Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy

Murphy in 2006, photo by s_bukley/Bigstock.com

Birth Name: Edward Regan Murphy

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 3, 1961

Ethnicity: African-American

Eddie Murphy is an American comedian, actor, writer, singer, and director. His roles include the films 48 Hrs., Trading Places, Beverly Hills Cop, The Golden Child, Coming to America, Boomerang, The Distinguished Gentleman, Vampire in Brooklyn, The Nutty Professor, Metro, Mulan, Dr. Dolittle, Bowfinger, Shrek, Dreamgirls, and Dolemite Is My Name, and the show Saturday Night Live.

He is the son of Lillian (Laney) and Charles Edward Murphy. His brother, Charlie Murphy, was also a comedian and actor. His father died in 1969, and his mother re-married to Vernon Lynch.

Eddie has roots in North Carolina, where his paternal grandparents were born.

Eddie has ten children: a son with his former partner Paulette McNeely; a son with his former partner Tamara Hood; five children, including actress Bella Murphy, with his former wife, model, television personality, designer, actress, and businessperson Nicole Mitchell Murphy; a daughter with British singer, songwriter, and presenter Mel B; and two children with his fiancée, model Paige Butcher.

Eddie’s paternal grandfather was Henry Roosevelt Murphy (the son of Patrick Murphy and Mariah/Maria/Marier Jackson). Henry was born in North Carolina. Patrick was the son of Albert Murphy and Margaret/Margeret/Mag Mandy Bannerman. Mariah was the daughter of Andrew Jackson and Alice.

Eddie’s paternal grandmother was Rosa/Rose V. Boykins (the daughter of Thomas Boykin and Ida Rhodes/Rhoades). Rosa was born in North Carolina. Thomas was the son of Isaac Boykin and Rose Anna Underwood. Ida was the daughter of George Rhodes and Fannie Boykins.

Sources: Death record of Eddie’s father – https://www.findagrave.com

Eddie’s paternal grandparents, Henry Roosevelt Murphy and Rosa/Rose V. Boykins, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Eddie’s paternal grandfather, Henry Roosevelt Murphy, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Eddie’s paternal great-grandparents, Patrick Murphy and Mariah/Maria/Marier Jackson – https://familysearch.org

Eddie’s paternal grandmother, Rosa/Rose V. Boykins, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Rosa/Rose V. Boykins on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Eddie’s paternal great-grandparents, Thomas Boykin and Ida Rhodes/Rhoades – https://familysearch.org

Death record of Eddie’s paternal great-grandfather, Thomas Boykin – https://familysearch.org


Curious about ethnicity

4 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    He is sometimes described as having Irish ancestry. from a grandfather.

  2. Capricious says:

    Funny guy

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