Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy

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Edward Regan Murphy, known as Eddie Murphy, born April 3, 1961 in New York, is an American actor. He is also a singer, comedian and film producer.

He became famous in the United States thanks to his talents as a comedian, discovered in his performances on Saturday Night Live and his shows Delirious (1983) and Raw (1987) as well as by his famous line “Hey Guys! »(In French: Hello guys!). Subsequently, his fame rose to global fame with his roles in The Beverly Hills Cop, Doctor Dolittle, The Nutty Professor, and Dreamgirls, for which he received an Oscar nomination in 2007, in the Best Supporting Actor category.

He is also the original voice of The Donkey in Shrek. Comedy Central ranks him tenth among the greatest American comedians of all time.

Biography

Youth

Edward Regan Murphy1 was born on April 3, 1961 in New York2, in the borough of Brooklyn. Her mother, Lillian Murphy, is a telephone operator3, while her father, Charles Edward Murphy, is a police officer4. Young Eddie was three when the couple divorced (his father was tragically killed five years later by his new partner). He then lived with his mother and his brother Charles (actor and screenwriter, who died April 12, 2017) in Brooklyn until the age of ten. His mother then remarried to Vernon Lynch, a former boxer working as a foreman in an ice cream factory and already having a son named Vernon. The family moved to Roosevelt, Long Island, where Murphy attended school. His taste for humor developed very early on, and Murphy was already famous at Roosevelt High School (Roosevelt, New York) for his imitations and his jokes which were all the rage among students, but also among teachers. He quickly understands that his humor can take him far and very early on seeks to perform in front of an audience. He is convinced of the possibility of a career in show business and puts on a show at the slightest opportunity.

Debut in comedy and stand-up (1976-1982)

Eddie Murphy developed his own skits, based on imitations of stars such as Lionel Richie, Bill Cosby, Al Green or Elvis Presley and first performed on stage in his neighborhood youth center in July 1976. The comic style of his beginnings are largely inspired by his idols Richard Pryor5 and Bill Cosby, famous American comedians of whom he will be considered as the heir.

He performs his acts in youth centers and bars for small fees; the money thus raised will allow him to later enroll in the higher technical school of the Garden City district of New York. His reputation was quickly established, and he had the opportunity to perform in the legendary comedy club of the United States, the Comic Strip, in New York. The owners of the club are very impressed with his talent and precocity and decide to take his career in hand.

In 1980, after a very short period of graduate school, he went through a series of auditions (at just 19) to appear on the comedy television program Saturday Night Live6. He convinced the producers of the program of his talent and took part in the 1980-1981 season. His appearances were noticed, so much so that he was part of the regular cast the following season. At the time, Saturday Night Live saw its audiences erode and the production budget was limited. Over the next three years, Eddie Murphy and his sidekick Joe Piscopo took part in most of the skits on the air, and the program quickly regained its audience, giving Murphy national notoriety, thanks to a gallery of characters who had become ” cults ”. He left the show in April 1984 to focus on his film career, which was already well underway.

Successful comedic actor (1980s)

Indeed, popular personality in the United States thanks to his participation in Saturday Night Live, Eddie Murphy does not take long to take his first steps in cinema. Director Walter Hill, who is looking for an actor who could match Nick Nolte in his new film, auditions Murphy who gets the role. 48 heures7 was released in 1982. Despite everything, its interpretation did not appeal to the producers of the film, and it took the intervention of producer Jeffrey Katzenberg (co-creator of DreamWorks SKG with Steven Spielberg) so that Murphy was not fired. He receives acting lessons, taught by David Proval (known for his role as Richie Aprile in The Sopranos) during the filming, to help him find the aggressiveness necessary for the interpretation of his role of thug.

In A Prince in New York (Coming to America) (1988), he plays an African prince who travels to New York to find the ideal woman. The film is a huge success both critically and commercially.

In 1989, he made his directorial debut and fulfilled a dream by working with his idol Richard Pryor, in Les Nuits de Harlem10, the action of which is set in Harlem in the 1930s. The film was only successful. of esteem but does not convince the critics.

Gradual weakening (1990s)

The early 1990s marked a slowdown in his career11, despite some box office successes such as 48 Hours Longer, Boomerang, and The Beverly Hills Cop 3. The latter did not allow him to relaunch his career, the actor even accusing him of having tainted his career.

After the failure of A vampire in Brooklyn in 1995, he found success with The Nutty Professor 12, released in 1996. He once again played several different roles, with the help of ‘special effects and makeup. This multiplication of his person in his films has become a signature since A Prince in New York in 1988.

In 1998, he continued with productions for children: first, he dubbed the character of Mushu in the Disney studios animated film, Mulan. Then he takes the title role of the remake Dr. Dolittle, where he plays a brilliant veterinarian. In contrast, the more adult Mister G. is a failure.

In 1999, he co-stars Perpète with Martin Lawrence, and satire Bowfinger, King of Hollywood with Saturday Night Live colleague Steve Martin. The same year, he co-created an animated television series, The Stubbs, to which he lent his voice. The program does not exceed thirty episodes.

In 2000, he returned with a sequel, The Nutty Family, where he again played the entire Klump family. The box office is positive, failing to convince the critics.

Chess and Shrek (2000s)

During the 2000s, Eddie Murphy can count on the Shrek franchise, where he lends his voice to donkey 13, the critical success of Dreamgirls and the commercial success of Norbit. But all of his other films are failures. He therefore accepts another sequel, but also the dubbing of a new animated film. In 2001, Doctor Dolittle 2 and the Dreamworks studios blockbuster, Shrek, were released, a huge critical and commercial success.

The year 2002 was marked by the release of two major failures: Showtime, a satire which he shared the poster with a Robert De Niro at the bottom of the wave, but above all the science fiction comedy Pluto Nash, which remains to this day. one of the films with the most losses in the history of cinema. Another flop, the action comedy Spy and a Half, which he co-stars with Owen Wilson.

In 2003, the actor remains in the register of children’s cinema: he opens a daycare center in Father’s school, then is the star of a horrific comedy adapted from an attraction of the Disney studios, The Haunted Manor and the 999 Ghosts. .

It is by passing to the background that he manages to link up with critical and commercial successes: first of all the sequel Shrek 2, released in 2004, then the musical film Dreamgirls, which allows him to surprise in a more dramatic register. in 2006. Indeed, the role of James “Thunder” Early allowed him to win the Golden Globe and the Screen Actors Guild Award for best supporting actor, but also his first Oscar nomination in 2007 in the same category. The same year, he returned to the top of the American box office with the schoolboy comedy Norbit. He can also count on the enormous success of Shrek the Third.

But his comedies Call Me Dave and In His Dreams, released in 2008 and 2009 respectively, did not do well at the box office. The first is a semi-failure with $ 50.6 million worldwide but the second is a true global flop with only $ 22.9 million.

In 2010, he took on the role of the donkey for the last time in Shrek 4.

Withdrawal (2010s)

In 2011, Eddie Murphy co-starred in the action comedy The Heist in Central Park with Ben Stiller. The film enjoyed some commercial success, but received generally average reviews.

In 2012, Mille mots, an offbeat comedy produced by Alain Chabat, was released, the film was shot in 2008, but postponed many times. Unfortunately, the end result will be a critical and public disaster, so much so that the actor decides to take a break.

He did not return to the cinema until four years later, in 2016, with Mr. Church14, in which he played the title role. His performance in a drama – the first in thirty years – was hailed by critics, but the film turned out to be a commercial failure, collecting only $ 686,00015.

In 2019, he shot Dolemite Is My Name for Netflix, directed by Craig Brewer. He then found the director for Coming 2 America.

He resumed his activity by filming A Prince in New York 2. A sequel to the successful film A Prince in New York was released in 1988.

Private life

At the NAACP Image Awards in December 1988, Eddie Murphy met Nicole Mitchell, whom he married on March 18, 1993 in New York16. I Five children are born from their union: Briana Liana Murphy, born November 18, 1989, Myles Mitchell Murphy, born November 7, 1992, Shayne Audra Murphy, born October 10, 1994, Zola Ivy Murphy, born December 24, 1999, and Bella Zahra Murphy, born January 29, 2002. In August 2005, after sixteen years of living together, including twelve of marriage, they filed for divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences” 17. Their divorce was pronounced in April 2006.

He has two other children with two other women: Eric Murphy, born July 10, 1989, with Paulette McNeely18, and Christian Murphy, born November 29, 1990, with Tamara Hood19.

Shortly after his divorce from Nicole Mitchell in 2006, he briefly dated ex-Spice Girls singer Melanie Brown. On April 3, 2007, on Eddie’s 46th birthday, Melanie Brown gave birth to a daughter, Angel Iris Murphy Brown. In June 2007, Eddie was confirmed to be Angel’s biological father following a DNA test20.

In 2006, after his affair with Melanie Brown, he began dating film producer Tracey Edmonds21. They married on January 1, 200822, but separated sixteen days later23.

Since September 2012, he has been the companion of Australian model Paige Butcher, eighteen years younger. They have a daughter, Izzy Oona Murphy (born May 3, 2016) 25. On November 30, 2018 was born Max Charles, the tenth child of Eddie Murphy.

Filmography

Feature films

  • 1982: 48 Hours of Walter Hill: Reggie Hammond
  • 1983: An armchair for two by John Landis: Billy Ray Valentine
  • 1984: A cannon defense by Willard Huyck: Lieutenant T.M. Landry
  • 1984: The Beverly Hills Cop by Martin Brest: Inspector Axel Foley
  • 1986: Golden Child: The Sacred Child of Tibet by Michael Ritchie: Chandler Jarrell
  • 1987: The Beverly Hills Cop 2 by Tony Scott: Inspector Axel Foley
  • 1988: A Prince in New York by John Landis: Prince Akeem / Clarence / Randy Watson / Saul
  • 1989: Harlem Nights by himself: Quick
  • 1990: 48 More Hours of Walter Hill: Reggie Hammond
  • 1992: Boomerang by Reginald Hudlin: Marcus Graham
  • 1992: MNA for Jonathan Lynn: Thomas Jefferson
  • 1994: The Beverly Hills Cop 3 by John Landis: Inspector Axel Foley
  • 1995: A Vampire in Brooklyn by Wes Craven: Maximilian / Guido / Pauly
  • 1996: Tom Shadyac’s Nutty Professor: Professor Sherman Klump / Buddy Love / Lance Perkins / Cletus “Papa” Klump / Anna Pearl “Mama” Jensen Klump / Ida Mae “Granny” Jensen / Ernie Klump Sr.
  • 1997: Thomas Carter’s San Francisco Cop: Detective Scott Roper
  • 1998: Doctor Dolittle by Betty Thomas: Dr John Dolittle
  • 1998: Mister G. by Stephen Herek: Mister G.
  • 1999: Perpète by Ted Demme: Rayford Gibson
  • 1999: Bowfinger, King of Hollywood by Frank Oz: Kit Ramsey / Jeffernson “Jiff” Ramsey
  • 2000: The Nutty Family of Peter Segal: Professor Sherman Klump / Buddy Love / Lance Perkins / Cletus “Papa” Klump / Young Cletus / Anna Pearl “Mama” Jensen Klump / Ida Mae “Granny” Jensen / Ernie Klump Sr.
  • 2001: Doctor Dolittle 2 by Steve Carr: Dr John Dolittle
  • 2002: Tom Dey’s Showtime: Trey Sellars
  • 2002: Pluto Nash by Ron Underwood: Pluto Nash / Rex Crater
  • 2003: Spy and a Half of Betty Thomas: Kelly “Rob” Robinson
  • 2003: Steve Carr’s Father School: Charlie Hinton
  • 2003: The Haunted Mansion and the 999 Ghosts of Rob Minkoff: Jim Evers
  • 2006: Bill Condon’s Dreamgirls: James “Thunder” Early
  • 2007: Norbit by Brian Robbins: Norbit Rice / Rasputia Latimore-Rice / M. Wong
  • 2008: Call Me Dave by Brian Robbins: Dave Ming Cheng / The Captain
  • 2009: In his dreams of Karey Kirkpatrick: Evan Danielson
  • 2011: The Heist of Central Park by Brett Ratner: Slide
  • 2012: A Thousand Words of Brian Robbins: Jack McCall
  • 2016: Mr. Church by Bruce Beresford: Henry Joseph Church
  • 2019: Dolemite Is My Name by Craig Brewer: Rudy Ray Moore
  • 2021: A Prince in New York 2 by Craig Brewer: Prince Akeem Joffer / Randy Watson / Claurence / Saul

Animation films

  • 1998: Mulan by Tony Bancroft and Barry Cook: Mushu (original voice)
  • 2001: Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson’s Shrek: The Donkey (original voice)
  • 2001: The party continues in the swamp with the karaoke of Shrek (Shrek in the Swamp Karaoke Dance Party) by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson:: the Donkey (short film – original voice and vocals)
  • 2003: Shrek, the continuous adventure: The Phantom of Lord Farquaad (Shrek 4-D) by Simon J. Smith: the Donkey (short film – original voice)
  • 2004: Shrek 2 by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury and Conrad Vernon: the Donkey (original voice)
  • 2004: Shrek: La Star de Fort Fort Lointain (Far Far Away Idol) by Simon J. Smith: the Donkey (short film – original voice)
  • 2007: Shrek the Third (Shrek the Third) by Chris Miller and Raman Hui: the Donkey (original voice)
  • 2007: Merry Christmas Shrek! Gary Trousdale’s (Shrek the Halls): The Donkey (short film – original voice)
  • 2010: Shrek 4: Once Upon a Time by Mike Mitchell: The Donkey (original voice)
  • 2010: Donkey’s Christmas Shrektacular by Walt Dohrn and Raman Hui: the Donkey (short film – original voice)
  • 2010: La Bûche de Shrek (Shrek’s Yule Log) by Walt Dohrn: the Donkey (short film – original voice)
  • 2012: Shrek’s Thrilling Tales: the Donkey (compilation of 3 short films composed of: The Pig that Cried at the Werewolf, The Phantom of Lord Farquaad and The Night of the Living Carrots based on the movie Monsters against Aliens – original voice) .

TV shows

  • 1980-1984: Saturday Night Live: various roles
  • 1983: Eddie Murphy: Delirious: himself
  • 1989: What’s Alan Watching: The Protest / James Brown
  • 1993: Dangerous-The Short Films: Pharaoh
  • 1999-2001: The Stubbs: Thurgoode Orenthal Stubbs (original voice)
  • 2004: Kings of Las Vegas by Rob Cohen

Awards

For Dreamgirls

  • 2006: Nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the Black Reel Awards
  • 2006: Nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the Chicago Film Critics Association Awards
  • 2006: Nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards
  • 2006: Nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards
  • 2006: Winner of the Best Supporting Actor at the African-American Film Critics Association Awards
  • 2007: Winner of the Best Supporting Actor at the NAACP Image Award
  • 2007: Nomination for the Best Supporting Actor at the Oscar
  • 2007: Winner of the Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Globe Award
  • 2007: Nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the BET Awards
  • 2007: Winner of the Best Supporting Actor at the Critics Choice Award
  • 2007: Winner of the Best Supporting Actor at the Central Ohio Film Critics Association
  • 2007: Nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the Image Awards
  • 2007: Nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the Online Film Critics Society Awards
  • 2007: Winner of the Best Supporting Actor at the Screen Actors Guild Awards
  • 2007: Nomination for Best Cast at the Screen Actors Guild Awards shared with Hinton Battle, Jamie Foxx, Danny Glover, Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé Knowles, Sharon Leal, Keith Robinson and Anika Noni Rose

Golden globes

  • 1983: Nomination for Best Actor in a Dramatic Comedy at the Golden Globe Award for 48 hours
  • 1984: Nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy at the Golden Globe Award for An armchair for two
  • 1985: Nomination for Best Actor in an Action Comedy at the Golden Globe Award for The Beverly Hills Cop
  • 1997: Nomination for Best Actor in a Romantic Comedy at the Golden Globe Award for The Nutty Professor
  • 2020: Nomination for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globe Award for Dolemite Is My Name

BET Awards

  • 2002: Nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy at the BET Awards for Dr. Dolittle
  • 2002: Nomination for Best Actor in an Action Comedy at the BET Awards for Showtime
  • 2002: Nomination for Best Actor in an Animated Film at the BET Awards for Shrek
  • 2007: Nomination for Best Actor in a Romantic Comedy at the BET Awards for Norbit

Black Reel Awards

  • 2000: Nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy at the Black Reel Awards for Bowfinger, King of Hollywood
  • 2000: Nomination for Best Picture at the Black Reel Awards for Perpète shared with Brian Grazer
  • 2002: Nomination for Best Actor in an Animated Film at the Black Reel Awards for Shrek.

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards

  • 1997: Winner of Best Actor in a Comedy at the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards for The Nutty Professor
  • 1999: Nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy at the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards for Dr. Dolittle
  • 2000: Nomination for Best Team in a Comedy at the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards for Perpète shared with Martin Lawrence
  • 2000: Nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy at the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards for Bowfinger, King of Hollywood ‘
  • 2001: Nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy at the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards for The Nutty Family

Image Awards

  • 1983: Winner of the Best Actor in a Comedy at the Image Awards for Un chaise pour deux
  • 1990: Winner of the Best Artist of the Year at the Image Awards
  • 1997: Nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy at the Image Awards for The Nutty Professor
  • 2012: Nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy at the Image Awards for The Heist in Central Park
    Kids’ Choice Awards
  • 1988: Winner of Best Actor at the Kids’ Choice Awards for The Beverly Hills Cop 2
  • 1989: Nomination for Best Actor at the Kids’ Choice Awards for A Prince in New York
  • 1999: Nomination for Best Actor at the Kids’ Choice Awards for Dr. Dolittle
  • 2001: Nomination for Best Actor at the Kids’ Choice Awards for La Famille Nutingue
  • 2002: Nomination for Best Actor at the Kids’ Choice Awards for Dr. Dolittle 2
  • 2002: Winner of the Best Voice in an Animated Film at the Kids’ Choice Awards for Shrek
  • 2004: Nomination for Best Actor at the Kids’ Choice Awards for The Haunted Mansion and the 999 Ghosts
  • 2004: Nomination for Best Actor at the Kids’ Choice Awards for Paternal School
  • 2005: Nomination for Best Voice in an Animated Film at the Kids’ Choice Awards for Shrek 2
  • 2008: Winner for Best Voice in an Animated Feature at the Kids’ Choice Awards for Shrek the Third
  • 2008: Nomination for Best Actor at the Kids’ Choice Awards for Norbit
  • 2011: Winner for Best Voice in an Animated Feature at the Kids’ Choice Awards for Shrek 4, He Was an End

MTV Movie Awards

  • 1993: Nomination for Best Actor at the MTV Movie Awards for Boomerang
  • 1997: Nomination for Best Actor at the MTV Movie Awards for The Nutty Professor
  • 2001: Nomination for Best Actor at the MTV Movie Awards for La Famille Nutingue
  • 2002: Nomination for Best Actor in an Animated Film at the MTV Movie Awards for Shrek
  • 2002: Nomination for Best Animated Screen Team at the MTV Movie Awards for Shrek shared with Cameron Diaz and Mike Myers

Primetime Emmy Awards

  • 1983: Nomination for best male performance in a variety or musical program at the Primetime Emmy Awards for “Saturday Night Live” (1975)
  • 1984: Nomination for best male performance in a variety or musical program at the Primetime Emmy Awards for “Saturday Night Live” (1975)
  • 1984: Nomination for best screenwriter in a variety or musical program at the Primetime Emmy Awards for “Saturday Night Live” (1975) shared with Andrew Smith (Writer), James Belushi (Writer), Andy Breckman (Writer), Robin Duke (Writer), Adam Green (Writer), Mary Gross (Writer), Nate Herman (Writer), Tim Kazurinsky (Writer), Kevin Kelton (Writer), Andrew Kurtzman (Writer), Michael C. McCarthy (Writer), Pamela Norris (Writer), Margaret Oberman (Writer), Joe Piscopo (Writer), Herbert Sargent (Writer), Bob Tischler (Writer) and Eliot Wald (Writer)
  • 1999: Nomination for Best Animated Program at the Primetime Emmy Awards for “The Stubbs” (1999) shared with Steve Tompkins (Executive Producer), Larry Wilmore (Executive Producer), Brian Grazer (Executive Producer), Ron Howard ( Line Producer), Tony Krantz (Line Producer), Will Vinton (Line Producer), Tom Turpin (Line Producer), Bill Freiberger (Production Supervisor), David Flebotte (Production Supervisor), Mary Sandell, David Bleiman, Michael Price, J. Michael Mendel, Al Jean (Consultant Producer), Mike Reiss (Consultant Producer), Les Firestein (Consultant Producer / Writer), Donald R. Beck (Co-Producer) and Mark Gustafson (Director Supervisor).

Razzie Awards

  • 1990: Nomination for worst director at the Razzie Awards for Les Nuits de Harlem
  • 1990: Winner of the Worst Scenario Award at the Razzie Awards for Les Nuits de Harlem
  • 2003: Nomination for Worst Screen Duet in an Action Comedy at the Razzie Awards for Showtime shared with Robert De Niro
  • 2003: Nomination for worst duet on screen in an adventure comedy at the Razzie Awards for Spy and a Half shared with Owen Wilson
  • 2003: Nomination for Worst Screen Duo at the Razzie Awards for Pluto Nash
  • 2003: Nomination for Worst Actor in an Action Comedy at the Razzie Awards for Showtime
  • 2003: Nomination for actor on screen in an adventure comedy at the Razzie Awards for Spy and a Half
  • 2003: Nomination for Worst Screen Actor in an Action Comedy at the Razzie Awards for Pluto Nash
  • 2008: Nomination for Worst Screenplay at the Razzie Awards for Norbit shared with Charles Q. Murphy, Jay Scherick and David Ronn
  • 2008: Nomination for the worst couple on screen at the Razzie Awards for Norbit shared with Eddie Murphy as Norbit, also Eddie Murphy as Mr. Wong or Eddie Murphy as Rasputia.
  • 2008: Winner of the Worst Actress award at the Razzie Awards for Norbit with Eddie Murphy as Rasputia
  • 2008: Winner of the Worst Actor award at the Razzie Awards for Norbit with Eddie Murphy as Norbit
  • 2008: Winner of the Worst Actor award at the Razzie Awards for Norbit with shared with Eddie Murphy as Mr. Wong
  • 2009: Nomination for Worst On-Screen Couple at the Razzie Awards for Call Me Dave (2008) shared with Eddie Murphy as Eddie Murphy.
  • 2009: Nomination for Worst Actor in a Comedy at the Razzie Awards for Call Me Dave (2008)
  • 2010: Nomination for worst actor in a comedy at the Razzie Awards for In his dreams (2009)
  • 2010: Winner of the Worst Actor of the Decade Award at the Razzie Awards for Pluto Nash (2002), Spy and a Half (2002), Showtime (2002), Norbit (2007), Call Me Dave (2008) and In His Dreams (2009)
  • 2013: Nomination for Worst Actor in a Comedy at the Razzie Awards for A Thousand Words (2012)
  • 2020: winner of the actor or actress who manages to redeem credibility for Dolemite Is My Name

Other distinctions

  • 1985: Winner of the People’s Choice Awards for Best New Artist shared with Tom Selleck
  • 1985: Winner of the Best Actor of the Year award at the ShoWest Convention
  • 1987: Winner of the American Cinematheque Award at the American Cinematheque Gala Tribute
  • 1989: Winner of the award for best actor in a comedy at the People’s Choice Awards
  • 1985: Winner of the Best Actor of the Decade Award at the ShoWest Convention
  • 1996: Nomination for Best Actor in a Romantic Comedy at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards for The Nutty Professor
  • 1996: Inscription of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame3.
  • 1997: Winner of the Best Actor in a Romantic Comedy at the National Society of Film Critics Awards for The Nutty Professor
  • 1997: Winner of the Best Actor in a Romantic Comedy at the Saturn Award for The Nutty Professor
  • 1997: Nomination for Best Actor in a Romantic Comedy at the Satellite Awards for The Nutty Professor
  • 1999: Nomination for Best Voice for an Actor in an Animated Film at the Annie Awards for The Stubbs
  • 2001: Winner of the Best Voice for an Actor in an Animated Film at the Annie Awards for Shrek
  • 1997: Nomination for Best Actor in a Romantic Comedy at the Satellite Awards for The Nutty Family (2000)
  • 2002: Nomination for Best Actor in an Animated Film at the Saturn Award for Shrek
  • 2002: Nomination for Best Actor in an Animated Film at the BAFTAs for Shrek
  • 2002: Winner of the Best Actor in a Comedy Award at the People’s Choice Awards
  • 2008: Nomination for Best Voice for an Actor in an Animated Film at the Annie Awards for Merry Christmas Shrek!
  • 2016: Lifetime Achievement Award at the Hollywood Film Awards.

French-speaking voices

In France, Med Hondo (1936 – 2019) was the regular French voice of Eddie Murphy27 from 1982 to 2011. Since then, Serge Faliu who had dubbed him in Le Flic de San Francisco (chosen instead of Med Hondo), also dubbed him in the short film The Shrektacular Christmas of the Donkey and in Dolemite Is My Name. Lionel Henry has also doubled him three times28. In addition, José Garcia lent him his voice for the animated film Mulan. Finally, in Belgium, he was voiced by Jean-Michel Vovk in the film Mr. Church. Since 2021, Christophe Peyroux has been designated to be Eddie Murphy’s new French voice, he was personally chosen by the latter and his team to ensure his French dubbing of his new film Un prince à New York 2, thus succeeding Med Hondo29.

In Quebec, François L’Écuyer is the regular voice of the actor30. Jacques Lavallée dubbed him in A Distinguished Mister and Anthony Kavanagh in Mulan.

In France

  • Med Hondo in the 48 Hours Sagas, The Beverly Hills Cop, A Vampire in Brooklyn, The Nutty Professor, Doctor Dolittle and Shrek, etc.
  • Lionel Henry in Spy and a Half, Father’s School and A Thousand Words
  • Serge Faliu in Le Flic de San Francisco, The Donkey’s Shrektacular Christmas and Dolemite Is My Name
  • Christophe Peyroux in A prince in New York 2

In Quebec

  • François L’Écuyer in Metro, Docteur Dolittle, etc …
  • Jacques Lavallée in A distinguished gentleman

Discography

Albums

  • Eddie Murphy (1982) (sketches)
  • Comedian (1983) (sketches)
  • How Could it Be (1985) (music)
  • So Happy (1987) (music)
  • Love’s Alright (1992) (music).

Singles

  • Boogie In Your Butt / No More Tears (Columbia, 1982) (sketches / music)
  • Party All The Time (featuring Rick James) (Columbia, 1985) (music)
  • How Could It Be (featuring Crystal Blake) (Columbia, 1985) (music)
  • Put Your Mouth On Me (Columbia, 1989) (music)
  • Til The Money’s Gone (Columbia, 1989) (music)
  • I Was a King (Motown, 1993) (music)
  • Whatzupwitu (duet with Michael Jackson) (Motown, 1993) (music)
  • Desdemona (Motown, 1993) (music)
  • Red Light (Feat. Snoop Lion) (VP Records, 2013) (music)
  • Oh Jah Jah (VP Records, 2015)

Particularities

  • A DNA test carried out on June 11, 2007 confirmed that he was indeed the father of little Angel Iris, from her relationship with the Spice Girls Melanie Brown alias Mel B. The baby was born on April 3, 2007, the same day than his father31.
  • He has 5 children with Nicole Mitchell: Bria (1989-), Miles (1992-), Shayne (1994-), Zola (1999-) and Bella (2002-).
  • He is one of the last actors in the history of American cinema to have signed an exclusive contract with a production company. Indeed, all of his early films were produced and distributed by Paramount Pictures.
  • The title role in The Beverly Hills Cop was originally intended for Sylvester Stallone, and the film was more action-oriented.
  • The lead role in Golden Child – The Holy Child of Tibet was intended for Mel Gibson. The film was originally more serious, then Eddie Murphy’s involvement resulted in the rewriting of the script to a more comedy-oriented film.
  • The producers submitted to him the transposition of the Beverly Hills Cop into a television series. Murphy refused but signed on to shoot in the second installment.
  • In 1984, he appeared in The Beverly Hills Cop. The same year, the film SOS Fantômes (Ghostbusters) was also a success; Murphy would have turned down the role of Winston Zeddemore in this film (finally played by Ernie Hudson), which was written for him. The characters of Axel Foley and Winston Zeddemore are nevertheless dubbed in French by the same actor: Med Hondo.
  • He appeared in Michael Jackson’s Remember the Time music video, along with Iman and Magic Johnson.

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