Eddie Murphy Net Worth, Biography and Career

Busytape February 25, 2020
Updated 2020/02/25 at 12:28 PM
Eddie Net Worth
Eddie Net Worth

Eddie Murphy is an American actor, singer, and comedian. He regularly appeared on Saturday Night Live from 1980 – 1984. He has also worked as a stand-up comedian and ranked 10th position on Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time list.

As of 2014, Eddie Murphy’s films have grossed more than $3.8 billion in Canada and the United States box office and over $6.6 billion worldwide. The following year, the films he acted in made him the sixth highest-grossing actor in the United States.

Eddie Murphy’s Early Life

Edward Regan Murphy was born on April 3 1961 in the city of Brooklyn in New York, United States. He is an American National and of African-American ethnicity.

Eddie Murphy had a pretty rough childhood. He was born to his parents, Lillian and Charles Edward Murphy who broke up when he was 3 years old.  Around the time he was 8 years old, his father died, causing him and his brothers Vernon Lynch and Charlie Murphy to live in foster care when their single mother became ill.

Educational History

All that is known regarding Eddie Murphy’s educational history or academic achievement is that he was once a student at Roosevelt Junior-Senior High School.

Eddie Murphy’s Career

Eddie Murphy had a very uncomfortable childhood. Firstly, his parents separated when he was 3, and five years later he lost his father. An ill single mother meant that he and his siblings would live in a foster home, where he initiated his comedic career at the young age of 15. Life events unfolded and Eddie joined Saturday Night Live in 1980 where he worked for four years, earning several awards and nominations.

In 1983, Eddie Murphy released a stand-up comedy TV special, Delirious. Contrary to television, he made his film debut in the 1982 film, 48 Hrs, a film in which his astonishing performance earned him worldwide recognition and several nominations. His career was immediately boosted by this feat, and soon, he began to land bigger roles.

He joined the cast of the series Beverly Hills Cop in 1984, acting as Detective Axel Foley in the three films of the same series. In the first installment of the film, Eddie Murphy earned another award nomination – a Golden Globe award nomination for best actor. He has gone on to star in several movies and television projects including Metro, Life, Trading Places, Vampire in Brooklyn, Bowfinger, What’s Alan Watching, and several more.

Eddie Murphy’s Albums & Songs

As a musician, doing music and dropping albums have also contributed to his fame & fortune. He has released a number of albums and singles, including his 1980s, hit songs Party All the Time and Put Your Mouth On Me, and albums So Happy, Love’s Alright and How Could it Be.

Eddie Murphy’s Films & TV shows

The top-rated films and television shows which has made up most of Eddie Murphy’s achievements including the following:

  • Trading Places (1983)
  • Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
  • Coming to America (1988)
  • Mr. Church (2016)
  • 48 Hrs. (1982)
  • Eddie Murphy: Raw (1987)
  • Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
  •  Life (1999)

Awards & Achievements

For his performances as a professional actor and comedian, Eddie Murphy has unquestionably raked in a good number of awards as evidence of his top-class contributions to film acting and comedy.

  • In 1996 he won a National Society of Film Critics Award, and also a Saturn Award under the category of ‘Best Actor.
  • In 2007, he earned an Academy Awards nomination and went on to win a Golden Globe Award and also the Screen Actors Guild Award.
  • He received a Kids’ Choice Award in the years 2008 and 2011.
  • He also has three People’s Choice Awards to his name.

Not counting nominations, Eddie Murphy had won a total of nine major awards throughout his career. Considering the number of films and television series he appeared in to earn him these awards, it is completely alright to say that the actor is simply one of the greatest in his category.

Personal Life & Legacy

In a relationship with Paulette McNeely, Eddie Murphy’s son, Eric Murphy was born on July 10, 1989. In 1990 his second child, Christian Murphy was born from his involvement with Tamara Hood.

In 1988 Eddie Murphy began a relationship with lawyer Nicole Mitchell who he married in 1993. They had five children before they divorced in 2006 after 13 years of marriage. He started dating Melanie Brown who bore him a baby girl named Angel Iris Murphy Brown in 2007.

After exchanging marital vows with film producer Tracey Edmonds in 2008, he left her and started dating Paige Butcher, with whom he welcomed a daughter Izzy Oona Murphy in 2016. The pair got engaged on September 2018 before welcoming another son Max Charles Murphy, on November 30, 2018.

In total, Eddie Murphy currently has 10 children.

Eddie Murphy Net Worth

Eddie Murphy net worth is estimated at $200 million. Eddie Murphy easily commands a fee of $20 million for a movie, making him one of the highest-paid actors in the world. He is estimated to have earned more than $300 million in salaries and back-end royalties from his career to date. Eddie Murphy was paid $70 million by Netflix in 2019 for the delivery of a series of comedy specials.

Eddie Murphy started out earning $4,500 per episode of Saturday Nightlife in 1981. His salary went up to $30,000 per episode the following year. In 1984, he got his first major paycheck of $1 million for the film Best Defense and in 1987 earned $8 million for Beverly Hills Cop II.

For Beverly Hills Cop III in 1994, he got paid $15 million. Eddie earned $16 million for Nutty Professor in 1996 and $17.5 million for Doctor Dolittle in 1998. Nutty Professor II in 2000 earned him $20 million in addition to 20% of gross receipts.

Apart from selling his Bubble Hill home to Alicia Keys for $12 Million, Eddie Murphy owns a costly property at Granite Bay, California. The property is a large estate that he and his former Wife Nicole bought together in 1998 and stayed in until they got divorced in 2006. Although the property now belongs to Nicole and is listed for $6.5 million. He reportedly paid Nicole $15 million in the divorce settlement.

His fortune has enabled him to enjoy some of the fanciest, most expensive cars in the world. In his garage, you’ll find a Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, one Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe, a Rolls Royce Phantom, one Mercedes-Benz SLS, and an Aston Martin Vanquish.

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