pushed Eddie Murphy out onto the stage and told him to do his stand up routine. And he did. And of course he killed because he's Eddie Murphy. It earned him a spot back (only he and Joe Piscopo were the cast members to be asked back that year) and the rest was history. As Eddie built up his list of characters that ranged from Mr. Robinson, Buckwheat, Gumby, James Brown, and a whole slew of others.

When he was just 21 years old, Eddie Murphy starred alongside Nick Nolte in 48 Hours and his star kept growing.

His huge success came in the mid-80s when his two comedy specials Delirious and Raw were released. They quickly became instant classics and cemented Eddie Murphy as one of the top comedians of all time in the ranks of Richard Pryor and George Carlin. A few of the favorite moments from Raw were the Michael Jackson bit, his marriage bit and of course his classic bits about Italians watching Rocky and getting homemade McDonald's from his grandmother.

Eddie Murphy went on to have an illustrious career but the highlight for this writer is his movie Coming to America, which is quite possibly the funniest movie of all time. Starring alongside his good friend Arsenio Hall, both of them play multiple characters and weave a story of a prince who wants to find a real woman.

So where is the perfect place to find her? Queens, New York. This movie never gets old. While other comedies from thirty years ago get stale and don't age well, Coming to America is as funny today as it was when it was released. You have Eddie Murphy to thank for that. That movie has spawned a million quotes.

He has gone onto to appear in movies such as Bowfinger, The Nutty Professor, Norbit, Dr. Doolittle as well as being the voice of the Donkey in Shrek and Shrek 2. Here's to you, Eddie Murphy. You will always be awesome. [/Bio]

Eddie Murphy

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  • Birth Name

    Edward Regan Murphy

  • D.O.B

    April 3, 1961

  • Age

    57

  • Hometown

    Brooklyn, NY

  • Nationality

    American

  • Years Active

    1976–present

  • Medium

    Film, television, stand-up, music, books

  • Genres

    Observational comedy, musical comedy, black comedy, satire, physical comedy, Dance Pop

  • Subject(s)

    African American culture, race relations, racism, marriage, everyday life, current events, pop culture, human sexuality

  • Influences

    Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Peter Sellers, Redd Foxx, Robin Williams

Eddie Murphy is one of the funniest and greatest comedians in the last thirty years. He started his stand up career while he was in his teens and went onto become one of the most beloved cast members of Saturday Night Live and star in some of the greatest comedies in the last 30 years. Eddie Murphy was born in Brooklyn on April 3rd, 1961.

His full name is Eddie Regan Murphy. His father, Charles (who Eddie's brother is named after) was a New York City police officer and his mother was a telephone operator. His dad also dabbled on the side with comedy, which would pay dividends in shaping Eddie growing up. Eddie's big shot came after he earned a place on Saturday Night Live.

At the time he was just a bit player, but one evening the producers realized they had an extra four minutes of air time they needed to fill so they pushed Eddie Murphy out onto the stage and told him to do his stand up routine. And he did. And of course he killed because he's Eddie Murphy. It earned him a spot back (only he and Joe Piscopo were the cast members to be asked back that year) and the rest was history. As Eddie built up his list of characters that ranged from Mr. Robinson, Buckwheat, Gumby, James Brown, and a whole slew of others.

When he was just 21 years old, Eddie Murphy starred alongside Nick Nolte in 48 Hours and his star kept growing.

His huge success came in the mid-80s when his two comedy specials Delirious and Raw were released. They quickly became instant classics and cemented Eddie Murphy as one of the top comedians of all time in the ranks of Richard Pryor and George Carlin. A few of the favorite moments from Raw were the Michael Jackson bit, his marriage bit and of course his classic bits about Italians watching Rocky and getting homemade McDonald's from his grandmother.

Eddie Murphy went on to have an illustrious career but the highlight for this writer is his movie Coming to America, which is quite possibly the funniest movie of all time. Starring alongside his good friend Arsenio Hall, both of them play multiple characters and weave a story of a prince who wants to find a real woman.

So where is the perfect place to find her? Queens, New York. This movie never gets old. While other comedies from thirty years ago get stale and don't age well, Coming to America is as funny today as it was when it was released. You have Eddie Murphy to thank for that. That movie has spawned a million quotes.

He has gone onto to appear in movies such as Bowfinger, The Nutty Professor, Norbit, Dr. Doolittle as well as being the voice of the Donkey in Shrek and Shrek 2. Here's to you, Eddie Murphy. You will always be awesome.

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You don't even have to be able to talk. Just sing and get famous. 'Cause James Brown's been singin' 30 years. I don't know what the f*** James is talkin' about!

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