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Jamie Foxx

Academy Award Winning Actor, Grammy Award Winning Musical Artist & Comedian

 

An Academy Award winning actor, talented Grammy Award winning musical artist and comedian, Jamie Foxx is one of Hollywood's rare elite multi-faceted performers.

 

Foxx just wrapped production on his directorial debut, All-Star Weekend. He wrote the screenplay and stars with Jeremy Piven as two tow-truck drivers who are rabid basketball fanatics that would take a bullet for their favorite players, LeBron James and Steph Curry.

 

He is currently filming Robin Hood Origins for Lionsgate. Foxx will play Little John opposite Taron Egerton (Robin Hood) and Jamie Dornan (Will Scarlett). Release is set for March 23, 2018. The film is expected to be a darkly toned title that follows the classic hero following his Crusades battles. Returning to the Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood finds it rife with corruption and evil. He forms a band of outlaws, and they take matters into their own hands, leading a revolt against the corrupt English crown.

 

Jamie most recently appeared in Sleepless for Open Road Films opposite Michelle Monaghan and Gabrielle Union on January 13, 2017. His next film project is Edgar Wright's highly anticipated action thriller, Baby Driver opposite Kevin Spacey, Ansel Elgort, and Jon Hamm. The film will debut at SXSW this year and has a theatrical release date set for August 11, 2017.

 

Other recent film credits include: Annie, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Horrible Bosses 2 for New Line Cinema, Rio 2 for 20th Century Fox; Quentin Tarantino's critically acclaimed, Django Unchained opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, and Samuel L. Jackson; Roland Emmerich's White House Down opposite Channing Tatum; the first Horrible Bosses; and the first Rio which grossed over $450 million worldwide.

 

In 2009, Foxx showed his powerful affinity and respect for fictional portrayals with Joe Wright's inspirational film, The Soloist, in which he played Nathaniel Anthony Ayers- a real-life musical prodigy who developed schizophrenia and dropped out of Julliard, becoming a homeless musician who wonders the streets of Los Angeles.

 

Foxx was seen in the critically acclaimed screen adaptation of the Broadway musical, Dreamgirls in 2006, opposite Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, and Eddie Murphy. The film won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Musical Comedy, and received a SAG nomination for Best Ensemble Cast and a nomination for a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Motion Picture. Foxx was also nominated in the Best Actor Category for his performance as Curtis Taylor Jr.

 

In January 2006, Foxx announced his partnership with SIRIUS Satellite Radio to start his own 24/7 radio station called Foxxhole. The station is a combination of comedy and music.

 

2005 was a huge year for Foxx. His portrayal of the legendary Ray Charles in the Taylor Hackford-directed biopic, Ray garnered him an Academy Award for Best Actor and proved to be one of his career's defining performances. In addition to winning the Oscar, Foxx shared in a SAG Award nomination received by the film's ensemble cast, and single-handedly swept the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, BAFTA, and NAACP Image Awards, as well as numerous other critical awards for his performance, captivating audiences worldwide. Foxx also earned Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG Award, BAFTA Award, and Image Award nominations in the category of Best Supporting Actor for his work in Michael Mann's dramatic thriller Collateral, opposite Tom Cruise.

 

In addition to his outstanding work in film, Foxx has also achieved a thriving career in music. His fifth studio album, "Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses" dropped in May 2015. His fourth album, "Best Night of My Life," featured Drake, Justin Timberlake, Rick Ross, T.I., and other artists at the top of their game. In January 2010, Foxx and T-Pain's record breaking #1 song "Blame It" off of his album, "Intuition," won "Best R&B performance by a duo/group with vocals" at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards. Foxx's album "Unpredictable" held the number one spot for five weeks and sold over one million units in 20 days. Foxx was nominated for eight Billboard Music Awards, three Grammy Awards, one Soul Train Music Award, and two American Music Awards, where he won Favorite Male Artist. The album was nominated for three Grammy Awards in 2006-including Best R&B Album; the track "Love Changes," featuring Mary J. Blige, for Best R&B Performance By a Duo or Group; and the track "Unpredictable," featuring Ludacris, for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.

 

Additional film credits include: Due Date, Valentine's Day, Law Abiding Citizen, The Kingdom, Michael Mann's Ali, opposite Will Smith, Michael Mann's Miami Vice opposite Colin Farrell, Sam Mendes' Gulf War drama Jarhead, with Jake Gyllenhaal, Stealth, Bait, Booty Call, The Truth About Cats and Dogs, and The Great White Hype.

 

Foxx's big-screen break came in 1999 when Oliver Stone cast him as star quarterback Willie Beamen in Any Given Sunday, with Al Pacino.

 

Jamie Foxx first rose to fame as a comedian, from which he initiated a potent career trajectory of ambitious projects. After spending time in the comedy circuit, he joined Keenan Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, Damon Wayans and Tommy Davidson in the landmark Fox sketch comedy series, "In Living Color," creating some of the show's funniest and most memorable moments. In 1996, he launched his own series, "The Jamie Foxx Show," which was one of the top-rated shows on the WB Network during its five-year run. Foxx not only starred on the series, but was the co-creator and executive producer of the series, directing several episodes himself.

 

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