Comedian, singer, director, and actor who has starred in such films as Beverly Hills Cop, Trading Places, Daddy Day Care, Norbit and Dr. Doolittle. He also provided the voice for Donkey in the Shrek series.
By age fifteen, he began performing and creating his own stand-up comedy routines. He performed with Saturday Night Live from 1980 until 1984.
He played all the major roles in The Nutty Professor in 1996.
His father, Charles Edward Murphy, was an amateur comedian and actor who died while Eddie was young. His brother Charlie Murphy also became a popular comedian. He married Nicole Mitchell in 1993 and divorced her in 2006. He began dating Paige Butcher in 2012. In total he has five daughters and three sons.