Jamie Foxx is an Academy Award-winning American actor, Grammy-nominated R&B singer, pianist, and comedian.
He began his career in music, in the late 1980s, eventually releasing an album in 1994. Even as he pursued his music career, Foxx did stand-up at comedy clubs, mostly on open-mic nights. In California, he won the 1991 Oakland Comedy Competition and then joined the cast of “In Living Color”, which at the time starred Keenen Ivory Wayans.
His first dramatic role came in Oliver Stone’s 1999 film “Any Given Sunday”, where Foxx played a heavy-partying football player. Considering his athletic background, it wasn’t much of a stretch. He has since evolved into a respected dramatic actor. Following Any Given Sunday, Foxx was featured as taxi driver Max Durocher in the film “Collateral” alongside Tom Cruise, for which he received outstanding reviews and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. His real standout performance, however, was his portrayal of Ray Charles in the biopic Ray (2004), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor.
Foxx is only the second male, and the first African American, in history to receive two acting Oscar nominations in the same year for two different movies, “Collateral” and “Ray”. The only other male actor to achieve this was Al Pacino.