Since very young Eddie Murphy showed his talent as an impersonator on stage by performing at the age of 15. With his comic gifts, he was hired at the Comic Strip in Manhattan and then joined the team of the television show 'Saturday Night Live' in 1980.
His being cited for his impersonating talent three times at the Emmy Award, including his work as a co-writer. In 1982 Eddie Murphy made his screen debut in the film “48 Hrs.”
Then he continues with “Trading Places”, nominated at the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. He then became Axel Foley in “Beverly Hills Cop”. Eddie Murphy becomes the most popular black actor in Hollywood.
In 1986 he plays the role of Chandler Jarrell in “The Golden Child”. In 1987 he continues with the second part of “Beverly Hills Cop” and is performing “Eddie Murphy Raw”, a stand up show who made more than 50 million $ at the box office.
In 1989, he assumes the roles of producer, director, writer and performer for 'Harlem Nights', but the film is not well received. He returns with success thanks to the 'Nutty Professor' (1996) and 'Dr. Dolittle '(1998). He interprets the voice of the Donkey in Shrek (2001), Shrek 2 (2004) and Shrek the Third (2007).
In 2007 he is awarded to the first Golden Globe of his career, thanks to its performance in the film 'Dreamgirls'.
This year, on November 4, Tower Heist, a crime comedy film, is scheduled for release. Eddie Murphy is starring among the popular actors Ben Stiller, Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick, Tea Leoni.
Eddie Murphy’s personal life
Eddie Murphy grew up in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.
Eddie Murphy has been married twice (second one was not legal) and has eight children with Nicole Mitchell (5 children together), Paulette McNeely, Tamara Hood, Spice Girl Melanie B.
In May 1997, Murphy was stopped by police with a transvestite prostitute in his car shortly before the release of Holy Man, causing him a number of public relations problems.