Eddie Murphy

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High School Grads Can't Find Summer Jobs - Ozarks First
You finally got this over with," senior Eddie Murphy says. "Now you don't have so much to worry about." Now, there's just one more thing left to worry about: a summer job. "It's insane. You sit here, you look for jobs constantly," Murphy says....
Side Dish: 'American Idol's' Adam Lambert goes to Outback with his ... - New York Daily News
Here's hoping his dear friend Eddie Murphy gives him a birthday present as nice as that Range Rover he bought him for his 40th. The two guys couldn't be tighter, but Eddie's rep says that, contrary to rumor, Johnny has never lived in Eddie's guest...
'Eddie Murphy Delirious' 25th anniversary DVD: We're sold! - Entertainment Weekly
On June 2, I'll be sure to add a special DVD edition of Eddie Murphy's Delirious to my small but very important library. Granted, pretty much all of Murphy's brilliant standup from that memorable concert is available on YouTube, but that won't stop me...
Andy Samberg and the "Saturday Night Live" short - Newsday
Aside from "Mr. Bill" and Eddie Murphy's "White Like Me" short (Pet Rock believes Murphy is the best "SNL" cast member ever, all due respect to Phil Hartman and Belushi), the old shorts don't even belong in the same show as the new ones....
Kevin Smith On Trying To 'Breathe New Life' Into The Buddy Cop ... - MTV.com
... in the past and rejected—including two fantasy/comedy hybrids, Matthew McConaughey's “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” and Eddie Murphy's upcoming “Imagine That”—the I-only-direct-my-own-stuff stance was probably a wise decision on Mr. Smith's part....
5 things Jimmy Fallon could learn from fake TV hosts - Decider New York
1: Be as charismatic as James Brown and early-'80s Eddie Murphy. Failing that, get Dr. Joyce Brothers naked in a hot tub. Advanced studies: As Murphy/Brown demonstrates, a talk-show host needn't feel tied to the traditional “desk and comfy chair” setup...
Why is Granholm really at the White House? - Christian Science Monitor
Officially, Granholm was there to attend President Obama's national tailpipe strategy event (which as it turned out had nothing to do with Eddie Murphy's tailpipe strategy in “Beverly Hills Cop”). Granholm was on the guest list for the event along with...
Tom Thibodeau to seek Philadelphia job - Boston Herald
The 76ers already have spoken to Eddie Jordan about the position, and they are expected to meet with others. When he first signed with the Celtics [team stats] in 2007, Thibodeau stated his desire to become an NBA head coach....
Some Ala. car dealers to fight shutdown orders - Forbes
Eddie Hicks, a service adviser, said fewer people were bringing in their cars for repairs. He said employees were in a "state of shock" upon hearing news of the possible closing. "We're the only Chrysler dealership in Shelby County, so we just knew...
From David Healy to Robert Maxwell - guardian.co.uk
Lowlights included Ron "Chopper" Harris taking a nasty shortcut through the back of Leeds winger Eddie Gray, who had tormented Chelsea in the first final 18 days earlier, Jack Charlton headbutting Peter Osgood, and Eddie McCreadie almost beheading the...

Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Edward Regan "Eddie" Murphy (born April 3, 1961) is an American actor, film director, producer, comedian and singer. Murphy ranks as the highest grossing film star in history, having a total of 37 films to date, his films grossing over $3.4 billion in the US alone, averaging $104 million per film. He was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1980 to 1984, and has worked as a stand-up comedian.

He has received Golden Globe Award nominations for best actor in a comedy or musical for his performances in Beverly Hills Cop, Beverly Hills Cop II, Beverly Hills Cop III, Trading Places, and The Nutty Professor. In 2007, he won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of soul singer James "Thunder" Early in Dreamgirls, and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the same role.

Murphy's work as a voice actor includes Thurgood Stubbs in The PJs, Donkey in the Shrek series and the dragon Mushu in Disney's Mulan. In some of his films, he plays multiple roles in addition to his main character, which he calls a tribute to one of his idols Peter Sellers (who is famous for playing multiple roles in one film, notably Dr. Strangelove), films which Murphy has played multiple roles include Coming to America, Wes Craven's Vampire In Brooklyn, the Nutty Professor films, where he played himself in two incarnations, plus his father, brother, mother and grandmother, Bowfinger and 2007's Norbit. Another trademark of Murphy is his deep, infectious, and considerably goofy laugh. His other trademark is a recurring line he says in movies "How you doin'?", which he states is his catchphrase in real life.

Murphy was born in Brooklyn, New York. His mother, Lilian, was a telephone operator, and his father, Charles Edward Murphy, was a transit police officer and an amateur actor and comedian. Murphy and his brother Charlie were raised in Roosevelt, New York by his mother and stepfather Vernon Lynch, a foreman at an ice cream plant. Around the age of 15, Murphy was writing and performing his own routines, which were heavily influenced by Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor.

Murphy performed stand-up at the same Bay Area Comedy Club as Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg. His early comedy was characterized by frequent swearing and sketches lampooning a diverse group of people (including White Americans, African Americans, Italian Americans, overweight people, and gays). This racy content was akin to that of Richard Pryor, whom Murphy has credited as his inspiration to enter comedy; however, in his autobiography, Pryor Convictions, Pryor wrote that he found Murphy's comedy at times excessively insensitive. Murphy later apologized for insensitive jokes about gays and HIV. The stand-up shows Raw and Delirious have been recorded and released on DVD/VHS.

The following year, Murphy starred in Trading Places alongside fellow SNL alumnus Dan Aykroyd. The movie marked the first of Murphy's collaborations with director John Landis (who also directed Murphy in Coming to America and Beverly Hills Cop III) and proved to be an even greater box office success than 48 Hrs. In 1984, Murphy starred in the successful action film Beverly Hills Cop. The film was Murphy's first full-fledged starring vehicle, originally intended to star Sylvester Stallone. Beverly Hills Cop grossed over $200 million at the box office and is 39th in the list of all-time total U.S. box office grosses (third-highest amongst "R" rated films), after adjusting for inflation, as of March 2009.

Also in 1984, Murphy appeared in Best Defense, co-starring Dudley Moore. Murphy, who was credited as a "Strategic Guest Star", was added to the film after an original version was completed but tested poorly with audiences. Best Defense was a major financial and critical disappointment. When he hosted SNL, Murphy joined the chorus of those bashing Best Defense, calling it "the worst movie in the history of everything". Murphy has also been rumored to be initially a part of hits such as Ghostbusters (featuring his Trading Places co-star Dan Aykroyd and fellow SNL alumnus Bill Murray). The part that was originally written with Murphy in mind ultimately went to Ernie Hudson. Murphy was also offered a part in 1986's Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, a role that, after being heavily re-written from comic relief to love interest, ultimately went to future 7th Heaven star Catherine Hicks. By this point Murphy's near-exclusive contract with Paramount Pictures rivaled Star Trek as Paramount's most lucrative franchise.

Also in 1986, Murphy starred in the supernatural comedy, The Golden Child. The Golden Child was originally intended to be a serious adventure picture starring Mel Gibson. After Gibson turned the role down, the project was offered to Murphy as it was subsequently rewritten as a partial comedy. Although The Golden Child (featuring Murphy's "I want the knife!" routine) performed well at the box office, the movie was not as critically acclaimed as 48 Hrs., Trading Places, and Beverly Hills Cop. The Golden Child was considered a change of pace for Murphy because of the supernatural setting as opposed to the more "street smart" settings of Murphy's previous efforts. A year later, Murphy reprised his role of Axel Foley in the Tony Scott-directed Beverly Hills Cop II. Although the film was panned by critics, it was still a box office smash, grossing over $150 million. Producers reportedly wanted to turn the Beverly Hills Cop franchise into a weekly television series. Murphy declined the television offer, but was willing to do a film sequel instead.

Murphy was one of the last movie actors to sign an exclusive contract with a studio. In this case, it was Paramount Pictures, which released all of his early films.

Murphy is also a singer and musician, having frequently provided background vocals to songs released by the The Bus Boys. As a solo artist, Murphy had two hit singles, "Party All the Time" (which was produced by Rick James) and "Put Your Mouth on Me" in the mid-1980s (although he actually started singing earlier in his career, with the songs "Boogie In Your Butt" and "Enough Is Enough", the latter being a parody of Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer's 1979 song, "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)". They both appear on his 1982 self-titled comedy album.) "Party All the Time" was featured on Murphy's 1985 debut album How Could It Be, which also included a minor follow-up R&B hit in the title track, a duet with vocalist Crystal Blake. This track was written by Rusty Hamilton and was produced by Stevie Wonder's cousin Aquil Fudge after a brief falling out and bet with Rick James. In 2004, VH-1 and Blender voted "Party All the Time" number seven among the "50 Worst Songs of All-Time." Sharam used a sample of the song for the UK #8 hit "PATT (Party All The Time)" in 2006.

Murphy recorded the album Love's Alright in the early 1990s. He performed in a music video of the single "Whatzupwitu", featuring Michael Jackson. In 1999, the "Whatzupwitu" video, which featured Murphy and Jackson in a technicolor-like dream world, was voted as number three among the 25 worst music videos in the MTV era. He also recorded a duet with Shabba Ranks called "I Was a King", which was similarly panned. In 1992, Murphy also appeared in Michael Jackson's "Remember the Time" video alongside Magic Johnson and Iman.

Although uncredited, Murphy provided vocal work on SNL castmate Joe Piscopo's comedy single, "The Honeymooners Rap." Piscopo impersonated Jackie Gleason on the single, while Murphy provided an imitation of Art Carney.

In Coming to America, Murphy imitated Jackie Wilson when he sang "To Be Loved," but because the character he was playing had a thick accent, he had to sing it in character. In later years, Murphy performed several songs in the Shrek film franchise. In the first film, he performed a version of "I'm a Believer" in the film's final scene; in Shrek 2 he performed Ricky Martin's hit "Livin' La Vida Loca" along with co-star Antonio Banderas.

Eddie Murphy's all time favorite singer is Elvis. He is also a huge fan of Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Kylie Minogue.

However, Buchwald and his partner Alain Bernheim did win the suit against Paramount Pictures, were awarded damages, and then accepted a settlement from Paramount. The case was the subject of a 1992 book, Fatal Subtraction: The Inside Story of Buchwald v. Paramount by Pierce O'Donnell and Dennis McDougal.

From 1989 until the mid-1990s and again in the mid '00s, box office results for Murphy's films dropped, hitting a low point with the critically- panned Beverly Hills Cop III (a movie Murphy would ultimately denounce during an appearance on Inside the Actors Studio), although he did find minor box office success with The Distinguished Gentleman, Boomerang, Another 48 Hrs. and Vampire In Brooklyn. His directorial effort, Harlem Nights, is widely seen as a vanity project and the first step in Murphy's career slump. Harlem Nights featured Murphy (who had previously been known only as a performer) as director, producer, star, and co-writer (with his brother, Charlie Murphy), as well as supporting roles for Murphy's comic idols Redd Foxx and Richard Pryor.

During this period Murphy was also criticized by filmmaker Spike Lee for not using his show business stature to help black actors break into film, despite Murphy's often populating his films (especially those he produces) with predominately black casts (Coming To America, Harlem Nights, Boomerang, Vampire In Brooklyn, Life, Norbit). Many black actors who would later gain wider recognition make early appearances in Murphy films such as Damon Wayans in Beverly Hills Cop, Halle Berry and Martin Lawrence in Boomerang, Samuel L. Jackson and Cuba Gooding Jr in Coming to America and Raw, Dave Chappelle in The Nutty Professor and Chris Rock in Beverly Hills Cop II and Boomerang.

Although Murphy has enjoyed commercial success since Saturday Night Live, he has never attended cast reunions, anniversary specials nor did he participate in the making of the Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live retrospective book by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller (2002).

Murphy's box office results began to recover in 1996, starting with The Nutty Professor. He followed with a series of very successful family-friendly movies like Mulan, Dr. Dolittle and its sequel, the Shrek series, Daddy Day Care, and The Haunted Mansion, along with Nutty Professor II. However, most of his movies meant for more adult audiences performed moderately; Metro, I Spy, and Showtime all ended to gross less than $40 million domestically, Holy Man performed badly, grossing less than $13 million, and The Adventures of Pluto Nash is on record as one of the biggest theatrical money-losers of all time, grossing just $7 million worldwide on a reported $110 million budget. A notable exception to this run of poorly received adult -themed films was the Frank Oz comedy Bowfinger, also starring Steve Martin. The film garnered generally positive critical reviews, and grossed a respectable $66 million at the box office.

In 2006, he starred in the motion picture version of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls as soul singer James "Thunder" Early. Murphy won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award in that category. Several reviews for the film highlighted Murphy's performance while he received some pre-release Academy Awards buzz. Murphy was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor on January 23, 2007, but lost to Alan Arkin for his performance in Little Miss Sunshine. Dreamgirls was the first film distributed by Paramount Pictures to star Murphy (who once was on an exclusive contract with the studio) since Vampire in Brooklyn in 1995. As a result of Viacom's acquisition of Dreamworks SKG, Paramount distributed his other 2007 releases: Norbit and Shrek the Third. He is currently filming Imagine That for Paramount Pictures.

In 2007, Murphy was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

As reported, Murphy will star in the new version of The Incredible Shrinking Man which will be released in the future.

In 1988, Murphy had a brief relationship with a singer Lorraine Pearson of the pop group Five Star. He was also romantically linked to singer Whitney Houston, whom he dated.

Murphy began a longtime romantic relationship with Nicole Mitchell after meeting her in 1988 at an NAACP Image Awards show. They lived together for a year and a half before getting married at the Grand Ballroom of The Plaza Hotel in New York City on March 18, 1993. In August 2005, Mitchell filed for divorce, citing "irreconcilable differences." The divorce was finalized on April 17, 2006.

In May 1997, Murphy was stopped by police with a transsexual prostitute in his car shortly before the release of Holy Man, a situation which subsequently caused public relations problems for the star.

The Murphy family currently reside in Long Island, New York.

Following his divorce from Mitchell, he dated Spice Girl Mel B/Scary Spice or Melanie Brown, who became pregnant and stated that the child was Murphy's. When questioned about the pregnancy in December 2006, Murphy told a reporter, "I don't know whose child that is until it comes out and has a blood test. You shouldn't jump to conclusions, sir". Murphys denial that the child was his caused his long standing beef with Jordan Armstrong to escalate, with Armstrong publicly announcing that 'Murphy got right on his Chevy'. Brown gave birth to a baby girl, Angel Iris Murphy Brown, on Murphy's 46th birthday, April 3, 2007. On June 22, 2007, representatives for Brown announced in People that a DNA test had confirmed that Murphy was the father.. Brown has revealed in an interview that Murphy has not sought a relationship with Angel . Brown's daughter is Murphy's eighth child. Murphy has four daughters, Bria (born November 18, 1989), Shayne Audra (born October 10, 1994), Zola Ivy (born December 24, 1999) and Bella Zahra (born January 29, 2002) and one son, Miles Mitchell (born November 7, 1992) from his previous marriage to Nicole Mitchell. He has two more sons, Eric Murphy (born July 10, 1989) and Christian Murphy (born November 29, 1990) from two other previous relationships.

Murphy exchanged marriage vows with film producer Tracey Edmonds, former wife of Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, on January 1, 2008, in a private ceremony on an island off Bora Bora.. It was announced on January 16, 2008, that they never legally wed, had decided to forgo legalizing their union, and had instead chosen to remain friends.. He has recently been romantically linked to the sister of CSI: Miami star Eva LaRue.

Murphy has donated money to the AIDS Foundation,and: , Cancer, Education, Creative Arts, Family/Parent Support, Health and Homeless. the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, various cancer charities and $100,000 to the Screen Actors' Guild's strike relief fund.

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Eddie Murphy Delirious

Delirious is a stand-up comedy television special starring Eddie Murphy. The 70-minute show, released in 1983, showcases his most racy material. The word "fuck" is used a total of 230 times, and "shit" is used 171 times. It was recorded on August 17, 1983 at Constitution Hall in Washington D.C.. It was a big success and he had a follow-up performance with the concert film Eddie Murphy Raw. The Bus Boys perform in the beginning of the concert and are referenced throughout by Murphy.

This stand-up routine was infamous for its depiction of a homosexual, Mr. T, followed by a depiction of Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton as a gay couple. Though his portrayal brought on raucous applause from the audience in the performance, these comments were retracted by Eddie Murphy in an interview several years later.

The performance is also known for Murphy's making fun of James Brown's singing mannerisms, particularly the scratchy nature of Brown's voice and the nearly indecipherable nature of his lyrics. Other musical spoofs include comment on Mick Jagger's lips, Murphy's imitation of Stevie Wonder and the resultant unfavorable response from the African-American community, a spoof of Elvis Presley complete with an imitation of Presley's gait in his late years (which brought some of the performance's loudest and longest applause), and an imitation of Michael Jackson complete with reference to his emotional sensitivity.

Brown repays Murphy for his impersonation of him in the album track of "Living in America". Towards the end of the album track, Brown yells out, "Eddie Murphy eat your heart out." The song was used in the movie "Rocky IV".

Highlights from this concert were released as a comedy album entitled Comedian.

The special has been released in the UK on VHS.

In February 2007, Delirious was released on Region 1 DVD, and March 2007, it was released on Region 2 DVD.

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Eddie Murphy (album)

Eddie Murphy cover

Eddie Murphy (1982) was Eddie Murphy's first album. The song Boogie in Your Butt was arguably the album's greatest success, spawning numerous YouTube parody videos. Though at the time it was met with controversy by many conservative groups for apparently advocating sodomy, the absurd nature of Murphy's suggestions have made the song much less inflammatory over time.

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Eddie Murphy Raw


Eddie Murphy Raw (1987) is an American stand-up comedy film directed by Robert Townsend and starring Eddie Murphy. It was Murphy's second feature stand-up video, following Eddie Murphy Delirious. The 90 minute show was filmed in New York City's Felt Forum, the venue in the Madison Square Garden complex now called The WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden. According to The-Movie-Times.com, the film grossed a total of $50,504,000.

Eddie Murphy's 'It wasn't me' Sketch influenced the Shaggy single of the same name.

At the time of its release, Eddie Murphy Raw contained the most uses of the word "fuck" ever in a feature-length film, surpassing Scarface. It remained so until the release of Goodfellas in 1990, but still contains most uses of the word "fuck" in an 80s film.

After the initial sketch and into the live show itself Murphy begins by saying how various people he referenced responded to their mention in the previous stand-up show by Eddie Murphy- Delirious. Mr T and Michael Jackson are mentioned, as well as the phone call he received from Bill Cosby, critical of the profane language. Murphy said that Cosby 'got raw', possibly the inspiration for the shows title.

Murphy makes jokes about relationships; notably of the practice that developed during the 80's of wives divorcing their husbands and taking 'half!', as well as about the faults of both men and women and how the opposite sex exploit those weaknesses, basing it on the message in the song What Have You Done for Me Lately. He jokes that he intends to go deep into Africa to find a 'bush bitch' who has no concept of Western culture in order to get a wife who (he hopes) will not divorce him. He also makes passing references to Japanese women who are supposedly very obedient to their husbands.

Murphy delivers a well-received segment on Italian-Americans, on their sterotypical behaviour, especially how they behave after seeing a Rocky movie. He then talks about white peoples apparent inability to dance. He later talks about his experience in a nightclub where an Italian-American started a fight with Murphy, causing a large brawl, the end result of which saw Murphy getting sued for millions of dollars by all involved and even a few who weren't.

Murphy also talks about burgers his mother used to make and an exaggerated account on how poor his family was, eventually going into a routine inpersonating his father drunk, which follows on from the nightclub brawl segment.

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Eddie Murphy (baseball)

John Edward "Eddie" Murphy (October 2, 1891 – February 21, 1969), nicknamed "Honest Eddie," was an American baseball player who played for three different Major League teams. In his 11-year career, Murphy played for the Philadelphia Athletics, the Chicago White Sox, and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

He appeared in three World Series. His first two were with the Athletics in 1913 and 1914 World Series. Murphy appeared in the 1919 World Series as a member of the Chicago White Sox, a series most well known for the Black Sox Scandal.

Murphy began his professional baseball career with the Baltimore Orioles of the Eastern League, later named the International League. On August 24, 1912, the Orioles traded Murphy and Jimmy Walsh to the Philadelphia Athletics for Bris Lord, Claud Derrick, and cash.

Murphy played in his first Major League game on August 26, 1912. Three years later, the Chicago White Sox purchased his contract. Murphy played the remainder of the 1915 and the next six season for the White Sox.

Murphy ended his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1926. In 11 years, he had 680 hits, 111 stolen bases, and a .287 life-time batting average.

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