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-->''That was really amazing to me that he would have that power. To stand in front of a group of people and say: 'This is what I think is funny and I'm gonna make you laugh.' and do it.''
->--'''Charlie Murphy''' on his younger brother Eddie.

Eddie Murphy is an American actor, voice actor, film director, producer, comedian and singer. He is the second-highest grossing lead actor in motion picture history. He was a regular cast member on ''SaturdayNightLive'' from 1980 to 1984 -- keeping that show afloat at a time when it was floundering so badly that Creator/{{NBC}} was considering cancellation [[hottip:*:At the time, Eddie Murphy was ''SNL'''s youngest cast member to join at the age of 19. He was beaten by Anthony Michael Hall -- who was 17 years old -- when Hall joined the cast in 1985. Murphy is still considered the youngest black male cast member to join the cast, despite the upset]] -- and worked as a stand-up comedian throughout TheEighties. He was ranked #10 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.

Amongst his Eighties film roles, he was best-known for playing Axel Foley in the ''BeverlyHillsCop'' series; he also helped popularize SaltAndPepper pairings with his work in ''[[FortyEightHours 48 Hrs.]]'' (his film debut) and ''TradingPlaces''. In 2007, he won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for playing soul singer James "Thunder" Early in ''{{Dreamgirls}}'' a role which also received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

In some of his films he plays multiple roles in addition to his main character, intended as a tribute to one of his idols, PeterSellers, who played multiple roles in ''DrStrangelove'' and elsewhere. Murphy has played multiple roles in ''ComingToAmerica'', Wes Craven's ''VampireInBrooklyn'', ''TheNuttyProfessor'' films (where he played the title role in two incarnations, plus his father, uncle, mother and grandmother), ''{{Bowfinger}}'' and 2007's ''Film/{{Norbit}}''.

After voicing Mushu the dragon in Disney's ''{{Disney/Mulan}}'', Murphy's work as a voice actor went on to include Thurgood Stubbs in ''ThePJs'' and Donkey in the ''{{WesternAnimation/Shrek}}'' series.

His 1983 stand-up show ''Delirious'' is memetically popular with the new generation, featuring memorable sketches such as his drunk [[ClusterFBomb foul-mouthed]] dad, his shoe-throwing mom, his overweight moustached Aunt Bonnie who fell down the stairs (My Shoe!) and is rumored to be Bigfoot (GOONIE GOO GOO!), portraying Mr T and [[TheHoneymooners Ralph Kramden]] as homosexuals, portraying MichaelJackson as a very sensitive young man, discussing offended African-Americans on his portrayal of Stevie Wonder and much much more.

His brother Charlie was a regular on ''Series/ChappellesShow'' and played Ed Wuncler III in ''TheBoondocks''. He even appeared in a cameo as himself in a segment from Series/OneThousandWaysToDie.

Unfortunately, as the 1990's and 2000's rolled around, his career took a turn for the worse. The ''Showtime'' remake started the beginning of the end and ''Adventures of Pluto Nash'' became one of the all time biggest flops, with a budget of $100 million dollars and a worldwide gross of $7.1 million. He had a brief resurgence of quality with the ''{{WesternAnimation/Shrek}}'' films and ''DreamGirls'', but he has yet to have a hit film since then due to BadBadActing and several films that qualify for TheyJustDidntCare.

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!!His roles provide examples of:

* ActingForTwo: He does this. [[UpToEleven A lot.]] [[SerialEscalation Sometimes three or four characters at a time.]]
* BlackAndNerdy: His role as Norbit in the movie ''Norbit'' and also his role as Jiff in ''Bowfinger'' and as Professor Sherman Klump in The Nutty Professor.
* TheCasanova:His character in the movie Boomerang.
* CareerResurrection:in The Nutty Professor. Murphy was one of the biggest comedy stars of The Eighties, but as time went on, films like The Golden Child and Beverly Hills Cop III tainted his reputation with critics. He might have gone down as something of a relic of the Eighties if not for his multiple-role performance in the Professor remake, which was a huge hit. He has a Rated G for Gangsta reputation now (due to doing many family films, most famously the Shrek franchise), but he was still an A-lister for much of the '00s, even receiving an Oscar nomination for Dreamgirls. Unfortunately, in the late '00s another string of financial movie flops .But in the early 10's many people taught he was going to make a comeback with his new comedy ''TowerHeist'' and with him hosting the oscars .TowerHeist was a hit but he didn't host the oscars and ''AThousandWords'' put him on a slump again .
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
* ClusterFBomb: When doing stand up.
* CowboyCop: Axel Foley in ''Beverly Hills Cop''.
* CreatorBacklash: Has been very harsh toward much of his early 1990s work, most notably ''BeverlyHillsCop III''.
** BerserkButton: That said, he doesn't like [[DavidSpade anyone else]] making light of stinkers.
* TheEighties: When he was in his prime.
* FakeNationality: Among the roles he played in ''Coming to America'' were a African man and an old [[AlterKocker Jewish man]]. In ''Norbit'', he played a Chinese man.
* FanDisservice: Rasputia in a two-piece swimsuit is not a nice sight to see.
* FatSuit: ''Nutty Professor'' and ''Norbit''.
* JerkAss: Slide in TowerHeist.
* LargeHam
* LovableSexManiac: Reggie in ''48 Hours''.
* MotorMouth
* NoIndoorVoice
* NWordPrivileges
* NonHumanSidekick: Donkey in the animated movie ''Shrek''. Mushu in ''Mulan''.
* RatedGForGangsta:He started his career as a cast member of SaturdayNightLive, then moved on to foul-mouthed standup comedy. His first movie roles were primarily in R-rated comedies, then turned to more family-friendly fare in the 1990's and into the 2000's. As of today, he has proclaimed that he has moved on to more mature roles.
* ReallyGetsAround: In the movie ''Boomerang''.
* SaltAndPepper: In ''48 Hours'', the ''Beverly Hills Cop'' trilogy, and ''Showtime''.
* SassyBlackWoman: Rasputia in ''Norbit''.
* SelfDeprecation: His Buddy Love persona in ''The Nutty Professor'' is a big Take That against what he was known as during his slumping career in the early 1990s, when he was starting to get a reputation for being overly obnoxious and self-absorbed.
* StandupComedy
* StarDerailingRole:Too many to count but to name his biggest flops ''PlutoNash'',''MeetDave'' and recently ''AThousandWords'' .
* SoulBrotha: In ''Mulan'' as Mushu also Slide in ''TowerHeist'' .
* TalkingAnimal: Donkey in the ''Shrek'' film series.
* TalkingToHimself: In ''Coming to America'', ''Norbit'' and ''TheNuttyProfessor''.
* UncleTomfoolery:His characters in ''Trading Places'' and ''I Spy''.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: He was nearly cast in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''.
** He was also going to be a central character in ''Film/{{Star Trek IV|The Voyage Home}}'' as a conspiracy nut radio personality who believed in aliens. The role would have essentially served the same purpose that Dr. Gillian Taylor did in the completed film.
* WhiteDudeBlackDude: In his stand up routines.
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-->''That was really amazing to me that he would have that power. To stand in front of a group of people and say: 'This is what I think is funny and I'm gonna make you laugh.' and do it.''
->--'''Charlie Murphy''' on his younger brother Eddie.

Eddie Murphy is an American actor, voice actor, film director, producer, comedian and singer. He is the second-highest grossing lead actor in motion picture history. He was a regular cast member on ''SaturdayNightLive'' from 1980 to 1984 -- keeping that show afloat at a time when it was floundering so badly that Creator/{{NBC}} was considering cancellation [[hottip:*:At the time, Eddie Murphy was ''SNL'''s youngest cast member to join at the age of 19. He was beaten by Anthony Michael Hall -- who was 17 years old -- when Hall joined the cast in 1985. Murphy is still considered the youngest black male cast member to join the cast, despite the upset]] -- and worked as a stand-up comedian throughout TheEighties. He was ranked #10 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.

Amongst his Eighties film roles, he was best-known for playing Axel Foley in the ''BeverlyHillsCop'' series; he also helped popularize SaltAndPepper pairings with his work in ''[[FortyEightHours 48 Hrs.]]'' (his film debut) and ''TradingPlaces''. In 2007, he won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for playing soul singer James "Thunder" Early in ''{{Dreamgirls}}'' a role which also received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

In some of his films he plays multiple roles in addition to his main character, intended as a tribute to one of his idols, PeterSellers, who played multiple roles in ''DrStrangelove'' and elsewhere. Murphy has played multiple roles in ''ComingToAmerica'', Wes Craven's ''VampireInBrooklyn'', ''TheNuttyProfessor'' films (where he played the title role in two incarnations, plus his father, uncle, mother and grandmother), ''{{Bowfinger}}'' and 2007's ''Film/{{Norbit}}''.

After voicing Mushu the dragon in Disney's ''{{Disney/Mulan}}'', Murphy's work as a voice actor went on to include Thurgood Stubbs in ''ThePJs'' and Donkey in the ''{{WesternAnimation/Shrek}}'' series.

His 1983 stand-up show ''Delirious'' is memetically popular with the new generation, featuring memorable sketches such as his drunk [[ClusterFBomb foul-mouthed]] dad, his shoe-throwing mom, his overweight moustached Aunt Bonnie who fell down the stairs (My Shoe!) and is rumored to be Bigfoot (GOONIE GOO GOO!), portraying Mr T and [[TheHoneymooners Ralph Kramden]] as homosexuals, portraying MichaelJackson as a very sensitive young man, discussing offended African-Americans on his portrayal of Stevie Wonder and much much more.

His brother Charlie was a regular on ''Series/ChappellesShow'' and played Ed Wuncler III in ''TheBoondocks''. He even appeared in a cameo as himself in a segment from Series/OneThousandWaysToDie.

Unfortunately, as the 1990's and 2000's rolled around, his career took a turn for the worse. The ''Showtime'' remake started the beginning of the end and ''Adventures of Pluto Nash'' became one of the all time biggest flops, with a budget of $100 million dollars and a worldwide gross of $7.1 million. He had a brief resurgence of quality with the ''{{WesternAnimation/Shrek}}'' films and ''DreamGirls'', but he has yet to have a hit film since then due to BadBadActing and several films that qualify for TheyJustDidntCare.

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!!His roles provide examples of:

* ActingForTwo: He does this. [[UpToEleven A lot.]] [[SerialEscalation Sometimes three or four characters at a time.]]
* BlackAndNerdy: His role as Norbit in the movie ''Norbit'' and also his role as Jiff in ''Bowfinger'' and as Professor Sherman Klump in The Nutty Professor.
* TheCasanova:His character in the movie Boomerang.
* CareerResurrection:in The Nutty Professor. Murphy was one of the biggest comedy stars of The Eighties, but as time went on, films like The Golden Child and Beverly Hills Cop III tainted his reputation with critics. He might have gone down as something of a relic of the Eighties if not for his multiple-role performance in the Professor remake, which was a huge hit. He has a Rated G for Gangsta reputation now (due to doing many family films, most famously the Shrek franchise), but he was still an A-lister for much of the '00s, even receiving an Oscar nomination for Dreamgirls. Unfortunately, in the late '00s another string of financial movie flops .But in the early 10's many people taught he was going to make a comeback with his new comedy ''TowerHeist'' and with him hosting the oscars .TowerHeist was a hit but he didn't host the oscars and ''AThousandWords'' put him on a slump again .
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}
* ClusterFBomb: When doing stand up.
* CowboyCop: Axel Foley in ''Beverly Hills Cop''.
* CreatorBacklash: Has been very harsh toward much of his early 1990s work, most notably ''BeverlyHillsCop III''.
** BerserkButton: That said, he doesn't like [[DavidSpade anyone else]] making light of stinkers.
* TheEighties: When he was in his prime.
* FakeNationality: Among the roles he played in ''Coming to America'' were a African man and an old [[AlterKocker Jewish man]]. In ''Norbit'', he played a Chinese man.
* FanDisservice: Rasputia in a two-piece swimsuit is not a nice sight to see.
* FatSuit: ''Nutty Professor'' and ''Norbit''.
* JerkAss: Slide in TowerHeist.
* LargeHam
* LovableSexManiac: Reggie in ''48 Hours''.
* MotorMouth
* NoIndoorVoice
* NWordPrivileges
* NonHumanSidekick: Donkey in the animated movie ''Shrek''. Mushu in ''Mulan''.
* RatedGForGangsta:He started his career as a cast member of SaturdayNightLive, then moved on to foul-mouthed standup comedy. His first movie roles were primarily in R-rated comedies, then turned to more family-friendly fare in the 1990's and into the 2000's. As of today, he has proclaimed that he has moved on to more mature roles.
* ReallyGetsAround: In the movie ''Boomerang''.
* SaltAndPepper: In ''48 Hours'', the ''Beverly Hills Cop'' trilogy, and ''Showtime''.
* SassyBlackWoman: Rasputia in ''Norbit''.
* SelfDeprecation: His Buddy Love persona in ''The Nutty Professor'' is a big Take That against what he was known as during his slumping career in the early 1990s, when he was starting to get a reputation for being overly obnoxious and self-absorbed.
* StandupComedy
* StarDerailingRole:Too many to count but to name his biggest flops ''PlutoNash'',''MeetDave'' and recently ''AThousandWords'' .
* SoulBrotha: In ''Mulan'' as Mushu also Slide in ''TowerHeist'' .
* TalkingAnimal: Donkey in the ''Shrek'' film series.
* TalkingToHimself: In ''Coming to America'', ''Norbit'' and ''TheNuttyProfessor''.
* UncleTomfoolery:His characters in ''Trading Places'' and ''I Spy''.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: He was nearly cast in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''.
** He was also going to be a central character in ''Film/{{Star Trek IV|The Voyage Home}}'' as a conspiracy nut radio personality who believed in aliens. The role would have essentially served the same purpose that Dr. Gillian Taylor did in the completed film.
* WhiteDudeBlackDude: In his stand up routines.
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28th Jan '13 3:58:08 PM MattFisherNL
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Eddie Murphy is an American actor, voice actor, film director, producer, comedian and singer. He is the second-highest grossing lead actor in motion picture history. He was a regular cast member on ''SaturdayNightLive'' from 1980 to 1984 -- keeping that show afloat at a time when it was floundering so badly that NBC was considering cancellation [[hottip:*:At the time, Eddie Murphy was ''SNL'''s youngest cast member to join at the age of 19. He was beaten by Anthony Michael Hall -- who was 17 years old -- when Hall joined the cast in 1985. Murphy is still considered the youngest black male cast member to join the cast, despite the upset]] -- and worked as a stand-up comedian throughout TheEighties. He was ranked #10 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.

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Eddie Murphy is an American actor, voice actor, film director, producer, comedian and singer. He is the second-highest grossing lead actor in motion picture history. He was a regular cast member on ''SaturdayNightLive'' from 1980 to 1984 -- keeping that show afloat at a time when it was floundering so badly that NBC Creator/{{NBC}} was considering cancellation [[hottip:*:At the time, Eddie Murphy was ''SNL'''s youngest cast member to join at the age of 19. He was beaten by Anthony Michael Hall -- who was 17 years old -- when Hall joined the cast in 1985. Murphy is still considered the youngest black male cast member to join the cast, despite the upset]] -- and worked as a stand-up comedian throughout TheEighties. He was ranked #10 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.
27th Jan '13 11:40:59 AM Sheora
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In some of his films he plays multiple roles in addition to his main character, intended as a tribute to one of his idols, PeterSellers, who played multiple roles in ''DrStrangelove'' and elsewhere. Murphy has played multiple roles in ''ComingToAmerica'', Wes Craven's ''VampireInBrooklyn'', ''TheNuttyProfessor'' films (where he played the title role in two incarnations, plus his father, uncle, mother and grandmother), ''{{Bowfinger}}'' and 2007's ''{{Norbit}}''.

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In some of his films he plays multiple roles in addition to his main character, intended as a tribute to one of his idols, PeterSellers, who played multiple roles in ''DrStrangelove'' and elsewhere. Murphy has played multiple roles in ''ComingToAmerica'', Wes Craven's ''VampireInBrooklyn'', ''TheNuttyProfessor'' films (where he played the title role in two incarnations, plus his father, uncle, mother and grandmother), ''{{Bowfinger}}'' and 2007's ''{{Norbit}}''.
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29th Nov '12 1:44:24 PM Aiguille
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* {{Casanova}}:His character in the movie Boomerang.

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* {{Casanova}}:His TheCasanova:His character in the movie Boomerang.
25th Nov '12 2:37:57 PM N8Mozaik
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* CareerResurrection:in The Nutty Professor. Murphy was one of the biggest comedy stars of The Eighties, but as time went on, films like The Golden Child and Beverly Hills Cop II tainted his reputation with critics. He might have gone down as something of a relic of the Eighties if not for his multiple-role performance in the Professor remake, which was a huge hit. He has a Rated G for Gangsta reputation now (due to doing many family films, most famously the Shrek franchise), but he was still an A-lister for much of the '00s, even receiving an Oscar nomination for Dreamgirls. Unfortunately, in the late '00s another string of financial movie flops .But in the early 10's many people taught he was going to make a comeback with his new comedy ''TowerHeist'' and with him hosting the oscars .TowerHeist was a hit but he didn't host the oscars and ''AThousandWords'' put him on a slump again .

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* CareerResurrection:in The Nutty Professor. Murphy was one of the biggest comedy stars of The Eighties, but as time went on, films like The Golden Child and Beverly Hills Cop II III tainted his reputation with critics. He might have gone down as something of a relic of the Eighties if not for his multiple-role performance in the Professor remake, which was a huge hit. He has a Rated G for Gangsta reputation now (due to doing many family films, most famously the Shrek franchise), but he was still an A-lister for much of the '00s, even receiving an Oscar nomination for Dreamgirls. Unfortunately, in the late '00s another string of financial movie flops .But in the early 10's many people taught he was going to make a comeback with his new comedy ''TowerHeist'' and with him hosting the oscars .TowerHeist was a hit but he didn't host the oscars and ''AThousandWords'' put him on a slump again .
18th Nov '12 3:09:55 PM Aiguille
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* CasaNova:His character in the movie Boomerang.

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* CasaNova:His {{Casanova}}:His character in the movie Boomerang.
12th Nov '12 8:04:28 PM Donster20
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* SoulBrotha: In ''Mulan'' as Mushu.

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* SoulBrotha: In ''Mulan'' as Mushu.Mushu also Slide in ''TowerHeist'' .
12th Nov '12 8:02:30 PM Donster20
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* CareerResurrection

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* CareerResurrectionCareerResurrection:in The Nutty Professor. Murphy was one of the biggest comedy stars of The Eighties, but as time went on, films like The Golden Child and Beverly Hills Cop II tainted his reputation with critics. He might have gone down as something of a relic of the Eighties if not for his multiple-role performance in the Professor remake, which was a huge hit. He has a Rated G for Gangsta reputation now (due to doing many family films, most famously the Shrek franchise), but he was still an A-lister for much of the '00s, even receiving an Oscar nomination for Dreamgirls. Unfortunately, in the late '00s another string of financial movie flops .But in the early 10's many people taught he was going to make a comeback with his new comedy ''TowerHeist'' and with him hosting the oscars .TowerHeist was a hit but he didn't host the oscars and ''AThousandWords'' put him on a slump again .
12th Nov '12 7:54:15 PM Donster20
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* CareerResurrection



* StarDerailingRole:Too many to count but to name his biggest flops ''PlutoNash'',''MeetDave'' and recently ''AThousandWords'' .



* UncleTomfoolery: ''Trading Places'' and ''I Spy''.

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* UncleTomfoolery: UncleTomfoolery:His characters in ''Trading Places'' and ''I Spy''.
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