As a star basketball athlete, Fox attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was coached by the legendary Dean Smith. He graduated in 1991 with a B.A in Radio Television and Motion Pictures. He began his pro basketball career when he was drafted into the NBA by the Boston Celtics’ Red Auerbach as a first round pick. Rick was the first rookie to start opening night for the Boston Celtics since Larry Bird. He went on to be the captain and player rep of both the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers while being coached by 11-time champion Phil Jackson and winning three consecutive NBA championships.
Three-time NBA Champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, actor and producer Rick Fox has appeared in a number of film and television projects, sharing the screen with actors ranging from Whoopi Goldberg to Henry Winkler, Angela Bassett and Shia LeBeouf.
Fox’s acting debut came in 1994 in William Friedkin’s “Blue Chips.” Similar roles followed in 1996’s “Eddie” and 1998’s critically acclaimed “He Got Game” (directed by Spike Lee), before Fox’s breakout role on the hit HBO series “Oz.” Since then he has appeared in over a dozen network shows, including “Big Bang Theory”, “Ugly Betty,” “One Tree Hill,” “The Game” and “Dirt.” He also competed on the hit ABC series, Dancing with the Stars.In addition he has appeared in such diverse films as “Resurrection,” “Holes,” “Mini’s First Time” and Tyler Perry’s “Meet The Browns.”
Over the last 17 years he has worked for ABC, ESPN, NBC, CBS, Fox, CW, TNT, TBS, LifeTime, VH1, BET, FX, HBO, Comedy Central, SpikeTV, NBA TV, FoxSports West, Turner Sports, KCAL, Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics.
While Fox continues to strengthen his craft, he’s just as busy behind the camera developing his own film and television projects for his production company, 1744 Entertainment.
Fox is a father of two and currently resides in Los Angeles.