Edward Regan Murphy is an American comedian, actor, writer and producer born on April 3, 1961 who is has an estimated net worth $85 million. He started performing as a standup comedian at 15 years old and his reputation quickly grew in New York. In 1980, he was brought into the cast of Saturday Night Live for four seasons, making him one of the most influential and popular comedians at the time.
During the 1980s, he also released three standup comedy specials, with Delirious (1983) becoming so popular, his next special Eddie Murphy Raw (1987) was released in movie theaters nationally. The 80s also saw him star a series of classic comedies, such as Trading Places, Coming to America, Beverly Hills Cop and its sequels. In the late 1990s, he starred in The Nutty Professor and its sequel, The Adventures of Pluto Nash and Bowfinger. In 2001, he starred as Donkey in Shrek with Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz. This became one of his most iconic roles, with him returning to it for three sequels.