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Murphy opened the show with the phrase, "Live from New York, It's the Eddie Murphy Show!
" The following year, Murphy starred in Trading Places with fellow SNL alumnus Dan Aykroyd.
The movie marked the first of Murphy's collaborations with director John Landis (who also directed Murphy in Coming to America and Beverly Hills Cop III) and proved to be an even greater box office success than 48 Hrs.
In 1984, Murphy starred in the successful action comedy film Beverly Hills Cop.
is an American comedian, actor, writer, singer, and producer.
He was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1980 to 1984.
Best Defense was a major financial and critical disappointment.
Murphy, who was credited as a "Strategic Guest Star", was added to the film after an original version was completed but tested poorly with audiences.and Murphy's comedy special Eddie Murphy Delirious.As a solo artist, Murphy had two hit singles, "Party All the Time" (which was produced by Rick James) and "Put Your Mouth On Me" during the latter half of the 1980s (although he actually started singing earlier in his career, with the songs "Boogie in Your Butt" and "Enough Is Enough", the latter being a parody of Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer's 1979 song, "No More Tears".In 2007, he won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of soul singer James "Thunder" Early in Dreamgirls.His work as a voice actor in films includes: Thurgood Stubbs in The PJs, Donkey in Dream Works' Shrek series, and the Chinese dragon Mushu in Disney's Mulan.
He has worked as a stand-up comedian, and was ranked #10 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.