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The legendary Redd Foxx (pictured) was an American stand-up comedian and actor.
He was born John Elroy Sanford on December 9, 1922, in St. Louis, Missouri. Foxx gained success with his raunchy nightclub acts during the 1950s and 1960s. Known as the “King of the Party Records“, he performed on more than 50 records in his lifetime.
He portrayed Fred G. Sanford on the television show Sanford and Son and starred in The Redd Foxx Show and The Royal Family. His film projects included All the Fine Young Cannibals (1960), Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970), Norman… Is That You? (1976) and Harlem Nights (1989).
In 2004, Foxx ranked 24th in Comedy Central Presents: 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time. Foxx not only influenced many comedians but was often portrayed in popular culture as well, mainly as a result of his catchphrases, body language, and facial expressions exhibited on Sanford and Son.
During the show’s five-year run, Foxx won a Golden Globe Award and received an additional three nominations, along with three Primetime Emmy Award nominations. He passed away on October 11, 1991, in Los Angeles California. Foxx was 68 years of age at the time of his passing.
He was posthumously given a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame in 1992.
*BlackThen.com writer and historian Victor Trammell edited and contributed to this report.