Jamie Foxx (Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)As the two "x" letters in his last name seem to confess, "Jamie Foxx" is in fact a stage name.
The Oscar winner, and star of Quentin Tarantino's latest violence-filled confection "Django Unchained" -- about a southern slave in 1800s America who transforms into an assassin -- was born Eric Marlon Bishop.
Raised in Terrell, Texas, by his mother's adopted parents, Foxx was not close with his birth parents. And the Texas town was racially segregated. Foxx was raised a Baptist and was a choir leader at his local church as a teen. At that time, Foxx was also playing gigs as a pianist.
While the performance bug bit him in his teen years, he was then still going by "Eric." In high school he was a top student as well as an avid football player with dreams of playing for the Dallas Cowboys. In college, he studied classical music and composition.
It wasn't until he started doing comedy -- at the prompting of a former girlfriend -- that he considered changing his name. And the reason he did it is sort of hilarious: He wanted to be mistaken for a woman.Read More »from Why Jamie Foxx changed his name