Redd Foxx
John Elroy Sanford better known by his stage name
Stage name
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 Redd Foxx, was an American comedian
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 and actor, best known for his starring role on the sitcom
Situation comedy
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 Sanford and Son
Sanford and Son
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Foxx was born in St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis, Missouri
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 and raised in Chicago
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 on the South Side
South Side (Chicago)
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. His mother was half Seminole
The Seminole are a Native American people originally of Florida, who now reside primarily in that state and Oklahoma. The Seminole nation emerged in a process of ethnogenesis out of groups of Native Americans, most significantly Creeks from what is now Georgia and Alabama, who settled in Florida in...

. His father, an electrician
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, left his family when Foxx was four years old. Foxx was raised by his mother, his minister
Minister of religion
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, and his grandmother. He briefly attended DuSable High School
DuSable High School
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 with future Chicago mayor Harold Washington
Harold Washington
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In the 1940s, he was an associate of Malcolm Little, later known as Malcolm X
Malcolm X
Malcolm X , born Malcolm Little and also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz , was an African American Muslim minister and human rights activist. To his admirers he was a courageous advocate for the rights of African Americans, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its...


Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.

When you see the hand writing on the wall, you're in the toilet.

What's the difference between a pickpocket and a peeping tom? A pickpocket snatches watches.

I feel sorry for people who don’t drink or do drugs. Because someday they’re going to be in a hospital bed, dying, and they won’t know why.

We were poor. If I wasn't a boy, I wouldn't have had nothing to play with.