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Murphy's work as a voice actor in films includes Thurgood Stubbs in The PJs, Donkey in Dream Works Animation's Shrek series, and the Chinese dragon Mushu in Disney's Mulan. It was supposed to be one of those crimes of passion: 'If I can't have you, no one else will'-kind of deal.
In some films, he plays multiple roles in addition to his main character, intended as a tribute to one of his idols Peter Sellers, who played multiple roles in Dr. He has played multiple roles in Coming to America, Wes Craven's Vampire in Brooklyn, the Nutty Professor films (where he played the title role in two incarnations, plus his character's father, brother, mother, and grandmother), Bowfinger, The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Norbit, and Meet Dave. Someone said to me one day, 'That's why you don't trust women.' Get the fuck outta here. " When Murphy's single mother became ill, the eight-year-old Murphy and his older brother Charlie lived in foster care for one year.
From 1989 through the early 1990s, box office results and reviews were strong for Murphy’s films, but by 1992 both declined, hitting a low point with the critically panned Beverly Hills Cop III (1994), although he did find box office success with Boomerang and Another 48 Hrs.
Harlem Nights featured Murphy, who had previously been known only as a performer, as director, producer, star, and co-writer, with his brother, Charlie Murphy, as well as supporting roles for Murphy's comic idols Redd Foxx and Richard Pryor.
Best Defense was a major financial and critical disappointment.
When he hosted SNL, Murphy joined the chorus of those bashing Best Defense, calling it "the worst movie in the history of everything".
Although Murphy has enjoyed commercial success since Saturday Night Live, he did not participate in the making of the Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live retrospective book by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller (2002), nor did he ever attend cast reunions or anniversary specials until his appearance on the SNL 40th anniversary special.
Dolittle, and its sequel, the Shrek series, Daddy Day Care, and The Haunted Mansion, along with Nutty Professor II: The Klumps.Aykroyd originally wrote the Winston Zeddemore character in Ghostbusters specifically for Murphy, but he was unable to commit at the time due to the Beverly Hills Cop shooting schedule.Beverly Hills Cop grossed over 0 million at the U. box office becoming the highest-grossing film released in 1984, the highest grossing comedy of all-time and the highest grossing "R" rated film of all-time and as of May 2018 Murphy was also offered a part in 1986's Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, a role that, after being heavily re-written from comic relief to love interest, ultimately went to future 7th Heaven star Catherine Hicks.By this point Although The Golden Child performed well at the box office, the movie was not as critically acclaimed as 48 Hrs., Trading Places, and Beverly Hills Cop.The Golden Child was considered a change of pace for Murphy because of the supernatural setting as opposed to the more "street smart" settings of Murphy's previous efforts.