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Career: Eddie started his career as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco before becoming famous as an actor on Saturday Night Live in the early 1980s. His first movie, 48 Hours, was a big hit and he enjoyed further success with Trading Places and Beverly Hills Cop I and II. His career went into decline in the late 1980s, but he made a comeback with the 1996 film The Nutty Professor, followed by family-friendly hits like Daddy Day Care, Dr Dolittle and the Shrek series, in which he voices Donkey.
Relationships: Eddie is a father of eight with a complicated romantic history. His first child, Eric Murphy, was born on 10th July 1989 to Paulette McNeely. His second, Christian Murphy, was born on 29th December 1990, to Tamara Hood. He met Nicole Mitchell in 1988 and they married on 18th March 1993. Together they had five children, Bria, born 18th November 1989, Miles Mitchell, born 7th November 1992, Shayne Audra, born 10th October 1994, Zola Ivy, born 24th December 1999 and Bella Zahra, born 29th January 2002. They divorced on 17th April 2006. He had child number eight with former Spice Girl Mel B. Angel Iris Murphy Brown was born on 3rd April 2007 and Murphy initially denied that he was was her father until a DNA test confirmed his paternity. On January 1st 2008 he exchanged marriage vows with film producer Tracey Edmonds, but two weeks later it was announced that they never legally married and decided they were better off as friends.
FYI: Eddie only got the role of Axel Foley in the Beverly Hills Cop movies, after Sylvester Stallone turned it down.