Sanford and Son Was Even More Interesting Behind The Scenes

The Camera Added 10 Years for Redd Foxx

The Camera Added 10 Years for Redd Foxx
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When Redd Foxx started playing the cantankerous character Fred Sanford, he was just 49 years old. The actor donned makeup to make himself play the part of his 65-year-old character. Much to the chagrin of Foxx, many people thought he was his character’s age in real life.

In addition to getting into character with makeup, Foxx also gave his Fred Sanford his distinctive walk using an unusual method. The actor wore weighted shoes to achieve his off-kilter shuffle-waddle. It’s hard to believe Foxx wasn’t a card-carrying AARP member while on the show, but pictures from off the set at the same time show a much younger man.