Even though he has been a fixture in Hollywood since the late 80s, Eddie Murphy hasn't really done much in the last handful of years. Starting out on Saturday Night Live, we couldn't get enough of this comedian's humor.
From Beverly Hills Cop in 1984 to The Nutty Professor in 1996 and Dr. Doolittle in 1998, there are some definitely hits that came out in the 80s and 90s thanks to this hilarious actor.
But where has he been? Let's find out.
He made a bunch of flops
Murphy's on screen career has always been a bit of a roller coaster. From huge hits like Beverly Hills Cop to The Adventures of Pluto Nash, which still remains one of Hollywood's biggest bombs, a decade later things don't seem to be doing any better.
Starring roles in box office bombs include 2007's Norbit, 2009's Imagine That, 2008's Meet Dave and 2012's A Thousand Words has sent this iconic actor into a tail spin.
All these busts cast a shadow over his 2006 Oscar-nominated Dreamgirls.
In spite of all his flops, he remains in good spirits.
"I used to joke about movies that flopped," Murphy said adding, "I don't even say I have movies that flopped anymore, I'm like, anything that you got to do— they actually put it on the screen and they gave you some paper, that's a f***in' hit." He continued, "sitting around talking s*** about Pluto Nash—I'm like, in my house we have Pluto Nash week. We celebrate Pluto Nash. We don't have Halloween in my house, we have Vampire in Brooklyn night."
He dropped out of hosting the Oscars
In November 2011, Murphy announced that he will no longer be hosting the 84th annual Academy Awards that were set to air the following February. His decision didn't sit well with members of the Academy.
"It was a career mistake," one member told The Hollywood Reporter. "What the hell was he thinking?" "This is like a big middle finger to the Academy and to the industry," said another.
The timing of his announcement came the day after Brett Ratner, the director of Tower Heist, had dropped out of the telecast's production after making anti-gay remarks and discussing his sex life on Howard Stern.
In the end, his replacement, Billy Crystal, received a luke-warm reception, so Murphy may have dodged a bullet after all.
He's been hinting at retirement
While we may be trying to explain his absence from the big screen for a while, as it turns out the actor has been laying the groundwork for his retirement for years.
In 2008, the then 47-year-old actor revealed when he will have had enough.
"I'm planning to make movies until I am 50," he said. "That's two years and eight months [from now]. Then I'm going back to the stage."
Since then, the Nutty Professor actor has lived up to his word, for the most part. His last major movie role was in Tower Heist which hit theaters a few months before his 50th birthday.
He did appear in two other movies after, including the underwhelming A Thousand Words and the 2016 much-anticipated Mr. Church.
He has also started to perform a bit of stand-up for the first time in almost three decades.
He returned to Saturday Night Live
As one of the many famous faces during the 40th anniversary special of Saturday Night Live in February 2015, Murphy got to return to his roots.
Surprisingly Murphy's role was limited to a one-minute speech during the star-studded episode.
What stopped him from doing more? SNL wanted him to play Bill Cosby and the idea didn't sit well with the veteran actor.
"I totally understood [why SNL wanted to do it]," Murphy said. "It was the biggest thing in the news at the time. I can see why they thought it would be funny, and the sketch that Norm [Macdonald] wrote was hysterical."
"[But the story is] horrible," he continued. "There's nothing funny about it. If you get up there and you crack jokes about him, you're just hurting people. You're hurting him. You're hurting his accusers. I was like, 'Hey, I'm coming back to SNL for the anniversary, I'm not turning my moment on the show into this other thing.'"
He expanded his family
Murphy's priorities of being a dad over a Hollywood star were proven in May 2016 when he and his girlfriend, Paige Butcher, welcomed their first child together.
Murphy has eight other children with four other women, including former Spice Girl, Mel B.
His domestic commitment only goes so far though.
"I don't change diapers," he added. "'Cause I would be horrible at it and that's not fair to the child."
Do you wish you could see more movies out of this actor?