Redd Foxx

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December 9, 1922 – October 11, 1991

Note to all aspiring comedians: Choose your catchphrases wisely.

Redd Foxx (shockingly, not his real name) was a popular comedian and actor who rose to fame with raunchy, explicit comedy recordings throughout the 1950’s and ’60’s.  But it was his portrayal of Fred Sanford on the NBC sitcom Sanford and Son that earned him his biggest success. The show ran for 5 years and followed the life of junkman, Fred Sanford (shockingly, Foxx’s actual father’s real name,) and, well…his son.  It featured a number of running gags, one of the more popular of which was Sanford often faking a heart attack claiming “This is the big one! I’m coming to join ya, Elizabeth!”  Well, after a number of other film and TV roles that spanned a long career, the “big one” finally got Foxx.  He suffered a heart attack of the set of The Royal Family and died.  No word on whether he and Elizabeth were ever actually reunited.

Burial

Palm Valley View Memorial Park – Las Vegas, NV

Specific Location

Devotion Section, Lawn Space 4091, 311 G; toward the middle of this section to the right of the entrance to the park.

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