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Eddie Murphy stars in "Tower Heist," directed by Brett Ratner, alongside an ensemble cast that includes Ben Stiller, Casey Affleck, Alan Alda, Matthew Broderick, Judd Hirsch and Téa Leoni, as Slide. Murphy also served as a producer on the film and will next be seen in the comedy "A Thousand Words" and a remake of "The Incredible Shrinking Man."

Eddie Murphy is the most commercially successful African-American actor in the history of the motion picture business and is one of the industry's top-five
Eddie Murphy in "The Haunted Mansion"
Eddie Murphy The Haunted Mansion
boxoffice performers overall. At the tender age of 50, Murphy is on the very short list of actors who have starred in multiple $100-million pictures over the past three decades, from "Beverly Hills Cop" to "Daddy Day Care." He is also the voice of Donkey, whose non-stop talking nearly drove Shrek to distraction, in the Oscar-winning animated film "Shrek" and its sequels: "Shrek 2," which is the top-grossing animated film of all time, "Shrek the Third" and "Shrek Forever After." Murphy won an Annie Award and earned BAFTA and MTV Movie Award nominations for his performance in the first "Shrek."

Murphy began his career as a stand-up comedian as a teenager. In 1980, at the age of 19, he joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" and has since gone on to establish a successful career on the big screen.

His films have been some of the highest-grossing comedies in the industry, among them "48 Hrs.," "Trading Places," "Dr. Dolittle," "Coming to America" and the "Beverly Hills Cop" franchise. Murphy garnered Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture—Comedy or Musical for his performances in "Beverly Hills Cop," "Trading Places" and "48 Hrs."

In 1989, Murphy made his directorial debut with "Harlem Nights," a period comedy he also wrote and starred in, opposite Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx. In addition, Murphy starred in and produced the hit comedy "Life," co-starring Martin Lawrence, and starred opposite Steve Martin in the comedy "Bowfinger." He was also the voice of Mushu the dragon in the successful animated epic "Mulan."

In 1996, Murphy portrayed seven different characters in the worldwide box-office smash "The Nutty Professor," for which he received another Golden Globe Award nomination. He added a character to play a total of eight roles in the sequel "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps," co-starring Janet Jackson. His more recent films include "Dr. Dolittle 2," "Daddy Day Care," "The Haunted Mansion" and the romantic comedy "Norbit," in which he played three characters and served as the film's producer and screenwriter.

In 2007, Murphy received rave reviews and critical acclaim for his portrayal of James "Thunder" Early in the DreamWorks film "Dreamgirls," a performance for which he garnered Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Critics' Choice Awards for Best Supporting Actor, as well as his fi rst Academy Award nomination in the same category.

More recent credits include "Imagine That" and "Meet Dave," opposite Gabrielle Union.


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Age: 55 years old
Birthday: April 3, 1961
Height: 5' 9"
Nickname: Ed
Full Name / Real Name: Edward Regan Murphy
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
Wife: Nicole Mitchell Murphy (3/18/1993 - 4/17/2006, divorced, 5 children)

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