On this day in 1961, comedic genius Eddie Murphy was born

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Eddie Murphy arrives at the 20th annual Hollywood Film Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
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Eddie Murphy was born on April 3, 1961. From his humble beginnings in Brooklyn, New York, Murphy rose to prominence with his talent and infectious charm.

He first gained widespread recognition as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live.” Murphy’s transition to the big screen was seamless, as he starred in a string of blockbuster hits, including “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Coming to America,” and “The Nutty Professor.”

Beyond his acting prowess, Murphy’s influence extends to the realm of stand-up comedy, where he revolutionized the genre with his groundbreaking performances and sharp wit. His stand-up specials, including “Delirious” and “Raw,” remain timeless classics.

Happy birthday to the legendary Eddie Murphy!


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