A woman stabbed my father. I never got all the logistics. It was supposed to be one of those crimes of passion: Someone said to me one day, 'That's why you don't trust women. What are you, a fucking psychiatrist? In interviews, Murphy has said that his time in foster care was influential in developing his sense of humor. Later, he and his brother were raised in Roosevelt, New York , by his mother and stepfather Vernon Lynch, a foreman at an ice cream plant.
Murphy released two stand-up specials. Eddie Murphy was his first album, released in Delirious was filmed in in Washington, D. Robinson a spoof of Fred Rogers , who found it amusing  ; and a morose, cynical Gumby , whose trademark slogan became an SNL catchphrase: Nolte was scheduled to host the December 11, , Christmas episode of Saturday Night Live, but became too ill to host, so Murphy took over.
He became the only cast member to host while still a regular. Murphy, who was credited as a "Strategic Guest Star", was added to the film after an original version was completed but tested poorly with audiences.
Best Defense was a major financial and critical disappointment. When he hosted SNL, Murphy joined the chorus of those bashing Best Defense, calling it "the worst movie in the history of everything".
Aykroyd originally wrote the Winston Zeddemore character in Ghostbusters specifically for Murphy, but he was unable to commit at the time due to the Beverly Hills Cop shooting schedule. Later in , Murphy starred in the successful action comedy film Beverly Hills Cop. The Voyage Home , a role that, after being heavily re-written from comic relief to love interest, ultimately went to future 7th Heaven star Catherine Hicks. By this point  Murphy's near-exclusive contract with Paramount Pictures rivaled Star Trek as Paramount's most lucrative franchise.
In , Murphy starred in the supernatural comedy, The Golden Child. The Golden Child was considered a change of pace for Murphy because of the supernatural setting as opposed to the more "street smart" settings of Murphy's previous efforts. He had started singing earlier in his career, with the songs "Boogie in Your Butt" and "Enough Is Enough", the latter being a parody of Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer 's song, " No More Tears " They both appear on his self-titled comedy album. Murphy recorded the album Love's Alright in the early s.
He performed in a music video of the single " Whatzupwitu ", featuring Michael Jackson. In Coming to America , he imitated Jackie Wilson when he sang "To Be Loved", but because the character he was playing had a thick accent, he had to sing it in character.
In later years, Murphy performed several songs in the Shrek film franchise. In he released his first single in years titled "Red Light", a reggae song featuring Snoop Lion. He is also working on a new album titled 9. Harlem Nights featured Murphy, who had previously been known only as a performer, as director, producer, star, and co-writer, with his brother, Charlie Murphy , as well as supporting roles for Murphy's comic idols Redd Foxx and Richard Pryor.
Jackson and Cuba Gooding Jr. Although Murphy has enjoyed commercial success since Saturday Night Live, he did not participate in the making of the Live from New York: Murphy's box office results began to recover in , starting with The Nutty Professor.
A notable exception to this run of poorly received adult-themed films was the Frank Oz comedy Bowfinger , also starring Steve Martin. Several reviews for the film highlighted Murphy's performance while he received some pre-release Academy Awards buzz. Norbit and Shrek the Third. Murphy co-starred in Tower Heist , directed by Brett Ratner. Murphy played a thief who joins a group of hardworking men who find out they have fallen victim to a wealthy businessman's Ponzi scheme , and conspire to rob his high-rise residence.
The film was also set to star Laurence Fishburne and was set to begin pre-production in from Paramount Pictures. No other word was released about or who else was attached.