The hallmark of Eddie Murphy's stand-up career was its un-PC edginess, a trait that carried over into Murphy's turn on "Saturday Night Live" and his early films. But for a while, the comedian was seen in more family films, such as "Imagine That" (right) "The Nutty Professor" and "Meet Dave" and his voicing of Donkey in the "Shrek" franchise.
As the following gallery reveals, he can play it mean, clean and many variations in between. (Anchor Bay / Paramount /December 4, 2012)
Forbes has released its annual list of Hollywood's most overpaid actors. Topping the list is Eddie Murphy.
Murphy's career seemed headed for a rebound with a 2007 best supporting actor Oscar nomination for "Dreamgirls" and an announcement that he would host the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony. But he dropped out of the hosting gig after producer Brett Ratner left, and his three most recent films have disappointed at the box office.
If you take out Murphy's voice role in the latest "Shrek" movie, "Shrek Forever After," the worldwide gross of Murphy's last three live-action films -- "Imagine That," "Tower Heist" and "A Thousand Words" -- is a combined domestic box office total of $196.3 million.
Compare that performance to his early '80s run of the hits "48 Hrs.," "Trading Places" and "Beverly Hills Cop," which collectively hauled in $316.3 million. And that was decades ago when movie tickets cost way less than $10 each!
Forbes estimates that for every dollar Murphy was paid for his last three films, he returned $2.30 at the box office.
PHOTOS: Eddie Murphy from mean to clean
Following Murphy on the list is Katherine Heigl, who has been dealing with flops such as "One for the Money," which failed to earn back its estimated $40-million production cost at the box office.
Oscar-winners Reese Witherspoon and Sandra Bullock came in at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively, on the list, with Jack Black rounding out the top five.
The next five are Nicolas Cage, Adam Sandler, Denzel Washington, Ben Stiller and Sarah Jessica Parker.
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