A native of Washington State, Murphy was raised in and around the Olympia area where he spent a large part of his youth hiking and fishing in the Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges. After attending Washington State University for a year and Film School at the University of Southern California for a few more, he left school to devote his creative energies towards writing for the movies. Supporting himself with a part-time job at the local 7-Eleven, he launched his career as a screenwriter.
Murphy's first break came in 1983 when he was hired by Paramount Pictures to write screenplays for Eddie Murphy (no relation). He went on to receive a co-story credit on Gorillas in the Mist (1988), for which he received an Academy Award nomination. In 1995, Murphy made his feature directing debut on the romantic adventure tale, Last of the Dogmen, which was based on his own screenplay and starred Barbara Hershey and Tom Berenger.
Murphy and his family live in the Los Angeles area.
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