“Eddie Murphy has had a spectacular career as a comedian, actor, writer, producer and director, spanning more than 35 years,” said Allen Shapiro, CEO of Dick Clark Productions. “We look forward to honoring his extraordinary body of work.”
Past honorees of the award include Robert De Niro, Glenn Close, Harrison Ford, Richard Gere, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Keaton, and Robin Williams.
Murphy broke into show business in 1980 as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” and starred in his first movie two years later in “48 Hrs.” He received Golden Globe Award nominations for his performances in “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Trading Places,” “The Nutty Professor” and “48 Hrs.”
Murphy also won a SAG Award and the Golden Globe for best supporting actor for “Dreamgirls” and received a nomination for the Academy Award for best supporting actor.
In 1989, Murphy made his directorial debut with “Harlem Nights”; starred in and produced the comedy “Life,” co-starring Martin Lawrence; and starred opposite Steve Martin in the comedy “Bowfinger.” He was also the voice of Mushu the Dragon in “Mulan” and the voice of Donkey in the “Shrek” franchise.
He most recently starred with Britt Robertson in the drama “Mr. Church.”