Eddie (Edward Regan) Murphy was born on 3rd April, 1961 in Brooklyn, NYC, New York (USA). At age 59, the actor, comedian, director, producer and singer is riding high on a wave of hits that had its first surge when the budding young Murphy was a regular on the hit TV series “Saturday Night Live” from 1980 until 1984.
Murphy’s film career was launched with a hit. His first big role in the film “48 Hours” was way back in 1982. Now, Murphy has had roles in over 35 major films either “in person” or “in voice” roles. Some of his career highlights include his roles in hits like: “Beverly Hills Cop”, “The Nutty Professor”, “Dr. Doolittle”, “Shrek” and so many more.
His comedic style and ability to manipulate his voice are two talents that Murphy possesses in abundance. In roles where he is allowed free reign to play the part with his genuine funny-man style, he does a great job. Murphy has not, as yet, enjoyed any measurable success in purely dramatic roles.
That may be due, in part, to the fact that audiences expect Murphy to be funny. If he is not, then he suffers with the fans and the critics, as well. Murphy has been nominated for numerous awards for his work in film. His nominations, however, greatly exceed his actual wins. His trophy shelf currently holds:
- Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Dream Girls, 2007
- SAG Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Dream Girls, 2007
- Saturn Award for Best Actor for The Nutty Professor, 1997
Top Ten Films of Eddie Murphy:
- 48 Hours
- Beverly Hills Cop
- Beverly Hills Cop II
- Trading Places
- Coming To America
- The Nutty Professor
- Dolemite is My Name
- Shrek the Third
- Nutty Professor II: The Klumps