Ran away from home at age 13 and joined a street-corner washboard band
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)
Member of amateur musical group the Bon Bons, Chicago
Did a short time in jail at Rikers Island for heisting a bottle of milk
Played the black vaudeville circuit, also known as the "chitlin circuit"
Worked as nightclub comedian
Teamed in comedy act with Slappy White
Recorded the first of his scatological "blue" records; "The Life of the Party" became his first underground hit
Began appearing on TV and in Las Vegas during the 1960s
First network TV appearance on "Today" show, hosted by Hugh Downs
Guest performer on "The Lucy Show", "The Addams Family", "Mr. Ed", "Green Acres" and "The Name of the Game" in the late 1960s
Feature film debut, "Cotton Comes to Harlem"
Starred as junkman Fred G Sanford in "Sanford and Son"
Hosted "The Redd Foxx Comedy Hour"
Returned as Fred Sanford on "Sanford and Son"
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
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)
Starred as a grandfather in TV series "The Royal Family" (produced by his protegee Eddie Murphy)
Died a few hours after suffering a heart attack on "The Royal Family" set during a rehearsal