Samuel L Jackson

  • 09 June 2004

Date of birth

21st December, 1948







Samuel L. Jackson (born December 21st, 1948)
Samuel L. Jackson is an American actor who has starred in Quentin Tarantino's 'Pulp Fiction' and is well-known for his role as Nick Fury in several Marvel films.

Net worth: Samuel L. Jackson's net worth is $170 million. (Celebrity Net Worth, 2012)

Childhood: Samuel L. Jackson was born in Washington, D.C. but grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His father was an alcoholic who did not live with the family and his mother, Elizabeth Jackson, worked in a factory. He attended Riverside High School where he learned the French horn and trumpet. He had also developed a stutter which he managed to overcome by frequently using the swear word 'motherfu***r. He began studying marine biology at Morehouse College but changed to performing arts after joining an acting class. His time at Morehouse was disrupted by the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968. Jackson did much campaigning for racial equality and was involved in a hostage situation where he and some of his peers held members of the Morehouse College board of trustees in a bid to get them to reform the school's policies. Though Morehouse subsequently did as requested, Jackson was suspended for two years after landing a criminal record for unlawful confinement. He later returned to complete his education. During his time away from school, he became a social worker in LA. He also got involved with the Black Power movement briefly, but was sent away from them by his mother before he could get involved in anything radical.

Acting career: Jackson started out acting in plays such as 'Home' and 'A Soldier's Play', before appearing in several television films. His first feature film role was in 'Together For Days' playing Stan. Jackson met director Spike Lee in 1981, who would later cast him in his films 'School Daze' and 'Do The Right Thing'. In 1990, he landed a small role in the Martin Scorsese's blockbuster 'Goodfellas'. His first starring role was in 1993's 'National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1' with Emilio Estevez, and that year also saw his appearance in Steven Spielberg's 'Jurassic Park'. Jackson co-starred in Quentin Tarantino's 'Pulp Fiction' alongside John Travolta in 1994. The role, which Tarantino actually wrote for him, significantly boosted Jackson's fame, as the film has gained high commercial and critical acclaim. The role won him a Golden Globe and a BAFTA, as well as an Oscar nomination. He featured in the successful box office films 'A Time Kill' and 'Die Hard: With A Vengeance'. 'A Time To Kill', also starring Matthew McConaughey and Sandra Bullock, earned Jackson a NAACP Image for Best Supporting Actor as well as a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Jackson featured in the Star Wars prequel trilogy as Mace Window. He also starred in the 2000 remake of the 1971 film 'Shaft' alongside Richard Roundtree. In 2002, he starred opposite Vin Diesel in 'xXx' and portrayed a drug dealer in 'The 51st State' with Robert Carlyle. The following year he appeared in the remake of 'S.W.A.T' with Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez and LL Cool J. Jackson's performance in the 2005 sports drama 'Coach Carter' was well received despite the film's mixed reviews. In 2006, he became the seventh African American to be honoured with a hand and footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theater. That year he starred in cult movie 'Snakes on a Plane'. 2009 saw him once again working with Quentin Tarantino on his WWII movie 'Inglourious Basterds'opposite Brad Pitt and Christoph Waltz. Jackson has played the character of Nick Fury in the Marvel movies 'Iron Man 2', 'Thor', 'Captain America: The First Avenger' and 'The Avengers' among others. In 2012, he played a hypocritically racist slave in Quentin Tarantino's gritty action movie 'Django Unchained' opposite Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz.

Personal life: Samuel L. Jackson married actress and sports channel producer LaTanya Richardson in 1980. The two have a daughter Zoe who was born in 1982. Jackson has expressed that he enjoys watching himself in films, stating that when he was in plays he wished he could watch himself onstage while performing. Jackson is a fan of comic books and anime such as 'Ninja Scroll' and 'Black Lagoon'. He also enjoys playing golf and is a fan of basketball. As of 2013, Jackson is vegan for health reasons. Early on in Jackson's career, he suffered from alcoholism and developed a cocaine addiction. He overdosed on heroine a number of times, causing him to give up the drug and pursue cocaine instead. His family entered him into rehab which he completed successfully.

Samuel L. Jackson Teases "The Most Powerful Character" In The Marvel Cinematic Universe

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 18 June 2018

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Samuel L. Jackson has revealed a new Marvel Cinematic Universe character will be "the most powerful" of all.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is one of the most successful movie franchises of all time, and with some new characters set to embark on their own adventures in the coming years, it shows no signs of slowing down. One of the biggest names to join the MCU for 'Phase 4' is Brie Larson, who's taking on the role of Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel. Starring in her own solo film next year, ahead of joining the roster for 'Avengers 4', she's surely going to be the name on everybody's lips when she makes her debut.

Samuel L. Jackson seems excited about Brie Larson joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe

'Captain Marvel' will introduce the female hero and follow the story of how she saves planet Earth when it's caught in the middle of a galactic war between two rival alien races. Lee Pace, Gemma Chan, and Jude Law are amongst the other members of the cast set to star in the film, with Samuel L. Jackson also reprising his role of Nick Fury.

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Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson at the LA premiere of 'Incredibles 2'. The sequel comes fourteen years after the Oscar winning original and stars Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter and Sarah Vowell - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 5th June 2018

Samuel L Jackson at the 2018 CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards, this year held at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. Honorees included Dakota Johnson, Benicio del Toro and Anna Kendrick - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Thursday 26th April 2018

Samuel L. Jackson at the Los Angeles premiere for 'Avengers: Infinity War'. Following 2015's 'Avengers: Age of Ultron', 'Infinity War' is the third film in the series and the nineteenth film in the Marvel film franchise altogether - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 23rd April 2018

Samuel L. Jackson Not Confident 'Black Panther' Will Change Hollywood Diversity

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 08 April 2018

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Samuel L. Jackson says that "everybody loves a hero".

'Black Panther' recently surpassed 'Titanic' to become the third biggest film in American box office history. The Marvel Cinematic Universe flick has been setting the world alight ever since its big screen debut, with critics and wider audiences singing the movie's praises whenever they get the opportunity. Some say this is a major moment for Hollywood and the film industry, because of the cast being primarily made up of people of colour.

Samuel L. Jackson's unsure about Hollywood's future after 'Black Panther'

Chadwick Boseman takes on the titular role, aka T'Challa, starring opposite Michael B. Jordan's villainous Erik Killmonger, and with Ryan Coogler serving as director behind the cameras. With such a diverse team, many believe that it will spawn a whole bunch of other films in a similar vein when it comes to casting. Fellow MCU cast member Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Nick Fury, isn't so sure however.

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Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson at the 4th Annual Hollywood Beauty Awards held at the Avalon. This year's honorees included Britney Spears for Fragrance of the Year, Smokey Robinson with The Gentleman Award and Jane Seymour got the Timeless Beauty Award - Hollywood, California, United States - Monday 26th February 2018

Incredibles 2 Trailer

Following events in 'The Incredibles' whereby the Parr family defeated the supervillain Syndrome and his Omnidroid robot weapon, all five of them (yes, including baby Jack-Jack) are very much out of their initial superhero retirement.

The mother, Helen (Holly Hunter), otherwise known as Elastigirl, is dedicated to fighting crime, while her husband Bob (Craig T. Nelson), aka, Mr. Incredible stays at home to take care of the baby and the other kids, Violet (Sarah Vowell) and Dash (Huck Milner). It's not such a tedious life for Bob in comparision to his wife though, because he gets to fully explore Jack-Jack's emerging superpowers.

But there's a new villain in town that needs the whole family, plus Bob's best superhero pal Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson), to defeat them. The Underminer (John Ratzenberger) is brewing a nefarious scheme at his base, with the intention of exacting war against the world and destroying humankind forever.

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Samuel L. Jackson Calls The Hitman's Bodyguard A Romcom

By Rich Cline in Movies / TV / Theatre on 27 August 2017

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Both Jackson and Reynolds have their own idea about what a romcom should be

The new action comedy The Hitman's Bodyguard stars Ryan Reynolds as a security expert trying to protect Samuel L. Jackson's assassin on the way to testify in a war crimes case at The Hague. But Jackson sees it as more of a bromance, or as he calls it, "an action romcom".

Working with Reynolds was the big draw for Jackson. "Being able to be in a film with him was the number one reason," he says. "I had a gut feeling about it, because it's funny. But I wouldn't do this thing without him."

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The Hitman's Bodyguard Review

Very Good

It really doesn't matter that this movie is utterly ridiculous, because the central pairing of Ryan Reynolds with Samuel L. Jackson is so entertaining that we never want it to end. Director Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3) keeps the action so insanely energetic that we're not quite sure where to look. But at the centre of the mayhem Reynolds and Jackson are having so much fun that we can't wipe the smiles off our faces.

Reynolds plays London-based security expert Michael, whose high-flying career was derailed two years ago and stubbornly refuses to get back on track. Then his Interpol agent ex-girlfriend Amelia (Elodie Yung) offers him a job escorting the ruthless assassin Darius (Jackson) from his British prison cell to The Hague, where he's needed to testify against murderous Belarusian warlord Dukhovich (Gary Oldman) in a war crimes trial. So far, Dukhovich's militia has made sure no witnesses have made it to the courtroom, so Michael has his work cut out for him. Meanwhile, Darius is trying to get in touch with his wife Sonia (Salma Hayek), who is in prison in Amsterdam and lovingly calls him an unkillable cockroach.

All of this unfolds at a breakneck pace, with a flurry of hyper-violent shootouts, chases and fistfights. Cars fly in every direction as passers-by run for cover, bullets fly in every direction, and pretty much everything on-screen explodes into a huge ball of flames. It's so cartoonish that it's impossible to take even remotely seriously. So we just laugh along with Ryan and Jackson, as they bicker and fight, then bond over flashbacks into their amusingly messy love lives. Both are swaggering alpha-males who don't take instructions from anyone, so their interaction is feisty and funny. The supporting cast of glowering villains and secretive agents barely gets a chance to register, although Hayek nearly walks off with the movie in a riotously scene-stealing turn that leaves us wanting her to get a film of her own.

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The Hitmans Bodyguard Trailer

An AAA-rated executive protection agent (Ryan Reynolds) is charged with protecting the most wanted hitman (Samuel L. Jackson) in the world. That might seem like a crazy concept - I mean, why would an assassin need a bodyguard? - but as it turns out, he's quite the liability. He's impulsive, volatile and damn rude, and very likely to get them both killed. Unfortunately, there's nothing this protection agent can do about his new client; he has to work with him and they must put aside their differences if they want to defeat a ruthless Eastern European dictator (Gary Oldman) and testify at the International Court of Justice. It's a 24 hour rollercoaster ride for these completely contrasting personalities, complete with death defying car chases and reckless escape stunts.

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When Samuel L. Jackson And Tom Hiddleston Do Impressions Of Each Other

By Holly Williams in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 15 March 2017

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Samuel L. Jackson evens the score with Tom Hiddleston.

Samuel L. Jackson has just treated Brits to a brief but hilarious impression of his 'Kong: Skull Island' co-star Tom Hiddleston, doing a British accent far more posh than what he actually sounds like. Following Tom's impression of Sam back in 2013, things are now even.

Image caption Tom Hiddleston and Samuel L. Jackson have now both done impressions of each other

The 68-year-old actor found himself in the same part of Oahu, Hawaii where he previously shot 1993's 'Jurassic Park' when he did his most recent movie 'Kong: Skull Island'. That meant getting to see a lot tourists doing the Jurassic Park Location Tour, though he was mostly hidden from them in his trailer. However, he suspects they might have seen a lot of Tom Hiddleston.

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Kong: Skull Island Review


After the success of 2014's Godzilla reboot, the Warner Bros monsters get their own franchise, continuing with this King Kong prequel. It's a ripping adventure, cleverly directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) to resemble a snarky Apocalypse Now remake with added gigantic beasts. And the eclectic cast makes sure that there's plenty of comedy, villainy and heroics to draw the audience in.

It's 1973, and Bill (John Goodman) is taking a pair of scientists (Corey Hawkins and Jing Tian) to an uncharted island to verify reports of prehistoric creatures before the Russians can get there first. En route, they stop in Vietnam to collect a mercenary adventurer (Tom Hiddleston), a photojournalist (Brie Larson) and a helicopter squadron led by Packard (Samuel L. Jackson). But their noisy arrival on the island enrages towering monkey Kong (mo-capped by Terry Notary and Toby Kebbell, who also plays a member of the team). With their choppers grounded, the main job now is to get out of here alive. And after discovering a castaway WWII pilot (John C. Reilly), they learn that Kong is actually protecting the world from far scarier monsters.

The story is told with a blast of dry humour, weaving in lots of sharp banter along with a collection of iconic 70s rock anthems. This gung-ho approach makes the movie energetically good fun, obscuring the fact that it's not particularly deep or meaningful. There are big themes gurgling away under the surface (such as the way blind militaristic action unearths dangers far worse than the perceived enemy), but these things remain subliminal, only barely visible amid the fast-paced action and big effects mayhem. That it all leads to some heavily animated monster-vs-monster destruction is hardly surprising. But when a movie is this light on its feet and so cheerfully frenetic, the audience is really only interested in hanging on for the ride.

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Samuel L. Jackson Reveals The Answers To The Internet's Most Asked Questions About Him

By Holly Williams in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 08 March 2017

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With the exception of 'How did Samuel L. Jackson die?'

As part of the promotion for his new film 'Kong: Skull Island', Samuel L. Jackson goes viral in his answers to some of the internet's most commonly asked questions about him. He answers most of them correctly and it's even funnier than when Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt did it.

Image caption Samuel L. Jackson answers the most important questions

For a segment on 'The Web's Most Searched Questions' for Wired, the actor got to answering some of the internet's most burning questions about Samuel L. Jackson including 'Did Samuel L. Jackson get an Oscar?' (he didn't), 'Does Samuel L. Jackson like anime?' (he does) and 'Did Samuel L. Jackson ask for a purple lightsaber?'

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Samuel L. Jackson at the European Premiere of 'Kong: Skull Island' held at the Cineworld Empire, Leicester Square, London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 28th February 2017

XXx: Return Of Xander Cage Review


It's been 15 years since Vin Diesel walked away from his XXX role, killing off the character before the 2005 sequel. Both films were pretty terrible, mindless action connected by the thinnest imaginable plots. And this franchise relaunch is just as random, with a nonsensical thriller storyline that exists merely to string together a sequence of explosive stunt trickery. Thankfully, this time the cast and crew make it clear that they know how preposterous this is.

No, Xander (Diesel) isn't dead. He's whizzing around the jungles of the Dominican Republic, wooing sweaty, scantily clad babes and keeping the locals cheering at his exploits. Then CIA black ops director Marke (Toni Collette) appears to draft him back into the XXX programme, because she needs to recapture a gadget terrorists are using to drop satellites from orbit onto carefully chosen targets. OK, sure. X assembles a team of his old pals (actually newcomers, played by Kris Wu, Ruby Rose and Rory McCann), plus a hot computer geek (Nina Dobrev), and chases down the team of equally extreme baddies (Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Tony Jaa and Michael Bisping). And as they head to London, the Philippines and Detroit, everyone realises that there's something else going on here.

There probably isn't a law of physics that isn't broken in this movie. These characters fly, are shot, fall from great heights and are blown to smithereens, but emerge unscathed, apart from their excessive tattoos (Xander has somehow redesigned his logo neck art for the reboot). Refreshingly, everyone keeps their tongues firmly planted in their cheeks, winking at the camera at each ridiculous moment. Such as the chase in which motorcycles magically transform into water-bikes. Or when Xander does a spot of Alpine skiing through a rainforest. Or the frankly jaw-dropping weightless fight scene in a power-diving airplane.

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