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JAMIE FOXX

Born Eric Marlon Bishop, Jamie Foxx had positioned himself as a TV star with his time spent on In Living Color and the success if his own sitcom, The Jamie Foxx Show. While he had memorable films on his acting resume, Foxx blew audiences away with his portrayal of singer Ray Charles in the 2004 biopic Ray, which earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor. Foxx is the second male in history to receive two acting Oscar nominations in the same year for two different movies, Collateral and the aforementioned Ray. The only other male actor to achieve this feat was Al Pacino. Foxx is now a Hollywood contender, pulling sizeable salaries like the $10 million payout he snagged for 2006′s Miami Vice. More recently he beat out actors Will Smith, Idris Elba, and Chris Tucker to win the coveted lead role of “Django” in director Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Western flick.

JAMIE FOXX

Born Eric Marlon Bishop, Jamie Foxx had positioned himself as a TV star with…

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