Jeffrey Marshall Foxworthy was born on Sept. 6, 1958, in Atlanta. He had a Southern Baptist upbringing, but maintained that he wasn’t comfortable with certain aspects of the religion. He followed his father into the computer-maintenance business, and some of his co-workers inspired him to enter a comedy-club contest ... which he won.
Recordings helped give Foxworthy’s career early boosts, particularly 1993’s “You Might Be a Redneck If ... ,” the title of which also gave him his signature line. The 1998 album “Totally Committed” yielded Foxworthy an associated HBO special.
Foxworthy went mainstream when the sitcom “The Jeff Foxworthy Show” began on ABC in 1995. Canceled after one season, it then was picked up by NBC, where it aired for one more season.
Foxworthy found television success as a game-show host with “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?,” presiding not only over the primetime edition on Fox (which was resurrected for another season after its original run ended), but also a syndicated version that aired for two years.
“The American Bible Challenge” and “The American Baking Competition” let Foxworthy hone his game-hosting abilities. He’s now back in that genre, but as a panelist instead of a host: He sits alongside fellow judges Chrissy Teigen and Kenan Thompson on the NBC comedy contest “Bring the Funny,” with Amanda Seales in the host role.
In live-performance terms, apart from his solo act, Foxworthy is known for being a part of the successful Blue Collar Comedy Tour ... along with Larry the Cable Guy and Bill Engvall (and, on occasion, Ron White). The early success of that venture led to a television-series spinoff, “Blue Collar TV,” which later was redeveloped into the show “Foxworthy’s Big Night Out.”
An author of several books – including the cookbook “The Redneck Grill,” which he co-wrote – Foxworthy also has an outdoor-product line. He and his wife Pamela have two daughters.