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Jamie Foxx Biography


Jamie Foxx Ray

Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles in 'Ray.'

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Date of Birth:

December 13, 1967

Place of Birth:

Terrell, Texas

How He Got His Start:

Jamie Foxx started out as a stand-up comedian and appeared in the series In Living Color with Keenan Ivory Wayans, Damon Wayans and Jim Carrey.

His Real Name Is:

Eric Bishop. He took the stage name Jamie Fox and added an extra 'x' as a tribute to Redd Foxx.

His Music Background:

Jamie Foxx went to U.S.I.U. in San Diego on a classical piano scholarship.

Award-Worthy Performances:

Foxx was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in the 2004 Michael Mann movie Collateral. Foxx picked up his first Oscar as Best Actor for his portrayal of musical legend Ray Charles in 2004's Ray. He also won a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe for his work in Ray.

Notable Movie Credits:

The Truth About Cats & Dogs, The Great White Hype, Booty Call, The Players Club, Any Given Sunday, Ali, Shade, Breakin' All the Rules, Collateral, Ray, Stealth, Jarhead, Miami Vice, Dreamgirls, The Kingdom, The Soloist, Law Abiding Citizen, Valentine's Day, Due Date, Rio, Horrible Bosses, and Django Unchained.
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