JAMIE FOXX (Ray Charles) is enjoying success in a
multifaceted career that already encompasses dramatic roles in films and
television, as well as stand-up comedy and music. Though previously best known
for his comedy work, his emergence as a leading dramatic actor is evidenced in
his most recent and upcoming roles. He most recently starred opposite Tom Cruise
in Michael Mann's thriller Collateral; Foxx portrays Max, a taxi driver who
becomes "collateral"—an expendable person—when he and his cab are
hijacked for a night by a contract killer (Cruise) in town to carry out five
hits before dawn. In addition to his title role in Ray, Foxx is set to star in
the action thriller Stealth for director Rob Cohen, which is slated for release
Foxx recently received critical acclaim for his portrayal of
gang member-turned-Nobel Peace Prize nominee Stan Tookie Williams in the cable
movie Redemption. He also starred opposite Gabrielle Union in the urban romantic
comedy film Breakin' All the Rules.
Foxx first came to fame as a popular stand-up comedian and
comedy actor. During the early 1990s, he was a regular on the comedy series In
Living Color, alongside Keenan Ivory Wayans, Damon Wayans and Jim Carrey. He
also had a recurring role on the series Roc, and guest-starred on several other
In 1996, he launched his own series, The Jamie Foxx Show, which
became one of the top-rated shows on the WB network. Foxx not only co-created
and starred on the show, but also served as an executive producer and directed
several episodes. During the show's five-year run, Foxx won an NAACP Image
Award and earned three more nominations for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy
On the big screen, Foxx received praise from both critics and
audiences for his performance as a breakout star quarterback in Oliver Stone's
1999 football-themed drama Any Given Sunday, in which he joined an ensemble cast
that also included Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz and LL Cool J. In addition to his
on-screen role in the movie, Foxx wrote, produced and performed two songs
featured on the film's soundtrack, including the title track and the chant
"My Name is Willie."
He went on to co-star with Will Smith in the 2001 biopic Ali,
which marked Foxx's first collaboration with director Michael Mann. His
portrayal of Muhammad Ali's corner man and constant inspiration, Drew Bundini
Brown, brought Foxx another Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a
Motion Picture. His additional film credits include Bait, The Truth About Cats
and Dogs and The Great White Hype.
In 2002, Foxx brought down the house in his first HBO comedy
special, Jamie Foxx: I Might Need Some Security. He also has the distinction of
hosting the top-rated Saturday Night Live of the 2001-02 season.
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