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Eddie Murphy

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

Box-office takes from Murphy's films make him the 4th-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 no. 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.

Eddie Murphy's work as a voice actor includes Thurgood Stubbs in The PJs, Donkey in the Shrek series and the Chinese 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 character's father, brother, mother, and grandmother), Bowfinger, Norbit, and Meet Dave.

As of 2014, films featuring Murphy have grossed over $3.8 billion in the United States and Canada box office, and $6.6 billion worldwide.


Eddie won three worst actor awards in the 2008 Golden Raspberries:
Worst Actor: Eddie in Norbit
Worst Supporting Actress: Eddie in Norbit
Worst Supporting Actor: Eddie in Norbit
At the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2007), Eddie was awarded "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Theatrical Motion Picture)" for his performance in Dreamgirls.
Eddie won the Golden Globe Award for 'Best Supporting Actor' for his portrayal of James "Thunder" Early in Bill Condon's film Dreamgirls.
Following their split in July 2005, Eddie and his wife, Nicole, have divorced after 13 years of marriage. Eddie has agreed to support their five children and share their assets equally.
In the early 1980's, Eddie got his break as a stand-up comedian at Manhattan's Comedy Showcase, Comic Strip club.
Eddie got a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame in June 1996.
Eddie has a production company, called Eddie Murphy Productions.
Eddie has been performing as a stand-up comedian since he was 15 years old, in Long Island clubs.

 

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