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Jamie Foxx Biography

Jamie Foxx (born Eric Marlon Bishop, 13.12.1967)

Jamie Foxx is an Academy Award-winning American actor, singer and comedian.

Jamie Foxx: Childhood

Jamie Foxx was born to Louise Dixon and Darrell Bishop in Terrell, Texas. Louise abandoned her son seven months after he was born and he was raised by Estelle and Mark Talley, Louise's adoptive parents. They raised the boy with a strict Catholic upbringing and he started to learn the piano at the age of five, eventually playing piano at their local church services.

Jamie Foxx attended Terrell High School, where he played basketball and football, as well as singing in a band called Leather and Lace.

After finishing at high school, Jamie Foxx was offered a scholarship to United States International University, to study classical music and composition. He changed his name when he started performing at stand-up comedy open mic nights, with the surname being a tribute to the comedian Redd Foxx.

Jamie Foxx: Acting Career

In 1991, Jamie Foxx was cast in the comedy sketch show In Living Colour, which then led to a role in the sitcom Roc. Between 1996 and 2001, he had his own sitcom, The Jamie Foxx Show.

Foxx made his film debut in 1992, in the comedy Toys, starring Robin Williams and Michael Gambon. His first dramatic film role did not come until 1999, when he appeared in Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday, playing an American footballer who liked to party. The film also starred Al Pacino, Dennis Quaid, Cameron Diaz and James Woods.

In 2004, Jamie Foxx played the taxi driver in Michael Mann's critically-acclaimed Collateral, which also starred Tom Cruise and Jada Pinkett Smith. Foxx earned himself a nomination for Best Supporting Actor, for his performance.

The very same year, Jamie Foxx managed to eclipse this success when he starred in Ray, the biopic of the jazz singer Ray Charles. His performance landed him the Best Actor Oscar as well as the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

In 2005, Jamie Foxx landed a role in Jarhead, a Gulf War film that also starred Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard and Chris Cooper. He later re-joined Chris Cooper on screen in The Kingdom, along with Jennifer Garner and Ashraf Barhom. 2006 saw two major film releases starring Jamie Foxx: Dreamgirls (the story of 1960's doo-wop girl group, with similarities to The Supremes), starring Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy and Miami Vice (a modernized film version of the 1980s TV cop series), which was directed by Michael Mann and also starred Colin Farrell and Gong Li.

In 2009, Jamie Foxx starred in The Soloist, alongside Robert Downey Jr The film is an adaptation of the true story of a musician who becomes homeless after developing schizophrenia.

Jamie Foxx's outstanding career was recognised by the Hollywood elite in September 2007, when he was awarded with a star on the Hollywood Walk of fame.

Jamie Foxx: Music Career

Jamie Foxx's debut album, entitled Peep This, was released in 1994. He was later featured on Twista's song 'Slow Jamz', which also featured Kanye West. Foxx and West then collaborated again on Kanye West's track 'Gold Digger'. The track was a number one hit and Foxx went on to work with Ludacris and Field Mob on 'Georgia'.

The second studio album from Jamie Foxx was released in December 2005, entitled Unpredictable. The album has been certified double platinum and peaked at number nine in the UK albums chart. Foxx joined the ranks of Bing Crosby, Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra as one of the few people to have won an Academy Award, as well as having a number one album in the USA.

Jamie Foxx's third album, Intuition featured appearances from T-Pain, Lil Wayne, T.I. and Kanye West. The music video for 'Blame It' was notable for its many cameo appearances from the likes of Quincy Jones, Jake Gyllenhaal, Samuel L Jackson and Forest Whitaker.

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Jamie,As of January 25, 2006, no one can ever under estimate you again. You are a multi talent entertainer and a very positive role model. I was always told actions speak louder than words and your actions are deafening!You gave such a beautiful tribute to your grandmother and I know she is looking down from Heaven at you with a smile from ear to ear.Always keep your head up and remember your humble beginnings. I am extremely proud of you as if you were a member of my family. You have touched my heart, my mind and my soul. Watching you, I know nothing is impossible.Babygirl

8 years 2 months ago
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Dear Mr, Foxx, I know you don't have alot of time. So I'm going to make this brief. I've enjoyed you since living color, and have followed you up to this day. My greatest dissappointment came, when I was unable to acquire your album,"PeeP This", at any record shop or on line. I had bought it when it was originally released, lost it and purcahsed it again. And once again, since I have relocated,it has taken legs and walked away. I even went back to texas, where I am originally from. and was not able to find it. Please either re-release it or point me in the direction to acquire it. Keep up the good work Mr. Foxx. Thank You and may god continue to bless you

7 years 5 months ago
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Jamie I just want to say that 2 u I may be just another fan. But I absolutely adore and admire you as a person. I also can act sing and have a great sense of humor even though I wouldn't consider myself a comedian. I have watched your show since I don't know when, In living color, movies everything you can name. You touch my heart and I love you so much because you are so talented and I just hope that I am able to be where you are today. God has truly blessed you and I hope he continues to bless you so u can continue to inspire people such as myself. Symone Plummer

8 years 7 months ago
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ShaTwoSha

Hi! Jamie, From one Foxx to another Foxx. I luv and admire you for your accomplishments. I luv RAY. You are a great entertainer and I know you are a good person. I hope to have the honor of meeting you someday. I often smile when I think of the proud look you gave your daughter on the episode (the genius )which is your TV show. But I must say it's been more than a decade and I was FOXX first! I would luv to show you the pictures.

7 years 9 months ago
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IRISH PRINCESS

Hi Eric,I saw your interview on Inside the actors Studio and was touched by your love for your Grandmother. I've seen a few of your movies and I think you're very talented. After watching that interview I thought what a nice guy. Your Grandmother did a great job with you and I'm sure she's very proud of you. Keep using all the tools she gave you and be sure and pass them along to your daughter, the world could use more poeple like you. Much success in everything you do.

8 years 6 months ago
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I think Jamie Foxx is one of the best talent that there is in today's "Box Office"...Gold Digger..is just what we needed in today's music....He made the song what it is today.....Melanie

8 years 5 months ago
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ShaTwoSha

I luv u ! God bless u, Jamie.

7 years 9 months ago
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TO WHOM THIS MAY CONCERN WILL YOUR COMPANY DO A STORY ON THE GRAY SISTERS GOSPEL GROUP FROM DECATUR ALABAMA.PLEASE VISIT THEIR WEB SITE ON GOOGLE,MY SPACE OR UTUBE AT:WWW.THEGRAYSISTERSSINGERS.COM

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and one more thing, the faster you join your child murdering hero Tookie, the better off the world will be. You racist sob.

8 years 2 months ago
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foxxnumber1fan

Just in case you don't know, the first pics in the gallery, the man in the grey suit, is not Jamie Foxx. That is Shawn Wayans. Get it together!!!

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