Edward Regan Murphy starred in some of the greatest comedy films of the 1980s and beyond, but how much do you really know about him? You’re about to find out, as we present the following ‘10 Things You May Not Have Realised About Eddie Murphy’…
1. He Claims Time In Foster Care Turned Him Into A Comedian
When Murphy’s mum became ill, he and his older brother Charlie lived in foster care for one year. Murphy has claimed that this time in his life was influential in developing his unique sense of humour.
2. His Father Was Stabbed To Death When He Was Eight
Tragically, Murphy’s father was stabbed to death when Murphy was just 8 years old. “My mother and father broke up when I was three, and he died when I was eight, so I have very dim memories,” Murphy has been quoted as saying. “He was a victim of the Murphy charm. 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.”
3. He Started Out As A Stand Up Comedian
Murphy was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live between 1980 and 1984, and also worked as a stand up comedian, being ranked number 10 on Comedy Central’s ‘100 Greatest Stand Ups Of All Time’
4. He Almost Starred In Ghostbusters
Both John Belushi and Eddie Murphy were originally supposed to be in the classic 1984 film Ghostbusters, but Belushi tragically died before the film started shooting, and Murphy decided to star in Beverly Hills Cop instead.
5. He Starred In One Of The Biggest Box Office Bombs Of All Time
Murphy starred in The Adventures of Pluto Nash, which was an Australian / American sci-fi action comedy film in which he played a dual role. Sadly it is one of the biggest box office bombs of all time, making back only $4.4 million from a budget of $100 million. Ouch.
6. There Was Almost A Beverly Hills Cop / Crocodile Dundee Crossover
The former chairman of Paramount Pictures once revealed they had thought about making a crossover movie with Beverly Hills Cop and Paul Hogan‘s Crocodile Dundee (which would have been the 3rd film for both franchises). Apparently the idea was thrown in the bin when they found out that Murphy wasn’t particularly keen on it.
7. He’s A Golden Globe Winner And An Oscar Nominee
Murphy won the Golden Globe for ‘Best Supporting Actor’ and also received a ‘Best Supporting Actor’ nomination for his role as soul singer James ‘Thunder’ Early in Dreamgirls. He has also received Golden Globe nominations for roles in 48 Hrs, Beverly Hills Cop, Trading Places, and The Nutty Professor.
8. He’s A Talented Singer
Murphy is also a talented singer, and has even released two hit singles in the late 1980s, called ‘Party All the Time’ and ‘Put Your Mouth On Me’.
9. He Starred In Your Ninth Favourite Christmas Film Of All Time
Last Christmas we carried out a poll to find out your favourite Christmas film of all time, and can you guess which Eddie Murphy film came 9th? It was of course Trading Places, which is often called a modern take on Mark Twain’s classic 19th-century novel ‘The Prince and the Pauper’. Trading Places was directed by John Landis and of course starred Dan Aykroyd alongside Murphy.
10. He’s Due To Star In A Sequel To A Classic 80s Comedy
It has recently been revealed that Murphy will star in a sequel to the classic 1988 comedy film Twins, which unsurprisingly is going to be called ‘Triplets’. It will reunite Arnold Schwarzenegger and and Danny DeVito whilst also somehow trying to introduce Murphy into their rather strange family. Arnie has confirmed there’s a “funny thing that happens in the mixing of the sperm”.