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Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy
Murphy at the Tribeca Film Festival for Shrek Forever After in 2010.
Personal information
NameEddie Murphy
Birth nameEdward Regan Murphy
Birth dateApril 3, 1961(age 56)
Birth placeBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
MediumFilm, television, stand-up, music, books
Years active1976 present
GenresObservational comedy, musical comedy, black comedy, satire, physical comedy
SubjectAfrican American culture, race relations, racism, marriage, everyday life, current events, pop culture, human sexuality
InfluencesBill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Peter Sellers, Redd Foxx
SpouseNicole Mitchell (1993 2006) (divorced) 5 children
Tracey Edmonds (2008) (annulled)
Domestic partnerMelanie Brown (2006 07) 1 child
Notable works and rolesAxel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop
Various on Saturday Night Live
Shrek series

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Edward Regan "Eddie" Murphy (born April 3, 1961) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, singer, director, and musician.

Box office takes from Murphy's films make him the second-highest grossing actor in the United States. He was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1980 to 1984 and has worked as a stand-up comedian. He was ranked #10 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.

He has received Golden Globe Award nominations for his performances in 48 Hrs, Beverly Hills Cop series, Trading Places, and The Nutty Professor. In 2007, he won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of soul singer James "Thunder" Early in Dreamgirls.

Murphy's work as a voice actor includes Thurgood Stubbs in The PJs, Donkey in the Shrek series and the dragon Mushu in Disney's Mulan. In some of his films, he plays multiple roles in addition to his main character, intended as a tribute to one of his idols Peter Sellers, who played multiple roles in Dr. Strangelove and elsewhere. Murphy has played multiple roles in Coming to America, Wes Craven's Vampire In Brooklyn, the Nutty Professor films (where he played the title role in two incarnations, plus his father, brother, mother, and grandmother), Bowfinger, and 2007's Norbit. Murphy will host the 84th Academy Awards in 2012.

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