Jamie Foxx

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Jamie Foxx

Born

12/13/1967, Terrell, Texas USA

Birth Name

Eric Morlon Bishop

Gender

Male
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Biography

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Jamie's mother, Louise, was an adopted child. When her marriage to his father, Darrel Bishop, now Shaheed Adbulah failed, his grandparents, Mark and Estelle M.Talley, stepped in and at age 7 months adopted him too. Jamie started playing the piano at the age of 3. He says he…more

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  • Trivia

    • In January 2009, Jamie Foxx decided to stop wearing his customary diamond earrings out of concern over the trafficking in African "blood diamonds". He now chooses to wear cubic zirconias instead.

    • Jamie was chosen as one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive for 2007.

    • On September 14, 2007 Jamie was awarded the 2347th star on the Hollywood walk of fame.

    • On January 22, 2007, Jamie announced he will be launching his new comedy channel called "The Foxxhole" (channel 106) on Sirius Satellite Radio. It will launch in Spring 2007.

    • Jamie plays for the Kings in the NBA Entertainment League.

    • It is rumored that he might be a playable character in the upcoming video game Def Jam: Icon, coming out in March 2007.

    • Jamie participated in the 2007 McDonald's NBA Celebrity All-Star Game in Las Vegas during the NBA All-Star break, but did not play due to a pre-game "injury."

    • Jamie has angered Oprah Winfrey by taking a swipe at her close relationship with friend Gayle King. Jamie made a reference to rumors about a lesbian relationship between the two women - which both have strongly refuted - during a show honoring Will Smith in December 2006. After hearing of Oprah's anger, Jamie insists the joke was made without malice and hopes TV network Bravo will cut the joke from its broadcast.

    • Jamie has no relation to Redd Foxx whose real name was John Sanford. However, Jamie used the last name Foxx as a tribute to Sanford.

    • He had a very minor role as a soldier in "Coming to America." His name was not listed in credits however.

    • Jamie's second album release "Unpredictable," sold over 598,000 copies in its first week but reached the U.S. #1 spot in its 2nd week.

    • At the 2006 BET Awards, Jamie won two awards: Best Collaboration with Kanye West for "Gold Digger" and Video of the Year for the same video.

    • His top five favorite songs are; "Do Me, Baby" by Prince, "Sexual Healing" by Marvin Gaye, "Always and Forever" by Heatwave, "It's All About the Benjamins" by Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs and "Lady" by Lionel Richie.

    • In second grade, he was so talented in telling jokes that his teacher used him as a reward. If the class behaved, Jamie would tell them jokes.

    • He attended Juilliard where he studied classical piano.

    • Had the role of Slim in The Wood, but had to drop out when he got the role of Willie Beamen in Any Given Sunday.

    • Jamie has a daughter, Corrine, born in 1995, who lives with her mother.

    • Jamie is 5'10½".

    • In 2005, People Magazine named Jamie as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People."

    • Jamie starred in his own comedy show; "The Jamie Foxx Show" and co-starred in "In Living Color."

    • Jamie is one of only five performers to have both a billboard #1 single and an Oscar for best actor/actress.

    • His performance as Ray Charles in "Ray" is ranked #31 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All-Time.

    • In 2005, Jamie was nominated 9 times for both Best Actor in a Leading Role for Ray, and Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Collateral. 8 out of those 9 times, Jamie won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role playing Ray Charles on Ray, but lost for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Collateral.

    • He was listed as a potential nominee on the 2006 Razzie Award nominating ballot, suggested in the Worst Actor category for his performance in the film "Stealth", luckily he failed to receive a nomination.

    • Jamie idolizes R&B singer R. Kelly and attributes his musical stylings, as well as personal style, to his influence.

    • To play Ray Charles for the movie "Ray", Jamie had to drop over 30 lbs in weight, going from 189 to 157 lbs.

    • His 10-year-old daughter accompanied him to the 2005 Oscars.

    • In 2005 Jamie was invited to join AMPAS, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    • He is only one of a few actors to win the quadruple award crown during the motion picture award season. He won a Golden Globe, the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Award, the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award) and an Oscar.

    • Jamie is a big fan of the Miami Heat.

    • Jamie's cousin Michael Bishop was quarterback for Kansas State University in the mid-1990s and currently plays for the Arena Football League's Grand Rapids Rampage.

    • At the 2005 Grammy Awards, he performed "Georgia On My Mind" with Alicia Keys as a tribute to Ray Charles, whom he portrayed in "Ray" the previous year. He became good friends with him before he passed away.

    • He was the first African-American to be nominated for two Oscars in the same year.

    • Jamie is only the second male actor in history to receive two acting Oscar nominations in the same year for two different movies.

    • His three Golden Globe nominations were announced on his 37th birthday.

    • Jamie said that Richard Pryor is his idol in comedy, Denzel Washington is his idol in acting, and Steve Hardin is his idol in music.

    • He started as a stand up comedian, often doing imitations of former President Ronald Reagan.

    • He was the quarterback on his high school football team.

    • He was the first man of the millennium to host Saturday Night Live.

    • Jamie is featured in Kanye West's video called "Golddigger".

    • Jamie won an Image Award in 2002 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for Ali.

    • Once auditioned for the Cuba Gooding Jr. role in the movie Jerry Maguire.

  • Quotes

    • Jamie: (on if he were to play the first black James Bond) Of course I'd take the role. I'd put a little swing in it. A little hip-hop, you know. Maybe I wouldn't be drinking martinis, but drinking some Hennessey maybe. My Bond would drink dark liquor.

    • Jamie: (on his new Satellite Radio channel, "The Foxxhole") SIRIUS Satellite Radio gives me the opportunity to create urban entertainment and programming like you have never heard on the radio.

    • Jamie: (revealing the most ridiculous thing he has ever bought was a $20,000 crocodile-skin jacket) I was in Las Vegas and some girls I was with were going on and on about this crocodile-skin jacket. In the end I just gave in and said, 'Alright, I'll take it!' It was crazy. Stupid. I've never worn it. It never matched anything and it didn't even fit properly. I don't even have the jacket now - I don't know where it is.

    • Jamie: (after Jake Gyllenhaal said Jamie was 'a ray of sunshine' on the "Jarhead" set) I think what he means by that is just having fun with such things going on in the world. I know it sounds a little clichéd right now, but it was just good to be able to have some fun with these guys, so I think that what it means. At the time the Oscar thing was happening, and they were all rooting, and we were all checking the scores to see what was going to happen, so we just had a ball.

    • Jamie: (Talking about Miami Vice) I love this film! And if it will be a blockbuster, I would really love to make a sequel.

    • Jamie Foxx: I've been on the road with undercover agents to prepare for Miami Vice, now thát are actors! They play a role and when they make a mistake, they get a worse ending than just a bad review.

    • Jamie: Can I just tell you that I am having the ride of my life right now? I wish I could take what I'm feeling right now and put it in the water system, and we would all love each other a whole lot more.

    • Jamie: You know what? I never really factor Hollywood into anything. I'm a black actor, so I can't really control what Hollywood thinks. I gotta go do my thing, and my jokes have got to be funny. Whatever I do has got to be great.

    • Jamie: (On wearing the prosthetic eyelids which made him blind in "Ray") After six hours of being blind, you lose the sense of how a person is physically. It was amazing to hear the little buzzing voices all around you.

    • Jamie: (on winning the Oscar for his performance in "Ray") It was unbelievable. Everyone was rooting for Ray Charles to win. It was really different. Man, I was sitting pretty � all these people were on my side and so supportive of me winning. Everyone came up to me � it was like a dream.

    • Jamie: (on making out with Beyoncé in 'Dreamgirls') I got to make out with Beyoncé. Damn, she's hot. I had to watch out for Jay-Z, though. I think he wanted to beat me up.

    • Jamie: Women make you spend money. Now that I have it, I have to be careful. It's like candy – especially when you're around women.

    • Jamie: (the most extravagant thing he's bought) That's the thing, people start giving you stuff. I got a watch, a necklace that was at least $180,000 [$AU235,000]. They said "We just want you to walk with it." I said, "What do you want me to do with it after? Can I give it back to you? I don't want to lose it." They said, "It's yours." It will blow your mind. Literally, I got three Cadillac Escalades, two Range Rovers, a watch, some clothes. And you go, "Wow!"

    • Jamie: Money is a by-product. People think L.A. is shiny and fake but it's actually the other way around – not only are people good-looking here, they're very artistic and they've got great ideas. Money is a by-product of great ideas. You can't just do something for the money – it looks bad and everyone can tell.

    • Jamie: (on being happy success came later in life for him) I wouldn't be able to handle it if I was 26 or 27. They used to say, "Here today, gone tomorrow." But now it's more like, "Here today, gone this afternoon." You'd better not be caught on someone's camera phone doing something goofy in a nightclub. I'm able to deal with fame and success in a grown man kind of way. But I have to tell you, you never really sleep all the way there's one eye open.

    • Jamie: (on working with Colin Farrell) We had great chemistry in the film, but we didn't have much time to kick it off-screen as much as I would have liked. We did have a couple of parties in Miami and to see the magnetism that this guy has, it's perfect for him. He really is the lady-killer.

    • Jamie: (why he chose to star in Miami Vice) Because it's hot. The hotness of this idea was too much for me, so I had to climb on board. It's a great opportunity for me to be in a commercial hit, a franchise. A lot of people don't remember the TV show, so it's basically a new thing. It was the same for Charlie's Angels and Starsky & Hutch � and they were huge. And when I watched Miami Vice the TV show it was a no-brainer. I mean, who wouldn't want to be Crockett and Tubbs?

    • Jamie Foxx: CCH Pounder taught me one thing. She said, 'Characters are like putting on a coat. You put the coat on while you work, you take the coat off after it's over.' You need that freshness. I know people who stay in character, and it's the worst thing in the world. You can't go out. They're still in their character and the character residue is too much. I like to go do it, flip it on like a light switch and then flip it off. Then, when we come back in the next morning I flip it back on. That's what keeps things fresh for me.

    • Jamie Foxx: I'd like to say I'm R&B's savior. Whether that's the truth or not, I'm definitely going out there with my mic and my shield to declare, 'I am here to save R&B.' I will have the people saying, 'Sir, there is a man at the musical gates saying he is here to save R&B.'

    • Jamie: For my 100th birthday I want 100 dancers. Five 20-year-old strippers - that equals 100. Sweet.

    • Jamie Foxx: I've been a sports fan all my life, and like most other actors, I'm convinced I could have been a pro athlete if Hollywood hadn't come calling.

    • Jamie Foxx: Give it up for Ray Charles and his beautiful legacy. And thank you, Ray Charles, for living.

    • Jamie Foxx: [On fellow Oscar winner Sidney Poitier:] I saw you once and I looked into your eyes and there was a connection.' He said, 'I give to you responsibility,' and I'm taking that responsibility tonight. Thanks, Sidney.

    • Jamie Foxx: In our music, in our everyday life, there are so many negative things. Why not have something positive and stamp it with blackness?

    • Jamie Foxx: [In tribute to his grandmother] She still talks to me now, only now she talks to me in my dreams. And I can't wait to go to sleep tonight because we have a lot to talk about. I love you.

    • Reporter: Jake [Gyllenhall] said that you were a 'ray of sunshine on set' [on Jarhead], whch is an interesting choice of words.

      Jamie: I know it sounds a little clicjed right now, but it was just good to be able to have some fun with these guys, so I think that's what he means.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Jamie Foxx is a very talented actor and singer. He has starred in shows and movies with some of the greatest actors and actresses.

    10
    Jamie Foxx in my opinion is a very very talented singer and actor. He has stared in movies such as Ray, Any Given Sunday, Breakin All the Rules, Booty Call, Dreamgirls,and more. He has stared in shows such as Jamie Foxx Show and In Living Color. He plays in many different moods and styles of characters. He cares a great deal about his daughter Corrin. Jamie has starred with many talented actors and actresses. He also has song with many very talented singers. To me many people under estimate him.I beleive Jamie Foxx still has a road ahead of him.moreless
  • He's on TV, radio stations and on the big screen.

    9.7
    Jamie Foxx can be best described as "Talented." He's a comedian, a singer and an actor. To be more specific, he's a very funny comedian, a Grammy nominated singer and an Academy Award winning actor, give or take a few other awards, too. Anything he does, he always gives 110%; his movies are always good, his music is always great and his jokes are always hilarious. Jamie is one of Hollywood's best actors and is able to fill movie theaters; keeps you laughing with his comedy shows and his past TV shows and dancing with his hit songs. To sum it all up, he's talented.moreless
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