Who Is Samuel L. Jackson? Everything You Need To Know About The American Actor



On December 21, 1948, Samuel Leroy Jackson, an American actor and producer, was born. As one of the most well-known actors of his generation, he has appeared in over $27 billion in films, making him the third highest-grossing actor of all time. In 2022, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored him as a cultural icon whose dynamic work has resonated across genres, decades, and audiences worldwide.

Early Years

Samuel Jackson was born on December 21, 1948, in Washington, D.C., and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, under the strict supervision of his grandmother. Elizabeth, his mother, joined them when he was ten years old. Jackson’s early interest in movies stemmed from his frequent attendance at the neighborhood theater, where he was exposed to the complex themes surrounding the representation of black people in media. In a scene cut from Band of Angels for the black audience in Chattanooga, Sidney Poitier strikes a white lady.

Samuel Jackson’s early memories stayed with him when he enrolled at Atlanta’s historically Black Morehouse College and became more involved in the Black Power movement. In 1969, during his junior year, he protested the lack of black members on the board of trustees by imprisoning several board members for two days. As a result, he was expelled from the institution.

In the same year, Jackson discovered a new source of inspiration while attending a performance by the Negro Ensemble Company. Jackson attended Morehouse College to study acting after working as a social worker in Los Angeles for two years. In 1972, he received his acting degree.


Samuel Jackson made his theatrical debut in 1980 at The Public Theatre’s production of Mother Courage and Her Children. He performed off-Broadway in A Soldier’s Story as Private Louis Henderson from 1981 to 1983. In 1987, at the Yale Repertory Theatre, he also created the part of Boy Willie in August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson.

In the Broadway revival of the play in 2022, he made a second appearance as Doaker Charles. Jackson’s early film performances include Coming to America (1988), Goodfellas (1990), Patriot Games (1992), Juice (1992), True Romance (1993), Jurassic Park (1993), Menace II Society (1993), and Fresh (1994). With movies like School Daze (1988), Do the Right Thing (1989), Mo’ Better Blues (1990), Jungle Fever (1991), Oldboy (2013), and Chi-Raq, his collaborations with Spike Lee helped him gain further fame (2015).

Jackson’s breakthrough performance came in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction (1994), for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and won a BAFTA Award. He worked with Tarantino again, appearing in The Hateful Eight (2012), Django Unchained (2012), and Jackie Brown (1997). (2015). He is well-known for having starred in several high-profile motion pictures, such as Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), A Time to Kill (1996), The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996), The Negotiator (1997), Deep Blue Sea (1999), Unbreakable (2000), Shaft (2000) and its reboot (2019), XXX (2002), S.W.A.T. (2003), Coach Carter (2005), Snakes on a Plane (2006), Kingsman: The Secret (2019).

In the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999–2005), he achieved fame as the Jedi Mace Windu. He then voiced the character in the animated movie Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) and the computer game Lego Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2011). His visage was utilized for the Ultimate version of the Marvel Comics character Nick Fury with his consent; he subsequently portrayed Fury in 11 MCU movies starting with a cameo in Iron Man (2008) and guest-starring in the TV show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. In the forthcoming Disney+ series Secret Invasion, which is scheduled to debut in early 2023, he will reprise this role. Jackson has lent his voice to many animated features, documentaries, TV shows, and video games, including the roles of Lucius Best and Frozone in the Pixar movies The Incredibles (2004) and Incredibles 2. (2018).

He is well-known for his many voiceover parts, including those of Whiplash in Turbo (2013), Afro Samurai’s titular character in the anime series, and Frank Tenpenny in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004). He also provided the narration for the famous film I Am Not Your Negro (2016). Jackson made appearances in several television episodes, video games, music videos, and audiobooks in addition to movies. Samuel Jackson has a minor role in the Public Enemy song “911 Is a Joke” music video. Samuel Jackson provided the voices for a variety of TV characters, including the title character in the anime series Afro Samurai and Gin Rummy, a recurrent character in multiple episodes of the cartoon comedy The Boondocks.

He appeared in the Ghostwriter pilot. He appeared in an episode of the BBC/HBO comedy Extras as a guest star. In the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, he provided the voice for Officer Frank Tenpenny, the major antagonist. Jackson has presided over many award ceremonies. He has presided over the ESPYs (1999, 2001, 2002, and 2009), the MTV Movie Awards (1998), and the Spike TV Video Game Awards (2005, 2006, 2007, and 2012). He performed the role of God for The Bible Experience, the New Testament audiobook edition of the Bible, in November 2006. Producers decided to give him the starring role because they thought his authoritative, deep voice would match the part the best. He also recorded the Go the Fuck to Sleep audiobook for Audible.com. Jackson played Rev. Sultan in the Falcons’ “Rise Up” ad for the 2010 Atlanta Falcons season.

He also made an appearance in the Capital One credit card cash-back advertisements. Jackson also made an appearance as Nick Fury in a Sky UK internet service advertisement for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He also portrayed Nick Fury in a Marvel Snap video game commercial. I Can’t Breathe, which were Eric Garner’s last words, was a song advocating social justice that Jackson, KRS-One, Sticky Fingaz, Mad Lion, and Talib Kweli released.

Personal Life

Jackson and Richardson were married in 1980, and they now call California home. Together, they have a daughter called Zoe.


Year Title

  • 2023: The Marvels
  • 2022: Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank
  • 2021: Spiral: From the Book of Saw
  • 2021: The Protégé
  • 2021: Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
  • 2020: The Banker
  • 2019: Glass
  • 2019: The Last Full Measure
  • 2019: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
  • 2019: Spider-Man: Far From Home
  • 2019: Shaft
  • 2019: QT8: The First Eight
  • 2019: Captain Marvel
  • 2019: Avengers: Endgame
  • 2018: Avengers: Infinity War
  • 2018: Life Itself
  • 2018: Incredibles 2
  • 2017: XXX: Return of Xander Cage
  • 2017: Unicorn Store
  • 2017: The Hitman’s Bodyguard
  • 2017: Kong: Skull Island
  • 2016: Cell
  • 2016: The Legend of Tarzan
  • 2016: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • 2016: I Am Not Your Negro
  • 2016: Eating You Alive
  • 2015: Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • 2015: The Hateful Eight
  • 2015: Chi-Raq
  • 2015: Barely Lethal
  • 2015: Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • 2014: Reasonable Doubt
  • 2014: RoboCop
  • 2014: Kite
  • 2014: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • 2014: Big Game
  • 2013: Turbo
  • 2013: Oldboy
  • 2012: The Samaritan
  • 2012: Zambezia
  • 2012: The Avengers
  • 2012: Meeting Evil
  • 2012: Django Unchained
  • 2011: African Cats
  • 2011: Thor
  • 2011: Captain America: The First Avenger
  • 2011: Arena
  • 2010: Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey
  • 2010: Unthinkable
  • 2010: The Other Guys
  • 2010: Iron Man 2
  • 2009: Astro Boy
  • 2009: Mother and Child
  • 2009: Inglourious Basterds
  • 2008: Jumper
  • 2008: The Spirit
  • 2008: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • 2008: Soul Men
  • 2008: Lakeview Terrace
  • 2008: Iron Man
  • 2008: Gospel Hill
  • 2007: Farce of the Penguins
  • 2007: Resurrecting the Champ
  • 2007: Cleaner
  • 2007: 1408
  • 2006: Freedomland
  • 2006: Snakes on a Plane
  • 2006: Home of the Brave
  • 2006: Black Snake Moan
  • 2005 Coach Carter
  • 2005: XXX: State of the Union
  • 2005: The Man
  • 2005: Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
  • 2004: Twisted
  • 2004: Unforgivable Blackness
  • 2004: The Incredibles
  • 2004: Kill Bill: Volume 2
  • 2004: In My Country
  • 2003: Basic
  • 2003: S.W.A.T.
  • 2002: Changing Lanes
  • 2002: XXX
  • 2002: Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones
  • 2002: No Good Deed
  • 2001: The Caveman’s Valentine
  • 2001: The 51st State
  • 2000: Rules of Engagement
  • 2000: Unbreakable
  • 2000: Shaft
  • 1999 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
  • 1999: Deep Blue Sea
  • 1998: Sphere
  • 1998: The Red Violin
  • 1998: The Negotiator
  • 1998: Out of Sight
  • 1997: One Eight Seven
  • 1997: Jackie Brown
  • 1997: Eve’s Bayou
  • 1996: The Great White Hype
  • 1996: Trees Lounge
  • 1996: The Long Kiss Goodnight
  • 1996: Hard Eight
  • 1996: A Time to Kill
  • 1995: Kiss of Death
  • 1995: Losing Isaiah
  • 1995: Fluke
  • 1995: Die Hard with a Vengeance
  • 1994: Fresh
  • 1994: The Search for One-eye Jimmy
  • 1994: The New Age
  • 1994: Pulp Fiction
  • 1994: Hail Caesar
  • 1994: Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker
  • 1993: Menace II Society
  • 1993: True Romance
  • 1993: Loaded Weapon 1
  • 1993: Jurassic Park
  • 1993: Amos & Andrew
  • 1992: Juice
  • 1992: White Sands
  • 1992: Patriot Games
  • 1992: Fathers & Sons
  • 1991: Strictly Business
  • 1991: Jungle Fever
  • 1991: Jumpin’ at the Boneyard
  • 1991: Johnny Suede
  • 1990: Def by Temptation
  • 1990: The Return of Superfly
  • 1990: The Exorcist III
  • 1990: Mo’ Better Blues
  • 1990: Goodfellas
  • 1990: Betsy’s Wedding
  • 1990: A Shock to the System
  • 1989: Do the Right Thing
  • 1989: Sea of Love
  • 1988: Coming to America
  • 1988: School Daze
  • 1987: Eddie Murphy Raw
  • 1981: Ragtime
  • 1972: Together for Days

Honors and Awards

Samuel Jackson has won several accolades during his career for his on-screen talents. He won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor at the 44th Cannes Film Festival for his work in Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever (1991). For his work in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, he won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead as well as the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (1994).

For his performance, he was nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. He won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 48th Berlin International Film Festival for his major role in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown (1997).

According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Samuel Jackson is “a cultural icon whose dynamic work has resonated across genres, decades, and audiences worldwide.” In 2021, Jackson will receive one of the Academy Honorary Awards. Jackson received his Oscar from a friend and performer, Denzel Washington, at the 12th Annual Governors Awards.

Net Worth

Samuel Jackson has a $250 million net worth, according to Celebrity Net Worth, and his films have earned more than $16.7 billion at box offices worldwide (excluding cameo appearances). For each leading role in a big show, the actor is paid $10 million to $20 million.


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