Jamie Foxx biographyJamie Foxx is an American actor and singer, comic, and Academy Award recipient. He got incredibly famous after his star performance in Ray, as well as an appearance in such blockbusters as Collateral, Law Abiding Citizen, Django Unchained by Quentin Tarantino, The Amazing Spiderman 2, etc. His net worth is over $100 million.
Early life and childhoodJamie Foxx (born as Eric Marlon Bishop) was born on December 13, 1967, in Terrell, Texas. He lived with his biological parents Louise Annette Talley Dixon and stockbroker Darrell Bishop (who took name Shahid Abdula after converting to Islam) for just around 7 months. They abandoned Eric and took no part in his upbringing.
I often wondered, why? I wasn’t that kind of kid who always gets into some trouble. In fact, I was the opposite. I even was a midfielder in my high school football team! My real father lived but 45 kilometers away from me and never cared enough to talk or visit.Eric was 17 when his adoptive father died; Esther outlived her husband on 20 years and passed away, leaving the actor heartbroken.
In 2014 Jamie decided to reestablish his relationship with real parents. The actor found them and even took his mother to live with him. Unfortunately, he still failed to find common ground with his father.
Movie and TV careerEric’s passion for music eventually took over his ambition to become a professional athlete. After graduating from high school he received an honorary scholarship to United States International University, where he studied musical and performing arts.
Two years later Jamie joined the cast of the sketch-comedy show In Living Color and appeared in TV series Roc. He made his big-screen debut in 1992 comedy movie Toys, joining the cast of many Hollywood legends such as RRobin Williams, Joan Cusack, and Robin Wright.
Artist noticed, that women comedian are the first to be invited to the stage, hence he took an alias Jamie Foxx since this name is gender-neutralNewfound success allowed the young comedians to launch his own sitcom dubbed The Jamie Foxx Show, running from 1996 to 2001. However, Foxx was not content with the reputation of a comedy actor and proved to the audience that he is more than capable to take on any role. To do so, he appeared in 1999 drama movie Any Given Sunday by Oliver Stone portraying hard-partying football player.
Django Unchained and new turn in careerAccording to Zoomboola.com, in 2012 Foxx was invited to star in new Quentin Tarantino project Django Unchained based on a story about an Afro-American slave, turned headhunter and slave-owners bane. In the interviews, the actor admitted, that filming of a movie was incredibly hard emotionally and made him ponder about the suffering of his ancestors a lot. His own early life was not pretty either; he grew up in Texas, which is up to this day, along with other southern states, notorious for the persistence of racial stereotypes. Needless to say that in the 70’s, when Jamie was but a kid, the situation was even worse.
Filming of a movie took a toll on Jamie; it was extremely mentally exhausting to portray a slave. During the scene of the torture of Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), he even broke out in tears.
In 2013 Jamie Foxx starred as President James Sawyer in action thriller White House Down alongside Channing Tatum and James Woods and followed it up with an appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 where he was cast as supervillain Electro and musical drama Annie, produced by Will Smith and Jay Z.
Musical careerIn 1994 Jamie released his first studio album «Peep This», which was not commercially successful. He returned to the music only 10 years later, featured on one of the songs of rapper Twista called Slow Jamz alongside Kanye West. Song reached #1 on the USA Billboard Hot-100 chart and #3 on the UK Singles Chart.
At the end of 2005, Jamie put out his second studio album Unpredictable, which quickly achieved the status of double platinum. This period in time also marked with his brilliant collaborations with R&B-singer Mary J. Blige, and rappers Ludacris and Field Mob.
In 2008 Jamie released his third album Intuition, featuring Kanye West, T.I., Ne-Yo, Lil 'Kim, and T-Pain. Music video on «Blame It», one of the songs from the album, involved cameos from such established stars as Forest Whitaker, Samuel L. Jackson, Ron Howard and Quincy Jones.
By 2010 Jamie Foxx had already released four studio albumsHis fourth album, Best Night of My Life hit the shelves in 2010. It featured singles with Justin Timberlake and T.I., rappers Rick Ross and Drake. Five years later artist released another album, dubbed Hollywood: The Story of Dozen Roses, which received missed reviews from the critics.
Starting with May 2017 Foxx became a host and executive producer of TV game show Beat Shazam.
In 2018, the actor took part in at least 6 projects, including the adventure film Robin Hood, where he played the role of the closest friend and mentor of the noble villain, whom he played (Taron Egerton). In the same year, he began work on his own comedy film, All-Star Weekend, and stars in the biographical drama Just Mercy, based on the story of the world-famous human rights lawyer (who is said to be played by Michael B. Jordan.