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 Name||Edward Regan Murphy|
|Birthday||April 3, 1961 (57)|
|Birthplace||Brooklyn, New York, USA|
|Height||5' 10" (1m78) How tall is Eddie Murphy compared to you?|
|Awards||2007 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)|
|Vampire in Brooklyn|
|Beverly Hills Cop II|
|Beverly Hills Cop III|
|Shrek Forever After|
|Shrek the Third|