Redd Foxx is the beloved comic who came to fame by playing Fred G. Sanford on the hilarious sitcom "Sanford & Son." However, Foxx had cut his chops performing in night clubs around the country. Foxx was blasted by his peers during the 1950s because his act was considered too raunchy. However raunchy his act was, he was the first black comic to play to white audiences.
In 1977, "Sanford & Son" was cancelled solely because Foxx wanted to move on to other ventures. However, during his tenure on network television, Foxx was responsible for bringing comics like LaWanda Page, Don Wexley, and Slappy White to national attention.