Eddie Murphy

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Eddie Murphy always knew how to make people laugh. He first took the stage at the age of 15. At 19, he was discovered by the producers of Saturday Night Live and soon emerged as the sketch comedy program's biggest and most controversial star, creating such memorable characters as Buckwheat, Mr. Robinson, and Little Richard Simmons. After Murphy began making movies, he quickly established himself as one of the hottest stars in Hollywood, playing such streetwise characters as Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop. Murphy...

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Overview

Eddie Murphy always knew how to make people laugh. He first took the stage at the age of 15. At 19, he was discovered by the producers of Saturday Night Live and soon emerged as the sketch comedy program's biggest and most controversial star, creating such memorable characters as Buckwheat, Mr. Robinson, and Little Richard Simmons. After Murphy began making movies, he quickly established himself as one of the hottest stars in Hollywood, playing such streetwise characters as Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop. Murphy has since expanded his range by starring in more family-friendly films and playing multiple characters in movies like The Nutty Professor, as well as acting in more dramatic roles, such as his portrayal of soul singer James "Thunder" Early in Dreamgirls.

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Table of Contents

1 The Making of a Movie Star 1

2 Born to Be a Comic 7

3 The SNL Years 19

4 A Comic Genius Emerges 33

5 The Softer Side of Eddie Murphy 46

6 Scandals in Hollywood 57

7 Family Fun 69

8 Still Pushing Boundaries 82

Selected Filmography 93

Chronology 94

Further Reading 96

Picture Credits 97

Index 98

About the Author 103

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