Jamie Foxx is an American actor, producer, singer and comedian who has a net worth of $170 million. Jamie is one of Hollywood’s most sought-after and highly paid actors. He is a multi-talented actor, singer, writer and producer.
Jamie Foxx was born Eric Marlon Bishop in Terrell, Texas on December 13, 1967. Shortly after he was born, Foxx was adopted and raised by his grandparents Esther Marie and Mark Talley. His birth parents were not part of his upbringing, and he had little-to-no contact with them growing up. Despite a very strict Baptist upbringing, Jamie credits his grandmother’s influence on his life for his career success.
He began playing piano at age five and was already popular for telling creative jokes to his class in elementary school. Foxx received stellar grades, played basketball, and was the quarterback for the football team at Terrell High School. He got a scholarship to United States International University and studied musical and performing art composition.
Foxx started performing stand-up comedy in 1989 and within two years became a cast member of the hit sketch comedy show, In Living Color, where he remained for its last three seasons. After its end, Foxx was given his own show, The Jamie Foxx Show, which ran from 1996 until 2001, for five seasons, 100 episodes and was nominated for several Images, Kid’s Choice and NAACP Awards. He has released three stand-up specials onto DVD, including his HBO special, Straight from the Foxxhole, Unleashed and I Might Need Security.
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Foxx’s first film appearance was in the 1992 comedy Toys. Other films that Foxx appeared in during this time included The Great White Hype and Any Given Sunday, which earned Foxx his first award nominations for his film work.
He was further nominated for his roles in Ali (2001, in which he starred opposite Will Smith), Breakin’ All the Rules, and Collateral, which grossed $217.7 million worldwide. For his work on Collateral alongside Tom Cruise, Foxx was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
In 2004, Foxx portrayed Ray Charles in the biopic Ray. For his performance in the titular role, Foxx won nineteen awards, including the Academy Award for best actor and the BAFTA award for best actor. In 2005, he joined the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Other notable films Jamie has worked on include Stealth, Jarhead, Miami Vice, the award-winning film adaptation of the stage show Dreamgirls, the biopic The Soloist, Law Abiding Citizen, Valentine’s Day, I’m Still Here, Due Date, Horrible Bosses, Django Unchained, White House Down, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Horrible Bosses 2, Annie, Sleepless, and Baby Driver. In September 2007, Jamie earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which he describes as one of the most surreal days of his life.
An award-winning recording artist, Foxx has released five studio albums. His first album, 1994’s “Peep This”, was a commercial flop. However, his second album “Unpredictable” (2005) was his most successful with a double-platinum certification from the RIAA. The album also reached #1 on both the Billboard 200 and U.S. R&B charts, and #9 on the UK albums chart. To date, the album has sold 1.98 million copies in the U.S. His hit singles include “Unpredictable” (featuring Ludacris), “Blame It” (featuring T-Pain), and “Fall for Your Type” (featuring Drake). Foxx was also featured on the #1 singles “Slow Jamz” by Twista (featuring Kanye West) and “Gold Digger” by Kanye West.
Foxx is known for his crossover collaborations. Foxx featured on the 2005 Ludacris and Field Mob’s single “Georgia”, sampling the Ray Charles class “Georgia on my Mind.”
A longtime country music fan, he recorded “She Goes All the Way” with Rascall Flats in 2007. He also performed the George Strait song “You Look So Good in Love” at the Artist of the Decade All-Star Concert. When Fox hosted the 2009 BET awards in 2009, he opened with a rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”.
Fox became the host and executive producer of Fox game show “Beat Shazam” on May 25, 2017. On January 31, 2020, the show was renewed for a fourth season.
Jamie is notorious for keeping his private life under wraps. He has two daughters, Corinne (b.1994) and Anelise (b.2009). His daughter Corinne is a model and an actress, and has appeared on “Beat Shazam” as a co-host with Foxx.
Foxx and Katie Holmes were in a long-term relationship following her split from Tom Cruise in 2012, but it was reported that their relationship had ended in August 2019.
Foxx was involved in an incident in April 2003 in New Orleans where he and his sister were escorted out of Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans, Louisiana. Employees of the casino claimed they had failed to show identification when they entered. Foxx was charged with battery on police officers and resisting arrest, trespassing, and disturbing the peace. He pled no contest for disturbing the peace in exchange for getting the other charges dropped. He was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to pay a $1,500 fine.
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On January 18, 2016, Foxx rescued a drunk driver from a burning vehicle that had crashed outside his home. The driver was traveling at a high rate of speed when the truck flew off the road into a ditch and rolled over multiple times.
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