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Eddie Murphy was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. His father was a comedian as well, but died when Murphy was young. Growing up, Murphy wrote his own comedic routines inspired by Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor. His stand-up comedy, singing and acting careers took off in the 1980s. He has been married twice and has 8 children.
Murphy at the premiere of Shrek, one of his most-known cartoon voice-over roles.
Murphy playing his character of Buckwheat on Saturday Night Live.
The Nutty Professor
Movie cover for popular Murphy movie The Nutty Professor.
Murphy is the 5th highest-grossing actor in the US. He has made millions, and has donated much of his earnings to philanthropy, giving money to the AIDS Foundation, cancer, education, creative arts, family/parent support, health and homeless charities. He has also donated to the Martin Luther King Jr. Center. He also has been nominated for over 50 academy, Emmy, Golden Globe and other awards.
Impact and other facts
Eddie Murphy has influenced young comedians such as Wayne Brady and Russell Brand. He started working as a stand-up comic in the lower part of New York at the age of 15 and at the age of 19 started working for Saturday Night Live. From there, his career took off, inspiring aspiring comics in a way not many have; he worked his way to the top with little help, and believed in himself enough to be successful. He has provided unique joy and laughter to everyone for 40 years, and we can't thank him enough for that.