Samuel L. Jackson Biography

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Born: December 21, 1948

SAMUEL L. JACKSON

Date of Birth: December 21, 1948

Raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Samuel L. Jackson was accepted at Atlanta's Morehouse College as an architecture student. Following a speech therapist's advice for his stutter, he auditioned for a college musical. Upon landing a part, he discovered he enjoyed performing enough to pursue further acting gigs, and eventually switched his major to drama. After graduating from college in 1972, he moved to New York to ply his craft in more serious projects.

Attracting the eye of a young, hungry director named Spike Lee during a 1981 stage performance of A Soldier's Story, he would eventually play Wesley Snipes' crack-addicted brother in Lee's Jungle Fever (1991). His brief performance was so authentic that the Cannes Film Festival jury created an award in his honor, Best Supporting Actor—a category it had never respected in the past. It was when Quentin Tarantino picked Jackson from the ranks of the semi-obscure and cast him in Pulp Fiction in 1994 that his role as a Bible-thumping hit man earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor and some long-deserved acclaim.

By 1996, Jackson had his first taste of movie star status with the summer blockbuster A Time To Kill. The next year brought a mixed bag of supporting and starring roles, including Eve's Bayou, Hard Eight and the eagerly anticipated Jackie Brown. His roles continue to grow more varied and interesting: 1999 saw him as Jedi Master Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequel The Phantom Menace, and reprised the role in two more films. He has also played leading roles in other films such as S.W.A.T. (2003), Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004) and Coach Carter (2005). His role as Colonel Nick Fury in the 2010 film Iron Man 2 led to him having the opportunity to reprise the character in other comic book films, like Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and The Avengers (2012). He also starred in the thriller The Samaritan (2012) as a man released after spending 25 years in prison and played Nick Fury in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) alongside Chris Evans. In 2015, he reprised his role as Nick Fury in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and played a bounty hunter in The Hateful Eight (2015).

The legendary actor can most recently be seen in the thriller Cell (2016) alongside John Cusack, the epic reboot The Legend of Tarzan (2016) alongside Alexander SkarsgÄrd and Margot Robbie, and the fantasy adaptation Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) opposite Eva Green.

Samuel resides in Encino, California with his wife of many years, LaTanya Richardson, and their daughter, Zoe.

Filmography:

Avengers: Infinity War(2018)
Kong: Skull Island(2017)
Blazing Samurai (2017)
The Blob (2017)
The Hitman's Bodyguard(2017)
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children(2016)
The Legend of Tarzan(2016)
Cell(2016)
The Hateful Eight(2015)
Avengers: Age of Ultron(2015)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier(2014)
Reasonable Doubt(2014)
RoboCop(2014)
Turbo(2013)
Django Unchained(2012)
The Avengers(2012)
Meeting Evil(2012)
The Samaritan(2012)
Captain America: The First Avenger(2011)
Thor (2011) (uncredited)
The Other Guys(2010)
Unthinkable(2010)
Iron Man 2(2010)
Astro Boy (2009) (voice)
Mother and Child(2009)
Inglourious Basterds (2009) (Narrator, uncredited)
The Spirit(2008)
Soul Men(2008)
Gospel Hill(2008)
Lakeview Terrace(2008)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) (voice)
Iron Man (2008) (uncredited)
Jumper(2008)
Cleaner(2007)
1408(2007)
Resurrecting the Champ(2007)
Home of the Brave(2006)
Black Snake Moan(2006)
Snakes on a Plane(2006)
Freedomland(2006)
Farce of the Penguins (2006) (voice)
The Man(2005)
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith(2005)
xXx 2: The Next Level (2005)
Coach Carter(2005)
The Incredibles (2004) (voice)
Kill Bill: Vol. 2(2004)
Twisted(2004)
Country of My Skull (2004)
S.W.A.T.(2003)
Basic(2003)
xXx(2002)
No Good Deed(2002)
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones(2002)
Changing Lanes(2002)
The 51st State (2001)
The Caveman's Valentine(2001)
Unbreakable(2000)
Shaft(2000)
Rules of Engagement(2000)
Deep Blue Sea(1999)
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace(1999)
The Red Violin(1998)
The Negotiator(1998)
Out of Sight(1998)
Sphere (1998)
Jackie Brown(1997)
Eve's Bayou(1997)
One Eight Seven (1997)
The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
A Time to Kill (1996)
Trees Lounge (1996)
The Great White Hype (1996)
Sydney (1996)
Fluke (1995) (voice)
Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995)
Kiss of Death (1995)
Losing Isaiah (1995)
The Search for One-eye Jimmy (1994)
The New Age(1994)
Pulp Fiction(1994)
Hail Caesar (1994)
Fresh(1994)
True Romance(1993)
Jurassic Park(1993)
Menace II Society (1993)
Amos & Andrew (1993)
Loaded Weapon 1 (1993)
Patriot Games(1992)
White Sands (1992)
Juice (1992)
Fathers & Sons(1992)
Jumpin' at the Boneyard (1992)
Strictly Business (1991)
Johnny Suede (1991)
Jungle Fever(1991)
The Return of Superfly (1990)
Goodfellas(1990)
The Exorcist III (1990)
Mo' Better Blues(1990)
Betsy's Wedding (1990)
A Shock to the System (1990)
Def by Temptation (1990)
Sea of Love (1989)
Do the Right Thing(1989)
Coming to America(1988)
School Daze(1988)
Magic Sticks (1987)
Ragtime (1981)
Together for Days (1972)
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