Redd Foxx

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Birth Name: John Elroy Sanford

Date of Birth: December 9, 1922

Place of Birth: St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.

Date of Death: October 11, 1991

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: African-American

Redd Foxx was an American stand-up comedian and actor. He was known for starring on the shows Sanford and Son, The Redd Foxx Show, and The Royal Family, and in the films All the Fine Young Cannibals, Cotton Comes to Harlem, Norman… Is That You?, and Harlem Nights. He was known as the “King of the Party Records.”

Redd was the son of Mary Alicia/Alma (Hughes) Carson and Fred/Freddie Sanford. His parents were both African-American. He was married to Kaho Cho, who was from Seoul, until his death. He adopted the daughter of his former wife, showgirl and dancer Betty Jean Harris.

It has been said that his mother was of half Seminole Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this is accurate.

Redd’s paternal grandfather was named Jerry Sanford.

Redd’s paternal grandmother was named Mattie.

Redd’s maternal grandmother was named Helen Underwood.


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9 Responses

  1. ccruz50 says:

    Just add him to the long list of celebrities claiming to be Native American with no proof. If his mother was one half Seminole and he was one fourth Seminole, why didn’t his family enroll him in the tribe when he was born?

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