^You Big Dummy lol^
He was also one of the first black comics to play to white audiences on the Las Vegas strip. Foxx used his starring role on Sanford and Son to help get jobs for his friends such as La Wanda Page, Slappy White, Gregory Sierra, and Noriyuki "Pat" Morita. Foxx also battled with producers Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin for higher paychecks and creative control of the show. Writer Alan Rafkin touched on some of Foxx's clashes with Lear and Yorkin in the book Cue the Bunny on the Rainbow. Foxx does not appear in six episodes at the end of the third season, and three at the beginning of the fourth, because of problems with producers. "Fred Sanford's" best friend "Grady", played by Whitman Mayo, took his place.
Foxx appeared ringside at the famous boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Chuck Wepner (the match that inspired actor Sylvester Stallone to write the movie Rocky) near Cleveland, Ohio in 1975. Foxx also served as co-commentator.
So around the time that 'Nick at Nite' began playin all the old re-runs I was becoming more and more of a Redd Foxx fan. Watching him order his TV son Lamont around and calling him a dummy was Hilarious to me. Being a huge fan of comedy already I naturally loved his work. My father was a big fan of the show as well so I guess it just made me like it that much more. Looking back at it I feel that he is one of Histories over looked black comedians, so I figured that blogging about him this month was my way of shedding some light on a man who so often ends up in the shadows in the memories of the average person.