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Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy is the most commercially successful African- American actor in the history of the motion picture business, and is one of the industry's top-five box-office performers overall. Murphy is on the very short list of actors who have starred in multiple $100 million pictures over the past three decades, from Beverly Hills Cop to Daddy Day Care. He was also the voice of Donkey in the Oscar- winning animated film Shrek and its sequel, Shrek 2, which is the top-grossing animated film of all time. Murphy won an Annie Award and earned BAFTA and MTV Movie Award™ nominations for his performance in the first Shrek. He reprised the role of Donkey in the next installment, Shrek the Third, and was then seen in the romantic comedy Norbit.

Murphy began his career as a stand-up comedian 25 years ago. In 1980, at the age of 19, he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live, and has since gone on to establish a successful career on the big screen.

His films have been among the highest-grossing comedies in the industry, including 48 Hrs., Trading Places, Dr. Dolittle, Coming to America and the Beverly Hills Cop franchise. Murphy garnered Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy for his performances in Beverly Hills Cop, Trading Places and 48 Hrs.

In 1989, Murphy made his directorial debut with Harlem Nights, a period comedy he also wrote and starred in, opposite Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx. In addition, Murphy starred in and produced the hit comedy Life, co-starring Martin Lawrence, and starred opposite Steve Martin in the comedy Bowfinger. He was also the voice of Mushu the Dragon in the successful animated epic Mulan.

In 1996, Murphy portrayed seven different characters in the worldwide box office smash The Nutty Professor, for which he received another Golden Globe Award nomination. He added a character to play a total of eight roles in the sequel, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, co-starring Janet Jackson. His more recent films include Dr. Dolittle 2, Daddy Day Care and The Haunted Mansion.


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Eddie Murphy Facts

Birth NameEdward Regan Murphy
OccupationActor, Comedian
BirthdayApril 3, 1961 (55)
SignAries
BirthplaceBrooklyn, New York, USA
Height5' 10" (1m78)  How tall is Eddie Murphy compared to you?
Awards2007 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture (for Dreamgirls)
2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role (for Dreamgirls)

Selected Filmography

Mr. Church
Trading Places
Beverly Hills Cop II
Beverly Hills Cop III
Shrek
Mulan
RiffTrax: Beast of the Yellow Night
Shrek 2
Shrek Forever After
Shrek the Third
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