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"Jamie Foxx" (born December 13 1967) is an American actor, singer, and stand-up comic. Foxx is possibly best known for his portrayal of musician Ray Charles in "Ray", and for his collaborations with director Michael Mann. With "Ray", he became one of the few African-Americans to win the Academy Award for Best Actor. Jamie studied at Juilliard and San Diego's United States International University in music. Foxx received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 14 2007.Read Full Bio >>
Life and career
Foxx was born "Eric Marlon Bishop" in Dallas, Texas, the son of Louise Annette Talley Dixon and Darrell Bishop, who sometimes worked as a stockbroker and changed his name to Shahid Abdula after converting to Islam. Shortly after his birth, Foxx was adopted and raised by his mother's adoptive parents, Esther Marie (née Nelson), 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. Foxx was raised in the black quarter of Terrell, at the time a racially segregated community. (In The Kingdom, Foxx makes reference to Terrell.) He had a strict Baptist upbringing. He has frequently cited his adoptive grandmother's influence on his life.
At his grandmother's urging, Foxx began piano lessons at age five. He went on to play for church groups in Terrell, and studied classical music in college. He also played football (quarterback) at Terrell High School.
Foxx changed his name while doing stand up once he found out that female comedians were often called first to perform. He felt Jamie Foxx was an ambiguous enough name to disallow any biases. His last name was chosen as a tribute to Redd Foxx.
"In Living Color"
After a small part on the TV series Roc, Foxx joined the cast of "In Living Color" in 1991. Here he won over viewers with many unusual characters and impressions, which included: ugly girl Wanda; fictitious boxer Carl 'The Tooth' Williams; and "The Dirty Dozens" champion T-Dog Jenkins. His impersonation of Garrett Morris would eventually find him starring against the former "Saturday Night Live" cast member in his sitcom, "The Jamie Foxx Show".
His first dramatic role came in Oliver Stone's 1999 film "Any Given Sunday", where Foxx played a heavy-partying football player. He was cast in the role in part because of his background as a football player. He has since evolved into a respected dramatic actor. Following "Any Given Sunday", Foxx was featured as taxi driver Max Durocher in the film "Collateral" alongside Tom Cruise, for which he received outstanding reviews and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. His real standout performance, however, was his portrayal of Ray Charles in the biopic "Ray" (2004), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor.
Foxx is the only second male, and the first African American, in history to receive two acting Oscar nominations in the same year for two different movies, "Collateral" and "Ray". The only other male actor to achieve this was Al Pacino. In 2005, Foxx was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
In 2005-06 Foxx appeared in three more movies: "Jarhead", "Miami Vice", and "Dreamgirls" which were hits at the box office and lifted Foxx even higher as a bankable star in Hollywood.
In 2007 he is working as a star of the movie "The Kingdom".
In September 2007, Foxx was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He said, upon receiving the honor, 'it was one of the most amazing days of my life'.
Foxx is a Grammy-nominated singer and accomplished musician. He began piano lessons at age five, and later took classical piano lessons while attending college. In 1994, Foxx released an album (on the FOX record label) entitled "Peep This". In 2001, he hosted the MTV "Video Music Awards".
His music career went into a higher gear when, in 2004, he was featured on rapper Twista's song, 'Slow Jamz', which also featured Kanye West. The song reached number one on the US "Billboard" Hot 100 Singles chart, as well as number three on the UK singles chart. Foxx's second collaboration with Kanye West, 'Gold Digger', in which he sang the 'I Got a Woman' Ray Charles-influenced hook, went straight to #1 on the "Billboard" Top 100, and remained there for 10 weeks. In 2005, Foxx was featured on the hit single 'Georgia' by Atlanta rappers Ludacris and Field Mob. The song sampled Ray Charles' hit 'Georgia on My Mind'. "Unpredictable" is Jamie Foxx's second studio release. It sold over 598,000 copies in its first week but reached the U.S. number one spot in its 2nd week.
After debuting in the first week at number two, "Unpredictable" rose to the top of the "Billboard" pop album chart, with 2nd-week sales of 200,000 copies in the United States. The album also charted in the UK top 10 album chart, peaking at number nine. It has since been certified Platinum. Foxx became the fourth artist to have won an Academy Award for acting and to have achieved a number-one record album in the US. (The other three to accomplish this feat were Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and Barbra Streisand.) Foxx's first single from the album, the title track, 'Unpredictable' (featuring Ludacris) samples 'WildFlower' by New Birth. The song peaked inside the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and also made the UK top 20 singles chart. The second US single from the album was 'DJ Play A Love Song', which reunited Foxx with Twista. In the UK, however, the second single was 'Extravaganza', which saw Foxx once again collaborate with Kanye West. He was not, however, featured in the song's music video.
At the 2006 BET Awards, Foxx won two awards: Best Duet/Collaboration with Kanye West for 'Gold Digger' and Video of the Year for the same video. Kanye's video tied with Mary J. Blige's (Be Without You) for Video of the year.
On January 22, 2007, Foxx was on Sirius Satellite Radio, announcing his new channel The Foxxhole. The channel features talk-radio programs, stand-up comedy albums, and music primarily by African-American performers, and features much of Foxx's own material as well. The Jamie Foxx Show, Foxx's own talk-radio variety program, airs Friday evenings on The Foxxhole, and features Johnny Mack, Speedy, The Poetess, Lewis Dix, and T.D.P., as his co-hosts. Guests include popular musicians, actors, and fellow comedians. He recorded a song with country superstars Rascal Flatts entitled "She Goes All the Way" for their album, Still Feels Good. Foxx also performed background vocals for artist/songwriter Tank. He and The-Dream are featured on Plies' "Please Excuse My Hands." He also appeared on the remix of Ne-Yo's "Miss Independent" entitled "She Got Her Own." The track also features Fabolous. Foxx then collaborated with rapper The Game on the track "Around The World." In April 2009, Foxx played the lead role in the dramatic film The Soloist. A few months later in October 2009, He played a starring role alongside Gerard Butler in the thriller Law Abiding Citizen.
Foxx released his third album titled Intuition in 2008, featuring such artists as Kanye West, T.I., Ne-Yo, and T-Pain. The album's first single, "Just Like Me" featuring T.I., was promoted by a video directed by Brett Ratner and featuring an appearance by Taraji P. Henson. The second single "Blame It" featured T-Pain and became a top 5 single on the Billboard Hot 100 and a number-one single on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The "Blame It" music video, directed by Hype Williams, features cameo appearances by Forest Whitaker, Samuel L. Jackson, Ron Howard, Quincy Jones, and Jake Gyllenhaal, among others. Foxx was also featured on T.I.'s single "Live in the Sky" from the album King. On April 6, 2009 Foxx performed the George Strait song "You Look So Good in Love" at the George Strait Artist of the Decade All-Star Concert. Foxx has been a fan of country music for many years. Jamie Foxx hosted the 2009 BET Awards ceremony on June 28, 2009, which featured several tributes to pop star Michael Jackson, who had died three days prior to the show. Aside from performing "Blame It" with T-Pain and "She Got Her Own" with Ne-Yo and Fabolous, Foxx opened the show with a rendition of Jackson's "Beat It" dance routine and closed the show with a cover of The Jackson 5's "I'll Be There" with Ne-Yo. Foxx stated during the ceremony, "We want to celebrate this black man. He belongs to us and we shared him with everybody else." On the April 17, 2009 episode of The Jamie Foxx Show on Foxxhole Radio, Foxx and his co-hosts made several sexually suggestive and disparaging jokes (advising her to have sex and abuse drugs) regarding teenaged singer Miley Cyrus, in response to a caller's comment on a recent altercation between Cyrus and rock band Radiohead. Foxx issued a public apology on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno several days later in response to growing public outcry as well as televised criticism by Cyrus's father, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus.
2010–present: Django Unchained, Best Night of My Life, and BET Soul Train Award incident
In 2011, Foxx was cast in the title role of Django Unchained. It was written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, and Foxx starred alongside his Ray co-star Kerry Washington, as well as Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Samuel L. Jackson. As a producer, Foxx played a role in In the Flow with Affion Crockett on Fox in summer 2011. In April 2011, Foxx voiced Nico, a canary in the movie Rio.
Foxx released his fourth album, Best Night of My Life, on December 21, 2010. The first single is "Winner", featuring Justin Timberlake and T.I. The second single is "Living Better Now" featuring rapper Rick Ross and the third single is "Fall for Your Type" featuring rapper Drake. On October 7, RCA Music Group announced it was disbanding J Records along with Arista Records and Jive Records. With the shutdown, Foxx (and all other artists previously signed to these three labels) will release his future material on the RCA Records brand. In 2011, Jamie Foxx was featured in the rapper Pitbull's album "Planet Pit" in the song "Where Do We Go". Jamie Foxx has been cast as Electro, the main antagonist in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, releasing in 2014.
Appearing in Las Vegas on BET’s Soul Train Awards (aired November 25, 2012), Jamie Foxx joked "It's like church in here. First of all, give an honor to God and our lord and savior Barack Obama." The statement led to backlash and condemnation by many Christians. In an interview about Django Unchained, Foxx told Vibe magazine: "As a black person it's always racial... when I get home my other homies are like how was your day? Well, I only had to be white for at least eight hours today, [or] I only had to be white for four hours." While hosting NBC's Saturday Night Live on December 9, 2012, Foxx joked about being excited "to kill all the white people in the movie". Jeff Kuhner wrote a reaction to the SNL skit for The Washington Times, saying: "In fact, had a white person delivered the same monologue but simply exchanged the word "white" for "black," his career would be over."
Appearing at the 2013 NAACP Image Awards, Foxx praised the achievements of black people, saying that "black people are the most talented people in the world".
In April 2013, it was reported that Foxx is in negotiations to star opposite Quvenzhane Wallis in Annie, the update of the classic comic strip-turned-musical that Sony is making with producers Will Smith and Jay-Z.
Foxx has two daughters, Corinne Bishop, born in 1994, and Annalise, born in August 2009. Foxx dated actress and former 'Miss San Francisco' Leila Arcieri.
In 2008, Foxx filmed a public service announcement for Do Something to promote food drives in local communities.
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|1991—1994||In Living Color||Various||Main cast; Seasons 3—5; 95 episodes|
|1992—1993||Roc||Crazy George||Seasons 2—3; 7 episodes|
|1996||Hangin' with Mr. Cooper||Coach Armstrong||"Rivals" (Season 4, Episode 17)|
|1996||Moesha||Woody||"Driving Miss Moesha" (Season 1, Episode 6)|
|1996—2001||The Jamie Foxx Show||Jamie King||Main role; 100 episodes; Also creator, director and executive producer|
|2000/2012||Saturday Night Live||Himself/Host||Episodes: "Jamie Foxx/Blink-182" and "Jamie Foxx/Ne-Yo"|
|2004||Chappelle's Show||Black Tony Blair||Season 2, Episode 13|
|2013||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie: Chemistry||White House Down (2013).||Nominated|
|2013||BET Awards||Best Actor||Django Unchained (2012).||Won|
|2013||Image Awards||Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture||Django Unchained (2012).||Nominated|
|2013||MTV Movie Awards||Won|
|2013||Black Reel Awards||Best Actor||Django Unchained (2012).||Nominated|
|2012||San Diego Film Critics Society Awards||Best Ensemble Performance||Django Unchained (2012).||Nominated|
|2012||Black Reel Awards||Best Song||Rio (2011).||Nominated|
|2011||BET Awards||Best Actor||Due Date (2010).||Nominated|
|2010||Black Reel Awards||Best Actor||The Soloist (2009).||Nominated|
|2010||Grammy Awards||Best Contemporary R&B Album||Nominated|
|2010||BET Awards||Best Actor||Law Abiding Citizen (2009).||Nominated|
|2010||Prism Awards||Performance in a Feature Film||The Soloist (2009).||Nominated|
|2010||Image Awards||Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture||Law Abiding Citizen (2009).||Nominated|
|2008||People's Choice Awards, USA||Favorite Leading Man||Nominated|
|2007||Grammy Awards||Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group||Nominated|
|2007||Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards||Best Acting Ensemble||Dreamgirls (2006).||Nominated|
|2007||TV Land Awards||Little Screen/Big Screen Star||Nominated|
|2007||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie: Liplock||Dreamgirls (2006).||Nominated|
|2007||Black Reel Awards||Best Actor||Dreamgirls (2006).||Nominated|
|2007||Image Awards||Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture||Dreamgirls (2006).||Nominated|
|2007||BET Awards||Best Actor||Dreamgirls (2006).||Nominated|
|2007||Walk of Fame||Motion Picture||Won|
|2007||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Dreamgirls (2006).||Nominated|
|2006||People's Choice Awards, USA||Favorite Leading Man||Nominated|
|2006||Grammy Awards||Best Male R&B Vocal Performance||Nominated|
|2006||BET Awards||Best Actor||Stealth (2005) and Miami Vice (2006).||Nominated|
|2006||Black Movie Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role||Jarhead (2005).||Nominated|
|2006||TV Land Awards||Little Screen/Big Screen Star||Nominated|
|2005||Prism Awards||Performance in a Feature Film||Ray (2004/I).||Won|
|2005||MTV Movie Awards||Best Male Performance||Ray (2004/I).||Nominated|
|2005||MovieGuide Awards||Most Inspiring Television Acting||Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004) (TV).||Won|
|2005||National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA||Best Actor||Collateral (2004) and Ray (2004/I).||Won|
|2005||Online Film Critics Society Awards||Best Actor||Ray (2004/I).||Nominated|
|2005||Vancouver Film Critics Circle||Best Actor||Ray (2004/I).||Won|
|2005||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actor: Drama||Ray (2004/I).||Nominated|
|2005||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role||Ray (2004/I).||Won|
|2005||Satellite Awards||Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television||Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004) (TV).||Won|
|2005||Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards||Best Actor||Ray (2004/I).||Won|
|2005||Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards||Best Actor||Ray (2004/I).||Won|
|2005||Golden Globes, USA||Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical||Ray (2004/I).||Won|
|2005||Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actor||Ray (2004/I).||2nd place|
|2005||Central Ohio Film Critics Association||Actor of the Year||Ray (2004/I) and Collateral (2004).||2nd place|
|2005||Image Awards||Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture||Ray (2004/I).||Won|
|2005||Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actor||Ray (2004/I).||Won|
|2005||London Critics Circle Film Awards||Actor of the Year||Ray (2004/I).||Won|
|2005||Black Reel Awards||Best Actor, Drama||Ray (2004/I).||Won|
|2005||Academy Awards, USA||Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role||Ray (2004/I).||Won|
|2005||BET Awards||Best Actor||Ray (2004/I), Collateral (2004) and Breakin' All the Rules (2004).||Won|
|2005||Independent Spirit Awards||Best Male Lead||Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004) (TV).||Nominated|
|2005||BAFTA Awards||Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role||Ray (2004/I).||Won|
|2004||Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actor||Ray (2004/I).||Won|
|2004||Seattle Film Critics Awards||Best Actor||Ray (2004/I).||Won|
|2004||Boston Society of Film Critics Awards||Best Actor||Ray (2004/I).||Won|
|2004||Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actor||Ray (2004/I).||Won|
|2004||Florida Film Critics Circle Awards||Best Actor||Ray (2004/I).||Won|
|2004||Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards||Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role||Ray (2004/I).||Won|
|2004||Hollywood Film Festival||Breakthrough Actor||Ray (2004/I) and Collateral (2004).||Won|
|2004||National Board of Review, USA||Best Actor||Ray (2004/I).||Won|
|2002||Image Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture||Ali (2001).||Won|
|2002||Black Reel Awards||Theatrical - Best Supporting Actor||Ali (2001).||Won|
|2001||Kids' Choice Awards, USA||Favorite Television Actor||"The Jamie Foxx Show" (1996).||Nominated|
|2001||Image Awards||Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series||"The Jamie Foxx Show" (1996).||Nominated|
|2000||Blockbuster Entertainment Awards||Favorite Supporting Actor - Drama||Any Given Sunday (1999).||Nominated|
|2000||MTV Movie Awards||Breakthrough Male Performance||Any Given Sunday (1999).||Nominated|
|2000||Image Awards||Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series||"The Jamie Foxx Show" (1996).||Nominated|
|2000||Kids' Choice Awards, USA||Favorite Television Actor||"The Jamie Foxx Show" (1996).||Nominated|
|2000||Black Reel Awards||Theatrical - Best Supporting Actor||Any Given Sunday (1999).||Nominated|
|1999||Image Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||"The Jamie Foxx Show" (1996).||Nominated|
|1998||Image Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||"The Jamie Foxx Show" (1996).||Won|
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