The Life And Times of Eddie Murphy

He Had A Turbulent Childhood

Eddie Murphy childhood
Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images
Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

At just three years old, Murphy’s parents got divorced and then at age five his father tragically died. His mother also became very ill during this period, leaving the two boys no option but to go into foster care for a year until their mother was fit to look after them.

Life wasn’t easy growing up, however, when Murphy was nine years old, his mother re-married Vernon Lynch. This ice cream plant foreman changed the family’s direction when he moved them to Long Island.