Even as a young boy, Eddie Murphy knew how to make people laugh. He first took the stage at the age of 15, emceeing an amateur talent show. 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 turned to 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. Read how this talented, wise-cracking actor has made audiences laugh, from the small screen to movie hits.
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About the Author(s)
Hal Marcovitz is a former newspaper reporter who lives in Chalfont, Pennsylvania, with his family. He has written more than 150 books for young readers, including biographies of civil rights leaders Al Sharpton and Eleanor Holmes Norton, farm labor organizer Cesar Chavez, and film director Ron Howard. In 2005, his Chelsea House biography of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was named to Booklist magazine's list of recommended feminist books for young readers.