Eddie Murphy is slated to be inducted into the NAACP Hall of Fame at the 52nd NAACP Image Awards airing LIVE on BET and simulcast across Viacom CBS Networks on March 27. The actor-comedian’s longtime friend and collaborator, Arsenio Hall, will present him with the award, which is usually given to a pioneering individual who has helped to shape the future of his or her profession “for generations to come.”

“To this day, Eddie Murphy’s work continues to bring joy and laughter to individuals around the world,” Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, said in a written statement. “And he is an amazing example of Black excellence, creativity and artistry.”

Murphy, 59, the father of 10 who lives in Beverly Hills, began his career as a teenager as a stand-up comedian before joining the cast of Saturday Night Live in November 1980. At age 21, he parlayed his successful run on SNL to a career in Hollywood, starring in 48 Hours, and went on to star in more than 70 films.

In 1983, Murphy starred in one of his funniest roles as Billy Ray Valentine, a down on his luck street hustler who gets caught up in a bet between two rich old billionaire brothers (Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy).

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