Jamie Foxx

Eric Marlon Bishop, known professionally as Jamie Foxx, is an American actor, singer-songwriter, comedian, television presenter, and record producer. Foxx became widely known for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the 2004 biographical film Ray, for which he won the Academy Award, BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild Award, Critics’ Choice Movie Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. Since spring 2017, Foxx has served as the host and executive producer of the Fox game show Beat Shazam.

About Jamie Foxx in brief

Summary Jamie FoxxEric Marlon Bishop, known professionally as Jamie Foxx, is an American actor, singer-songwriter, comedian, television presenter, and record producer. Foxx became widely known for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the 2004 biographical film Ray, for which he won the Academy Award, BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild Award, Critics’ Choice Movie Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. Since spring 2017, Foxx has served as the host and executive producer of the Fox game show Beat Shazam. He is also a Grammy Award-winning musician, producing four albums, which have charted in the top ten of the U.S. Billboard 200: Unpredictable, Intuition, Best Night of My Life, and Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses. Foxx was adopted and raised by his mother’s adoptive parents, Estelle Marie, a domestic worker and nursery operator, and Mark Talley, a yard worker. He has had little contact with his birth parents, who were not part of his upbringing. His natural talent for telling jokes was already in evidence as a third grader, when his teacher would use him as a reward: if the class behaved well, FoxX would tell them jokes. He first told jokes at a comedy club’s open mic night in 1989, after accepting a girlfriend’s dare. He chose his surname as a tribute to the black comedian Redd Foxx. He was the first player in the school’s history to pass for more than 1,000 yards, and he was a part-time pianist and choir leader in Terrell’s New Hope Baptist Church.

His first dramatic role came in the film Any Given Sunday, where he was cast as a quarterback partly because of his football background. In 2001, he starred opposite Will Smith in Michael Mann’s biographical drama Three Aliases. In 2003, he made a cameo appearance in Lisa Benzino’s music video for “Would You Like To Be A Millionaire” and featured in Mario Winans’ video for the song “Would you like to be a Millionaire?” He has also appeared in the films Jarhead, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Baby Driver, and Django Unchained. In 1994, he released an album entitled Peep This Peep Peep, which was not commercially successful. In 1999, he came to the attention of Oliver Stone, who asked him to star in Oliver Stone’s 1999 film Oliver Stone Sunday. In 2004, he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for the film Collateral alongside Tom Cruise. He also starred in the comedy-drama sitcom Roc, which he co-created and produced, airing for five highly rated seasons from 1996 to 2001 on The WB Television Network. He had a recurring role in In Living Color in 1991, where his recurrent character Wanda also shared a name with Redd’s friend and co-worker, LaWanda Page. He starred in his own sitcom TheJamie Foxx Show, from 1996-2001, and also produced through his company Fox Hole Productions.