He did it again in The Nutty Professor, playing the whole Klump family, recalling no less a feat than that of Alec Guinness in Kind Hearts and Coronets. During the 1980s, Paramount studios had two lucrative franchises - Star Trek and Eddie Murphy.
The sudden wealth and star power may have fuelled the actor's on-screen confidence, but they also affected Murphy's off-screen arrogance.
She added: 'There is absolutely no question that Eddie is the father.' According to Scary's friends, Murphy is merely hyping his film.
One of these media-savvy Brown 'insiders' is reported to have said: 'He has a film coming out and his career hasn't been going very well lately.' Recognition at the Oscars would be the most surprising comeback of all for Murphy.
Murphy was the class joker at Roosevelt high school and by 15 was writing and performing routines at the school theatre, basing his material on celebrity impressions and teenage observations in the manner of his heroes, Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor.
He told anyone who'd listen that he'd be a household name by the age of 19.
I met Murphy in Cannes in 2004, when Shrek 2, starring his Donkey character, became the first sequel to make it into competition there.