Eddie Murphy was one of the biggest comedy icons to emerge in the 1980s, and for a time his name alone was enough to bring audiences flooding in to theatres all over the world.
After emerging in stand-up, then reaching a wider audience on TV, he then broke into the movies and headlined a series of huge hits which remain popular favourites to this day – and his best days aren’t necessarily all behind him, as he’s enjoyed something of a comeback in recent years.
He’s definitely one of our favourite stars of the 80s, but there’s plenty about Eddie Murphy which you might not have known. Take a look at the following facts, for instance…
20. His father was murdered and he was in foster care as a child
19. He was only 19 when he joined SNL
18. He was supposed to star in Ghostbusters
17. Mickey Rourke and Sylvester Stallone were offered Beverly Hills Cop before him
16. He’s fathered ten children with five different women
15. He’s worth around $250-300 million
14. He was offered Candyman, but the filmmakers couldn’t afford him
13. He was was supposed to be in Star Trek IV
12. His 2002 film The Adventures of Pluto Nash is one of the biggest box office flops of all time
By the early 2000s, Murphy’s leading man career was in a bit of a strange place.
After breaking through as a perpetually expletive-spewing motor-mouth, the turn of the century saw Murphy starring almost exclusively in family films.
Some of these, such as The Nutty Professor and Shrek movies, proved successful – but others, not so much.