The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presents Murphy with the Mark Twain Prize, which honors those who influence society in the tradition of Samuel Clemens. Murphy calls the prize a “tremendous honor.”
Actually, it’s an award, but they call it a prize. Usually when there’s a prize, there’s money.
Comedian Norm MacDonald says Murphy was asked to impersonate Cosby on Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary extravaganza.
He knew the laughs would bring the house down, (but) Eddie decides the laughs are not worth it. He will not kick a man when he is down.
Hall interviews Murphy on The Arsenio Hall Show. They talk about the tabloids, their friendship, their days on set when shooting Coming To America, drinking vodka and having a conversation with his dogs.
He had a fifth of Stoley’s vodka and the story ended horribly.
Murphy and Butcher are dating. They stepped out as a couple to attend Eddie Murphy’s: One Night Only tribute. Source:
He pursued her, totally loves her look.
Murphy plays a thief who is hired by a manager at a hotel in Tower Heist. After the workers at a luxury Central Park condominium discover the penthouse billionaire has stolen their retirement, they plot the ultimate revenge to recover their money. Co-starring Ben Stiller, Casey Affleck, and Alan Alda. Ratner:
There were different kinds of movies being offered to him. You know, Eddie’s very smart. He’s very aware of his position and his work. He’s never said to me that one of his bad movies was great, you know what I mean?
Murphy plays Donkey on Shrek Ever After with co-stars Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, and Antonio Banderas. Shrek is lured by Rumpelstiltskin because he is tired of being a husband and a father. Rumperstiltskin creates a time capsule and allows Shrek to go back to his past. After discovering he did not want to go back in time, Shrek tries his best to be reunited with his family.
The first time I saw Shrek with an audience. They laughed at all of the jokes and were moved by the parts I really cared about.
Murphy and Edmonds split after two weeks of being married. Since the civil union was done in Bora Bora, it is not considered legally binding. The couple planned on having a legal ceremony but those plans do not go through.
After much consideration and discussion, we have jointly decided that we will forego having a legal ceremony as it is not necessary to define our relationship further. While the recent symbolic union in Bora Bora was representative of our deep love, friendship and respect that we have for one another on a spiritual level, we have decided to remain friends.
Edmonds and Murphy get engaged. Source:
Tracey and Eddie were engaged last Wednesday. Tracey and Eddie are both very much in love and are excited about spending the rest of their lives together.
Murphy plays Donkey in Shrek the Third with co-stars Justin Timberlake, Mike Myers, and Cameron Diaz. Shrek marrying Princess Fiona and becoming the next King and Queen of Far Far Away wasn’t part of the plan. So when his father-in-law, King Harold, falls ill it is up to Shrek to find a suitable heir or he will be forced to give up his beloved swamp for the throne. Recruiting Donkey and Puss In Boots for a new quest, Shrek sets out to bring back the rightful heir to the throne, Fiona’s rebellious cousin Artie. Antonio Banderas:
It’s a freaky experience. Especially Donkey. Eddie Murphy always said to me, You know, sometimes I look at the guy on the screen and I see myself.
Murphy plays a geek who happens to fall in love with a very aggressive woman named Rasputia. However, when his dream woman Kate enters his life again, he wants to be with her and takes the initiative to do just that. Co-starring Thandie Newton, Terry Crews, and Katt Williams. Charlie Murphy:
I’m really happy with the result. It was kind of like a redeeming thing, because we did Vampire in Brooklyn together, so I was glad that he gave me another shot to work with him after that. And we hit a home run this time, so it gets me out of the dugout.
Murphy plays James Thunder Early in the classic Dreamgirls. Set in early 1960s to mid-70s, Dreamgirls follows the rise of a trio of women: Effie, Deena, Lorrell who form a promising girl group called The Dreamettes. At a talent competition, they are discovered by an ambitious manager named Curtis Taylor, Jr. who offers them the opportunity to become the back-up singers for headliner James “Thunder” Early. Co starring Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson, and Beyonce. Beyonce:
He would say the funniest things to break the ice and he would compliment everything the thought was great.
Knowles, Foxx, and Murphy appear on the cover of the January 2007 issue of Vanity Fair magazine.
Murphy and Brown are expecting a baby. Brown is said to be around four months pregnant. Source:
She was concerned she may be carrying twins since they run in Murphy’s family.
Brown and Murphy divorce after 12 years of marriage. The couple have five children together.
The welfare of our children is our main concern and their best interest is our first priority.
Murphy plays Donkey again in Shrek 2 alongside co-stars Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, and John Cleese. After Shrek and Fiona marry, they decide to travel back to Far Far Away so that Shrek can meet Fiona’s parents. Her dad is surprised to discover she married an ogre. After much conflict between Shrek and her dad, they find a way to make sure they get along for Fiona’s sake.
Donkey is a really positive character. He’s always looking at the bright side of everything, trying to work it out. A happy-go-lucky donkey.
Murphy voices a fun, loving donkey in the movie Shrek. After donkey meets Shrek, they set off to find Princess Fiona. They must rescue the princess before the fire eating dragon finds them. On their way back to the land of Far Far Away, Shrek and Fiona fall in love. Co-starring Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz. Myers:
I thought Eddie Murphy was hilarious. I’ve always been a huge fan of Eddie Murphy, I think he’s an absolutely brilliant comedian. I’ve seen everything he’s done, and what he does just blows me away every time. And I really loved playing off the ideas that he would act out. So it was great to watch Eddie be so hilarious, to interact with that, and then to kind of just sit and watch a master. So I just sort of played off of him, it was really great.
In this comedy directed by Stephen Herek, Murphy plays G, a holy man on a pilgrimage. While walking across California, G meets Ricky Hayman and Kate Newell, executives at a home shopping network. Hayman and Newell offer kindness to G and in return, he does the same -- opening their eyes and hearts and making the world a better place for everyone with his home shopping philosophy. Co-starring Kelly Preston and Jeff Goldblum.
I knew we had something special.
Murphy plays Professor Sherman Klump in The Nutty Professor. After Sherman meets a student named Denise, he falls in love and tries to lose weight to win her heart. He decides to make a fat-reducing formula in order to feel youthful again. However, it backfires and makes him turn into Buddy Love, a fast-talking Don Juan. Co-starring Jada Pinkett Smith, Dave Chappelle, and Larry Miller.
When people came up and talked about the movie they always talked about the dinner scene. That was my favorite stuff in the first movie too, and I wondered what it would be like to take it a step further. When they asked me if I was up for another film, I said: Sure! We just had to find a story.
Murphy plays a vampire on the search for a wife in Vampire in Brooklyn with co-stars Angela Bassett, Allen Payne, and Kadeem Hardison. Maximillian must find a mate to keep his life from ending. So he goes to Brooklyn to search for a woman that can bear his child. He finds Bassett and falls in love with her.
I made this movie for one reason: Paramount agreed to release The Nutty Professor’s rights in exchange for this movie. The wig my character wore was so awful it immediately made people despise the film.
Murphy is interviewed by Hall on The Arsenio Hall Show. They talk about how he wanted to work with Richard Pryor for the longest, and what he thinks like Spike Lee.
I know when I was in junior highschool they used to call me Big Nose Ed and my nose was still big.
Easton and Murphy are interviewed by Hall on The Arsenio Hall Show. They talk about how her husband is an impersonator, how tabloids should be the life that they really live, and her relationship with Prince. Easton:
He’s taught me a lot about writing and stuff like that.
Murphy plays the prince of Zamunda in search of a queen in Coming to America. He decides that he does not want to marry any of the princesses in Zamunda, so he travels to New York in hopes of finding a bride. He settles in Queens, where he meets a woman named Lisa and eventually they fall in love. Co-starring Arsensio Hall, James Earl Jones, John Amos, and Madge Sinclair.
There was some dude who was claiming he was the prince. I be out in the club and this African dude would roll up on me and say, I am the real prince! You stole my life from me! And I want my money!
Murphy wins the Grammy for Best Comedy Recording for Eddie Murphy: Comedian.