Jamie Foxx is lauded as a modern-day renaissance man: In his 30 years in the biz, he’s established fruitful careers as an actor, singer, and comedian.
Long before he had any sort of reputation, Jamie was known by a different name: Eric Marlon Bishop. He was born in Terrell, Texas, on December 13, 1967, and was adopted by his mom’s adoptive parents shortly after his birth.
Jamie studied classical music and composition in college and performed his very first stand-up comedy set on a dare in 1989. He landed a gig as a cast member on the sketch comedy show In Living Color two years later, then launched his own TV show, The Jamie Foxx Show, in 1996.
Jamie went on to prove his chops as a dramatic actor with a lead role in 2004’s Ray, a Ray Charles biopic. His performance as the late blind singer earned him an Academy Award.
When he’s not in front of a camera or telling jokes, Jamie has been in the studio, recording several albums over the course of the past couple decades, including 2006’s Unpredictable, 2008’s Intuition, and 2010’s Best Night of My Life.
Perhaps Jamie’s greatest accomplishments, however, are his two daughters: Corinne and Annalise.