Redd Foxx Celebrity Watchlist

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.

Awards

  • 1974, 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
  • 1975, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1973, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 1976, 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

Relationships

  • Fred G. Sanford Sr. — Father
  • Yun Chi Chung — Ex-wife
  • Betty Jean Harris — Ex-wife
  • Mary Sanford — Mother
  • Evelyn Killibrew — Ex-wife
  • Fred G. Sanford Jr. — Brother
  • Kaho Cho — Wife
  • Debraca Foxx — Daughter

Details

  • Birth Name: John Elroy Sanford
  • Birth Place: St. Louis, MO
  • Birthday: December 9, 1922, Sagittarius
  • Died: October 11, 1991
  • Profession: Comedian, Actor
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