EDDIE MURPHY (Roper/Executive Producer) is the recipient of the
NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award, a People's Choice All-Around Entertainer
Award, a Grammy Award, two additional Grammy nominations, two Golden Globe
Award nominations, three Emmy Award nominations, and two honors from the
National Association of Theater Owners (NATO): 1985 Star of the Year and
their first-ever NATO/ShoWest Star of the Decade. His career encompasses
work as a television, film and recording artist, comedy writer, screenwriter,
song composer and producer, and film and television director and producer.
Murphy made his feature film debut in 1982 opposite Nick Nolte in the hit
action-comedy "48 HRS." The commercial success of that film established
him as a Hollywood star. He went on to star in "Trading Places,"
which earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination as Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical,
and in the blockbuster "Beverly Hills Cop," which earned him another
Golden Globe nomination as Best Actor, as well as the People's Choice Award
and the 1985 NATO Star of the Year honor.
His subsequent feature film credits include "The Golden Child";
the hit sequel "Beverly Hills Cop II"; "Eddie Murphy Raw,"
a filmed version of his live stand-up performance that became the highest-grossing
concert film in history; "Coming to America"; "Harlem Nights,"
which he directed, executive produced and co-wrote "Another 48 HRS."
"Boomerang"; "The Distinguished Gentleman"; "Beverly
Hills Cop Ill"; "Vampire in Brooklyn"; and last summer's
comedy hit, "The Nutty Professor," in which Murphy played seven
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Murphy began his career at age 15, when he performed
his own material at Long Island's Roosevelt High School and suburban New
York-area youth centers. He later began appearing at the legendary Manhattan
comedy showcase, The Comic Strip.
He first captured the world's attention in 1980, at the age of 19, when
he was signed as a featured player on the popular NBC television show "Saturday
Night Live." His now-classic comic creations, including Little Richard
Simmons, convictpoet Tyrone Green, a grown-up Buckwheat, and smooth-talking
huckster Velvet Jones, as well as his parodies of Bill Cosby, Mister Rogers
and cartoon character Gumby, ensured his popularity with television audiences
worldwide. During his four years on the show, he received two Emmy Award
nominations for his performances, as well as another nomination as part
of the program's writing team.
His original stand-up material has been released on two comedy albums:
Eddie Murphy, which received Grammy nominations as Best Comedy Recording
and for Best R&B Instrumental Performance for the instrumental version
of "Boogie in Your Butt" and Eddie Murphy: Comedian, which won
the Grammy in 1984 as Best Comedy Recording. He has also released three
all-music albums: How Could It Be, So Happy and Love's Alright.
Since the late 1980s, through his company, Eddie Murphy Productions, Murphy
has become increasingly involved in creating and executive producing projects
for film and television, including the feature films "Eddie Murphy
Raw," "Harlem Nights," "Boomerang, ""Beverly
Hills Cop II," "Beverly Hills Cop Ill" and "Vampire
in Brooklyn"; the sitcom "The Royal Family," and the 1990
made-fortelevision movie "The Kid Who Loved Christmas."
MICHAEL RAPAPORT (McCall) was most recently seen on screen in Woody
Allen's "Mighty Aphrodite," and Ted Demme's "Beautiful Girls,"
and "The Pallbearer." He made his motion picture debut in 1992
in "Zebrahead," for which he received an Independent Feature Project
(IFP) Spirit Award nomination. In the film he starred as a Jewish teenager
growing up in a predominantly AfricanAmerican neighborhood who becomes involved
in a tense interracial relationship. The film went on to win the Filmmakers'
Trophy at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival.
Following "Zebrahead," he received more attention from critics
and audiences alike with diverse roles in such high-profile projects as
Tony Scott's "True Romance" Ramon Menendez's "Money For Nothing,"
John Singleton's "Higher Learning," and Barbet Schroeder's "Kiss
of Death." He recently starred in "illtown," directed by
Nick Gomez and co-starring Lili Taylor, and "Copland" costarring
Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro.
MICHAEL WINCOTT's (Korda) has earned critical acclaim for his work
with such directors as Oliver Stone, Ridley Scott, Jim Jarmusch and Kathryn
A graduate of the Juilliard School, he first appeared off-Broadway in Eric
Bogosian's "Talk Radio" at The Public Theater. Other theatre credits
include Broadway productions of "Serious Money" and "The
Secret Rapture," as well as the world premiere of Sam Shepard's "States
of Shock," starring opposite John Malkovich.
Mr. Wincott recently appeared in the feature films "Dead Man"
and "Basquiat." Other film credits include "Strange Days,"
"1492: Conquest of Paradise," "The Crow," "Romeo
is Bleeding," "The Doors," "Born on the Fourth of July"
and "Talk Radio."
CARMEN EJOGO (Ronnie Tate) makes her American feature film debut
in "Metro." Her first film was British director Julien Temple's
1986 feature "Absolute Beginners."
Over the last ten years, Ejogo has enjoyed success in England with her performances
on stage, including "Lizard in the Grass" and the Young Vic's
production of "Le Grand Meaulnes" at the Edinburgh Festival, as
well as her experiences as a television host and VJ on several of the United
Kingdom's most popular music and variety shows.
Most recently, she completed work on four television episodes of Dennis
Potter's "Cold Lazarus," which is directed by Renny Rye and co-produced
by the BBC and England's Channel Four.