Redd Foxx was a standup comedian and an actor in the United States. He was famous for his clear-cut comedy records. Foxx was widely famous for his role in a sitcom named ‘Sanford and Son.’ His shabby nightclub acts made him so popular that people started calling him as ‘King of the Party Records.’ Here are the complete details about career, biography, and net worth of Redd Foxx in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
John Elroy Sanford took birth on 9th December 1922 in St. Louis, Missouri. He grew up in South Side in Chicago. His father’s name was Fred Sanford. He was an auto mechanic and an electrician from Kentucky. His father left the family when Foxx was just four years old. Foxx’s mother, Mary Hughes raised him on her own. She was a half-Seminole Indian lady from Mississippi. He had an elder brother named Fred G. Sanford Jr. Foxx pursued his education from ‘DuSable High School.’
Redd Foxx got married four times. In 1948, he first married Evelyn Killebrew. This marriage ended in 1951. Foxx got married to a dancer and a showgirl Betty Jean Harris in 1956. Betty had a daughter, Debraca, from her previous marriage. Later, Foxx adopted her, but this marriage ended in 1975. His third marriage was in 1976 with a Korean-American lady Yun Chi Chung. They got divorced in 1981. Ka Ho Cho was his last wife until his death. Foxx died from a heart attack on 11th October 1991.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Redd Fox was widely popular with his shabby nightclub acts. He got his big break when he received an invitation to Los Angeles from famous American singer Dinah Washington. Foxx rose to fame with a 1970’s sitcom ‘Sanford and Son.’ This series was broadcasted on the ‘NBC Television Network’ on 14th January 1972. This show was about running gags, racial humor, and catchphrases. The last episode was aired on 25th March 1977.
In 1980, a ‘Sanford and Son’ spin-off was aired. Foxx was back with the sequel named ‘Sanford.’ He appeared on ‘The Redd Foxx Show’ in 1986. The show was canceled due to its low ratings. Foxx had made appearances in several movies like “Norman…Is That You?”, “All the Fine Young Cannibals,” “Harlem Nights” and “Cotton Comes to Harlem.” Comedy Central ranked Foxx as ‘24th Best Standup Comedian’ in 2004. Foxx received a ‘Golden Globe Award.’ He was nominated thrice for ‘Primetime Emmy Award.’
Net Worth & Earnings
Redd Foxx’s estimated net worth was -$3.5 million. He owed $3.5 million in taxes, at the time of his death. He had earned $4 million in a single year when he was at his peak. His career as a successful standup comedian had made him much wealthier.
Redd Foxx had made his mark in TV industry as one of the best standup comedians. Foxx starred in more than 50 records throughout in his career. He had appeared in numerous sitcoms. He starred in a few notable movies too. Foxx has inspired many comedians and has often represented their popular culture as well.