(December 9, 1922 – October 11, 1991)
Foxx was an American comedian and actor, best known for his starring role on the sitcom Sanford and Son.
John Elroy Sanford was born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised on Chicago’s South Side. He briefly attended DuSable High School with future Chicago mayor Harold Washington.
In the 1940s, he was an associate of Malcolm Little, later known as Malcolm X. In Malcolm's autobiography, Foxx is referred to as "Chicago Red, the funniest dishwasher on this earth."
Redd Foxx was married four times.
On October 11, 1991, during a break from rehearsals for The Royal Family, he suffered a fatal heart attack on the set. Reportedly, the cast and crew thought he was doing his classic "I'm coming, Elizabeth!" fake heart attack routine he made famous on Sanford and Son, even going as far as collapsing to the floor, although that was not part of the usual act. However, Foxx did not regain consciousness. A few years after Foxx's death, several buyers of his home claimed his property was 'haunted' by him.
Foxx is buried in Las Vegas, at Palm Valley View Memorial Park.
PHOTO CREDIT: Comedian Redd Foxx, who played the raffish junkman Fred Sanford in the NBC comedy series "Sanford and Son," is seen in an undated photo, 1973. (AP Photo/NBC-TV)
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