Redd Foxx Net Worth

August 22, 2023
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Jon Elroy Sanford was born on the 9th December 1922, in St. Louis, Missouri USA, and died on the 11th October 1991 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He was a comedian and actor known under the stage name Redd Foxx. He is usually remembered for his lead role in the television series “Sanford and Son” which helped him to become well known personality in the pop culture. Redd Foxx had been accumulating his net worth being active in the entertainment industry from 1935 to 1991.

How much was the net worth of Redd Foxx? At the time of his death, sources have estimated that it was -$3.5 million, as he owed such a sum in the form of taxes.


Redd Foxx Net Worth -$3.5 Million


To begin with, Jon actually grew up in Chicago, Illinois, USA. His father, an electrician, left the family when Foxx was just four years old, so his mother, who was from Seminole descent, took care of her son. He studied at Du Sable High School although did not graduate from the above mentioned school. He moved to New York City in the early 1940s and became an associate of Malcolm X. Redd Foxx earned his nickname because of his red hair and his complexion, with his stage surname taken in honour of the baseball star Jimmie Foxx.

Foxx initially achieved fame for his performances in nightclubs; his humorous solo numbers were later edited into albums, becoming very popular as a result, and adding significant sums to the total size of Redd Foxx’s net worth. The popularity of Foxx rose after he landed a role in the sitcom “Sanford and Son” (1972–1977) aired on NBC. Foxx was also remembered for his fights with producers Bud Yorkin and Norman Lear to gain greater control of the show, as well as a higher salary.

In 1977 Foxx left “Sanford and Son” after six successful seasons (the show was cancelled after his departure) to act on a variety show that was short-lived, “The Redd Foxx Comedy Hour” (1977–1978). Later, Foxx appeared in the spin-off of the “Sanford and Son” series called “Sanford” (1980–1981). However, the series couldn’t repeat the success of the original. Later, he starred in “The Redd Foxx Show” (1986) which was followed by the series “The Royal Family” (1991), on which he worked with his friend Della Reese. This assisted his net worth somewhat too.

Unfortunately, the actor suffered an acute heart attack and died on the set, located in Los Angeles, California, at the comparatively early age of 68. He was buried in the Cemetery Palm Valley View Memorial Park in Las Vegas, Nevada. After his death, Foxx received a star on the Walk of Fame in St. Louis on the 17th May 1992.

Finally, in the personal life of the actor, he was married four times. Foxx married Evelyn Killebrew in 1948, but they divorced in 1951. From 1956 to 1975, he was married to Betty Jean Harris. His third wife was Yun Chi Chung with whom Redd Foxx lived from 1976 to 1981. From 1991, he was married to Ka Ho Cho, who lived with the famous comedian until his death.

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