Penticton Herald

Checking in with JAMIE FOXX


Jamie Foxx may be happier than ever to be back with “Beat Shazam.” The Oscar-winning actor, comedian and musician had an unspecifie­d medical emergency and subsequent hospitaliz­ation last year, but he returns — along with his daughter Corinne (“Dollface”) — to preside over the Fox game show when it begins its seventh season Tuesday, May 28. Two-person teams try to identify songs, with the highest-scoring duo then going up against the music app Shazam for a chance to win $1 million. This season, some teams will consist of fathers, mothers, siblings, teachers and others who have a shared identity. Also an executive producer of “Beat Shazam,” Jamie Foxx might have seemed a surprising person to fill the hosting job when the show premiered in 2017. By that point, Foxx was a well-establishe­d movie star, having won an Academy Award and many other honors for his portrayal of music icon Ray Charles in “Ray” (2004). He also had a 2007 Grammy for his collaborat­ion with T-Pain on “Blame It.” However, taking a job on the Fox network was a homecoming of sorts for Foxx, since he had been a cast member of the sketch comedy series “In Living Color” in the early 1990s. He also appeared in the Fox show “Roc,” then parlayed those experience­s into his own sitcom for the thenWB Network, the appropriat­ely named “The Jamie Foxx Show.” During that weekly TV tenure for him, Foxx was also cementing his movie work with such credits as the Oliver Stone-directed football drama “Any Given Sunday” (1999) and the melodrama “Collateral” (2004). He was also building a musical identity, by working with the likes of Kanye West (“Runaway”) and Ludacris (“Get Back”), establishi­ng his own success in that field via such albums as “Intuition” and “Best Night of My Life.” With “Beat Shazam” now resuming, Foxx gets to satisfy multiple entertainm­ent-business roles for himself again — and, best of all, to do it with much-improved health. Birthdate: Dec. 13, 1967 Birthplace: Terrell, Texas Current residence: Los Angeles Movie credits include: “Strays,” “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “Soul,” “Just Mercy,” “Robin Hood,” “Baby Driver,” “Sleepless,” “Annie,” “Horrible Bosses,” “Horrible Bosses 2,” “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” “Rio,” “Rio 2,” “White House Down,” “Django Unchained,” “Due Date,” “Valentine’s Day,” “Law Abiding Citizen,” “The Soloist,” “The Kingdom,” “Dreamgirls,” “Miami Vice,” “Jarhead,” “Stealth,” “Ray,” “Collateral,” “Breakin’ All the Rules,” “Bait,” “Ali,” “Held Up,” “Any Given Sunday,” “The Players Club,” “Booty Call,” “The Great White Hype,” “The Truth About Cats & Dogs,” “Toys” Other television credits include: “White Famous,” “Live in Front of a Studio Audience,” “Jackie Robinson,” “Sesame Street,” “Elmo’s Christmas Countdown,” “Chappelle’s Show,” “Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story,” “Jamie Foxx Unleashed: Lost, Stolen and Leaked!,” “Jamie Foxx: I Might Need Security,” “Saturday Night Live,” “The Jamie Foxx Show,” “3rd Rock From the Sun,” “Moesha,” “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper,” “Jamie Foxx: Straight From the Foxxhole,” “Roc,” “In Living Color” His music albums include: “Peep This,” “Unpredicta­ble,” “Intuition,” “Best Night of My Life,” “Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses” Education: United States Internatio­nal University

Awards he has received include: An Oscar, a Grammy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, an American Music Award, a BET Award, four NAACP Image Awards, three Soul Train Music Awards and two MTV Movie & TV Awards

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