American actor, singer and stand-up comic Jamie Foxx was born as Eric Marlon Bishop on December 19, 1967 in Terrell, Texas. He changed his name while he was doing stand-up comedy, thinking that the ambiguity of the name Jamie Foxx would disallow any biases.
In 1991, Jamie Foxx began his acting career in the show In Living Color, winning over viewers with many unusual characters and impressions. While filming this, he also had a small recurring role in the series Roc as Crazy George. He was also cast in The Truth About Cats & Dogs, The Great White Hype and The Players Club, before landing his famous role in the drama Any Given Sunday in 1999. Foxx was cast as Willie Beamen, a football player, due to his background in football. In 1994, he released an album called Peep This, launching his music career.
From 1996 to 2001, Foxx starred in his own sitcom, The Jamie Foxx Show. He was also cast in 2001’s Ali and Date from Hell. He was also in 2003’s Shade as well as in 2004’s Breakin’ All the Rules. That year, he played alongside Tom Cruise in the suspense Collateral. Foxx received outstanding reviews, as well as a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the driver Max Durocher. His standout performance, however, was in the biopic Ray. For playing the title role, he won an Academy Award for Best Actor. The next year he was cast in Stealth and Jarhead, and was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Jamie Foxx became more of a star in his next movies, Miami Vice and Dream Girls, both hits at the box office. In 2007, he was given the lead role in The Kingdom and later that year, he was awarded a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.