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Eddie Murphy is one of the greatest comedians to ever rise
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Eddie’s career represents a typical Hollywood rags-to-riches story as he was catapulted from humble and tough origins in Brooklyn to movie superstardom by the time he was just nineteen!

The youngest out of two sons to mother Lillian, Eddie was young when his father died. Later his mother remarried and together with new husband Vernon and a stepbrother, the would-be megastar grew up on the streets of New York.

Having shown an aptitude for comedy and impersonations during his teenage years Eddie got his break as a stand-up at Manhattan’s comedy showcase ‘Comic Strip’ club in the early 1980’s. Shortly afterwards he successfully auditioned for ‘Saturday Night Live’ (1981-84) where Eddie nurtured his comedic talents and created memorable Afro-American characters.

1982 proved to be Eddie’s breakthrough year when he won a coveted role at only twenty two co-starring with Nick Nolte in the classic buddy-cop flick ’48 Hrs’. Further hits followed with the off-the-wall John Landis comedy ‘Trading Places’ co-starring Dan Aykroyd and a very revealing Jamie-Lee-Curtis.

A somewhat forgotten cameo in the mediocre ‘Best Defense’ was thankfully overshadowed by Eddie’s hugely successful franchise ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ (1984) which had originally been written for Sly Stallone.

The Beverly series (three movies in total) transformed Eddie into a bona fide mega-salary movie star. Playing Alex Foley, a cheeky, irreverent and hip Detroit cop who is transposed to La La Land, the role earned him a Golden Globe nomination.

Murphy was at the time one of only a few black actors who could be counted as box office stars and the young actor played it safe by appearing in crowd-pleasing blockbusters. However, some movies missed the mark altogether, such as ‘The Golden Child’ (1986) which although critically panned was still a box office hit due to Eddie’s starring name on the posters.

It was probably inevitable that ‘Beverly Cops II’ (1987) wasn’t going to receive favourable reviews as sequels usually fail to deliver the goods. But still the movie was a massive earner for the star and studio.

‘Coming To America’ (1988) another John Landis comedy partnership continued box office success until sadly Murphy’s very own directorial debut with the 1989 flick ‘Harlem Nights’. This spoof ‘Godfather’ style comedy-thriller set in the 30’s and co-starring Richard Pryor, failed to set the box office alight.

Perhaps this set back enticed Murphy to take up the buddy-cop reins again on ‘Another 48 Hrs’ (1990) reuniting him with buddy Nick Nolte, but the sequel was a disappointing near replica of the original despite Walter ‘Red Dawn’ Hill in the director’s chair.

Changing tack slightly, this time playing a hopeless romantic in ‘Boomerang’ (1992) did very little to revitalise Eddie’s now chequered career, despite having Mr Tyson’s Misses (Robin Givens) as the glamorous love interest.

That same year Eddie’s ‘The Distinguished Gentleman’ kept aboard the comedy track taking on the role of one Thomas Jefferson Johnson, a con man who tries to get one over on Congress. The flick was critically well received and likened to an Ealing comedy. However, its combination of astute political observation and breezy off-the-wall comedy failed to mine the usual box office gold associated with Mr Murphy’s charismatic on-screen persona.

It was the remake of Jerry Lewis’ 50’s comedy caper ‘The Nutty Professor’ that was to bring Eddie back into big-time box office league again. The 1996 movie, this time utilising mid 90’s CGI technology and incredible prosthetics, ensured that this light-hearted fare –with a few vulgar touches- became a huge hit for the now thirty-five year old actor.

‘Nutty’ also spearheaded a move into more obvious family fare for Murphy, miles away from the usual foul mouthed, raw and sometimes violent adult entertainment that he was normally associated with.

The ‘Doctor Dolittle’ remake in 1998, only this time with a black doctor and occasional more gutsy and crude humour, seemed fitting for the late 90’s. But it did characterise an actor, who despite his comedic talent and cutting edge beginnings was becoming more associated with special effects and puppetry.

His next film in the same year with Disney, where he lent his voice to the feature cartoon ‘Mulan’ at least utilised his vocal skills without prosthetic distractions.

 It was therefore a refreshing treat to see Eddie in a totally unexpected and endearing role playing a dork in the Steve Martin vehicle ‘Bowfinger’ (1999). Eddie got the chance to subvert his very own charismatic, sex idol persona to play ‘Jiff’ a bespectacled idiot. But Eddie also sent up his own ‘serious actor’ side by doubling as the fictional movie star Kit Ramsey in the same film. Eddie’s performance was a tour de force illustrating just how versatile the former Brooklyn boy is.

Shrek (2001) allowed Murphy to make a splash with younger audiences utilising his comedic skills once again playing a chatterbox donkey to Mike Myers flatulent green monster in the brilliantly funny animation picture. The sequel ‘Shrek 2’ (2004) reportedly paid him a $10m cheque for his vocal services.

Other action movies followed but without much impact, ‘I Spy’ and ‘Showtime’ both (2002), ‘Daddy Day Care’ (2003) and another ‘Shrek’ outing with the unremarkable ‘Far, Far Away’ and the even lamer family ghost-horror film ‘The Haunted Mansion’ (2003)

Still, maybe Eddie’s getting residuals every time someone jumps on the ride at Disneyland?

Despite being a family man and happily married to Nicole Mitchell, Eddie hasn’t escaped the curse of Hollywood gossip and scandal over the years. Father of five children, two of them are the products of relationships with Tamara Hood and Paulette McNeely.

Eddie’s late night-time encounter in 1997 with Shalimar Seiuli, a Californian transsexual, was ranked No61 on E TV’s ‘The Greatest Shocking Moments In Entertainment History’

Shalimar, who took her name from a French fragrance was crowned Miss American Samoa Island Queen in 1993. Later she became a celebrity as ‘House Madam’ at the Club7969. She died tragically after an accidental fall in 1998 but was highlighted in Candace Watkin's book ‘In The Closet With Eddie’ which featured interviews from transsexuals who claimed to have bedded the actor.


Eddie's fortunes turned around in 2006/2007 with the movie version of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls as soul singer James "Thunder" Early. He won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award in that category.

However the comedian was again embroiled in controversy following a relationship with Spice Girl Mel B. After the couple split up, the singer claimed that Murphy was the father of her child, called Angel. Murphy initially denied the claim until Mel B - real name Melanie Brown - took legal action to establish him as a parent. The 46-year-old later released a statement through his publicist saying he would "honour his responsibilities as a father".

Source: Biorgraphy.com: http://www.thebiographychannel.co.uk/biographies/eddie-murphy.html

William Murphy is an anointed gospel single who defines true worship through his work Tags: William murphy true worshippers word life production feature blog

Through music, the human race has been praising and worshiping the Lord since Biblical times. Christian music can be a powerful vehicle to elevate the participant onto a higher plain, bringing them closer to the Lord, who adores our praise and worship, even if the person can't carry a tune. Heart attitude and effort is all that matters to the Lord!

Elder William Murphy has been prepared throughout his life to become a Minister of Worship by the Lord, despite his unplanned arrival into this world. William Murphy 111 was born in Detroit to unmarried, teen-aged parents. While raised by his mother, his father and grandfather and extended family were very close by; to love, guide and involve him in a caring church family.

"Church is what I've known all my life. My family is rich in the heritage of the Gospel, in spoken word ministry as well as music. That was the foundation I grew up on." - blackgospel.com

He grew up in his father's and grandfather's church, and sang for the first time at the age of 14, when he discovered that he too could sing, like most of his extended family. As a young man, he led the music worship in his grandfather's church while taking a 9 to 5 job in a bank, which wasn't where the Lord wanted him.

After the bank was robbed at gunpoint, William arrived at a crossroads, feeling the strong pull from the Holy Spirit to jump into being a minister of worship full time. The Lord began to open doors.

By 2001, he was chosen to be the Senior Minister of Worship at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church while in his late 20's, a position he held until 2005, when his personal ministry of visiting churches and teaching and demonstrating music worship needed more of his focus. However, Elder William Murphy is still involved with his home church, where he is the Assoc. Minister of Worship.

With the energy, focus and dedication of the Apostle Paul, Elder William Murphy, who thinks of himself as a Minister of Worship; not an artist, tours around to different churches with his own band, inspiring others to create music to feed, nurture and elevate their congregations through praise and worship to attain this higher plain of being, rising to the presence of the Lord.

Elder William Murphy has had a few bumps in the road, which he worked through with the help of the Lord. This resulted in the spiritual growth of not only Elder William Murphy, but to the blessing of many people.

Sometime after Elder William Murphy moved his family to Atlanta, his marriage fell apart. His wife left him, and their two sons in Atlanta. Elder William Murphy, worried about loosing his commission to minister, thinking perhaps his divorce would be a disqualifier in the Lord's eyes (1 Cor.9:27). He turned to the Lord in prayer, who gave him a song, which expressed his feelings about praising the Lord, PRAISE IS WHAT I DO.

This well-known song, PRAISE IS WHAT I DO, was originally recorded as the title track on the Shekiah Glory Ministries gold CD, in 2002, and is now recorded by Elder William Murphy on this CD, The William Murphy Project: ALL DAY.

Another bump in his road had to do with his history, an emotional worry which lingered in the back of his mind. The enemy, always looking for a way to derail, brought these feelings to his thoughts. He turned to the Lord in prayer, which resulted in Murphy's emotional healing and the creation of the glorious song, CREATED TO WORSHIP.

Elder William Murphy, testified about this struggle that happened in his life on his ALL DAY CD, giving a mini-sermon of hope and encouragement, sandwiched effortlessly in between the CREATED TO WORSHIP cut and cut 7, entitled The Healing Worship. 

Selected text: Elder William Murphy poignantly shares his personal testimony: "The Lord gave me this song a few years ago, and I don't mind telling my story. My mother was 15 years old and my father, (Bishop William Murphy Jr.) was 17 years old when I was born. You know what they call me, don't cha? They call me a mistake. They said I was illegitimate. They said I was the result of their (his parents) sin. How many of you know that God has the power to take your MESS and made it a blessing to the nations?"

"The enemy said, 'You are going through this right now, because you really aren't supposed to be here. You are a mistake! God doesn't really have a purpose for your life.'"


"I looked at the facts and I almost believed it. But then I heard the Spirit of God say the devil is a liar. How many of you know that he couldn't tell the truth even if he wanted to? The Lord made it clear to me that I was NOT a mistake and that He does have a purpose for my life. I was in the plan of God when my daddy first met my mama." (This leads into a spoken message of encouragement to unwed parents, that their babies were not a mistake.)

Elder William Murphy has continued to take hold of what the Lord has taken hold of him for, calling Elder William Murphy to be a Minister of Worship, with the goal of helping people, despite what is going on in their lives, to praise and worship the Lord; to prepare the hearts and minds of believers, through his words, his music and inspirational services which gladden the heart, feed the soul, lift the spirit and encourage praise and thanksgiving to the Lord Jesus, for who He is, for His character and for what He did for us on the cross, becoming our Lord and Savior.

Source: Christian Music



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