Eddie Murphy - Happy Birthday, Eddie Murphy!

Eddie Murphy is still funny and foolish at 50 - the star celebrates his big birthday on Sunday (03Apr11).
Making his way up the laughing ladder, Murphy first made his name as a stand-up comic before a stint on Saturday Night Live shot him into the comedy stratosphere.
His turns in the Beverly Hills Cop movies made him a household name, and despite a series of recent film flops, he proves he's still got it with his role as the adorable Donkey in animated hit Shrek.
But Murphy isn't just a funnyman - his all-singing, all-dancing role in Dreamgirls won him a surprise Best Supporting Actor nomination.
And to celebrate a career which has shone as brightly as his mega-watt smile, we've searched through the archives to find 10 facts on birthday boy Murphy.
- Murphy started his career early, writing stand-up routines when he was just 15 years old after being inspired by Bill Cosby.
- He is often named the most successful Snl alumni and is credited for revitalising the sketch show when it hit a slump in the early 1980s.
- Has also enjoyed success on America's Billboard chart, with two hits to his name - Party All the Time and Put Your Mouth on Me.
- He has dated Halle Berry, Whitney Houston and former Spice Girl Melanie Brown.
- Murphy set a record at the 2007 Razzie Awards when he was voted for five gongs - the most ever for one star in the same year. All of the unwanted award nominations were for his flop Norbit.
- He's the first actor to be paid $1 million for his debut movie role.
- He was one of several stars to fall victim to a death hoax last December (10), with reports suggesting he had passed away in a skiing accident.
- Murphy admits he hated facing his 50th birthday, because he'll looked like a "creepy old man" if he hits on girls.
- Murphy is very clean cut - he doesn't smoke or drink and his only vice is strong coffee.
- He took home 20 per cent of the box office takings of his Nutty Professor franchise.


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Whether he was doing stand up, or singing, or making movies, I have always found Eddie Murphy to be absolutely funny... and although some say he has had some flopped movies, they still garnered an audience.. He is very funny, and for 50, I believe he will be alright in the future...Good Luck Eddie... I will always be a fan...:-)
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April 3. My birthday also. 70th!Happy 50th!
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