Jeff Foxworthy was born on the 6th of September 1958. Gifted with an array of talents, he has excelled as an author, stand-up comedian, actor, television, and radio personality.
Jeff was born in Atlanta Georgia and is the first child of IBM executive Jimmy Abstance Foxworthy Carole Linda Camp Foxworthy. He comes from English descent and his roots extend to the countrysides of Essex. Jeff Foxworthy was raised in a typical Baptist home and recalls accepting Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at age seven but was cautioned by his mother who wanted him to grow up and properly understand the meaning of what he wanted to do. But after persuasion from Jeff and a visit from his Pastor, Jeff was accompanied by his mother to the church. Even though he was a complaint Christian, Jeff had a problem living by what he considered the “strict rules” often imposed by the church.
Jeff attended the Hapeville High School and after graduating he enrolled at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Upon graduation from Georgia Tech, he worked for the next five years alongside his father at IBM in the mainframe computer maintenance unit.
Dating back to his days in High School, Jeff always had a reputation for his southern brand of humor and was often the joker in class. According to Jeff, it was his coworkers at IBM who urged and prodded him to chase his dream as a stand-up comedian by entering and winning the Great Southeastern Laugh-off at Atlanta’s Punchline Comedy club in 1984.
This win was the springboard which his career needed. He released his first and probably best comedy album in 1993 You Might Be a Rednek. It was subsequent releases in 1995 that earned him a Grammy nomination for the Best Spoken Comedy Album. While his Television debut came when he appeared in the Jeff Foxworthy Show in 1995 which was a sitcom which mirrored his stand-up comedy personality.
His career dwindled a bit in the late 90’s but he made a resurgence in the early 2000’s as a result of his Blue Comedy Tour. The Blue Comedy tour was an off shot of the comedy troupe he formed alongside fellow comedians Bill Engvall, Ron White, and Larry the Cable Guy. They toured from Nebraska all the way to Washington DC, over a period of six years.
Foxworthy has authored books including You Might Be a Redneck If… in 1989, his autobiography No Shirt, No Shoes, and No problem which was released in 1996. He is known to be an avid lover of hunting, a passion he developed as a teen hunting with his father at his farm property in Georgia.
Jeff has been the host of the famous quiz show Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader which has been on since 2007. Foxworthy has through the course of his career released six comedy albums and he is acknowledged as the best-selling comedy recording artist of all time. And to lay more emphasis, Foxworthy in 2001 received an award for Best Spoken Comedy Album at the 43rd Annual Grammy’s.
Family, Wife, Daughter
Jeff Foxworthy met his future wife Pamela Greggin in his hometown of Atlanta at the Punchline and the couple tied the knot on the 18th of September 1985. Jeff and Pamela have been blessed with two kids, both girls; Jordan Foxworthy and Julianna Foxworthy. Foxworthy has a sister Jennifer Foxworthy and a brother Jay Foxworthy.
His paternal grandfather is James Marvin Camp. In 2010, the Foxworthy family was thrown into mourning when Jeff lost his first daughter Jordan who just gained admission to College. Jeff has come out to shed light on how depressed the loss of his daughter left him, according to him, he had to rely on comfort from God to get out of mourning.
Jeff Foxworthy Net Worth
For Jeff Foxworthy, having diversified streams of income has always been a bonus, his You Might Be a Redneck If… sold four million copies and peaked at number three on the country album charts in 1995. It still remains the biggest-selling comedy album of all time. His next album, Games Rednecks Play went to number two on the country music charts, selling over two million copies. His net worth currently stands at $100 million
Quick Facts About Jeff Foxworthy
1. Every Tuesday for the past 25 years, Jeff Foxworthy gathers homeless, less privileged folks for Bible Study around his neighborhood. A group that started as 15 has swelled in attendance to more than 100.
2. Jeff, A conservative, endorsed Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential elections.
3. He co-produced and hosted a bible game show The American Bible Challenge.