Before They Were Stars: 4-Year Old Naya Rivera on “The Royal Family”

Glee star Naya Rivera has been acting since she was a toddler, with early roles on such sitcoms as Family Matters and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. She got her first major role at the age of four by joining the cast of a short-lived sitcom called The Royal Family…¬†which was short-lived for some very memorable reasons. For starters, the sitcom was abruptly cancelled after its star, Redd Foxx, died of a heart attack. The eerie¬†part is that the original title for the show was Chest Pains. If that wasn’t strange enough, Foxx suffered his fatal heart attack on the set during rehearsal… but since he had played a famous character on Sanford and Son who was notorious for faking heart attacks, everyone thought Foxx was just kidding around!

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