Eddie Murphy was born on April 3, 1961, in Brooklyn, New York. He grew up in the part of Brooklyn called Bushwick. His mother worked as a phone operator, and his father worked as a transit cop and did stand-up comedy on the side. Eddie was only eight years old when his father died. When their mother was sick for a while, he and his older brother Charlie Murphy lived with a foster family for a while. His mother got better and got married in the end.
As a teen, Eddie was hooked on comedy after hearing a Richard Pryor comedy album. Bill Cosby also had a big impact on him. Eddie joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 1980, when he was 19 years old. At the time, the show’s ratings were going down very fast because it had lost all of its original stars. Eddie was a big hit, and he took the show to a whole new level. Eddie stayed with SNL until the year 1984.
Career of Eddie Murphy in Film
Eddie’s first movie role was in 48 Hrs, which came out in 1982 while he was still on SNL. He then made a string of hugely successful movies, such as Trading Places, the Beverly Hills Cop movies, Coming to America, Harlem Nights, and Another 48 Hrs.
In the 1990s, Murphy’s popularity at the box office went down a little bit, but he came back with a string of family-friendly movies like Mulan, the Shrek movies, Dreamgirls, and the Nutty Professor movies.
For his role in Dreamgirls, which came out in 2006, Murphy was nominated for an Oscar and won a Golden Globe. He has also produced some of his own movies, like Vampire in Brooklyn, Life, and Harlem Nights, which he also directed. In 2017, it was announced that Murphy will be back in the Beverly Hills Cop movies.
This time, he will be the star of Beverly Hills Cop 4, which will come out in the future. In 2019, it was said that Eddie would play the same part in Coming to America again.
Personal Life of Eddie Murphy
In 1993, Eddie Murphy married Nicole Mitchell, who he had been dating for a long time. In 2006, they split up. Eddie reportedly paid Nicole a $15 million divorce settlement. From 2006 to 2007, Eddie was with Spice Girl Mel B. In 2008, he went out with businesswoman Tracey Edmonds. He has been dating model Paige Butcher since 2012. Eddie has had 10 children with different women.
How much does Eddie Murphy make and what is his net worth?
Eddie Murphy is an actor, comedian, producer, and director from the United States. Eddie Murphy is worth $200 million dollars.
Eddie Murphy is one of the actors who has made the most money in the history of movies. As of the time this was written, his movies have made nearly $7 billion at the box office around the world. That makes him the sixth best-paid American actor of all time.
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Eddie was always one of the best-paid actors in the world in the late 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. He usually made $20 million per movie. Eddie has easily made more than $300 million from his salaries and royalties so far in his career. Eddie was paid $70 million by Netflix in 2019 to make a number of comedy specials.
In 1981, he made $4,500 per SNL episode.
The next season, the pay went up to $30,000 per episode.
For the first “Beverly Hills Cop,” he made $14 million.
With back-end points, “Nutty Professor II” made $60 million.
Has at least $300 million in movie earnings over the course of his career.
Netflix gave him $70 million in 2019 to make a series of specials.
Paid Nicole $15 million to end their marriage in 2006.
Has ten kids
Eddie spent $15 million on his own island in the Bahamas in 2007.
His mansion in Beverly Hills is worth $30–$40 million.
Highlights of Eddie Murphy’s Pay
In 1981, Eddie only made $4,500 per Saturday Night Live show. The next year, his pay per episode went up to $30,000. In 1984, he made $1 million for the movie Best Defense. This was his first big pay check. He made $14 million for the first Beverly Hills Cop movie in 1984.
Then, for Beverly Hills Cop II, he made $8 million. The next year, he made another $8 million for Coming to America. For the movie Beverly Hills Cop III, which came out in 1994, he made $15 million, which is about $25 million in today’s money. He made $16 million for “The Nutty Professor” in 1996, $17.5 million for “Doctor Dolittle” in 1998, and $20 million for “Nutty Professor II” (2000).
For Nutty Professor II, he also got 20% of the gross earnings, which brought his total earnings from the movie to more than $60 million. Eddie then made $3 million for Shrek (2001), $20 million for Doctor Dolittle 2 (2001), $20 million for The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002), $10 million for Shrek 2 (2004), $4 million for Shrek Forever (possibly as much as $12 million with backend points), and $7.5 million for Tower Heist (2011).
Eddie made at least $250 million just from film salaries and backend points in the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s. As of this writing, he has likely made more than $300 million from his movies.
Netflix Projects of Eddie Murphy
In July 2019, it was said that Eddie was in talks to record a series of comedy specials for Netflix that would earn him $70 million. That’s $10 million more than what Dave Chappelle made for his three specials, which was $60 million. For two specials, Chris Rock made $40 million.
Quotes about Money by Eddie Murphy
“Money has been the reason for every bad choice I’ve made. I grew up in the projects, where people don’t say no to money. You take it because you don’t know when it will all be over. They gave me $15 million to make Beverly Hills Cop III. Roger Ebert’s thumb up my ass was worth $15 million.”
Real Estate of Eddie Murphy
Eddie has had a number of very nice mansions over the years. Eddie lived in Granite Bay, California, near Sacramento, for a while in the 1990s. He lived in a beautiful custom-built mansion in a gated community. Eddie spent $10 million on a 3.7-acre undeveloped lot in Beverly Park, a very expensive neighborhood in Beverly Hills, after selling the house in Granite Bay. Beverly Park is a gated neighborhood at the top of Beverly Hills’ most expensive area. It is home to stars like Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Rod Stewart, and Sylvester Stallone, as well as a number of multi-billionaires.
Eddie spent a lot of money building his new 40,000-square-foot mansion. He bought the land for $10 million in 2001. There are 32 rooms in the house: 9 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms. There is a big pool, a tennis court, a library, and a bowling alley on the property. If the house went on the market, it would easily sell for more than $30–40 million. Eddie owned a house in Beverly Hills in the 1980s. In 2016, a new owner put the house on the market for $85 million.
Eddie spent $15 million in 2007 to buy Rooster Cay, a 15-acre private island in the Bahamas. He used to own Pearl Island, which was a different private island.
Martin Lawrence Jokes He’ll Make Eddie Murphy Pay for Their Kids’ Wedding
Martin Lawrence is already making plans for a possible Father of the Bride-style situation in real life.
The star of Bad Boys joked with Jimmy Kimmel that he knows how he’ll act at the wedding of his daughter Jasmin and Eddie Murphy’s son Eric.
On Friday’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Lawrence, who is 57, said, “I’m going to try to get Eddie to pay for it.”
Kimmel, who is 54 years old, asked if the famous kids could have “some kind of comedy super-baby.” Martin said that he and Murphy haven’t really talked about the idea.
He said of his Boomerang co-star, “We kind of just stay out of their business and let them do their own thing, and we respect their thing.”
In June 2021, Jasmine, 25, and Eric, 32, posted about their relationship on Instagram.
Lawrence also talked about BET+’s Martin: The Reunion special, which started on Thursday, during his time on Kimmel’s show.
“After all those years, it was great to see the cast again and get back together,” he said.
He also talked about where his famously sassy female character Sheneneh Jenkins came from. He said, “She is actually my sister and one of my nieces.” “Sheneneh is a strong Black girl who doesn’t put up with anything.”
Sheneneh didn’t show up in the 90-minute Martin reunion, but the special did have a montage of Lawrence’s favorite moments, a collection of Gina (Tisha Campbellbest )’s clips, and an easygoing appearance by Tommy Davidson, who used to be on In Living Color.
Read EW’s full review of Martin: The Reunion right here.
In EW’s story catching up with the show’s stars, you can also find out what the cast of Martin has been doing for the past 25 years.