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Jamie Foxx biography from In Living Color to Beat Shazam

Jamie Foxx biography from In Living Color to Beat Shazam

Jamie Foxx award winning actor and musician fought his way to the top. He proved to the industry that he deserved a place in Hollywood. get all the details on his epic career. From humble beginnings  jamie foxx aspired to be a musician, during college his life took a dramatic turn in another direction in this video we will chronicle the life and career of Jamie Foxx Jamie Foxx was born Eric Bishop on December 13, 1967, in the little town of Terrell, Texas, population fourteen thousand. His father and mother were very young when they had him and were overwhelmed by the burden of parenthood. When Foxx was just seven months old he was adopted by his maternal grandparents, Mark and Esther Talley. Esther Talley had a profound impact on her adopted son, and in interviews Foxx credits her as being his inspiration. "My grandmother was 60 years old when she adopted me,"  "She ran a nursery school and had a library in the house. She saw me reading early, saw I was smart and believed I was born to achieve truly special things." A devout Christian, Talley did not allow nonreligious music in her house, but she did push Foxx to take piano lessons from an early age. The boy showed such talent that when he was thirteen years old he was making up to three hundred dollars a month playing piano at events around town. By the time he was fifteen, Foxx was musical director and choir leader at Terrell's New Hope Baptist Church. The budding musician also showed he had talent on the gridiron. In high school he played quarterback on the Terrell Tigers football team, and he became a local hero when he was the first player to pass for more than one thousand yards. Foxx was a shining star, but his biological parents didn't take part in the glory. Although they lived only twenty-eight miles away in Dallas, they rarely visited their son. "I was making the Dallas Morning News, and my father never came down," “That absence made me angry. It made me want to be something." After high school the talented teen won a piano scholarship from the United States International University in San Diego, California. During the week, Foxx studied under Russian teachers alongside top phenomenons from around the world. He spent his weekends in Los Angeles shopping for a record deal and haunting local comedy clubs. In 1989, Foxx felt confident enough to try his hand at stand-up. He started out doing dead-on impersonations of some of his favorite comedians, such as Bill Cosby (1937–) and Richard Pryor (1940–), who he had watched on television while growing up. Soon Foxx became a regular on the comedy club open-mic circuit, and he dropped out of college to pursue a career full time. To make ends meet, he worked part-time as a janitor and as a shoe salesman. One night Foxx literally had a life-altering experience when he signed up to be a fill-in at  the Improv in Santa Monica . A TV crew was on-hand filming an HBO special, and to ensure that he would be called on, the ambitious comedian wrote four different made-up names on the sign-up sheet—all girls' names, since he had noticed that girls tended to be chosen by the emcees. When Jamie Foxx was called, the name Eric Bishop was relegated to the past. "Eric Bishop is Clark Kent," Foxx told Josh Young of Variety, "Jamie Foxx is Superman." The newly named Foxx became successful enough to quit his day jobs and devote himself to performing seven nights a week. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:

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