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Redd Foxx

Biography

BLACK comedian who played out a role about TV’s Sanford and Boy but best remembered for his vulgar comedy records. He ate half of a pub of soap ahead of his physical for the Globe Battle II draft which led to center palpitations. Comedian, Chris Rock and roll frequently says that his humor was an impact on him. He wedded 4th wife, Ka Ho Cho in 1991. He starred in the sitcom, Sanford and Boy with composer, Quincy Jones.

Quick Facts


Full Name Redd Foxx
Date Of Birth December 9, 1922
Died October 11, 1991, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth St. Louis, MO
Height 1.72 m
Profession TV Actor
Education DuSable High School
Nationality American
Spouse Ka Ho Cho, Yun Chi Chung, Betty Jean Harris, Evelyn Killebrew
Children Debraca Denise
Parents Mary Sanford Carson, Fred Sanford
Siblings Fred G. Sanford Jr.
Awards Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Movies Harlem Nights, Norman... Is That You?, Cotton Comes to Harlem, Ghost of a Chance, On Location: Redd Foxx, Housecoat 3
TV Shows The Royal Family, The Redd Foxx Show, Sanford, Sanford and Son, Bizarre, Redd Foxx
Star Sign Sagittarius

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#Fact
1 He was known to be a very social butterfly.
2 Appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show (1989) on October 9, 1991, just two days before his death.
3 In a T.V. Guide interview, Sanford explained that many black people, including himself, who had white ancestors frequently had a reddish tint to their hair and skin. Hence his nickname Redd.
4 Longtime best friend of Della Reese and LaWanda Page.
5 Began his show Sanford and Son (1972) at age 49.
6 Appeared on the front cover of TV Guide 5 times.
7 Was the third television father to have died after Danny Thomas and Michael Landon in the same year, 1991.
8 Good friends with: Della Reese, LaWanda Page, Carroll O'Connor, Norman Lear, Saul Turteltaub, Leroy Daniels, Pat Morita, Nathaniel Taylor, Nancy Kulp, Raymond Allen, Whitman Mayo, Hal Williams, Helen Martin, Eddie Murphy, Slappy White, Don Bexley, Gregory Sierra, Noam Pitlik and Allan Drake.
9 Acting mentor and friend of Demond Wilson.
10 Best remembered by the public for his starring role as Fred G. Sanford on Sanford and Son (1972).
11 Foxx turned down a role in The Great White Hope (1970), which was inspired by the career and struggles against racism of former heavyweight champ Jack Johnson. Foxx knew Johnson and refused the role as he believed the play (which won the Pulitzer Prize) had white-washed his old friend.
12 His stage name came from his childhood nickname "Red" which referred to his reddish hair and skin. He took the name "Foxx" as a tribute to Chicago Cubs player Jimmie Foxx and as a reference to the red fox.
13 He was nicknamed "Zorro" which is Spanish for "fox".
14 Huge fan of the "Little Rascals" and worked frequently with Tommy Bond who played the bully "Butch". Foxx often wore a "Butch" style golf cap in many of his shows because of this.
15 Briefly attended Du Sable High School in Chicago with future Mayor of Chicago, Harold Washington.
16 On Sanford and Son (1972) one of the main characteristics of his character Fred Sanford was the he had a weak heart and that he always knew that the day for "The Big One" would eventually come. It was a trademark of the show that he would fake a heart attack in the face of some shocking news. In one of the bitterest ironies when Redd Foxx finally did experience the "The Big One," it was a heart attack and those around him thought he was just joking around and didn't seek immediate help.
17 Fred Sanford, Foxx's character on Sanford and Son (1972), was ranked #42 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].
18 Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 165-167. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
19 One of his greatest assets (and perhaps, weaknesses) was his generosity to others. His most famous character, Fred Sanford, was named in honor of his brother, and many of the actors and character names on the television series Sanford and Son (1972) were people who inspired him thoughout his life.
20 Had no biological children, but when he married Betty Jean Harris, he adopted her daughter, Debraca Denise.
21 Was expelled from one school on the first day for throwing a book at a teacher.
22 Due to Foxx's financial woes (the IRS seized and auctioned off his assets in 1989), his widow couldn't pay for his funeral, so Eddie Murphy footed the bill, giving Foxx a lavish, star-studded send-off.
23 During his early life as a dishwasher, he was called "Chicago Red" to distinguish him from his friend "Detroit Red". "Detroit Red" would later become famous as the political activist-social critic and Black nationalist known as Malcolm X.
24 Appeared on Flip (1970) on January 13th, 1972, the night before the classic Sanford and Son (1972) debuted. The two shows were on the same network: NBC.
25 One of the few performers to have the lead role in a television show on the three main networks. He was the lead in Sanford and Son, on NBC, the Royal Family, on CBS, and in the Redd Foxx show, and the Redd Foxx Comedy Hour on ABC.
26 Was the only artist to be invited to Elvis Presley's wedding at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, on May 1, 1967.
27 Interred at Palm Memorial Gardens, Las Vegas, Nevada, in the Devotion Section, Lawn Space 4091, 311 G.
28 Was one-quarter Seminole Indian.
29 Died of heart attack on the set of The Royal Family (1991).
30 Comedian.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bob Hope's Cross-Country Christmas 1991 TV Movie
The Royal Family 1991 TV Series Alfonso Royal
Harlem Nights 1989 Bennie Wilson
Ghost of a Chance 1987 TV Movie Ivory Clay
The Redd Foxx Show 1986 TV Series Al Hughes
Sanford 1980-1981 TV Series Fred G. Sanford
My Buddy 1979 TV Movie Woodrow 'Buddy' Johnson
The Krofft Comedy Hour 1978 TV Movie Stewardess
The Brady Bunch Variety Hour 1977 TV Series Redd Foxx
Sanford and Son 1972-1977 TV Series Fred G. Sanford / Himself
Norman... Is That You? 1976 Ben Chambers
Grady 1975 TV Series Fred Sanford
The Brian Keith Show 1973 TV Series Nathaniel A. Johnson
Cotton Comes to Harlem 1970 Uncle Budd / Booker Washington Sims
ABC Stage 67 1967 TV Series Pool Hustler
Valentine's Day 1964 TV Series Smoking Movie Patron
All the Fine Young Cannibals 1960 Redd, Piano Player at Rose's (uncredited)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Redd Foxx: Video in a Plain Brown Wrapper 1983 Video performer: "Lulu's Back in Town", "Chicago", "Exactly Like You"
Sanford 1980-1981 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Sanford and Son TV Series 1 episode, 1975 performer - 13 episodes, 1972 - 1977
Cher 1975 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Redd Foxx Show 1986 TV Series story - 1 episode
Redd Foxx: Video in a Plain Brown Wrapper 1983 Video
On Location: Redd Foxx 1978 TV Special documentary
Sanford and Son 1975-1976 TV Series story by - 2 episodes
Grady 1975-1976 TV Series developed by - 10 episodes

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Royal Family 1991 TV Series executive consultant - 3 episodes
The Redd Foxx Show 1986 TV Series executive consultant - 1 episode

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Redd Foxx: Video in a Plain Brown Wrapper 1983 Video executive producer
My Buddy 1979 TV Movie executive producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Laff Mobb Presents 2012 TV Series special thanks - 2 episodes
Amos 'n' Andy: Anatomy of a Controversy 1983 TV Movie documentary special thanks
Days of Heaven 1978 special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 5th Annual Black Achievement Awards 1984 TV Special Himself
Amos 'n' Andy: Anatomy of a Controversy 1983 TV Movie documentary Himself
Redd Foxx: Video in a Plain Brown Wrapper 1983 Video Himself
Hour Magazine 1981 TV Series Himself
The John Davidson Show 1981 TV Series Himself
The Toni Tennille Show 1980 TV Series Himself
The 2nd Annual Black Achievement Awards 1979 TV Special Himself
Down at the Dunbar 1979 Documentary short Himself
The 1st Annual Black Achievement Awards 1978 TV Special Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1965-1978 TV Series Himself
Flying High 1978 TV Series Himself
Happy Birthday, Bob 1978 TV Special Himself
The Redd Foxx Special 1978 TV Special Himself - Host
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Frank Sinatra 1978 TV Special Himself
ABC's Silver Anniversary Celebration 1978 TV Special Himself
On Location: Redd Foxx 1978 TV Special documentary Himself
Happy Birthday, Las Vegas 1977 TV Special Himself
Donny and Marie 1977 TV Series Himself
Redd Foxx 1977 TV Series Himself - Host
The Mike Douglas Show 1967-1977 TV Series Himself - Comedian / Himself - Co-Host / Himself
The Barbara Walters Summer Special 1977 TV Series Himself
Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1977 TV Movie Himself
The People's Command Performance: '77 1977 TV Movie Himself
The 3rd Annual People's Choice Awards 1977 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Favourite Male Television Performer
Jimmy Carter's Inaugural Gala 1977 TV Movie Himself
The Jacksons 1976-1977 TV Series Himself
Celebrity Sweepstakes 1977 TV Series Himself
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Redd Foxx 1976 TV Special Himself
The Sonny and Cher Show 1976 TV Series Himself / Various Characters
Dinah! 1975-1976 TV Series Himself
The Captain and Tennille 1976 TV Series Himself
The 28th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1976 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Variety Show or Special
The Redd Foxx Becomes a Movie Star 1976 Documentary short Himself
Lola! 1976 TV Series Herself
The Second Annual Comedy Awards 1976 TV Special Himself
Cher 1975 TV Series Himself / Himself - Special Guest
The Hollywood Squares 1967-1975 TV Series Himself - Center Square / Himself
Sammy and Company 1975 TV Series Himself
World Heavyweight Championship: Muhammad Ali vs. Chuck Wepner 1975 Himself - Ringside Commentator
ABC's Wide World of Sports 1975 TV Series Himself
The Smothers Brothers Show 1975 TV Series Himself
Cotton Club '75 1974 TV Movie Himself
Andy Williams Presents 1974 TV Movie Himself
The Dean Martin Show 1973-1974 TV Series Himself
Flip 1970-1974 TV Series Himself
Jack Benny's Second Farewell Special 1974 TV Special Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1965-1973 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
The Bob Hope Show 1973 TV Series Himself - Guest
RCA's Opening Night 1973 TV Movie Himself
A Couple of Dons 1973 TV Special Himself
Keep U.S. Beautiful 1973 TV Special Himself
The Bobby Darin Show 1973 TV Series Himself
The Bob Hope Christmas Special 1973 TV Special Himself
Jerry Visits 1971 TV Series Himself
The Name of the Game 1970 TV Series Himself
The Rosey Grier Show 1970 TV Series Himself
Della 1969 TV Series Himself
...And Beautiful 1969 TV Movie Himself
The David Frost Show 1969 TV Series Himself
Allen Ludden's Gallery 1969 TV Series Himself
The Dick Cavett Show 1969 TV Series Himself
The Joey Bishop Show 1967-1968 TV Series Himself
Soul 1968 TV Movie Himself
The Woody Woodbury Show 1968 TV Series Himself
Today 1965 TV Series Himself
Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America 2009 TV Series documentary
Biography 1996-2000 TV Series documentary Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1991 TV Series Himself
The Joan Rivers Show 1991 TV Series Himself
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1983-1990 TV Series Himself
The 11th Annual Black Achievement Awards 1990 TV Special Himself
Motown Merry Christmas 1987 TV Movie Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1983-1987 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Viva Shaf Vegas 1986 TV Movie Himself
The 37th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1985 TV Special Himself
Soul Train 1985 TV Series documentary Himself
The 6th Annual Black Achievement Awards 1985 TV Special Himself
Dirty Dirty Jokes 1984 Video Himself - Host

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Unsung Hollywood 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
The Butler 2013/I Fred Sanford (uncredited)
Pioneers of Television 2008 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Video on Trial 2006 TV Series Himself
Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live 2005 TV Special documentary Himself
Inside Deep Throat 2005 Documentary Fred Sanford (uncredited)
BET Comedy Awards 2004 TV Special Himself (In Memory Of)
100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2004 TV Mini-Series Himself #24
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years 2004 Video documentary
Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
America's Favorite Funnyman 2002 Video short
Classic Stand-Up Comedy of Television 1996 TV Special documentary Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 1996 TV Series documentary Himself
Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America 1993 TV Special documentary Himself
Bob Hope's Bag Full of Christmas Memories 1993 TV Special Himself
Apollo Theatre Hall of Fame 1993 TV Special documentary Himself
The Royal Family 1991 TV Series Alfonso Royal
Bob Hope's Overseas Christmas Tours: Around the World with the Troops - 1941-1972 1980 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1979 TV Special Himself
Bob Hope's World of Comedy 1976 TV Movie Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1975 TV Series Himself from the BOB HOPE NBC CHRISTMAS PARTY
Texaco Presents: A Quarter Century of Bob Hope on Television 1975 TV Special Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1977 Showmanship Award Publicists Guild of America Television
1973 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best TV Actor - Comedy or Musical Sanford and Son (1972)
1972 Image Award Image Awards Best Actor in a Drama or Comedy Series Sanford and Son (1972)
1970 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1976 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Sanford and Son (1972)
1975 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best TV Actor - Comedy or Musical Sanford and Son (1972)
1974 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best TV Actor - Comedy or Musical Sanford and Son (1972)
1974 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Sanford and Son (1972)
1973 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series Sanford and Son (1972)
1972 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series Sanford and Son (1972)


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#Quote
1 I'm a Sagittarian, see, I can't be fenced in. I been living in Las Vegas, greatest city in the world. I look out my window for 100 miles. In Vegas, there's nothing to do but gamble, drink or have sex. I have two of 'em.
2 Junk runs in the family. My granddad was a junk man in St. Louis and so was my uncle.
3 Fred was a funny kid, and I got a lot of humor from him. For a while, we were in a Catholic school up in Milwaukee, and Fred used to get laughs pulling an electric iron around the floor, like dragging a dog on a leash. Every day he had a new thing going with the iron. Fred was a great ball player too. He tried out with the Chicago White Sox, but that was years before Jackie Robinson made the break, and he was too early.
4 [Who had to adjust his sleeping patterns before rehearsing on the set of Sanford and Son (1972)]: When I worked in clubs, I had to be alert until 2, maybe 3 in the morning. I found it best to sleep during the daytime.
5 [Who at the very last minute finally learning to sleep in the evening]: It was awful at first. I'd lie awake all night, knowing that I had to rehearse 'Sanford,' the next day. But I was geared to being up late, I only caught a couple hours sleep each night for the first few months.
6 [In 1972]: I've been trying to get into the Royal Box in New York for years. They say I'm too dirty, my material is too blue. But I think Redd, the whites and blue can be a nice combination.

#Trademark
1 Gruff, deep voice
2 His catchphrase, "You hear that, Elizabeth? I'm coming to join ya, honey!"
3 Faked Heart Attacks Frequently

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