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Also Known As: Died: October 11, 1991
Born: December 9, 1922 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: St Louis, Missouri, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Grew up in Chicago
1935:
Ran away from home at age 13 and joined a street-corner washboard band
1938:
Hopped a freight train to New York with his band; changed his name to Redd Foxx (from his red hair and Foxx from his stylish ways and the spelling of slugger Jimmie Foxx's name)
1939:
Member of amateur musical group the Bon Bons, Chicago
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Did a short time in jail at Rikers Island for heisting a bottle of milk
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Played the black vaudeville circuit, also known as the "chitlin circuit"
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Worked as nightclub comedian
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Teamed in comedy act with Slappy White
1954:
Recorded the first of his scatological "blue" records; "The Life of the Party" became his first underground hit
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Began appearing on TV and in Las Vegas during the 1960s
1964:
First network TV appearance on "Today" show, hosted by Hugh Downs
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Guest performer on "The Lucy Show", "The Addams Family", "Mr. Ed", "Green Acres" and "The Name of the Game" in the late 1960s
1970:
Feature film debut, "Cotton Comes to Harlem"
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Starred as junkman Fred G Sanford in "Sanford and Son"
1977:
Hosted "The Redd Foxx Comedy Hour"
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Returned as Fred Sanford on "Sanford and Son"
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Owned five homes, a TV production company, a theatrical managament firm, a Los Angeles nightclub and a Hollywood beauty parlor during "Sanford and Sons" heyday
1989:
IRS raided his Las Vegas home, taking his car and other possessions after Foxx made an estimated $500,000 for his appearance in "Harlem Nights" (1989)
1991:
Starred as a grandfather in TV series "The Royal Family" (produced by his protegee Eddie Murphy)
1991:
Died a few hours after suffering a heart attack on "The Royal Family" set during a rehearsal

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