Eric Bishop in Terrell, Texas on December 13, 1967, Jamie Foxx
spent most of childhood with his grandmother after his parents
separated. He excelled in school, sports and music, later assuming
the role of choir director at his local church.
U.S. International University in San Diego, Foxx's college days
were spent studying music formally while beginning a stand-up
comedy career in front of college audiences. That experience eventually
earned him a spot on the original TV lineup of In
Living Color, where other now-famous actors got their
start, including Jim Carrey and the Wayans brothers.
From his TV
appearances, Foxx won his own television spot in 1996 on theWB network'sThe
Jamie Foxx Show, followed by various comedic movie roles
in such films as The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Booty
Call, and The Players Club.
his debut in a dramatic role as a star quarterback in Oliver Stone's Any
From his Hollywood debut in Any Given Sunday (1999), Jamie Foxx went on to win an Oscar for
Best Actor in Ray, (2004) and starred in the critically acclaimed Django Unchained (2012).
other minor movie roles to his credit throughout the next several
years, 2004 was a high point in his career with appearances in
no less than four critically-acclaimed films. They included
starring roles in Shade and Redemption, (playing
Crips youth gang member, Stan
"Tookie" Williams). And Foxx later held his own
against Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise in his role as a cab driver
in the thriller, Collateral, and gave a powerhouse performance
as the legendary Ray Charles in the biopic, Ray for which he won a Golden
Actors Guild Award and an Oscar for Best Actor.
In 2006, the
comedian-turned-actor also hit it big in the music arena with
critical praise for his chart-topping debut album Unpredictable, racking up honors at a host of award shows including the Grammys, the MTV VMAs, and the BET Awards,
That same year, he was back on the big screen starring in in Miami
Vice alongside Colin
Farrell, and in Dreamgirls with Eddie Murphy and Beyonce.
A more recent critically acclaimed performance surrounded the actor's starring role as slave-turned-bounty hunter in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained.
Off the film set, , the actor has been rumored to be dating Hollywood actress and Tom Cruise ex, Katie Holmes.