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Jamie Foxx Bio

Eric Marlon Bishop (born December 13, 1967), better known by his stage name Jamie Foxx, is an Academy Award-winning American actor, singer, musician and stand-up comedian. Foxx is best known for his portrayal of musician Ray Charles in Ray. With Ray, he became the third African American to win the Academy Award for Best Actor. Foxx received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 14, 2007.

Foxx was born in Terrell, Texas, the son of Louise Annette Talley Dixon and Darrell Bishop, who sometimes worked as a stockbroker and changed his name to Shahid Abdula after converting to Islam. Shortly after his birth, Foxx was adopted and raised by his grandmother, Estelle Marie (née Nelson), a domestic worker and nursery operator, and Mark Talley, a yard worker. He has had little contact with his birth parents, who were not part of his upbringing. Foxx was raised in the black quarter of Terrell, Texas, at the time a racially segregated community (In The Kingdom, Foxx makes reference to Terrell). He had a strict Baptist upbringing. He has frequently cited his adoptive grandmother's influence on his life.

At his grandmother's urging, Foxx began piano lessons at the age of five. He went on to play for church groups in Terrell, and studied classical music in college. He also played football (quarterback) at Terrell High School, and had an ambition to play for the Dallas Cowboys. He has a daughter named Corrine who was born in 1995.

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