The Life And Times of Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy is one of the most popular and well-known comedians in the entertainment industry. His Hollywood success has seen him show off his talent at standup and impersonations as well as star in multiple hit movies. He was a dominant voice of comedy throughout the ’80s and ’90s and is a favorite face in many movies today. We’re reflecting on the life and times of Eddie Murphy to learn a little more about his history and to recap some memorable moments.

Born In Brooklyn

Street in Brooklyn 1960s
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Eddie Murphy was born on April 3rd, 1961, in Brooklyn, New York. Although today Brooklyn is a hub of gentrification, at the time of his birth it was a little more rough around the edges.

He was born into a family that was made up of mother Lillian, a telephone operator; Charles Edward Murphy, a police officer; and Charlie Murphy, his older brother who went on to become a comedian too.