Jamie Foxx Biography

Jamie Foxx Biography

Bio Synopsis

Jamie Foxx (Eric Morlon Bishop), was born on December 13, 1967, in Terrell, Texas. Jamie Foxx emerged as one of the most diversely talented entertainers of his generation. In 2005, Jamie Foxx became the first person to be nominated for three acting awards at the Golden Globes in the same year, for his performances in Ray, Collateral and Redemption. Here’s Jamie Foxx Biography and Profile. Read more


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Jamie Foxx Early Life

Jamie Foxx (Eric Morlon Bishop), a talented singer, comedian and actor, Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx has proved to be a triple threat in the entertainment industry, was born on December 13, 1967, in Terrell, Texas. Jamie Foxx has emerged as one of the most diversely talented entertainers of his generation. A talented singer, comedian and actor, Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx has proved to be a triple threat in the entertainment industry. After his parents’ marriage dissolved, Foxx was adopted by his maternal grandparents when he was less than a year old. He enjoyed sports and music as a child, and attended Terrell High School in his hometown. After receiving a scholarship, Foxx enrolled at the U.S. International University in San Diego where he majored in music. It was during college that he was encouraged by friends to take the open mike one night at a comedy club.

Eric Morlon Bishop decided to perform at a stand-up comedy open mic night in Los Angeles in 1989, which jump started his comedy and acting career. As he got more comedy engagements, he created a stage name (Foxx in ode to comedian Red Foxx, and the gender-neutral name Jamie because women tended to get priority spots for open mic nights). This led to Foxx being cast on the Fox television series In Living Color (1990-1994). Foxx then starred in WB Network’s The Jamie Foxx Show, which ran from 1996 to 2002.

Jamie Foxx Biography and Profile

Eric Marlon Bishop (Jamie Foxx), born December 13, 1967 in Terrell, Texas to Darrell Bishop and Louise Dixon , was an outstanding high-school quarterback in Texas. He studied classical piano at the Juilliard School. Jamie Foxx started in stand-up comedy in 1989 when a girlfriend prodded him to perform at an L.A. comedy club. For his Oscar-winning performance as Ray Charles, he lost 30 pounds, attended Braille classes and wore a prosthetic device over his eyes during filming.

In 2005, Jamie Foxx became the first person to be nominated for three acting awards at the Golden Globes in the same year, for his performances in Ray, Collateral and Redemption. Was only the fourth person to win an Oscar for acting and have a No. 1 album (Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Barbra Streisand are the others).

In 2007, Sirius Radio launched a channel with him called The Foxxhole, and he hosts a weekly talk show called The Jamie Foxx Show on it. Hosted the 2009 BET Awards, which aired days after Michael Jackson’s death, and paid tribute to Jackson by doing the dance routine from the Beat It video and participating in a group rendition of I’ll Be There. In 2010, Jamie Foxx teamed up with the CDC to create video and radio PSAs for their “I Know” campaign, which aims to increase awareness about HIV prevention and testing.

Eric Morlon Bishop, who has two daughters, became romantically involved with actress Katie Holmes sometime after her split from Tom Cruise in 2012, though they remained tight-lipped about their relationship for many years. In August 2019 it was reported that the couple had broken up. His daughter Corinne was named Miss Golden Globe 2016.

Jamie Foxx Education

Attended United States International University, San Diego, California, United States; attended The Juilliard School, New York, New York, United States

Jamie Foxx TV Career:

‘In Living Color’ and ‘The Jamie Foxx Show’

Leaving college, Foxx moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in comedy. In 1991 he was hired as a regular cast member on the Fox variety show In Living Color. Foxx left In Living Color in 1994, but in 1996 he returned to television with The Jamie Foxx Show, playing a struggling Los Angeles actor who lives in a hotel owned by his aunt and uncle.

Jamie Foxx Movies:

‘Any Given Sunday,’ ‘Ali,’ ‘Collateral’

By the time his show ended in 2001, Foxx was beginning to be viewed as a talented dramatic actor. This was due in large part to his performance in the sports drama Any Given Sunday (1999). Playing football star Willie Beamen, Foxx showed incredible range in his performance and held his own against one of film’s greats, Al Pacino. His next notable film role was in Michael Mann’s Ali (2001), and he later earned praise for his performance opposite Tom Cruise in the thriller Collateral (2004).

Academy Award for ‘Ray’

While Collateral was a critical and commercial hit, Foxx drew more attention that year for his starring role as Ray Charles in the biopic Ray. Bringing the legendary R&B musician to life on the big screen, Foxx earned Best Actor wins at both the Academy Awards and Golden Globes, cementing his place on the Hollywood A-list.

‘Stealth,’ ‘Jarhead’

Following Ray, Foxx took an interesting array of roles with mixed results. The military action film Stealth (2005), with Josh Lucas and Jessica Biel, was a critical and financial dud. That same year, he garnered some critical praise for his turn as a marine serving in the Middle East in Jarhead, with Jake Gyllenhaal, but the movie failed to attract much of an audience.

‘Miami Vice’ and ‘Dreamgirls’

After teaming up with Colin Farrell for Michael Mann’s big screen adaptation of the popular 1980s cop show Miami Vice (2006), Foxx co-starred in Dreamgirls (2006), with Jennifer Hudson and Beyoncé, as a scheming car saleman who becomes a manager for R&B star James Thunder Early (played by Eddie Murphy). His character then transforms Early’s backup singers, the Dreamettes, into an all-female supergroup. The film is loosely based on the ’60s pop group the Supremes.

‘The Kingdom,’ ‘The Soloist,’ ‘Horrible Bosses,’ ‘Rio’

Foxx then featured prominently in The Kingdom (2007), a thriller about a terrorist attack on Americans in Saudi Arabia. In 2009 he portrayed Nathaniel Ayers in the drama The Soloist, with Robert Downey Jr., and starred in Law Abiding Citizen. Returning to lighter fare, Foxx appeared in the 2010 romantic comedy Valentine’s Day, with Jessica Biel and Jennifer Garner. He also had a supporting role in the workplace comedy Horrible Bosses (2011), starring Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Spacey, and lent his voice to the animated children’s film Rio the following year.

‘Django Unchained’

In late 2012 Foxx burst back onto the big screen with a leading role in Quentin Tarantino’s action western Django Unchained. He starred as Django, a freed slave who teams up with a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) to find his wife (Kerry Washington) and face off against the plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio) who has her captive. The cast also included Samuel L. Jackson and Jonah Hill.

‘White House Down,’ ‘Spider-Man 2,’ ‘Annie’

Foxx then co-starred in the 2013 action film White House Down as President Sawyer, opposite Channing Tatum. In 2014 he reprised earlier roles in Rio 2 and Horrible Bosses 2; played the villain Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and took on the role of the Daddy Warbucks-like William Stacks for a remake of Annie.

‘Sleepless,’ ‘Baby Driver,’ ‘Robin Hood’

Foxx took a break from the screen, before resurfacing in 2017 with the crime flicks Sleepless and Baby Driver. In late 2018, following the announcement that he would star in an adaptation of the popular comic book series Spawn, Foxx appeared in a remake of Robin Hood as the title character’s trusted friend Little John. The following year, he delivered a strong performance in Just Mercy, based on the story of an African-American pulpwood worker who was wrongfully convicted of the 1986 murder of a young white woman.

Jamie Foxx Music Career:

‘Peep This,’ ‘Unpredictable’

Foxx began professionally exploring his interest in music during the 1990s, releasing the album Peep This in 1994. With its traditional, smooth R&B sound, the album reached No. 12 on the R&B and hip-hop charts, its single “Infatuation” attracting attention from listeners and radio stations. In 2006, Foxx released a new album, Unpredictable. The recording reached the top of the pop, R&B and hip-hop charts, driven by the title track single, “DJ Play a Love Song,” and “Can I Take You Home.” At the 2006 Black Entertainment Television Awards, Foxx won Best Duet/Collaboration with Kanye West for his work on the single “Gold Digger.”

‘Intuition,’ ‘Best Night of My Life,’ ‘Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses’

Foxx released his third album, Intuition, in 2008, which featured West and Lil Wayne, among others. The album’s second single, “Blame It,” hit No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Foxx enjoyed more success with his follow-up albums Best Night of My Life (2010) and Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses (2015).

Jamie Foxx on Kobe Bryant’s Death

Foxx reflected with his friends on the loss of Kobe Bryant, who died in a tragic helicopter crash Jan. 26 along with his daughter, Gianna, and seven others.

“There’s no silver lining in it,” he tells The Post. “My kids were broken in half, like everybody was. If we can get anything out of it, it’s we need to move closer and get in proximity with people that you may not normally get along with or talk to. I see people change. I hope we can keep that energy up.”

Like Bryant, Foxx is a proud girl dad. “I call myself New Dad,” he says, explaining his parenting philosophy with daughters Corinne, a 25-year-old model and actress and Annalise Bishop, 11.

Corinne Foxx, Annalise Bishop and Jamie-Foxx
Corinne Foxx, Annalise Bishop and Jamie-Foxx

“You have to let them have their say, but you also have to bring Texas in and corral them. I want the discipline to be a certain level.”

Inspiring His Girls

Despite his wealth and fame, Jamie Foxx takes care not to spoil his little darlings. “I don’t play the Hollywood stuff. They don’t get what they want if they don’t show some type of work ethic or some type of humbleness. You learn. If you give them too much on Christmas, they say, ‘We’re tired of opening presents.’ I say, ‘You won’t be tired next year because you’ll have one present!’” He also wants to inspire his girls to aim high. “I took them to see Hillary [Clinton] when she was running, Oprah, all these women who are really making moves. I want them to see that.”

Jamie also needs to encourage his ladies to goal substantial. “I took them to see Hillary [Clinton] when she was functioning, Oprah, all these gals who are seriously earning moves. I want them to see that.”

Jamie Foxx Oscar and Other Awards

  • 2004, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2005, Critics’ Choice Awards — Best Actor: Winner
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 2007, Critics’ Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
  • 2004, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2005, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Nominee
  • 2005, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 2009, Grammy — Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals: Winner
  • 2005, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 2005, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2019, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 2005, Critics’ Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
  • 2005, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2005, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee

Jamie Foxx Family

  • Mark Talley — Grandfather
  • Deidra Dixon — Half Sister
  • Esther Marie Talley — Grandmother
  • Diondra — Half Sister

Jamie Foxx Parents

  • Mother: Louise Annette Talley Dixon.
  • Father: Shaheed Abdullah (Darrell Bishop).

Jamie Foxx Wife

  • Katie Holmes — Significant Other.

Jamie Foxx Daughters

  • Corinne Bishop and Annalise Bishop.
Jamie Foxx with daughter Corinne Bishop
Jamie Foxx with daughter Corinne Bishop

Eric Morlon Bishop Biography and Profile

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