Actor Keith Jefferson, known for his roles in “Django Unchained,” “The Hateful Eight” and “Day Shift,” has died, friend and frequent collaborator Jamie Foxx has confirmed.
On Thursday, Foxx, 55, paid tribute to the actor on Instagram while reflecting on the pair’s decades-long friendship. Fox said he and Jefferson met in college.
Jefferson has also appeared in several projects starring Fox, including his eponymous Warner Bros. comedy The Jamie Foxx Show, Django Unchained, Day Shift, and Fox’s Netflix series Dad It embarrasses me! ” The TV series “The Burial” starring Tommy Lee Jones premiered on Amazon Prime Video on October 13.
Jefferson acknowledged Foxx as a source of support during his battle with cancer in an Aug. 9 Instagram post. “I have a loving family and the best friends in the world,” Jefferson wrote. “From my mom to J Foxx and everyone in between. I love you with all my heart.”
“This hurts,” a grieving Fox wrote on the social media site Thursday. “Keith, you have been an absolute grace throughout your life, your heart is pure, your love is immeasurable, and you are an amazing soul. We will all miss you deeply. This will take a long time Time heals. Goodbye, my friend. I love you.”
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Fox soon followed up with another post honoring the actor. “Everything is so painful right now,” Fox wrote in a photo of the two embracing on the steps of an airplane. “It’s hard to look through these photos and relive the great times we had. We will miss you. You will be missed man.” of…
“You have been an incredible soul since we met in college,” Fox added. “God rest in peace, never thought I would see words spoken about my friend RIP… gay think.”
Following 2012’s “Django Unchained,” Jefferson starred in two more Tarantino films: “The Hateful Eight” (2015) and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (2019). Last year, Jefferson appeared in the Fox executive-produced TV movie “Family Christmas Wedding.”
IMDb lists “Funeral” as one of Jefferson’s final acting roles, and he seemed incredibly excited about it. Sharing the trailer on Instagram on September 7, Jefferson wrote: “The movie is finally here and I’m so lucky to be making it with an incredible cast.” “Fox, Tommy Lee Jones and all A stellar cast and my biggest role to date. “
Jefferson shared his insights into his inspiration for the show while paying tribute to Angela Lansbury, who died last October. In 2001, the two collaborated on the TV movie “Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free.”
“I always say Danny Glover (sic) was the one who got me interested in film acting, and Angela Lansbury was the one who got me interested in theater at a very young age, I saw her performance as Mrs. Lovett in ‘Sweeney Todd’ on Broadway at the time,” Jefferson wrote on Instagram. “A true triple threat who will go down as one of the greatest entertainers of all time. Thank you and I will cherish you forever.”
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