Edward Regan Murphy (born April 3, 1961) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and singer.
He rose to fame on the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, for which he was a regular cast member from 1980 to 1984.
In films, Murphy has received Golden Globe Award nominations for his performances in 48 Hrs.
He has also won numerous awards for his work on the fantasy comedy film Dr. Dolittle (1998) and its 2001 sequel.
Murphy was born in Brooklyn, New York City and raised in the borough's Bushwick neighborhood.
His father died in 1969.
When Murphy was 15 he listened to Richard Pryor's comedy album That Nigger's Crazy, which inspired his decision to become a comedian.
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