Samuel L. Jackson is an American actor and film producer.
Jackson has won critical acclaim and numerous accolades and awards, and is the highest-grossing actor of all time.
Samuel L. Jackson is an American producer and highly prolific actor, having appeared in over 100 films, including Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995), Unbreakable (2000), Shaft (2000), The 51st State (2001), Black Snake Moan (2006), Snakes on a Plane (2006), and the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999-2005), as well as the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- Born: 21 December 1948 Washington, D.C., United States
- Full name: Samuel Leroy Jackson
- Height: 1.89 m
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Jackson was born on December 21, 1948, in Washington, D.C., and was raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, under his grandmother’s strict guidance.
His mother, Elizabeth, joined them when he was 10. An early film enthusiast, Jackson frequently saw films at the local theatre and gained exposure to the complicated messages surrounding the black presence on screen.
Versions of Band of Angels were edited for the black audience in Chattanooga, omitting a scene in which Sidney Poitier slaps a white woman.
Jackson’s early memories remained with him when he entered the historically black Morehouse College in Atlanta and became increasingly involved in the black-power movement.
In 1969, during his junior year, he protested the absence of blacks on the board of trustees by locking several board members in a building for two days and was promptly expelled from the college.
That same year, Jackson watched a performance by the Negro Ensemble Company and gained a new inspiration — acting.
After working as a social worker for two years in Los Angeles. In 1972, he returned to Atlanta’s Morehouse College, where he was co-founder of Atlanta’s black-oriented Just Us Theater (the name of the company was taken from a famous Richard Pryor routine).
In the eighties, he became well-known after three movies made by Spike Lee: Do the Right Thing (1989), Mo’ Better Blues (1990) and Jungle Fever (1991).
He achieved prominence and critical acclaim in the early 1990s with films such as Patriot Games (1992), Amos & Andrew (1993), True Romance (1993), Jurassic Park (1993), and his collaborations with director Quentin Tarantino, including Pulp Fiction (1994), Jackie Brown (1997), and later Django Unchained (2012).
Going from supporting player to leading man, his performance in Pulp Fiction (1994) gave him an Oscar nomination for his character Jules Winnfield, and he received a Silver Berlin Bear for his part as Ordell Robbi in Jackie Brown (1997).
Jackson usually played bad guys and drug addicts before becoming an action hero, co-starring with Bruce Willis in Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995) and Geena Davis in The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996).
With Jackson’s permission, his likeness was used for the Ultimate version of the Marvel Comics character, Nick Fury.
He later did a cameo as the character in a post-credits scene from Iron Man (2008), and went on to sign a nine-film commitment to reprise this role in future films, including major roles in Iron Man 2 (2010), Avengers Assemble (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and minor roles in Thor (2011) and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).
He has also portrayed the character in the second and final episodes of the first season of the TV show, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013).
He has provided his voice to several animated films, television series and video games, including the roles of Lucius Best / Frozone in Pixar’s film The Incredibles (2004), Mace Windu in Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008), Afro Samurai in the anime television series Afro Samurai (2007), and Frank Tenpenny in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004).