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Real Name: Eric Morlon Bishop
Birthday: December 13th

Biography And Filmography:

Jamie Foxx was first seen by audiences as a secure, bright comedian who was very skilled at portraying characters and lampooning  famous celebrities on television after joining the smash hit sketch comedy show "In Living Color" in 1991, featuring the Wayans brothers and Jim Carrey, and over time grew into one of the movie industries most fashionable performers after winning an Oscar Award for his eerie and extraordinary performance as the famous musician Ray Charles in the 2005 biopic "Ray."

Born Eric Bishop in Terrell, Texas, his mother had difficulty supporting him when her marriage broke apart, but his maternal grandparents stepped in and raised him as their own, and he would later credit his grandmother for the biggest part of his successes in life. A piano student since the age of four, Jamie attended United States International University in San Diego on a music scholarship and later studied music at Julliard before starting a career in acting and comedy. He changed his name to the more female sounding Jamie Foxx in order to get better placement at comedy clubs, and started performing after reaching Los Angeles in 1990. He appeared on stage at The Comedy Store and The Improv, and at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem. 

He then won the 1991 Oakland California Comedy Competition and joined the cast of Fox's variety television show "In Living Color" as one of the comedy players, creating Wanda, one of the ugliest women on the planet. In 1992, he won his first movie role, a supporting part to Robin Williams in the family comedy "Toys.” In 1996, he took supporting roles in two movies, the comedy "The Great White Hype” as a boxing manager, and "The Truth About Cats and Dogs" (1996) about a successful veterinarian and radio show host with low self-esteem who asks her model friend to impersonate her when a handsome man wants to see her.

He has continued to perform comedy on television, and  had a guest appearance in "Paul Rodriguez: Crossing Gang Lines,” a 1991 television special, and performed on HBO's "Def Comedy Jam.” In 1993, he starred in the special, "Jamie Foxx: Straight From the Foxxhole" and three years later was hired for his own sitcom, "The Jamie Foxx Show" (1996-2001). In the series, he played a striving actor who works for relatives at a run-down hotel. While never a ratings success or even a cult hit, the series allowed him to develop an audience and fine tune his skills leading to movie roles. First he was cast in comedies targeted to urban audiences such as "Booty Call" (1997) next to Tommy Davidson as two friends who get in too deep pursuing women; "The Players Club" (1998), a strip-club comedy; and "Held Up" (1999), playing an unlucky man caught in an shocking hostage crisis.

He then worked in a more dramatic role when Oliver Stone hired and cast him as a jumpy third-string quarterback who became an overnight sensation in "Any Given Sunday" (1999) with Al Pacino. He then moved to action and comedy for the thriller "Bait" (2000) by director Antwone Fuqua, playing an ex-con man used by government agents to lure a killer out of hiding. He then gave his most intricate performance to date when he played Muhammad Ali's ring man Drew 'Bundini' Brown in the movie "Ali" (2001) with Will Smith.

The actor then had a breakthrough role in 2004 when he starred in the television movie "Redemption: The Stan 'Tookie' Williams Story," giving a fantastic performance as the founder of the Los Angeles street gang "The Crips", a man who went from prison to being nominated for a Nobel Peace Price. He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television, as well as an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor. 

Next, he appeared in the comedy "Breakin' All the Rules" (2004) with Jennifer Esposito, as a rejected boyfriend turned relationship expert and author. He then surprised audiences with his riveting and clever portrayal of a Los Angeles cab driver in "Collateral" (2004), about a man who finds himself at the mercy of a customer who is a mercenary hit man. As a result of his role in "Collateral", he shot to the top of Hollywood's leading man A-list, winning him nominations for a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. He followed up with an extraordinary role as legendary R&B singer Ray Charles in the big-budget movie biography "Ray," an outstanding performance that was more then a simple impression of the musician, and firmly established the comedian turned actor as one of the most talented and resourceful performers of his generation. He won a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. His next award wins were at the BAFTA Awards, SAG Awards and a large number of critics' awards before his Best Actor win at the Academy Awards.

Still floating on the success of  "Ray", he slowed down to appear in the action film "Stealth" (2005), that portrayed his character as a big shot fighter pilot of high-tech military jets. He next appeared in the war drama "Jarhead" (2005) with Jake Gyllenhaal, recounting experiences during the 1990 Gulf War in Iraq and based on former Marine Anthony Swofford's best-selling 2003 book about his war experiences in Saudi Arabia and about his experiences fighting in Kuwait.

During this same period, he started pushing his musical career and appeared on Kanye West's song "Gold Digger," which held the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for several weeks in 2005, and in December of that year he released the R&B album "Unpredictable".

Refocusing on the big-screen, the actor was next hired and cast by director Michael Mann to play Detective Ricardo “Rico” Tubbs in the remake of the hit 1980s police show in, “Miami Vice” (2006) with Colin Farrell, based on the 1980's television cop show drama that focuses on vice detectives Crockett and Tubbs as their respective personal and professional lives become dangerously intertwined. He then found himself at the Oscar stage again with an award winning performance in “Dreamgirls” (2006) with Eddie Murphy, a movie version of the Broadway musical about the rise and fall of a black female singing trio (Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Hudson and Anika Noni Rose) in the 1960s and 1970s. He played the character Curtis Taylor, Jr., a ruthlessly motivated talent manager from Detroit who turns the singing group into celebrity sensations, but on his own terms. "Dreamgirls" won him two more Oscars at that years Academy Award ceremonies.

The following year, he took the starring role in the action thriller "The Kingdom" (2007) with Jason Bateman and Jennifer Connelly, about a team of U.S. government agents who are sent to investigate the bombing of an American facility in the Middle East. He wrapped his year in the biographical music drama "The Soloist" (2008) starring Robert Downey Jr., about a schizophrenic, homeless musician from Skid Row, Los Angeles who dreams of playing at Walt Disney Concert Hall.


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