On April 3, 1961, Eddie Murphy was born in Brooklyn, New York. Bushwick, a Brooklyn ghetto where he grew up, is where he calls home. His father was a transit cop and an amateur comic, while his mother worked as a telephone operator. Eddie’s father died when he was just eight years old. When their mother became ill, he and his older brother Charlie Murphy were placed in foster care. She healed and finally got married.
Following a Richard Pryor CD, Eddie became obsessed with humor. Bill Cosby was also a major influence on him. Eddie joined Saturday Night Live in 1980 as a 19-year-old. Having lost all of its original cast members, the show’s ratings were in freefall at that point. When Eddie joined the cast, it was an instant success. Eddie stayed on as a cast member until 1984.
Eddie Murphy’s Net Worth
An American actor, comedian, producer, and director, Eddie Murphy is known for his work. A $200 million fortune is Eddie Murphy’s net worth. Films starring Eddie Murphy have grossed more money than any other actor. His films have raked in approximately $7 billion in worldwide box office receipts as of the time of this writing.
At the box office, he’s the sixth-highest-earning American actor. Eddie was regularly one of the highest-paid performers in the world throughout the late 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, bringing in an average of $20 million per film. Eddie has raked in well over $300 million in salary and royalties thus far in his career. When it came time for Eddie Izzard’s 2019 Netflix comedy specials, the company shelled out $70 million.
Eddie Murphy Film Career
When he was still a cast member of SNL, Eddie made his film debut in 48 Hrs. in 1982. The Beverly Hills Cop flicks, Coming to America, Harlem Nights, and Another 48 Hrs. were among his subsequent box office smashes. His box-office pulls decreased slightly in the 1990s but were resurrected with family-friendly films like Mulan, Shrek, and Dreamgirls, as well as the Nutty Professor sequels.
His role in Dreamgirls earned him a Golden Globe nomination in 2006, and he was nominated for an Academy Award that year. Vampire in Brooklyn, Life, and Harlem Nights are just a few of the films he has produced and directed himself.
Murphy will reprise his role as a Beverly Hills Cop in Beverly Hills Cop 4, which is expected to be released at some point in the future. Eddie would be returning to Coming To America in 2019, as previously revealed.
Eddie Murphy Personal Life
In 1993, Eddie Murphy wed his longtime partner Nicole Mitchell. In 2006, the two got divorced. Nicole reportedly received a $15 million divorce settlement from Eddie. Mel B, a Spice Girl, and Eddie dated from 2006 to 2007. In 2008, he dated businesswoman, Tracey Edmonds. Since 2012, he has been dating model Paige Butcher. From his different partnerships, Eddie has ten kids.
Eddie Murphy Salary Highlights
In 1981, Eddie only made $4,500 for each episode of Saturday Night Live. His pay was increased to $30,000 each episode the following year. In 1984, he received his first sizable salary of $1 million for the movie Best Defense. He received $14 million for the first Beverly Hills Cop movie in 1984. His subsequent $8 million Beverly Hills Cop II salary.
The following year, he made an additional $8 million from Coming to America. He received $15 million, or around $25 million in today’s money, for Beverly Hills Cop III in 1994. His earnings from The Nutty Professor (1996), Doctor Dolittle (1998), and Nutty Professor II totaled $16 million, $17.5 million, and $20 million, respectively (2000).
He also received 20% of the Nutty Professor II box office earnings, bringing his total compensation from the movie to over $60 million. Eddie then made $3 million from Shrek in 2001, $20 million from Doctor Dolittle 2 in 2001, $20 million from The Adventures of Pluto Nash in 2002, $10 million from Shrek 2 in 2004, $4 million from Shrek Forever (perhaps as high as $12 million with backside points), and $7.5 million from Tower Heist (2011).
Eddie received at least $250 million in film salaries and backend points in just the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s. As of this writing, his career film earnings probably exceed $300 million.
Eddie Murphy Netflix Project
Eddie was reportedly in talks to make $70 million to record a run of comedic specials for Netflix in July 2019. That is $10 million more than Dave Chappelle’s three-special contract earnings of $60 million. Chris Rock’s two specials brought in $40 million.
Eddie Murphy Property
Eddie has owned a lot of amazing residences over the years. Eddie spent a time in the 1990s residing in a lavish custom-built mansion in a palatial gated community in Granite Bay, California (close to Sacramento).
Eddie spent $10 million on a 3.7-acre undeveloped lot in the incredibly elite Beverly Hills area of Beverly Park after selling the Granite Bay house. A gated neighborhood called Beverly Park is located at the top of Beverly Hills’ most pricey district. Along with other millionaires, it is home to celebrities including Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Rod Stewart, and Sylvester Stallone.
Eddie spent countless millions building a brand-new 40,000-square-foot mansion after purchasing his lot for $10 million in 2001. 32 rooms total—9 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms—make up the house. A large pool, tennis court, library, and bowling alley are all on the site. The mansion would easily sell for more than $30–40 million if it were put on the market. Eddie had owned a Beverly Hills property in the 1980s that was marketed for $85 million by a subsequent owner in 2016.
Eddie purchased Rooster Cay, a 15-acre private island in the Bahamas, for $15 million in 2007. He had previously owned Pearl Island, another private island.