Jamie Foxx

Feb 22, 2014 by     1 Comment     Posted under: Comedian, Male Black Comedians
ABOUT FOXX
Eric Marlon Bishop was born on December 13, 1967, known professionally as Jamie Foxx, is an American actor, stand-up comedian, singer-songwriter, musician, and talk radio host.
 As an actor, his work in the film Ray which earned him the Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Actor, as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a musical or comedy. He is also a Grammy Award winning musician, producing three albums which have charted highly on the Billboard 200Unpredictable, which topped the chart, Best Night of My Life, and Intuition. In 2012 Foxx starred in the film Django Unchained, and he will star as the villain Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 2014.

EARLY LIFE

Foxx was born in Terrell, Texas. He is the son of Louise Annette Talley Dixon and Darrell Bishop;  Shortly after his birth, Foxx was adopted and raised by his mother’s adoptive parents, Esther Marie (Nelson) and Mark Talley. 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. As a teenager, he was a part-time pianist and choir leader in Terrell’s New Hope Baptist Church.
 Foxx began playing the piano when he was five years old. As a second grader, he was so talented in telling jokes that his teacher used him as a reward. If the class behaved, Foxx would tell them jokes. Foxx attended Terrell High School, where he received top grades, played basketball and football as quarterback, and had an ambition to play for the Dallas Cowboys. He was the first player in the school’s history to pass for more than 1,000 yards. He also sang in a band called Leather and Lace. After completing high school, Foxx received a scholarship to United States International University, where he studied classical music and composition. He has often acknowledged his grandmother’s influence in his life as one of the greatest reasons for his success.
ACTING CAREER
After accepting a girlfriend’s dare, Foxx told jokes at a comedy club’s open mic night in 1989. When he found that female comedians were often called first to perform, he changed his name to Jamie Foxx, feeling that it was an ambiguous enough name to disallow any biases.
Foxx joined the cast of In Living Color in 1991 and subsequently played a recurring role in the comedy-drama sitcom Roc. From 1996 to 2001, Foxx starred in his own sitcom The Jamie Foxx Show, and made his film debut in the 1992 comedy Toys. His first dramatic role came in Oliver Stone‘s 1999 film Any Given Sunday, where he portrayed a hard-partying American football player.  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.
 Foxx’s standout acting performance, was his portrayal of Ray Charles in the biopic Ray (2004), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor and the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Foxx is the second male 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. Foxx became the fourth artist to have won an Academy Award® for an acting role and to have achieved a #1 album in the U.S.
 Foxx then appeared in JarheadMiami Vice, and Dreamgirls, which were all box-office hits, and lifted his profile even higher as a bankable star in Hollywood. 2007 brought him the lead role in the film 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.”
In April 2009, Foxx played the lead role in the dramatic film The Soloist. A few months later in October 2009, Foxx played a starring role alongside Gerard Butler in the thriller Law Abiding Citizen.
 MUSIC CAREER
In 1994, Foxx released a music album (on the Fox record label) entitled Peep This. His music career shifted 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 #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, as well as #3 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 BillboardHot 100, and remained there for 10 weeks. In 2005, Foxx was featured on the single “Georgia” by Atlanta rappers Ludacris and Field Mob. Foxx released his second studio album, Unpredictable, in December 2005. It debuted at #2, selling 598,000 copies in its first week. The following week, the album rose to #1, selling an additional 200,000 copies. To date, the album has sold 1.98 million copies in the United States, and was certified double Platinum by the RIAA. The album also charted on the UK Albums Chart, where it peaked at #9.
 At the 2006 Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards, Foxx won Best Duet/Collaboration with Kanye West for “Gold Digger” and tied with Mary J. Blige‘s “Be Without You” for Video of the Year. On December 8, 2006, Foxx received four Grammy Award nominations, which included Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for Love Changes featuring Mary J. BligeBest R&B Album for UnpredictableBest Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for Georgia by Ludacris & Field Mob featuring Jamie Foxx, and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for Unpredictable featuring Ludacris. Foxx released his third album titled Intuition in 2008, featuring such artists as Kanye WestT.I.Ne-Yo, and T-Pain.
 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.
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  • Looking for a bit that Jamie Fox did about raising the price of a bullet to $1,000 to stop gun violence (after Columbine shooting); IT WAS HILARIOUS despite it’s sombre reality. YEH….!