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Jon Elroy Sanford was born on the 9th December 1922, in St. Louis, Missouri USA, and died on the 11th October 1991 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He was a comedian and actor known under the stage name Redd Foxx. He is usually remembered for his lead role in the television series “Sanford and Son” which helped him to become well known personality in the pop culture. Redd Foxx had been accumulating his net worth being active in the entertainment industry from 1935 to 1991.

How much was the net worth of Redd Foxx? At the time of his death, sources have estimated that it was -$3.5 million, as he owed such a sum in the form of taxes.

Redd Foxx Net Worth -$3.5 Million

To begin with, Jon actually grew up in Chicago, Illinois, USA. His father, an electrician, left the family when Foxx was just four years old, so his mother, who was from Seminole descent, took care of her son. He studied at Du Sable High School although did not graduate from the above mentioned school. He moved to New York City in the early 1940s and became an associate of Malcolm X. Redd Foxx earned his nickname because of his red hair and his complexion, with his stage surname taken in honour of the baseball star Jimmie Foxx.

Foxx initially achieved fame for his performances in nightclubs; his humorous solo numbers were later edited into albums, becoming very popular as a result, and adding significant sums to the total size of Redd Foxx’s net worth. The popularity of Foxx rose after he landed a role in the sitcom “Sanford and Son” (1972–1977) aired on NBC. Foxx was also remembered for his fights with producers Bud Yorkin and Norman Lear to gain greater control of the show, as well as a higher salary.

In 1977 Foxx left “Sanford and Son” after six successful seasons (the show was cancelled after his departure) to act on a variety show that was short-lived, “The Redd Foxx Comedy Hour” (1977–1978). Later, Foxx appeared in the spin-off of the “Sanford and Son” series called “Sanford” (1980–1981). However, the series couldn’t repeat the success of the original. Later, he starred in “The Redd Foxx Show” (1986) which was followed by the series “The Royal Family” (1991), on which he worked with his friend Della Reese. This assisted his net worth somewhat too.

Unfortunately, the actor suffered an acute heart attack and died on the set, located in Los Angeles, California, at the comparatively early age of 68. He was buried in the Cemetery Palm Valley View Memorial Park in Las Vegas, Nevada. After his death, Foxx received a star on the Walk of Fame in St. Louis on the 17th May 1992.

Finally, in the personal life of the actor, he was married four times. Foxx married Evelyn Killebrew in 1948, but they divorced in 1951. From 1956 to 1975, he was married to Betty Jean Harris. His third wife was Yun Chi Chung with whom Redd Foxx lived from 1976 to 1981. From 1991, he was married to Ka Ho Cho, who lived with the famous comedian until his death.

Quick Facts

Birth date: December 9, 1922, St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Birth place: St. Louis
Death date: October 11, 1991, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height:5 ft 7 in (1.72 m)
Profession:Comedian, Actor, Screenwriter
Nationality:United States of America
Spouse:Ka Ho Cho (m. 1991–1991)
Children:Debraca Denise
Parents:Fred Sanford, Mary Sanford Carson
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1He was known to be a very social butterfly.
2Appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show (1989) on October 9, 1991, just two days before his death.
3In a T.V. Guide interview, Sanford explained that many black people, including himself, who had white ancestors frequently had a reddish tint to their hair and skin. Hence his nickname Redd.
4Longtime best friend of Della Reese and LaWanda Page.
5Began his show Sanford and Son (1972) at age 49.
6Appeared on the front cover of TV Guide 5 times.
7Was the third television father to have died after Danny Thomas and Michael Landon in the same year, 1991.
8Good friends with: Della Reese, LaWanda Page, Carroll O'Connor, Norman Lear, Saul Turteltaub, Leroy Daniels, Pat Morita, Nathaniel Taylor, Nancy Kulp, Raymond Allen, Whitman Mayo, Hal Williams, Helen Martin, Eddie Murphy, Slappy White, Don Bexley, Gregory Sierra, Noam Pitlik and Allan Drake.
9Acting mentor and friend of Demond Wilson.
10Best remembered by the public for his starring role as Fred G. Sanford on Sanford and Son (1972).
11Foxx turned down a role in The Great White Hope (1970), which was inspired by the career and struggles against racism of former heavyweight champ Jack Johnson. Foxx knew Johnson and refused the role as he believed the play (which won the Pulitzer Prize) had white-washed his old friend.
12His stage name came from his childhood nickname "Red" which referred to his reddish hair and skin. He took the name "Foxx" as a tribute to Chicago Cubs player Jimmie Foxx and as a reference to the red fox.
13He was nicknamed "Zorro" which is Spanish for "fox".
14Huge fan of the "Little Rascals" and worked frequently with Tommy Bond who played the bully "Butch". Foxx often wore a "Butch" style golf cap in many of his shows because of this.
15Briefly attended Du Sable High School in Chicago with future Mayor of Chicago, Harold Washington.
16On Sanford and Son (1972) one of the main characteristics of his character Fred Sanford was the he had a weak heart and that he always knew that the day for "The Big One" would eventually come. It was a trademark of the show that he would fake a heart attack in the face of some shocking news. In one of the bitterest ironies when Redd Foxx finally did experience the "The Big One," it was a heart attack and those around him thought he was just joking around and didn't seek immediate help.
17Fred Sanford, Foxx's character on Sanford and Son (1972), was ranked #42 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].
18Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 165-167. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
19One of his greatest assets (and perhaps, weaknesses) was his generosity to others. His most famous character, Fred Sanford, was named in honor of his brother, and many of the actors and character names on the television series Sanford and Son (1972) were people who inspired him thoughout his life.
20Had no biological children, but when he married Betty Jean Harris, he adopted her daughter, Debraca Denise.
21Was expelled from one school on the first day for throwing a book at a teacher.
22Due to Foxx's financial woes (the IRS seized and auctioned off his assets in 1989), his widow couldn't pay for his funeral, so Eddie Murphy footed the bill, giving Foxx a lavish, star-studded send-off.
23During his early life as a dishwasher, he was called "Chicago Red" to distinguish him from his friend "Detroit Red". "Detroit Red" would later become famous as the political activist-social critic and Black nationalist known as Malcolm X.
24Appeared on Flip (1970) on January 13th, 1972, the night before the classic Sanford and Son (1972) debuted. The two shows were on the same network: NBC.
25One of the few performers to have the lead role in a television show on the three main networks. He was the lead in Sanford and Son, on NBC, the Royal Family, on CBS, and in the Redd Foxx show, and the Redd Foxx Comedy Hour on ABC.
26Was the only artist to be invited to Elvis Presley's wedding at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, on May 1, 1967.
27Interred at Palm Memorial Gardens, Las Vegas, Nevada, in the Devotion Section, Lawn Space 4091, 311 G.
28Was one-quarter Seminole Indian.
29Died of heart attack on the set of The Royal Family (1991).
30Comedian.


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Gruff, deep voice
2His catchphrase, "You hear that, Elizabeth? I'm coming to join ya, honey!"
3Faked Heart Attacks Frequently


Quotes

#Quote
1I'm a Sagittarian, see, I can't be fenced in. I been living in Las Vegas, greatest city in the world. I look out my window for 100 miles. In Vegas, there's nothing to do but gamble, drink or have sex. I have two of 'em.
2Junk runs in the family. My granddad was a junk man in St. Louis and so was my uncle.
3Fred was a funny kid, and I got a lot of humor from him. For a while, we were in a Catholic school up in Milwaukee, and Fred used to get laughs pulling an electric iron around the floor, like dragging a dog on a leash. Every day he had a new thing going with the iron. Fred was a great ball player too. He tried out with the Chicago White Sox, but that was years before Jackie Robinson made the break, and he was too early.
4[Who had to adjust his sleeping patterns before rehearsing on the set of Sanford and Son (1972)]: When I worked in clubs, I had to be alert until 2, maybe 3 in the morning. I found it best to sleep during the daytime.
5[Who at the very last minute finally learning to sleep in the evening]: It was awful at first. I'd lie awake all night, knowing that I had to rehearse 'Sanford,' the next day. But I was geared to being up late, I only caught a couple hours sleep each night for the first few months.
6[In 1972]: I've been trying to get into the Royal Box in New York for years. They say I'm too dirty, my material is too blue. But I think Redd, the whites and blue can be a nice combination.


Pictures

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Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1977Showmanship AwardPublicists Guild of AmericaTelevision
1973Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest TV Actor - Comedy or MusicalSanford and Son (1972)
1972Image AwardImage AwardsBest Actor in a Drama or Comedy SeriesSanford and Son (1972)
1970Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion PictureCotton Comes to Harlem (1970)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1976Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalSanford and Son (1972)
1975Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest TV Actor - Comedy or MusicalSanford and Son (1972)
1974Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest TV Actor - Comedy or MusicalSanford and Son (1972)
1974Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesSanford and Son (1972)
1973Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy SeriesSanford and Son (1972)
1972Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy SeriesSanford and Son (1972)


Filmography

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bob Hope's Cross-Country Christmas1991TV Movie
The Royal Family1991TV SeriesAlfonso Royal
Harlem Nights1989Bennie Wilson
Ghost of a Chance1987TV MovieIvory Clay
The Redd Foxx Show1986TV SeriesAl Hughes
Sanford1980-1981TV SeriesFred G. Sanford
My Buddy1979TV MovieWoodrow 'Buddy' Johnson
The Krofft Comedy Hour1978TV MovieStewardess
The Brady Bunch Variety Hour1977TV SeriesRedd Foxx
Sanford and Son1972-1977TV SeriesFred G. Sanford / Himself
Norman... Is That You?1976Ben Chambers
Grady1975TV SeriesFred Sanford
The Brian Keith Show1973TV SeriesNathaniel A. Johnson
Cotton Comes to Harlem1970Uncle Budd / Booker Washington Sims
ABC Stage 671967TV SeriesPool Hustler
Valentine's Day1964TV SeriesSmoking Movie Patron
All the Fine Young Cannibals1960Redd, Piano Player at Rose's (uncredited)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Redd Foxx: Video in a Plain Brown Wrapper1983Video performer: "Lulu's Back in Town", "Chicago", "Exactly Like You"
Sanford1980-1981TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Sanford and SonTV Series 1 episode, 1975 performer - 13 episodes, 1972 - 1977
Cher1975TV Series performer - 1 episode

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Redd Foxx Show1986TV Series story - 1 episode
Redd Foxx: Video in a Plain Brown Wrapper1983Video
On Location: Redd Foxx1978TV Special documentary
Sanford and Son1975-1976TV Series story by - 2 episodes
Grady1975-1976TV Series developed by - 10 episodes

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Royal Family1991TV Series executive consultant - 3 episodes
The Redd Foxx Show1986TV Series executive consultant - 1 episode

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Redd Foxx: Video in a Plain Brown Wrapper1983Video executive producer
My Buddy1979TV Movie executive producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Laff Mobb Presents2012TV Series special thanks - 2 episodes
Amos 'n' Andy: Anatomy of a Controversy1983TV Movie documentary special thanks
Days of Heaven1978special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 5th Annual Black Achievement Awards1984TV SpecialHimself
Amos 'n' Andy: Anatomy of a Controversy1983TV Movie documentaryHimself
Redd Foxx: Video in a Plain Brown Wrapper1983VideoHimself
Hour Magazine1981TV SeriesHimself
The John Davidson Show1981TV SeriesHimself
The Toni Tennille Show1980TV SeriesHimself
The 2nd Annual Black Achievement Awards1979TV SpecialHimself
Down at the Dunbar1979Documentary shortHimself
The 1st Annual Black Achievement Awards1978TV SpecialHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1965-1978TV SeriesHimself
Flying High1978TV SeriesHimself
Happy Birthday, Bob1978TV SpecialHimself
The Redd Foxx Special1978TV SpecialHimself - Host
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Frank Sinatra1978TV SpecialHimself
ABC's Silver Anniversary Celebration1978TV SpecialHimself
On Location: Redd Foxx1978TV Special documentaryHimself
Happy Birthday, Las Vegas1977TV SpecialHimself
Donny and Marie1977TV SeriesHimself
Redd Foxx1977TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Mike Douglas Show1967-1977TV SeriesHimself - Comedian / Himself - Co-Host / Himself
The Barbara Walters Summer Special1977TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes1977TV MovieHimself
The People's Command Performance: '771977TV MovieHimself
The 3rd Annual People's Choice Awards1977TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Favourite Male Television Performer
Jimmy Carter's Inaugural Gala1977TV MovieHimself
The Jacksons1976-1977TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Sweepstakes1977TV SeriesHimself
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Redd Foxx1976TV SpecialHimself
The Sonny and Cher Show1976TV SeriesHimself / Various Characters
Dinah!1975-1976TV SeriesHimself
The Captain and Tennille1976TV SeriesHimself
The 28th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1976TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Variety Show or Special
The Redd Foxx Becomes a Movie Star1976Documentary shortHimself
Lola!1976TV SeriesHerself
The Second Annual Comedy Awards1976TV SpecialHimself
Cher1975TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Special Guest
The Hollywood Squares1967-1975TV SeriesHimself - Center Square / Himself
Sammy and Company1975TV SeriesHimself
World Heavyweight Championship: Muhammad Ali vs. Chuck Wepner1975Himself - Ringside Commentator
ABC's Wide World of Sports1975TV SeriesHimself
The Smothers Brothers Show1975TV SeriesHimself
Cotton Club '751974TV MovieHimself
Andy Williams Presents1974TV MovieHimself
The Dean Martin Show1973-1974TV SeriesHimself
Flip1970-1974TV SeriesHimself
Jack Benny's Second Farewell Special1974TV SpecialHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1965-1973TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The Bob Hope Show1973TV SeriesHimself - Guest
RCA's Opening Night1973TV MovieHimself
A Couple of Dons1973TV SpecialHimself
Keep U.S. Beautiful1973TV SpecialHimself
The Bobby Darin Show1973TV SeriesHimself
The Bob Hope Christmas Special1973TV SpecialHimself
Jerry Visits1971TV SeriesHimself
The Name of the Game1970TV SeriesHimself
The Rosey Grier Show1970TV SeriesHimself
Della1969TV SeriesHimself
...And Beautiful1969TV MovieHimself
The David Frost Show1969TV SeriesHimself
Allen Ludden's Gallery1969TV SeriesHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1969TV SeriesHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1967-1968TV SeriesHimself
Soul1968TV MovieHimself
The Woody Woodbury Show1968TV SeriesHimself
Today1965TV SeriesHimself
Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America2009TV Series documentary
Biography1996-2000TV Series documentaryHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show1991TV SeriesHimself
The Joan Rivers Show1991TV SeriesHimself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1983-1990TV SeriesHimself
The 11th Annual Black Achievement Awards1990TV SpecialHimself
Motown Merry Christmas1987TV MovieHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1983-1987TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Viva Shaf Vegas1986TV MovieHimself
The 37th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1985TV SpecialHimself
Soul Train1985TV Series documentaryHimself
The 6th Annual Black Achievement Awards1985TV SpecialHimself
Dirty Dirty Jokes1984VideoHimself - Host

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Unsung Hollywood2015TV Series documentaryHimself
The Butler2013/IFred Sanford (uncredited)
Pioneers of Television2008TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Video on Trial2006TV SeriesHimself
Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live2005TV Special documentaryHimself
Inside Deep Throat2005DocumentaryFred Sanford (uncredited)
BET Comedy Awards2004TV SpecialHimself (In Memory Of)
100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time2004TV Mini-SeriesHimself #24
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years2004Video documentary
Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
America's Favorite Funnyman2002Video short
Classic Stand-Up Comedy of Television1996TV Special documentaryHimself
E! True Hollywood Story1996TV Series documentaryHimself
Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America1993TV Special documentaryHimself
Bob Hope's Bag Full of Christmas Memories1993TV SpecialHimself
Apollo Theatre Hall of Fame1993TV Special documentaryHimself
The Royal Family1991TV SeriesAlfonso Royal
Bob Hope's Overseas Christmas Tours: Around the World with the Troops - 1941-19721980TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1979TV SpecialHimself
Bob Hope's World of Comedy1976TV MovieHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1975TV SeriesHimself from the BOB HOPE NBC CHRISTMAS PARTY
Texaco Presents: A Quarter Century of Bob Hope on Television1975TV SpecialHimself

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