Jamie Foxx was born Eric Marlon Bishop on December 13, 1967. He changed his name when he began his career in stand-up comedy and chose “Foxx” to honor one of his comedic idols, Redd Foxx. He picked the first name “Jamie” because he noticed that female comics were usually given earlier times on open mic nights and he thought the androgynous name of Jamie might get him onstage earlier in the evening.
Foxx’s love of comedy began early. By third grade he was already doing stand up for his elementary school classes. His popularity was such that if the class behaved properly the teacher would reward them by letting young Jamie tell them jokes. He moved to Los Angeles when he grew up and began appearing on the comedy circuit until he was cast on the television sketch show “In Living Color” alongside other newcomers such as David Alan Grier and Jim Carrey. Foxx would team with Grier for a popular running act called “Men on Film.” After that series he would go on to star on his own show until he started his film career in 1992’s Robin Williams vehicle, “Toys.
In 2004 Foxx had a very strong year in film. Not only did he win the Best Actor Oscar for “Ray,” he also received a supporting actor nomination for “Collateral,” making him one of only 10 actors to receive both a lead and a supporting nomination in the same year.
In celebration of Foxx’s 51st birthday Gold Derby chooses Foxx’s Top 10 films and ranks them from worst to best. Tour our photo gallery, which features the movies mentioned above, plus “Django Unchained,” “Baby Driver,” “Any Given Sunday” and more.
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