A Man of Many Talents: Jamie Foxx
Some people can do it all -- and Jamie Foxx is one of them! For the past 20 years, he's been a successful stand-up comic, actor and musician -- and he has the Oscar and Grammy to prove it! From a young age, he knew he was destined for entertainment, and refused to limit himself to just one path.
At five years old, a young Eric Bishop (Jamie's birth name) began studying classical piano at his grandmother's insistence. Not only did he excel in music as a teen, he was also a star football player, becoming the first player at his school to pass over 1,000 yards! He originally went to college for music, but soon dropped out to pursue his passion for stand-up.
After a few years, Jamie Foxx had performed at some of the legendary stand-up theatres including The Comedy Store, The Improv and The Apollo. In 1991 he joined the cast of "In Living Color" and just a year later made his feature film debut, followed with an HBO Comedy special.
In 1994, Jamie Foxx released his debut album, "Peep This." It had limited success and he returned to comedy and acting, shelving his music career for ten years. In that time, he became a star as he earned his own WB show, followed by a move into highly regarded films like "Ali." He eventually cemented himself as a stellar actor with his Academy Award-winning role of Ray Charles in "Ray."
The year 2005 brought not just an Academy Award, but collaboration with Kanye West on the song "Gold Digger," which remained at #1 on the charts for several weeks. Late that same year, he released his second album, "Unpredictable" which went to #1 in its second week and was later certified double platinum. He continued his success in the following years with roles in "Dreamgirls" and his third album, "Intuition," which earned him a Grammy Award for his hit song, "Blame It."
Jamie Foxx is one of only four people who have earned an Academy Award and released a #1 album (along with Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Barbara Streisand). Nothing is stopping Jamie now as he releases his latest album, "Best Night of My Life." He stopped by with Drake to perform his single, "Fall for Your Type." Check out the video right here.