Jamie Foxx

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You may have seen him as the president of The United States in White House Down or as Django Freeman in Django Unchained. Jamie Foxx is a multi-talented artist who’s been working on his craft since 1989. He is an American singer, comedian, and a renowned actor.

Background

He is Eric Marlon Bishop, born to Darrel Bishop and Louise Talley in Texas, United States. His father, renamed to Shahid Abdulla after converting to Islam, was a stockbroker. Mark Talley and Esther Marie, his maternal grandparents, adopted young Jamie months after his birth. Due to his grandmother’s insistence, he joined the boys’ scouts and the church choir. He began piano lessons at the tender age of five.

His funny bone was evident from his school days. He was a bright student and also played basketball and football in High School. He studied music in college.

Career

In 1989, Jamie Foxx accepted a challenge from a girlfriend to perform an open mic night at a comedy club. This is where he came up with his epicene stage name because he realized that female comedians performed first.

In 1991, Foxx played Wanda Wayne in the comedy show In Living Color. He appeared alongside Chris Rock, Jennifer Lopez, Jim Carrey, Larry Wilmore, and more. He then joined a family sitcom, Roc, in 1991, appearing in the second and third seasons as ‘Crazy George.’ He proceeded to create and star in his sitcom The Jamie Foxx Show, which aired from 1996 to 2001.

He made his feature film debut in the comedy Toys in 1992 at 24 years. In 1993, he starred in his stand-up comedy show Straight from the Foxxhole, where he introduced his musical prowess to playing the piano. In 1994, he released his first album, Peep This, which was unsuccessful. He admitted to having a hard time switching the ‘Wanda Wayne’ mentality from people to recognizing him as a serious artist.

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In 1999, he was cast in Any Given time a film by Oliver Stone. In 2001, he starred in Ali alongside Will Smith. In 2004, he was cast in collateral alongside Tom Cruise, where he got nominated for the Academy Award for the best supporting actor. In the same year, he starred in Ray, a biographical film as Ray Charles. He won two awards for the movie Ray; Academy Award for Best Actor and BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a leading role. 

He released his second studio album, Unpredictable, in December 2005. It sold over 500,000 copies in the first week.

Foxx has collaborated with various artists like Kanye West in Gold Digger, where they won an award. Other artists include Mary. J. Blige, Ludacris & Field Mob, Justin Timberlake, Rick Ross, Drake, and many more receiving various Grammy nominations.

He has starred and has been cast in over 50 films. Some of the most famous include White House Down, Baby Driver, and Django Unchained.

There is more in store for the 52-year-old father of two girls who loves keeping both baby mamas a secret.