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Also Known As: Eric Marlon Bishop Died:
Born: December 13, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Terrell, Texas, USA Profession: actor, comedian, singer

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First discovered by audiences as a confident, fresh-faced comic who was proficient at playing outrageous characters and sending up famous celebrities, actor Jamie Foxx cut his teeth on the small screen when he joined the popular television sketch comedy, "In Living Color" (Fox, 1990-94) after its first season. Not satisfied with being confined to strictly comedy, Foxx surprised many when he began displaying considerable talents both as a dramatic actor and as a classically trained musician. He offered glimmers of things to come with a strong performance in "Any Given Sunday" (1999), which allowed him to show off the gridiron prowess he developed as a star high school quarterback. While he continued to perform stand-up comedy in several cable specials, Foxx reached the top of his career with a defining and unforgettable performance as music legend Ray Charles in the biopic, "Ray" (2005), which earned Foxx the best notices of his career and an Academy Award. Foxx continued to surprise audiences with action movies like "The Kingdom" (2007), heartrending dramas like "The Soloist" (2009), and wild genre films like "Django Unchained" (2012), all of which reminded people that Foxx would not be easily...

First discovered by audiences as a confident, fresh-faced comic who was proficient at playing outrageous characters and sending up famous celebrities, actor Jamie Foxx cut his teeth on the small screen when he joined the popular television sketch comedy, "In Living Color" (Fox, 1990-94) after its first season. Not satisfied with being confined to strictly comedy, Foxx surprised many when he began displaying considerable talents both as a dramatic actor and as a classically trained musician. He offered glimmers of things to come with a strong performance in "Any Given Sunday" (1999), which allowed him to show off the gridiron prowess he developed as a star high school quarterback. While he continued to perform stand-up comedy in several cable specials, Foxx reached the top of his career with a defining and unforgettable performance as music legend Ray Charles in the biopic, "Ray" (2005), which earned Foxx the best notices of his career and an Academy Award. Foxx continued to surprise audiences with action movies like "The Kingdom" (2007), heartrending dramas like "The Soloist" (2009), and wild genre films like "Django Unchained" (2012), all of which reminded people that Foxx would not be easily defined.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Rio 2 (2014)
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 Annie (2014)
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 White House Down (2013)
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 Django Unchained (2012)
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 Rio (2011)
8.
 Kane & Lynch (2011)
9.
 Horrible Bosses (2011)
10.
 Due Date (2010)
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Studied music and sang in church choir in Texas hometown
1989:
Arrived in Los Angeles, CA; began performing at comedy clubs
1991:
Cast as regular on Fox variety series "In Living Color"
1992:
Feature film debut, "Toys"
1993:
Starred in own HBO special
1992:
Landed recurring role on Fox sitcom "Roc"
1995:
Released debut album <i>Peep This</i>
1996:
Headlined own sitcom "The Jamie Foxx Show" on The WB
1999:
First dramatic role, Oliver Stone's "Any Given Sunday"
2000:
Starred in "Bait"
2001:
Hosted MTV Video Music Awards
2001:
Cast alongside Will Smith as Drew 'Bundini' Brown in "Ali," the Michael Mann directed biopic of of boxer Muhammad Ali
2002:
Starred in HBO comedy special "Jamie Foxx: I Might Need Security"
2004:
Played taxi driver Max Durocher opposite Tom Cruise in Michael Mann's "Collateral"; earned SAG, Golden Globe, and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor
2004:
Delivered Academy Award-winning performance as musician Ray Charles in Taylor Hackford directed biopic "Ray"
2004:
Starred in "Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story" (FX) about the founder of Crips L.A. street gang; received Independent Spirit Award, SAG, and Golden Globe nominations for Best Lead Actor
2004:
Featured with Twista and Kanye West on hit track "Slow Jamz" from the album <i>Kamikaze</i>; earned a Grammy nomination
2005:
Starred as Lt. Henry Purcell in the big budget "Stealth," with Josh Lucas and Jessica Biel
2005:
Co-starred as Sgt. Siek in Sam Mendes' "Jarhead," based on former Marine Anthony Swofford's bestselling novel about his pre-Desert Storm experiences
2005:
Again collaborated with West for successful "Gold Digger"; also released single "Creepin," which earned a Grammy nomination
2005:
Released second studio album <i>Unpredictable</i>, featuring another collaboration with West; earned three Grammy nominations, including Best R&B Album
2006:
Cast as Det. Ricardo Tubbs in Michael Mann's "Miami Vice," based on the popular 1980s cop show
2006:
Co-starred with Beyonce, playing Curtis Taylor Jr., the fictionalized Berry Gordy character in "Dreamgirls," an adaptation of the Broadway musical directed by Bill Condon
2007:
Launched "Foxxhole," the comedy, entertainment, and lifestyle channel on Sirius Satellite Radio
2007:
Portrayed a government agent investigating the bombing of an American facility in Saudi Arabia in Peter Berg's "The Kingdom"
2007:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (September)
2008:
Released third album titled <i>Intuition</i>, featuring Kanye West, T.I., Lil Wayne, and T-Pain; earned three Grammy nominations, including Best Contemporary Album
2009:
Portrayed Nathaniel Ayers, a musical prodigy who developed schizophrenia in Joe Wright's "The Soloist"
2009:
Teamed with Gerard Butler for thriller "Law Abiding Citizen"
2010:
Joined ensemble cast for Garry Marshall directed romantic comedy "Valentine's Day"
2011:
Played a con artist in comedy "Horrible Bosses"
2012:
Starred as the slave-turned-bounty hunter in "Django Unchained," a Western drama set in Mississippi; film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino
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Education

United States International University: San Diego , California -
Terrell High School: Terrell , Texas - 1986

Notes

"Acting the fool" on TV showed him a possible way out of his hometown of Terrell, Texas. "I heard 'nigger this' and 'nigger that' my entire life, so I couldn't wait till I got a chance to get away from there," he says. "People tell me racism is just more subtle in places like Los Angeles and New York. Well, I prefer subtle shit. You ain't got to let me know you don't like me, I already know that."---Jamie Foxx talks about watching Richard Pryor, Flip Wilson and Red Foxx on TV as a child to Newsweek, July 28, 2004.

"He has that thing about him that no matter who is in the room, you feel like he's connecting with you especially. He's always paying attention."---Regina King, Foxx's co-star in "Ray" quoted to People, November 29, 2004.

"Most comedians are brillant men and women," says Regina King. "So I was not suprised by the brilliance, but I was floored by his respect for the craft."---Regina King, Foxx's co-star in "Ray" to Entertainment Weekly, December 31, 2004.

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companion:
Adrian Kelle. Actor.
companion:
Leila Arcieri. Actor. Accomanied Foxx to the Collateral premiere in August 2004.

Family close complete family listing

grandfather:
Mark Talley. Yardman. Died in 1985; maternal grandfather; adopted Foxx at age seven months.
grandmother:
Esther Talley. Domestic worker. Maternal grandmother; adopted Foxx at age seven months.
father:
Shaheed Abdulah. Stockbroker. Divorced Foxx mother when Foxx was six.
mother:
Louise Annette Dixon. Homemaker. Divorced Foxx's father when Foxx was six; later remarried.
daughter:
Corrinne Bishop. Born c. 1994.
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