Det. Foley - On this day in 1961, actor and comedian Eddie Murphy was born. He is best known for his comedy roles in both his own comedy shows and also in movies. He's been more recently known to the younger generation as the voice of Donkey in the Shrek movies. The film that is considered to have made him a box office superstar is Beverly Hills Cop movies, where he starred as Detective Axel Foley from Detroit, who was in Beverly Hills trying to solve his friend's murder.