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Eddie Murphy back for 'Beverly Hills Cop 4'

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Eddie Murphy pretty much took over the 1980s on television and at the box office. The funny man helped revitalize Saturday Night Live with notable characters such as "Buckwheat," he made his big screen debut in "48 Hrs.," followed by "Trading Places," and released two hilarious stand-up specials "Delirious" & "Raw." If you recall, "Delirious" was Murphy sporting the red leather ensemble and "Raw" was Murphy wearing the purple. In the middle of this decade came along a film Murphy would star in about a Detroit cop named Axel Foley, who set off to Beverly Hills to solve the murder of his best friend. "Beverly Hills Cop" catapulted Murphy to stardom and the films success continued into a series.

Toward the end of the 80s Murphy stretched his comedic skills by playing multiple roles in the film, "Coming to America." During the 1990s the multi talented actor carried on to portray a morbidly obese research scientist who develops a miraculous weight-loss potion in, "The Nutty Professor." Murphy played a total of 7 characters in the film and it spawned a sequel, "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps." In 2001, Murphy lent his voice as the happy-go-lucky Donkey in the animated comedy, "Shrek," which evolved into a franchise.

Through sketch comedy, stand-up and film, Murphy has made time to be a singer and musician, as you may remember his 1985 hit song, "Party All the Time." Last year, Murphy released his first single in years titled, "Red Light," with Snoop Lion and is working on a new album, "9."

But for those of us who love Eddie Murphy as a comic and his street smart character in "Beverly Hills Cop," Murphy will be reprising the role of detective Foley in the fourth installment of the series, "Beverly Hills Cop 4," as reported by the Associated Press. The film is set for a March 2016 release. Let's hope Murphy still fits into his iconic Detroit Lions varsity jacket and on a side note it would be awesome if Bronson Pinchot also reprised the role of Serge.