More Eddie Murphy Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Shrek 2)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. At the tender age of 43, Murphy is on the very short list of actors who have starred in multiple $100 million dollar pictures over the past three decades, from Beverly Hills Cop to Daddy Day Care.
Murphy began his career as a stand-up comedian 25 years ago. In 1980, he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live at the age of 19, 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 hit 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 hits include Dr. Dolittle 2, Daddy Day Care and The Haunted Mansion.
Bio courtesy DreamWorks for "Shrek 2" (10-Jun-2004)
Biography #3 (for Pluto Nash)Eddie Murphy began his career as a stand-up comedian 25 years ago. He joined the cast of Saturday Night Live at the age of nineteen in 1980 and since then has gone on to establish a successful career on the silver screen. His film grosses are amongst the highest in the industry.
Among his many film credits are 48 Hours, Trading Places, Coming to America and the Beverly Hills Cop series.
In 1989 he made his directorial debut with Harlem Nights, a period comedy he wrote and starred in, opposite Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx. In 1996, he portrayed seven different characters in the worldwide box-office smash The Nutty Professor.
Murphy starred in and produced the hit comedy Life, co-starring Martin Lawrence; and starred in the hit comedy Bowfinger, opposite Steve Martin; Dr. Dolittle; as well as the voice of Mushu the Dragon in the animated hit Mulan.
Murphy also starred in Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, co-starring Janet Jackson; Dr. Dolittle 2; and his voice was featured, along with Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz, in the animated DreamWorks' hit Shrek.
Murphy will next be seen in I Spy and is currently filming Daddy Day Care. He will then begin production on Haunted Mansion for Disney, followed by the sequel to DreamWorks' Academy Award-winning animated film Shrek, in which he will again co-star will Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz; and The Incredible Shrinking Man, in which he will reteam with producer Brian Grazer for Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment.
Bio courtesy Castle Rock Entertainment for "Pluto Nash" (01-Jan-2000)
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