Foxx was raised by his grandparents after his parents separated. He enjoyed a happy upbringing, going to church every day with his grandparents and excelling at everything from academics to music to football. Foxx studied music while a student at the U. International University in San Diego; it was during his college days that he got his start as a stand-up comedian.
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He began playing piano about age five and became keenly interested in music , later earning a scholarship to United States International University later Alliant International University in San Diego to study classical piano and music theory. While attending school, Bishop began performing at local comedy clubs. At open-mike nights he delighted audiences with his bitingly funny impersonations of former U.
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Eric Marlon Bishop born December 13, ,  better known by his stage name Jamie Foxx , is an American actor, singer, comedian, songwriter, television host and producer. That same year, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the crime film Collateral. Since spring , Foxx has served as the host and executive producer of the Fox game show Beat Shazam. In , Foxx joined the cast as a featured player in the sketch comedy show In Living Color until the show's end in Following this success, Foxx was given his own television sitcom The Jamie Foxx Show , in which he starred, co-created and produced, airing for five highly rated seasons from to on The WB Television Network. Foxx is also a Grammy Award -winning musician, producing four albums, which have charted in the top ten of the U. Shortly after his birth, Foxx was adopted and raised by his mother's adoptive parents, Esther Marie Nelson , a domestic worker and nursery operator, and Mark Talley, a yard worker. Foxx began playing the piano when he was five years old. Foxx attended Terrell High School , where he received top grades and played basketball and football as quarterback. His ambition was to play for the Dallas Cowboys , and he was the first player in the school's history to pass for more than 1, yards.