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Born April 3, 1961, Eddie Murphy is an American actor, comedian and singer who was particularly influential in the 1980s. When he was a teenager living in New York City, he began doing stand-up comedy, first for his friends and family. At the young age of 19, Murphy joined the cast of Saturday Night Live (SNL), and became a top performer. One of his most notable characters on the show was Mister Robinson, a spoof of Mister Rogers. 


Following the success of his SNL career, he got his first role in the film 48 Hrs. (1982). He later left SNL in 1984 to pursue more acting opportunities. After leaving SNL, he had three more box-office successes, one being Beverly Hills Cop (1984). He then tried his luck as a director with Harlem Nights (1989), to which he saw a dip in his career thereafter. Luckily, his recreation of The Nutty Professor (1996)  rebounded his career. 


Murphy went on to write several comedy films and show his versatility as a comedian. Other famous roles include Dr. Dolittle (1998), Donkey in the Shrek films and James Early in Dreamgirls (2006). He went on to be in many other films, which have contributed to his various awards. Some awards include a Golden Globe, a Grammy, an Emmy and several critics awards. 


In 2019, Murphy made a return to SNL after 35 years and reprised his old roles after updating viewers on what he had been up to. Currently, Murphy can be seen in the film Coming 2 America (2021). On his birthday, he turned 61, and he will begin working on Beverly Hills Cop 4 as well as Triplets.

Eddie Murphy on SNL as his character Buckwheat.
Eddie Murphy in Dr. Dolittle.

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