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Was cast by "Saturday Night Live" (1975) and NBC when he was 19 years old.


Born at 1:30pm-EST.


In a TV commercial never shown in the USA, Eddie Murphy kissed the front bumper of a Toyota sedan.


Has eight children: Has a son each with Tamara Hood and Paulette McNeely; Five children with Nicole Mitchell Murphy: daughter Bria (born on 18 November 1989 in Sacramento); son Miles Mitchell (born on 7 November 1992); daughter Shayne Audra (born on 10 Ocotber 1994); daughter Zola Ivy (born on 24 December 1999 in Los Angeles); and daughter Bella Zahra (born on 29 January 2002); and, One child with ex-girlfriend Melanie Brown a daughter, Angel Iris Murphy Brown (born on 3 April 2007).


Attended Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York, before beginning his acting career.


Did stand-up comedy at the same Bay Area Comedy Club as Robin Williams and Caryn Johnson (whose stage name eventually became Whoopi Goldberg) before getting into acting.


Was voted Most Popular while attending Roosevelt Junior-Senior High School in Roosevelt, New York, due to the stand-up comedy routines he would perform in the school's auditorium and jokes he would tell classmates during lunch.


Older brother Charles Q. Murphy is also an actor. Younger brother Vernon Jr. was half of the hip-hop group K-9 Posse, which released two albums in the late 1980s and early 1990s.


Won a Grammy for his 1983 comedy album "Comedian," which featured his stand-up routine.


Turned down the role of Winston Zeddemore in Ghost Busters (1984).


Idolized Richard Pryor and was inspired by him to do comedy. Went on to cast Pryor in his directorial debut Harlem Nights (1989).


At the height of his popularity in the mid 1980s, he began a music career, spawning the popular song "Party all the Time," which he recorded with Rick James. Also recorded an album in the early 90s, entitled "Whazzupwitu," in which he performs in a video of the single of the same name, alongside Michael Jackson. Murphy appeared in Jackson's "Remember the Time" video in 1992 alongside fellow celebrities Magic Johnson and Iman.


Close friends with former late night talk show host Arsenio Hall.


Paid for the funeral of comedic inspiration Redd Foxx.


Was criticized tremendously by Spike Lee for not using his show business stature to help black actors break into film.


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