December 13th in African American History – Eric Marlon Bishop (Jamie Foxx)

December 13, 1967 Eric Marlon Bishop (Jamie Foxx), stand-up comedian, actor and singer, was born in Terrell, Texas.

Foxx began performing stand-up in 1989 and changed his name to Jamie Foxx, choosing the surname as a tribute to Redd Foxx. In 1991, he joined the cast of the television show “In Living Color” and from 1996 to 2001 starred in “The Jamie Foxx Show.” Foxx made his film debut in the 1992 comedy “Toys.” Subsequently he appeared in such films as “Any Given Sunday” (1999), “Jarhead” (2005), “Dreamgirls” (2006), and “The Soloist” (2009).

In 2004, Foxx appeared in “Collateral,” for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, and “Ray,” for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. He is only the second male in history to receive two acting Oscar nominations in the same year for two different movies. Foxx began his music career in 1994 and was featured on several other artists’ songs before the 2005 release of “Unpredictable” which was certified double platinum.

His album “Intuition” (2008) contained the single “Blame It” which won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group. Foxx released his fourth album, “Best Night of My Life,” in 2010.

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