Eric Marlon Bishop, professionally known as Jamie Foxx was born on December 13, 1967, in the small town of Terrell in Texas to Shaheed Abdullah and Louise Annette.
Due to the inability of his young parents to care for little Eric, he was officially adopted by his maternal grandparents, Mark and Martha Talley.
His Grandmother played a key role in his upbringing and the famous actor has credited her for setting him on the right path.
Education and Early Life
Foxx was brought up by his grandmother in the strictest Baptist way. He is said to have participated in different activities in school and showed promise of making it in the entertainment world.
He was a Piano prodigy as he started taking Piano lessons at the age of five on the instruction of his Grandmother.
As a teenager, Foxx played the Piano at the New Hope Baptist Church.
The young Jamie attended Terrel High School, and he participated in sports like football and basketball. But he tilted more toward the art.
He sang in his teenage years, while also showing promise as a comic act. Although growing up he wanted to play for the Dallas Cowboys, and Foxx was the first player in the school’s history to make a pass of over 1,000 yards.
Following High School, he won a scholarship to the United States International University to study Musical and Performing Arts.
Jamie Foxx’s first foray into the entertainment industry was as a comedian when he started performing at Open Mics at comedy clubs.
After a series of consistent performances, he realized that female comics have the advantage in terms of the order of appearances, so he changed his name to Jamie Foxx.
He felt the name he has chosen is neutral enough for him to overcome the hurdle of being called upon much later at shows.
Much later he created his own sitcom, the Jamie Foxx Show, between 1996 and 2001. He co-produced the show, which aired on WB Network.
In 1992, the comedian made his film debut in the comedy movie Toys. But his big break came in the 1999 movie, Any Given Sunday, where he played the role of a professional football player who loved to party.
Following that, Foxx featured in a Biographical flick titled Ali. A few years later, he played Max Durocher, a Taxi Driver in the movie, Collateral along with screen god Tom Cruise.
As a result of his performance, he got nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Foxx took a little break from acting and he released an Album titled Peep This, which was not a commercial success.
Break into Stardom
After his relative success in movies, Jamie Foxx explored his musical talents by collaborating with some of the biggest artists in the music industry.
In 2003, he was featured along with Kanye West in Twista’s record, Slow Jamz, which got to number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles charts and the third position on the UK Singles chart.
He collaborated with Kanye West once again, and it was more successful as it went to number one on the Billboard Top 100 and the record maintained that spot for ten weeks.
Foxx returned to acting and he played Ray Charles in the 2004 Biographical movie, Ray 2004, for which he bagged numerous awards like the BAFTA for Best Actor In a Leading Role, as well as the Academy Award for Best Actor.
Foxx is only one of three male actors to get the nod for two Oscar nominations for two different movies in a single year. The two actors who managed the same feat before him were Al Pacino and Barry Fitzgerald.
In the following years, Foxx was featured in several movies such as Jarhead, Miami Boce, and Dream Girls.
As a result of his successful career in the entertainment industry, he has been able to earn some income from promoting different brands across different spheres.
He has been on the books of several companies as a face of brands, including online sports betting company BetMGM.
He was snapped up by the sportsbook in 2022, and he has been featured in several commercial campaigns of the betting company.
Being one of the most well-known faces in Hollywood, his status further enhanced the growing popularity of BetMGM as one of the top sportsbooks with betting bonuses for players in the US.
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Jamie Foxx has risen to be one of the most well-known figures in the American entertainment industry, and that has helped to amass some fortune.
Due to his longevity and rate of success in the movie industry, as well as other ventures like brand endorsements, Foxx is reportedly worth around $170 million in 2023.
Jamie Foxx has two daughters, Corinne Foxx born in 1994, and Annalise Bishop born in 2009. The two daughters were born of different mothers but they are reportedly considerably close.
In the past, there were rumors that he was romantically involved with Katie Holmes.
In 2023, rumors were rife that the actor had been hospitalized after allegedly suffering a stroke. He has since been seen actively on social media after many weeks of absence.
Jamie Foxx is an accomplished actor and comedian with a vast catalog of blockbuster movies. He has already sealed his place in Hollywood history as a gifted actor.