For those who are fans of Saturday Night Live, especially long time fans, you must be familiar with Eddy Murphy. The 61 years old man is a well-rounder. He is best known as an actor, a comedian, a producer, and a director. There are tons of projects that have been done by him. He is undoubtedly successful and is included as one of the highest grossing actors in the film history. Are you curious about his net worth?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Eddy Murphy has an estimated net worth of $200 million. His earnings are mostly from his successful career as both an actor and a comedian. He reportedly earns $20 million per movie. What makes it interesting is that the number excludes the cash he makes through his career as a comedian.
In 1981, the earning of Eddy Murphy on the Saturday Night Live was just $4,500 per episode. His salary was raised the next year to $30,000 per episode. His earning increased in 1984 to $1 million when he starred in the film named Best Defense. He got $8 million in 1987 for his acting in Beverly Hills Cop II. He then earned the same amount for Coming to America. For the sequel of Beverly Hills Cop II named Beverly Hills Cop III, the actor earned a total of $15 million. It was in 1994. Two years later, he earned $16 million for The Nutty Professor. By staring in Doctor Dolittle, he brought $17.5 million home in 1998. The sequel of Nutty Professor, Nutty Professor II (2000) resulted him $20 million. In addition to $20 million, he also got 20% of the gross receipts and he brought a total of $60 million from the movie. From Shrek that was released in 2001, he received $3 million. He earned $20 million from Doctor Dolittle 2, $20 million for The Adventures of Pluto Nash, $10 million for Shrek 2, $4 million for Shrek Forever, and a total of $7.5 million from Tower Heist. By starring in the movies that were released in the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s alone, Eddy Murphy collected at least $250 million.
In July 2019, Eddy Murphy was in talks to sign a contract with Netflix for a project that worth $70 million. The number of the contract is $10 million more than the one that earned by Dave Chappelle for his 3 special deal. As a comparation, Chris Rock earned a total of $40 million for two specials.
Eddy Murphy has a number of extraordinary mansions. In the 1990s, he lived in a mansion in Granite Bay, California. After selling it, he purchased a lot in the exclusive Beverly Hills neighborhood of Beverly Park worth $10 million. It is really an expensive area and some stars like Mark Wahlberg, Rod Steward, Denzel Washington, and Sylvester Stallone live there. Aside from the lot, he also spent his money on a mansion with of 32 rooms. The building consists of 9 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, a large pool, a tennis court, a library, and a bowling alley. In the market, it costs about $30-$40 million.
The actor bought a 15-acre private island in 2007. He spent $15 million for the island located in the Bahamas known as Rooster Cay. Actually, it was not his first time purchasing a private island as he previously did in in the past with Pearl Island.
Early and Personal Life
Eddy Murphy was born in Brooklyn, New York on the April 3rd, 1961 to a transit police officer and an amateur comedian/actor father named Charles Edward Murphy and a telephone operator mother named Lilian. His surename is Edward Regan Murphy. After left by his father forever, his mother became ill and the situation was worst, to the point he and his brother Charlie had to live in foster care for a year.
In 1993, the guy from New York named Eddy Murphy married to Nicole Mitchell. However, the marriage did not last long as these two decided to divorce in 2006. After his divorce, he was in relationship with Mel B, a member of Spice Girl. In 2008, he dated a business woman named Tracey Edmonds. In 2012, Paige Butcher, a model, was the one with him. Right now, he has a total of 10 kids from his exes.
1981 was the year when Eddy Murphy started his career as a comedian. He was on the well known late night comedy show named Saturday Night Fever aired by NBC. He began to be a fix performer after there was a time when there was nothing to show in one night. At the time, the comedian was asked to fill the time by showing the standup performance.
His debut on TV was actually successful, which led him to become one of the main comedians featured on the show. Even though he was still considered new, Eddy Murphy was really good at creating memorable characters. One of the most memorable one is an urban version of TV’s Mister Rogers named Mister Robinson and an illiterate convict and poet called Tyrone Green.
A year later, Eddy Murphy made his film debut by staring in a movie named 48 Hours. In 1984, he starred in Beverly Hills Cop, the one that changed his status to a superstar that was known worldwide. Not only popularity, the movie also got him a Golden Globe Award nomination.
His following movie was also a huge hit. It was called Coming to America, a romantic comedy. In 1996, the actor made an appearance in The Nutty Professor. Just like the first two, this one was also successful and it was a box office. Aside from staring in the movies, Eddy Murphy also lends his voice. He has featured in the Shrek the movie as the donkey.
The next project of him was the movie called Dreamgirls. This one was dropped in 2006. After that, he acted in a few other movies, including Meet Dave, Imagine That, and Tower Heist.