Redd Foxx

Comedian, Actor, Dishwasher
Original, gravel-voiced "dirty old man" comedian who, in the 1950s, was known to a limited audience for his x-rated standup material and under-the-counter recordings. Foxx became a household name, however, with his ... Read more »
Born: 12/08/1922 in St Louis, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (31)

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Royal Family 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

A Laugh, a Tear 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Motown Merry Christmas 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Harlem Nights 1989 (Movie)

Bennie Wilson (Actor)

Motown Merry Christmas 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Ghost of a Chance 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Paul Shaffer: Viva Shaf Vegas 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Redd Foxx Show 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Sanford 1979 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope Special: Happy Birthday, Bob! 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Krofft Komedy Hour 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Redd Foxx Comedy Hour 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Sanford and Son 1971 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Christmas Party 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Lola 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Cotton Club '75 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Norman... Is That You? 1975 (Movie)

Ben Chambers (Actor)

A Show Business Salute to Milton Berle 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Jack Benny's Second Farewell Show 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Hope Show (11/13/73) 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rowan and Martin Special 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Keep U.S. Beautiful 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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The Bob Hope Show (01/17/73) 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Cotton Comes to Harlem 1970 (Movie)

Uncle Bud (Actor)

ABC Stage '67 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

A Ghost of a Chance (Movie)

Ivory Clay (Actor)

My Buddy (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Original, gravel-voiced "dirty old man" comedian who, in the 1950s, was known to a limited audience for his x-rated standup material and under-the-counter recordings. Foxx became a household name, however, with his starring role as Fred G. Sanford (the name derived from his own real name), an irascible, scheming junkman, in the popular TV series "Sanford and Son" (1972-77). He went on to appear in the films "Cotton Comes to Harlem" (1970), "Norman... Is That You?" (1976) and "Harlem Nights" (1989), but died of a heart attack in 1991 after collapsing during a rehearsal of his TV comeback series, "The Royal Family".

Relationships

Debraca

Step-Daughter

Ka Cho

Wife
Married July 1991 until his death Oct. 11, 1991married July, 1991

Yun Chung

Wife

Betty Harris

Wife

Evelyn Killibrew

Wife

Fred Sanford

Father
abandoned family

Mary Sanford

Mother

EDUCATION

educated in Chicago public schools

Milestones

1991

Starred as a grandfather in TV series "The Royal Family" (produced by his protegee Eddie Murphy)

1991

Died a few hours after suffering a heart attack on "The Royal Family" set during a rehearsal

1989

IRS raided his Las Vegas home, taking his car and other possessions after Foxx made an estimated $500,000 for his appearance in "Harlem Nights" (1989)

1977

Hosted "The Redd Foxx Comedy Hour"

1969

Feature film debut, "Cotton Comes to Harlem"

1964

First network TV appearance on "Today" show, hosted by Hugh Downs

1954

Recorded the first of his scatological "blue" records; "The Life of the Party" became his first underground hit

1939

Member of amateur musical group the Bon Bons, Chicago

1938

Hopped a freight train to New York with his band; changed his name to Redd Foxx (from his red hair and Foxx from his stylish ways and the spelling of slugger Jimmie Foxx's name)

1935

Ran away from home at age 13 and joined a street-corner washboard band

Did a short time in jail at Rikers Island for heisting a bottle of milk

Owned five homes, a TV production company, a theatrical managament firm, a Los Angeles nightclub and a Hollywood beauty parlor during "Sanford and Sons" heyday

Guest performer on "The Lucy Show", "The Addams Family", "Mr. Ed", "Green Acres" and "The Name of the Game" in the late 1960s

Returned as Fred Sanford on "Sanford and Son"

Grew up in Chicago

Began appearing on TV and in Las Vegas during the 1960s

Teamed in comedy act with Slappy White

Played the black vaudeville circuit, also known as the "chitlin circuit"

Worked as nightclub comedian

Starred as junkman Fred G Sanford in "Sanford and Son"

Bonus Trivia

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"Long before Richard Pryor and others began skewering social taboos about sex, race and other delicate topics, Mr. Foxx was playing nightclubs and making 54 'party records'--spoken comedy with no music--a genre he claimed to have originated in 1956."--Nick Ravo ("New York Times" obituary, October 13, 1991)

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"No one expected me to be on television because I had a reputation from the party records as X-rated, but that's the type of humor I like. That's the humor I heard in the ghettos. They didn't pull no punches, and they didn't want to hear about Little Boy Blue and Cinderella. So I gave them what they wanted. I busted loose."--Redd Foxx in a 1982 interview (quoted in the "New York Times" obituary, October 13, 1991)

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