Last August 9, the actor announced that he had been diagnosed with cancer. The pain of his friend Jamie Foxx
The American actor Keith Jefferson, who acted for director Quentin Tarantino in ‘Django Unchained’, ‘The Hateful Eight’ and ‘Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood’, died Thursday 5 October at the age of 53. The announcement of his passing was made by his agent, Nicole St. John, to ‘The Hollywood Reporter’.
Last August 9, Jefferson announced on Instagram that he had been diagnosed with cancer. “Every now and then God gives you a challenge and leaves it up to you to solve it – the actor wrote at the time – When I was diagnosed with cancer for the first time I had to stop, take a break and I didn’t want to share it with anyone. with my family nor with extended family. Today I am finally able to share it because my faith is strengthening.”
Born on April 7, 1970 in Houston, Keith Jefferson graduated as a musical theater actor from US International in San Diego and then attended acting courses at the University of Arizona. He got his first big screen role in Herbert Ross’s ‘Speaking of Women’ (1995). He played Pudgy Ralph alongside Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson in ‘Django Unchained’ (2012), then appeared as Charly in ‘The Hateful Eight’ (2015) and as Land Pirate Keith in ‘Once Upon a Time time… in Hollywood’ (2019).
Jamie Foxx paid tribute to the late actor on social media media writing, “This news hurts. Keith, you were just an absolute grace, all your life, your heart is pure, your love is immeasurable, you were an amazing soul. You will be greatly missed by all of us. It will take a long time time to heal. Goodbye, my friend. I love you.”
Foxx and Jefferson, who met in college in San Diego, began working together in the 1990s when Jefferson made an appearance on two episodes of The Jamie Foxx Show. They recently worked on Prime Video’s drama ‘The Burial’ (2023).
Foxx added in another post: “Everything hurts right now, it’s hard to look at these photos and relive the memories of us having a lot of fun… I’ll miss you man, I’ll miss you… since we met in college, you were always an incredible soul, God bless you, I never thought I would have to write these words about my friend, Rip Keith.”
Jefferson has also worked as a producer, voice actor and acting coach. His other television and film credits include ‘Relative Opposites,’ ‘Dad, Don’t Embarrass Me!,’ ‘You Too,’ ‘Bosch: Legacy’ and ‘Day Shift.’ On the stage side, he has had roles in regional and touring theater productions such as ‘Big River,’ ‘Othello,’ ‘Superior Donuts’ and ‘Piano Lesson.’
His agent Nicole St. John stated that Jefferson had several projects in the works and was in the “middle of a project that captured his unique and resonant voice. He couldn’t wait to get back to acting.”