Edward Regan"Eddie"Murphy(born April 3, 1961) is an Americanstand-up comedian,actor,writer,singer, director, andmusician.
Box-office takes from Murphy's films make him the second-highest grossing actor in the United States.He was a regular cast member onSaturday Night Livefrom 1980 to 1984 and has worked as a stand-up comedian. He was rankedNo. 10 onComedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.
He has receivedGolden Globe Awardnominations for his performances in48 Hrs,Beverly Hills Copseries,Trading Places, andThe Nutty Professor. In 2007, he won theGolden Globefor Best Supporting Actor and received a nomination for theAcademy Award for Best Supporting Actorfor his portrayal ofsoulsinger James "Thunder" Early inDreamgirls.
Eddie Murphy's work as a voice actor includes Thurgood Stubbs inThe PJs,Donkeyin theShrekseries and theChinese dragonMushuin Disney'sMulan. In some of his films, he plays multiple roles in addition to his main character, intended as a tribute to one of his idolsPeter Sellers, who played multiple roles inDr. Strangeloveand elsewhere. Murphy has played multiple roles inComing to America,Wes Craven'sVampire In Brooklyn, theNutty Professorfilms (where he played the title role in two incarnations, plus his father, brother, mother, and grandmother),Bowfinger,Norbit, andMeet Dave.