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EDDIE MURPHY (Norbit/Rasputia/Mr. Wong/screen writer/producer) was most recently seen in DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures' "Dreamgirls,” for which he has earned critical acclaim and Golden Globe and Broadcast Film Critics awards and an Oscar® nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of R&B singer James "Thunder” Early. He will next be seen in the 20th Century Fox comedy "Starship Dave,” also directed by Brian Robbins.

He was also recently heard as the voice of Donkey, whose non-stop talking nearly drove Shrek to distraction in the award-winning animated hit "Shrek.” Murphy won an Annie Award and earned BAFTA and MTV Movie Award nominations for his performance in the first "Shrek.” He will reprise his Donkey characterization in May 2007, with the release of "Shrek the Third.”

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 box-office performers overall. At the tender age of 43, Murphy is on the very short list of actors who have starred in multiple $100 million dollars pictures of the past three decades, from "Beverly Hills Cop” to "Daddy Day Care.”

Murphy began his career as a stand-up comedian 25 years ago. In 1980, he joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live” at the age of 19, and has since gone on to establish a successful career on the big screen.

His films have been among the highest-grossing comedies in the industry, including "48 Hrs.,” "Trading Places,” "Dr. Dolittle,” "Coming to America,” and the "Beverly Hills Cop” franchise. Murphy garnered Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy 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 hit "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 hits include "Dr. Dolittle 2,” "Daddy Day Care” and "The Haunted Mansion.”

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