Eddie Murphy’s acting career may have taken the back seat in recent years. In fact, the Beverly Hills Cop star has appeared in just a handful of films since turning 50 in 2011. But it’s an entirely different story when it comes to his personal life; indeed, an announcement Murphy made suggests that he may have his hands full at home.
Born in the New York borough of Brooklyn in 1961, Murphy endured a difficult childhood. He lost his father aged just eight and was subsequently placed into foster care for a while when his mother fell ill. The star later revealed that he used comedy to get him through the tough times, though, and by the age of 15 he was creating his own stand-up routines.
Heavily inspired by Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby, Murphy had established a reputation as one of America’s premier comics by his early 20s. Indeed, the likes of stand-up specials Delirious and Eddie Murphy Raw enjoyed huge success in the 1980s. But they were fiercely criticized for their alleged xenophobia and homophobia.