Rick Fox is one of the multi-talented men in showbiz. He is a television and film actor who has graced the silver screens for over a decade. Also, he is a retired basketball player who played for Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers. He has achieved laudable success over the years and one of the prominent ones happens to be that of the ownership of the premier Esports franchise “Echo Fox.”
Rick Fox (real name Ulrich Alexander) is a Canadian-Bahamian who was born in Toronto, Canada on the 24th of July 1969. He is a former NBA player, actor, businessman and entrepreneur. At a very young age, he moved with his family to the Bahamas, the native home of his father. Over there, he attended the Kingsway Academy High School in Nassau. While in school, he developed an interest in sports. He thus joined the school’s basketball team “The Saints” where he honed his skills.
In Warsaw Indiana, Fox also played high school basketball and was projected to have a very impressive senior season just in a space of two years. In 1986, however, he had eligibility issues as the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) ruled on his case stating that his eligibility as a high school student had expired (due to completing eight semesters between the Bahamas and Indiana). As a result of this, he was blacklisted from playing any further IHSAA games. Regardless of the setback of not playing his senior season, he was voted onto the Indiana All-Star team in 1987.
The highlight of his early career was experienced when he went on to play for the University of North Carolina where he led the “Tar Heels” to the NCAA Final in 1991.
Venture Into Acting
In the University of North Carolina, Fox earned a degree in Radio, Television and Motion Pictures. In 1994, he landed a role in a film called Blue Chips where he starred as a member of the Texas Western basketball team. He subsequently featured alongside veteran actress Whoopi Goldberg in the 1996 film Eddie, where he played the role of a slumping basketball payer who receives help from a fan. In 1998, he featured as a ladies man in He Got Game, a film directed by Spike Lee.
His major acting break came in late 1997 when he received his biggest role playing a prison inmate, Jackson Vahue on the HBO prison drama Oz. He played a very successful basketball player who was imprisoned based on sexual assault charges. The series aired between 1997-2003, with Fox appearing in 11 episodes. Till date, he has featured in a lot of prominent series and movies which has increased his popularity as well as his fan base.
Business And Investments
Fox has kept it steady throughout his career. He learned to plan ahead for the future while he had the opportunity as he has previously witnessed great athletes and successful celebrities who went broke as a result of poor management of their finances. He is thus currently a partner at Vision Venture Partners, where he spearheaded the private equity move into professional sports. The firm provides strategic guidance, creative direction and business development support to each of VVP’s portfolio companies. Also, he owns the premier esports franchise “Echo Fox.”
Rick Fox’ Parents And Sister
The sports gene definitely runs through Rick’s family as his mother Dianne Gerace was a sportswoman who competed as an Olympic high jumper and a women’s pentathlete. She is Canadian of Italian and Scottish descent while Rick’s father, Ulrich Fox, is of Bahamian descent.
He has an only sister named Jeanene who is pretty famous herself. She is a model and an actress who currently resides in the U.S. She was only 15 years of age when she undertook a career in modeling. A number of successful catwalk appearances in Europe and Canada facilitated her move to the U.S where she signed up with the Elite Model Management agency, in Los Angeles.
In terms of acting roles, she has featured in a number of US television series and movies including Ugly Betty, and Big Momma’s House 2.
Family – Wife and Kids
So far, Rick Fox has been married just once. Though he has been in previous relationships in the past, he never tied the knot with any of the ladies he dated. However, his relationship with popular actress/singer Vanessa William went as far as the altar. Having dated for months, they decide to first elope together to the Caribbean during the summer of 1999. After the stint, the pair came back to the United States where they had another wedding ceremony open to their friends and family. This ceremony took place in New York City in the September of 1999. The next year, they had an adorable daughter in the May of 2000.
Unfortunately for them, their union didn’t last long as Fox filed for a divorce from Williams in August 2004. Notwithstanding, their split was done amicably such that they were able to work together several years later on the television show Ugly Betty.
Rick Fox’ Girlfriend
It’s an open secret that Fox has dated a good number of women in the past. The very first we came to know of is his relationship with Kari Hillsman, a woman he dated while playing for the Boston Celtics. They had a son Kyle in 1993.
In 2007 he started a relationship with Eliza Dushku a breakout star popularly known for her role as Faith in the Buffy The Vampire Slayer spinoff Angel. They initially couldn’t get enough of each other. They were spotted together at events, basketball games and even interviews Fox was running. Nevertheless, in 2014, their relationship ended just like his previous ones. Right now, he hasn’t confirmed any serious relationship that he is in. We will definitely keep our eyes open for the next one.
Body Features, Height and Weight
The body statistics of Rick Fox is detailed as follows:
Height: 6 ft 7 in (201 cm);
Weight: 104 kg (230 lb)
Eye Color: Dark brown;
Hair Colour: Dark brown.