Redd Foxx

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Biography

  • Birth Name: John Elroy Sanford
  • Birth Place: St. Louis, MO
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 12/09/1922, Sagittarius
  • Date of Death: 10/11/1991
  • Profession: Comedian; actor
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Redd Foxx Fast Facts:
  • Stage name is a combination of his nickname Redd, due to his skin tone and hair color, and the last name of MLB player Jimmie Foxx.
  • First party record (a term used for X-rated material), Laff of the Party (Volume 1), was released in 1956.
  • Malcolm X referred to him in the 1964 book The Autobiography of Malcolm X as the funniest dishwasher on earth. 
  • Made his TV debut in 1964 on Today
  • Made his big-screen debut in 1970's Cotton Comes to Harlem.
  • Best-known for his role in the popular 1970s sitcom Sanford and Son.
  • In 1977, cowrote The Redd Foxx Encyclopedia of Black Humor
  • Was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame in 1992.
  • Redd Foxx Relationships:
  • Kaho Cho - Wife
  • Debraca Foxx - Daughter
  • Fred G. Sanford Jr. - Brother
  • Fred G. Sanford Sr. - Father
  • Yun Chi Chung - Ex-wife
  • Betty Jean Harris - Ex-wife
  • Mary Sanford - Mother
  • Evelyn Killibrew - Ex-wife
  • Redd Foxx Awards:
  • 1974 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1972 Emmy: Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1973 Emmy: Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1975 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1976 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1974 Emmy: Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1973 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Winner

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