Jamie Foxx’s real name is Eric Marlon Bishop. He was born on 13 December 1967 in a small Texan town, Terrell. The artist became popular in the world of cinema for his role of Ray Charles in the biographical movie, Ray. The movie helped Jamie become the third African American to receive an Academy Award. Today, Foxx is mostly known for his roles in such movies as Ali, Django Unchained, Collateral, and White House Down. Even though he is a famous actor, Jamie finds time for a music career. So far, the singer released 5 successful albums and 18 singles.
Eric Bishop was born in the family of Darrell Bishop. However, soon after his birth, the boy was adopted. Sometimes, Eric saw his biological parents, but they didn’t help to raise him. In one of the interviews, Bishop said that his most influential relative was his adopted grandmother. She was the one to help him start playing the piano when the singer was just 5 years old and introduced him to classical music. When the artist was young, he loved playing football and dreamed of playing for Dallas Cowboys.
Eric changed his name to Jamie Bishop when he started doing stand-up comedy. Part of the name was taken in honor of another popular comedian and actor Redd Foxx.