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Who is Edward Murphy?

by Ratan Srivastava
Edward Murphy

Edward Murphy is indeed an actor, comedian, writer, producer, as well as a singer from the United States. From 1980 until 1984, he was a regular cast member of the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, where he came to popularity. Murphy has also performed stand-up comedy and was voted No. 10 on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 Greatest Stand-up Comedians of All Time.

Edward Murphy has been nominated for Golden Globes for his roles in 48 Hrs, the Beverly Hills Cop series, Trading Places (1983), The Nutty Professor (1996), and Dolemite Is My Name (2019). He’s also earned a slew of honours for his work on the fantasy comedy Dr Dolittle and its sequel in 2001. For his performance as soul singer James “Thunder” Early in the musical Dreamgirls, Murphy won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2007.

Edward Murphy has voiced characters such as Mushu the Chinese dragon in Disney’s Mulan (1998), Thurgood Stubbs in the sitcom The PJs, as well as Donkey inside the Shrek series from DreamWorks Animation. He plays many parts in certain movies, in addition to his primary character, as a tribute to one of his inspirations, Peter Sellers. Coming to America (1988), Wes Craven’s Vampire in Brooklyn (1995), the Nutty Professor flicks, Bowfinger (1999), The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002), Norbit (2007), and Meet Dave (2007) are among his many performances (2008). Murphy’s movies have made over $3.8 billion in the United States and Canada, and over $6.7 billion globally, as of 2016. His flicks helped him become the sixth highest-grossing actor in the United States in 2015.

The John F. Kennedy Center for such Performing Arts awarded Murphy the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2015. For hosting Saturday Night Live in 2020, he got his first Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. Murphy has three studio albums to his credit, notably How Could It Be (1985), So Happy (1989), as well as Love’s Alright (1990). 

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