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Edward Regan "Eddie" Murphy is an American actor, comedian, singer, writer, producer, and director who began his career as a cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1980 to 1983. Murphy is best known for his frequent comedic roles in films and on television, including portraying the titular character in the first two Dr. Dolittle films, Axel Foley in the Beverly Hills Cop franchise, Prince/King Akeem Joffer in Coming to America and its 2021 sequel, Professor Sherman Klump in The Nutty Professor and its 2000 sequel (where he also played other characters), Charlie Hinton in Daddy Day Care, Evan Danielson in Imagine That, and for his voice role as Donkey in the Shrek franchise. He was nominated for an Oscar for his role in Bill Condon's Dreamgirls.

He is the younger brother of actor/comedian Charlie Murphy.

In 1992, Murphy made his Disney debut in the Hollywood Pictures release, The Distinguished Gentleman. Murphy's most notable Disney role is Mushu in the 1998 Disney animated feature film, Mulan, which gained him praise for his naturally comedic voice work. In 2003, he starred as Jim Evers in The Haunted Mansion. He also played Inspector Scott Roper in the 1997 Touchstone Pictures film, Metro, and G in the 1998 film, Holy Man. Additionally, in 1999, he voiced the character Thurgood Orenthal Stubbs in the Touchstone Television series The PJs, for which he also co-created.

Disney Roles



  • He was originally considered for the role of Eddie Valiant in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, along with several other actors that were considered for the role. However, he turned down the role afterwards and later regretted it.[1] Had he got the part, his portrayal of the character would fit well with the theme of racial and ethnic discrimination.
  • Eddie Murphy was considered for the role of the host of an unbuilt Disney's Hollywood Studios attraction, the "Creature's Choice Awards". An awards show for monsters, "Eddie Frankenmurphy" would present various awards to different movie creatures, culminating in the arrival of Godzilla to accept a lifetime achievement award. The attraction would ultimately be rejected in favor of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.[2]
  • He was originally considered for the role of Genie in Aladdin along with several other actors that were considered for the role, but it was later given to Robin Williams.


  1. http://splitsider.com/2011/04/the-lost-roles-of-eddie-murphy/
  2. “The Disney MGM Studios Expansion.” Magic Journey: My Fantastical Walt Disney Imagineering Career, by Kevin P. Rafferty, Disney Editions, 2019, pp. 129–134.