Maintaining a successful Hollywood career relies heavily on one’s adaptability. Jamie Foxx is a perfect example of a “triple threat,” as an actor, singer, and comedian. It appears like the 53-year-old is always looking to push the boundaries of what his supporters anticipate from him.
At the age of five, Eric Marlon Bishop began taking piano lessons and later received a scholarship to attend a music school in San Diego to further his talent. When he was a student, Foxx performed at local comedy clubs and on open mics around town. In the 1990s, he would become a brilliant comic on the sketch comedy show In Living Color for his impersonations.
From biopics to superhero blockbusters, Foxx has starred in a wide range of projects since then.
Here are 11 of the Renaissance man’s greatest film endeavors, including his music and comedy specials:
11. Horrible Bosses (2011)
When their lives have been rendered unpleasant by their terrible and horrible bosses, a group of pals come together to plan the murder of their nemeses. It is Dean “MF” Jones (Foxx) who they employ to be their murder consultant when they need someone to “perform the job” in their search for a hired gun. While their bosses are still alive, the pals have a full series of misadventures to deal with. His over-the-top manner provides as a good counterweight to the film’s dry humor, and his character is a driving force in the film’s narrative
10. The Player’s Club (1998)
By moving into her cousin’s house, LisaRaye McCoy, an aspiring dancer, tries to make a better life for herself in Ice Cube’s directorial debut. In the midst of her financial woes, she becomes fascinated by the lives of the ladies employed at The Player’s Club. When the college student who now goes by Diamond decides to strip at the nightclub, he begins a relationship with the club DJ (Jamie Foxx). With Blue’s aid, Diamond is able to adjust to her new surroundings and eventually take control of her own destiny.
9. Booty Call (1997)
As Rushon, an educated but doubtful Black man, Foxx’s best friend in one of his more raucous comedy. A double date with Bunz and Rushon’s new girlfriend is Rushon’s way of changing his luck with women. A series of amusing mishaps occur as the two friends attempt to return home with the ladies for “night caps.”.
8. Sleepless (2017)
Film director Bara bo Odar’s adaptation of the French thriller Sleepless Night portrays Foxx as a veteran Las Vegas police officer who must take on the mob to save his kidnapped son. The seasoned officer discovers corruption in the department, which he links to illicit gangster dealings within the department..
7. Project Power (2020)
Almost 25 years after he first appeared in a superhero movie, the singer, actor, and comedian has finally been cast in one (or super-powered person, rather). Filmed in New Orleans, the Netflix original stars Jamie Foxx as an undercover detective trying to curb the spread of an addictive substance known as “Five-Minute Power” (FMP). However, the substance has a potentially lethal effect on the vast majority of its users..
6. Baby Driver (2017)
Baby Driver premiered at South by Southwest in the spring of 2017 and was well-received by critics when it opened in theaters later that summer. Young and brilliant getaway driver who wants to leave a life of crime and start a new one with his sweetheart is at the heart of the film’s plot. After being blackmailed into joining a heist ring, the driver, dubbed Baby because of his little stature, is forced to drive the getaway car. Foxx portrays Bats, a member of the crew who constantly irritates Baby throughout the movie. It’s a fast-paced, slickly-made film that showcases some of the best performances in the business.
5. Any Given Sunday (1999)
Al Pacino, Dennis Quaid, James Woods, and LL Cool J star in what is regarded as one of the finest sports movies of all time. They work together to restore the Miami Sharks, a once-great football team. Willie Beamen (Foxx) emerges as a pleasant surprise after the star quarterback (Quaid) and the second-string quarterback (Pacino) are both injured in the first game of the season. Beamen transforms the team’s fortunes in a matter of minutes, going from zero to hero in the blink of an eye. Foxx’s performance in front of some of the biggest names in the business demonstrated the star power he would achieve in the future.
4. Collateral (2004)
Max (Foxx) is a cab driver who meets and becomes involved with a customer (Tom Cruise) who is secretly a hitman in this critically acclaimed modern noir thriller. When Max is paid by Vincent to accompany him to many sites, the cab driver realizes that Vincent’s true goal is to kill people who have been marked for death. In one of the year’s best-reviewed films, Jamie Foxx stars alongside Tom Cruise.
3. Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
“The Italian Job” filmmaker F. Gary Gray has created an action thriller that depicts the narrative of one man’s quest for vengeance against the murderers of his family and a corrupt and neglectful criminal justice system. Gerald Butler plays Clyde Shelton, a man who feels he was cheated out of justice and takes matters into his own hands. Despite his best efforts, Nick Rice (Foxx) can’t help but sympathize with Shelton’s plight.
2. Django Unchained (2012)
Django, a fugitive slave on a mission to slaughter plantation slave masters and rescue his German-speaking wife, is played by Foxx in a career-defining performance. German dentist-turned-bounty hunter Django gets rescued from captivity by a former slave who encourages him to embark on a dangerous journey. Bounty hunters from Germany and Django slay Confederate supporters as they claim bounty after bounty. Eventually, Calvin J. Candie, the owner of the plantation where Django’s wife is being held captive, notices them.
1. Ray (2004)
Some performers have a natural talent for playing memorable characters. Taylor Hackford’s biographical film on Ray Charles, starring Jamie Foxx, is a great example of this. From his humble origins to fame and the legacy he left behind, Ray Foxx delivers one of his best performances to date, one that is sure to go down as a career high point. The Academy Award for Best Actor went to Jared Foxx, making him only the second actor to win all five major lead actor prizes for the same movie.