Saturday Night Live
Axel Foley in "Beverly Hills Cop:
Donkey in "Shrek"
Eddie Murphy was born in Brooklyn on April 3, 1961. As a teenager he started doing stand up comedy.. and then later joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live." In fact, Murphy auditioned six times before he was hired as an extra on the show. . At age 21, Murphy co-starred with Nick Nolte in 48 Hours...and then in 1983 "Trading Places" with fellow SNL alumnus Dan Aykroyd. His next film, "Beverly Hills Cop" as Axel Foley hit No. 9 on the list of all-time box-office hits.
Murphy has gone on to star in several box-office bombs and box-office successes.. In the summer of 2001 he voiced the character of Donkey in the animated feature "Shrek", also featuring the voices of Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz..In 2006, Murphy signed on for a screen adaptation of the Broadway musical "Dreamgirls", featuring Jennifer Hudson. His performance as soul singer James "Thunder" Early earned him a Golden Globe award and an Academy Award nomination.
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