He was famous by age 19, when he became a regular on Saturday Night Live (1980-4). His stand-up comedy routines were noted for their homophobia. He achieved Hollywood fame in the 48 Hours films, 1982, 1990, Trading Places,1983, the Beverley Hills Cop films, 1984, 1987, 1994, Coming To America, 1988, the Nutty Professor remakes, 1996, 2000, and voicing the donkey in the three Shrek films, 2001, 2004, 2007.
He played in drag in The Nutty Professor films, where he plays all members of the Klumps family, and both genders again in Norbit, 2007.
He was married to Nicole Mitchell 1993 – 2006 and they had five children.
In 1997 he picked up transy prostitute Atisone Seiuli and she was arrested in his car. Several other Los Angeles transy prostitutes including Karen Dior talked to various publications about encounters with Murphy dating back to the early 1980s.
Some later retracted when approached by Paul Barresi, a porn actor in gay films who became famous when he sold a story to The National Enquirer for $100,000 about having a two-year affair with John Travolta, and was now working for Murphy’s lawyers. Barresi offered money if they retracted.
Candace Watkins tell-all book also disappeared from the internet. Atisone Seiuli died in a mysterious fall from her apartment.
- Candace Watkins writing as Carnal Candy. In the Closet with Eddie Murphy. 1997. e-book
- Mark Ebner & Jack Cheevers. “The Bagman”. New Times. April 26, 2001. Online at: www.hollywoodinterrupted.com/archives/the_bagman.phtml.
- "Eddie Murphy". Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Murphy