dramatic roll was
that of a star
He won the 2005
Academy Award for
Best Actor for his
performance in Ray,
a biopic about the
life of the late
Charles. He is the
fourth person in
history to have a #1
album and to have
won an Academy
Foxx was born Eric Marlon Bishop on December 13, 1967 in Terrell, Texas. Shortly after he was born, he was adopted by his grandparents Mark and Estelle Marie Talley. Foxx's early life was peppered with difficulty.
Jamie Foxx on the Naval Air Station North Island for the movie Stealth
The Jamie Foxx Show DVD cover for Season 1Bishop changed his name to "Jamie Foxx" as a hook to get more opportunities to perform at comedy clubs, and he became known for his appearances on comedic TV series, particularly when he joined the cast of In Living Color during the third season. In Living Color launched the careers of a number of comedians, including Jim Carrey and the Wayans brothers. When In Living Color was ended, Foxx was given his own show, The Jamie Foxx Show, which produced 100 episodes from 1996-2001 and still reruns in syndication. Foxx's film debut came in Toys (1992) with Robin Williams.
Foxx's first prominent dramatic role came in 1999 when Oliver Stone cast him as the star quarterback in the football-based film Any Given Sunday. He also received critical acclaim, and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor, for his role in the 2004 action film Collateral, where he played an ordinary cab driver who was hired for a night by a hitman (Tom Cruise) on a killing spree.
Foxx's portrayal of Ray Charles in the 2004 film Ray earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor. This made him only the third black male actor to win the award (the other two were Sidney Poitier and Denzel Washington). He also received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor for Collateral, making him only the tenth person to have been nominated for both acting categories in the same year. Foxx also became the first black actor to have double nominations in one year.
In recognition of his work in 2004, Foxx received an unprecedented three Golden Globe Award nominations in acting categories. He was nominated for his lead role in Ray, his supporting role in Collateral and for his portrayal of late death row inmate and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Stanley Williams in the television movie Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story.
Foxx was seen at many Miami Heat playoff games in the 2005 campaign. He is starring in a film version of Miami Vice, scheduled for release in 2006. He also has a film hitting the box offices in 2007 called Damage Control.
Foxx is also a singer and accomplished musician. In 2004 he was featured on rapper Twista's song, "Slow Jamz", also featuring Kanye West. The song reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, as well as number three on the UK singles chart. Foxx had previously released an album in 1994 on the Fox record label entitled Peep This, and had hosted the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards.
During the 2005 Grammy Awards, Foxx performed live with Alicia Keys and Quincy Jones singing "Georgia on My Mind" in tribute to the late Ray Charles. Currently Foxx is nominated for a 2005 Grammy Award for Best R&B Male Vocal Performance ("Creepin").
Unpredictable is Jamie Foxx's second studio release. It sold over 598,000 copies in its first week but didn't reach the U.S. #1 spot due to Mary J. Blige's selling 730,000 copies of The Breakthrough that same week.
After debuting in the first week at No. 2, Unpredictable rose to the top of the Billboard pop album chart, with 2nd-week sales of 200,000 copies in the United States.
Unpredictable is the first album to ascend to the top without having debuted at No. 1 since February 2005, when Ray Charles' "Genius Loves Company" (Hear Music/Concord) pulled off the feat. Foxx also becomes the fourth artist to have won an Academy Award for acting (ironically for his portrayal of Charles in Ray) and achieved a No. 1 album. (The other three to accomplish this feat were Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and Barbra Streisand.)
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