Redd Foxx

Redd Foxx

Highest Rated: 21% Harlem Nights (1989)

Lowest Rated: 21% Harlem Nights (1989)

Birthday: Dec 9, 1922

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Long before Eddie Murphy, Andrew Dice Clay, or Howard Stern raised the ire of censors and threatened the delicate sensibilities of mainstream American good taste, there was Redd Foxx, arguably the most notorious "blue" comic of his day. Prior to finding fame in the 1970s as the star of the popular sitcom Sanford and Son, Foxx found little but infamy throughout the first several decades of his performing career; salty and scatological, his material broke new ground with its point-blank riffs and brazen discussions of sex and color, and although his party albums were generally banned from white-owned record stores, the comedian's funky narrative style and raspy delivery proved highly influential on comic talents of all ethnic backgrounds.Foxx was born John Elroy Sanford in St. Louis on December 9, 1922. While still in his teens, he became a professional performer, working as both a comedian and actor on the so-called "chitlin circuit" of black theaters and nightclubs. He formulated his stage name by combining an old nickname, "Red" (given because of his ruddy complexion), with the surname of baseball's Jimmie Foxx. After cutting a handful of explicit blues records in the mid-'40s, beginning in 1951 he often teamed with fellow comic Slappy White, a partnership which lasted through 1955. Foxx was performing at Los Angeles' Club Oasis when a representative from the tiny Dooto label contacted him about cutting an album. The comedian agreed, and was paid 25 dollars to record Laff of the Party, the first of over 50 albums of Foxx's racy anecdotes. An onslaught of Dooto releases followed, among them over half a dozen other Laff of the Party sets, The Sidesplitter, The New Race Track, Sly Sex, and New Fugg. His records were poorly distributed, and offered primarily in black neighborhoods. When they did appear in white record stores, they were sold under the counter. In the 1960s, Foxx signed to the MF label and his routines became even more explicit, as evidenced by titles like Laff Your Ass Off, Huffin' and a Puffin', I'm Curious (Black), 3 or 4 Times a Day, and Mr. Hot Pants. After a brief tenure on King, he signed to Loma, a division of Frank Sinatra's Reprise imprint. With records like Foxx A Delic and Live at Las Vegas, he became one of the very first performers to use four-letter words on major-label releases.As the 1960s wore on and long-standing cultural barriers began to crumble, Foxx's audience expanded, and he made a number of television appearances. In 1970, he made his film debut in Ossie Davis' Cotton Comes to Harlem. When the film became a surprise hit, Foxx became a hot talent, and soon signed to star in Sanford and Son, a retooled sitcom version of the British television hit Steptoe and Son. The series, which starred Foxx as junk dealer Fred Sanford, premiered in 1972 and became a huge hit, running through 1977. He also continued recording, issuing You Gotta Wash Your Ass, a live set taped at the Apollo Theater, in 1976. The short-lived programs Sanford, The Redd Foxx Show, and The Redd Foxx Comedy Hour followed; additionally, he starred in the 1976 feature Norman, Is That You?, and became a Las Vegas headliner.By the early '80s, Foxx's career hit the skids. By the end of the decade, however, his influence on the new breed of African-American comedians was openly acknowledged, and in 1989 Eddie Murphy tapped him to co-star in his black-themed crime-noir film Harlem Nights. Although the film flopped, Foxx's career was renewed, and in 1991 he began work on a new sitcom, The Royal Family. Tragically, he suffered a heart attack on the series' set and died on October 11, 1991. Still, even in death, Foxx's name remained synonymous with off-color comments; on an episode of the hit show Seinfeld broadcast several years later, Jason Alexander's character, George, was chastised for the "curse toast" he delivered at a friend's wedding, prompting an exasperated Jerry Seinfeld to exclaim, "You were like a Redd Foxx record up there!"

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Groucho Marx & Redd Foxx Actor 2007
21% Harlem Nights Bennie Wilson 1989
No Score Yet Dirty, Dirty Jokes Actor 1984
No Score Yet Norman...Is That You? Ben Chambers 1976
No Score Yet Cotton Comes to Harlem Uncle Bud 1970


80% The Royal Family
Al Royal 2019
No Score Yet Sanford and Son
Fred Sanford 1977
No Score Yet The Flip Wilson Show
Guest 1974


Sugar Ray says: Vera, you know we tally up at 4 o'clock. What is your problem?

Vera says: Kiss my ass, Sugar. I've got to watch my girls until the last trick is gone. And I'm not about to ask no customer to roll over so I can punch some goddamn clock. Now, this is your place, but I am in charge of the girls... and you can just kiss my ass.

Sugar Ray says: [Sugar Ray makes kisses toward Vera] Oh baby!

Vera says: No, stop it, Sugar, stop doing... Don't do that. Stop that!

Quick says: So, baby, how'd we do tonight?

Vera says: We made about 200.

Quick says: 200? Your girls have been back there all night. How'd they only make 200 dollars?

Vera says: You kiss my ass, Quick! I don't ever say nothing to you when the crap table and the bar come up short.

Quick says: Cause the bar and the crap table never come up short, just the girls.

Sugar Ray says: Now, calm down, Vera.

Vera says: Kiss my ass, Sugar! I wanna know what it is Quick is trying to say?

Quick says: I ain't trying to say shit. You're in charge of the girls, right?

Vera says: I am in charge of the girls.

Quick says: Are you in charge of the girls?

Vera says: I AM in charge of the girls.

Quick says: OK, The girls are always coming up short. Alright, let's get this shit out in the open. The girls are always coming up short even when the place is packed the girls come up short. Now, either you or them got a problem with their arithmetic.

Vera says: Are you saying I'm stealing?

Bennie Wilson says: The man didn't say you was stealing, Vera. Now, come over here and sit down and shut the fuck up!

Vera says: You shut the fuck up, Bennie. I would tell you to kiss my ass too, but you probably can't find it you blind motherfucker.

Bennie Wilson says: Fuck you, bitch.

Vera says: [Vera turning and looking at Quick] Me and you got to step out back.

Sugar Ray says: Hey, it was just a misunderstanding.

Vera says: [Vera starts taking off her hat] nuh-uh, No it ain't, it ain't no misunderstanding. Quick just accused me of stealing. and if you gonna take up for Quick in here, we can all be some fighting motherfuckers in here this evening. Bring your ass, nigger. Bring it on. Come on. Bring your ass! Come on, get up and come on, motherfucker!

Quick says: All right, bitch, you want to fight? We can fight then, you fat motherfucker, l'm tired of your shit!

Vera says: Just bring your ass!