Famous as :Actor
Birth Name :Eric Morlon Bishop
Birth Date :December 13, 1967
Birth Place :Terrell, Texas, USA
Claim to fame :As Willie Beamen in "Any Given Sunday" (1999)
Is the 4th Hollywood's Hunk according to the 'Guy Candy' list compiled by TV show Access Hollywood in March 2007.
Listed in Time magazine's Most Influential People list along with president George W. Bush and lifestyle guru Martha Stewart (April 2005).
Chosen the 2nd Best Dressed Man of 2006 in a poll conducted by US news show Access Hollywood to find Hollywood's most elegant man.
Won the Top Male R&B/Hip-Hop Artist award at the 2006 R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, held September 8th in Atlanta.
Together with Beyonce Knowles, his co-star in "Dreamgirls", graced the cover of "Fashion Rocks", a new style/music magazine hitting stores August 1st, 2006.
Shared with Kanye West the Duet/Collaboration and Video of the Year awards for their duet on "Gold Digger" at the 6th annual BET Awards held June 27th, 2006.
Has been honored a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame June 23rd, 2006.
Was honored with the Quincy Jones Lifetime Achievement Award at the 20th Annual Soul Train Music Awards.
Named the Best Musical Artist at the 37th NAACP Image Awards.
Was the nominee of both the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting and Leading Role categories at the 2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards. He won the latter one through his role in "Ray" (2004).
Has been nominated twice in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture at the NAACP Image Awards held in 2002 and 2005. He won the former one for his role in "Ali" (2001).
Won five out of six Black Reel Awards nominations he earned each in 2000, 2002, 2004, and three in 2005. He lost in the former event.
Was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category at NAACP Image Awards for four consecutive years that were from 1998-2001 through "The Jamie Foxx Show" (1996-2001). He earned the title in 1998.
Took the producer seat in "Damage Control" (2007) which he also starred in.
Was accompanied by his daughter, Corinne, when attending the Academy Awards ceremony in 2005.
Won the Performance in a Feature Film category at the 2005 Prism Awards for his role in "Ray" (2004).
Was included in People Magazine's list of 50 Most Beautiful People in 2005.
Also got nominated for the category of Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries at Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2005.
Was the Golden Satellite Award nominee for two categories of Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Drama and Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television.
Secured a nomination in the Best Male Lead category at Independent Spirit Awards in 2005 for his role in "Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story" (2004).
Was invited to join AMPAS by 2005.
Won the category of Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special at the 2005 NAACP Image Awards for his role in "Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story" (2004).
Obtained a Grace Award for being the Most Inspiring Television Acting at MovieGuide Awards by the year 2005 through his role in "Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story" (2004).
His winning at the 2005 Academy Awards along with Morgan Freeman's triumph was the second time two African-Americans obtained Oscars in the same year.
Received the Best Supporting Actor nomination at BFCA Awards and OFCS Awards in 2005 through his role in "Collateral" (2004).
Obtained a Golden Satellite Award at the 2005 Satellite Awards for the category of Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical through his role in "Ray" (2004).
Was mentioned as the Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture at NAACP Image Awards and Actor of the Year at Critics Circle Film Awards, both in 2005.
Got nominated for both categories of Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role and in a Supporting Role at the 2005 BAFTA Awards. He won the former one.
Was named Celebrity of Hidden Talent at the 2005 Kids' Choice Awards.
Was the nominee of Best Male Performance at MTV Movie Awards also Choice Movie Actor: Drama at Teen Choice Awards, both held in 2005.
Is the first African-American actor and the second male after Al Pacino to be granted two Oscar nominations in the same year for two different movies when he got the honors in 2005.
Performed Ray Charles' song of "Georgia on My Mind" along with Alicia Keys at the 2005 Grammy Awards as a tribute to the late singer.
Has been one of the ten movie stars to receive both Supporting and Lead Acting nominations at Academy Awards in the same year for two different films when the nominees were announced on January 25, 2005.
Was honored a Phoenix Film Critics Award in 2004 for winning the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role category through his role in "Ray" (2004).
Received one NBR Award from National Board of Review in 2004 and a Sierra Award at Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards in 2005, both for the category of Best Actor through his role in "Ray" (2004).
Gained the title of Best Actor at the 2004 BSFC Awards, FFCC Awards, Seattle Film Critics Awards, and SEFCA Awards also at the 2005 BCFA Awards, KCFCC Awards, NSFC Awards, OFCS Awards, and VFCC Awards for his role in "Ray" (2004).
Dropped his weight over 30 lbs and wore prosthetic eyelids to make a convincing portrayal of Ray Charles in "Ray" (2004).
Received two years probation and a $1500 fine in 2004 after pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor act in a casino that happened in April 2003.
Got the nomination of Favorite Supporting Actor - Drama at Blockbuster Entertainment Awards and of Breakthrough Male Performance at MTV Movie Awards, both in 2000, through his role in "Any Given Sunday" (1999).
Became the first man of the millennium to host "Saturday Night Live" (1975) when he appeared on the show by January 8, 2000.
Had to quit the cast of "The Wood" (1999) when he earned the role of Willie Beamen in "Any Given Sunday" (1999).
Joined an audition for a role in "Jerry Maguire" (1996), but it later went to Cuba Gooding Jr..
Has been the first person to score a number-one chart hit, which was "Gold Digger" sung with Kanye West, and to win an Oscar for Best Actor category in the same year.
Is a big fan of Miami Heat.
His cousin, Michael Bishop, is a football player for the Arena Football League's Grand Rapids Rampage after he played as Kansas State University's quarterback in the mid '90s.
Has become the sixth thespian to be nominated at Academy Awards for portraying a pianist.
Often conducted imitations of the late former U.S. president, Ronald Reagan, during his job as a stand-up comedian.
Idolizes three figures: Richard Pryor in comedy, Denzel Washington in acting, and Steve Hardin in music.
His top five favorite songs are Lionel Richie's "Lady", Heatwave's "Always and Forever", Diddy's "It's All About the Benjamins", Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing", and Prince's "Do Me, Baby."
Was a football quarterback during his high school years.