50 Celebrity Real Names that you Never Knew

17 | Eric Marlon Bishop — Jamie Foxx

When he had ambitions of playing for the Dallas Cowboys or becoming a professional pianist, Eric Marlon Bishop had no problem using his given name. It was only when Bishop began to perform at comedy clubs in 1989 that he took on the name Jamie Foxx (after Redd Foxx), hoping to be mistaken for a women. See, at the time, women were often called to the stage ahead of the male comics, and Foxx just didn’t have the patience to wait until a later slot.