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Eddie Murphy Net Worth

Updated January 2, 2020
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How much is Eddie Murphy worth? $160 million

How did Eddie Murphy earn his money and wealth?

Born as Edward Regan Murphy, Eddie Murphy is now an American comedian, actor, voice actor, singer, and producer who became a prominent name in every home being telecast-ed as a constant cast member on Saturday Night Live (SNL) from 1980 to 1984. He attained 10th on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 Best Stand-ups comedians of All Time. Today, he is estimated to have a net worth of $85 million. His net worth is majorly accumulated from his work as a stand-up comedian, while for some part; his acting career is to be credited though he does not have any blockbuster hits as an actor.

Murphy began with SNL in 1981, for which he was paid a per episode salary of $4500 which was then transfigured to $30,000 per episode in just one year by 1982, which was not bad at all for a 22 year old cracking his way through the industry. The major reason behind dramatic increase of salary in such a short span of time conjectured to be his film “48 Hrs”. Given that the TV series telecast-ed 39 episodes in 1982, Eddie raked in a total of $1.1 million from Saturday Night Live alone, which by today’s inflammatory currency rates translates to about $3 million. Eddie Murphy made a mark as a voice actor when he voiced for the Donkey in the Shrek movies, which not only got him to be one of the highest-paid voice actors in Hollywood but also ended with him being named in the top 10 A-list voice actors. He was paid a compensation check of $3 million for his character in the first Shrek series, but his salary skyrocketed by the second installment for “Donkey’s Christmas Shrektacular”, for which he was paid $10 million.

Shortly afterwards, Murphy played an animated Mushu in Disney’s “Mulan”, and the film generated nearly $300 million worldwide box office collection in 1998. Needless to say, his bank account must have flooded with millions. With his $85 million dollars net worth, the 55-year-old comedian secured the 62nd rank as the wealthiest actors list in Hollywood, placing him in lead of prolific personalities such as Michael Caine, Matthew McConaughey, and Liam Neeson.

Murphy had an amazing professional period from the 1980s into the 2000s. His movies have grossed about $6.7 billion at the box office globally over the course of a lifetime. Eddie Murphy was given a payment of $20 million for his role in “The Adventures of Pluto Nash”, a movie that perhaps would be the least successful in Murphy’s filmography. The film grossed nearly $7.5 million at box office, so technically Murphy received three times higher the amount of the total grossed revenue of the film.

With this, Eddie Murphy got his name enlisted in the highest-paid Hollywood actors in film history. However, Forbes later also mentioned this celebrity amongst the over-paid actors in the industry.

What are the highest grossing movies/ TV series of Eddie Murphy?

  1. Shrek (2001): $267.67 millions
  2. Beverly Hills Cop(1984): $234.76 millions
  3. Coming to America (1988): $128.15 millions
  4. 48 Hrs. (1982): $78.87 millions
  5. The Nutty Professor (1996): $128.81 millions
  6. The Trading Places (1983): $90.40 millions
  7. Eddie Murphy: Delirious (1983 – TV Special)
  8. Life (1999): $63.84 millions

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