Samuel L. Jackson is one of the most acclaimed actors in the Hollywood industry. He was born on 21 December 1948 at Washington DC. With more than 100 films in his career list; he is still winning the hearts of people.
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
Samuel Leroy Jackson was raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee by his grandmother. His mother joined him when he was 10 as his father lived far from them and afterward died due to alcoholism. He only met his father twice in his life. He studied in multiple schools and graduated from ‘Riverside High School’ in Chattanooga. He suffered from stammering in early childhood. In high school, he used to play French horn and trumpet in the school orchestra.
He was a film enthusiast and used to see movies at the local theatre and gained an insight into the complex narrative surrounding the black presence on screen. Band of Angels was edited for the black audience in Chattanooga, especially cutting the scene where Sidney Poitier slaps a white woman.
Initially, he was interested in getting a degree in marine biology from Morehouse College Atlanta, but later on, he chose to have a degree that will help him in pursuing his dream of becoming an actor. His experiences were part of him when he entered the historical Morehouse College and started to take a stand for the black-power movement. In 1969, he protested against the fact that there was no black board-member and then locked board members in the building for two days. That results in the immediate expulsion of Samuel L. Jackson from the college.
That same year, he got the chance to watch the performance of Negro Ensemble Company and make his passion for becoming an actor more firm. After spending two years in Los Angeles as a social worker, he returned to his previous college “Morehouse’ college and then graduated in 1972, and meanwhile, he also co-founded a theatre group named ‘Just Us Theatre.’
THEATRE WORK & INITIAL FILMS
After he got graduated, Jackson joined hands with Black Image Theatre Company with La Tanya Richardson, whom he met at Spellman College, a branch of Morehouse School. They traveled throughout the country and performed skits composed of a vigorous combination of fierceness and humor in essence to white people. After starring in various plays including ‘The Three penny Opera’, ‘A Soldier’s Play’; he kick started his motion picture debut in “Together for Days’ in 1972. Four years later, he shared the screen in television series ‘Moving On.’
In 1976, he decided to discontinue politically influenced theatre work. Then, Jackson moved with Richardson to Harlem, New York City to pursue his acting career outside the confinement of race and ethnicity. He started to act in Off-Broadway productions that include Richard Wesley’s The Mighty Gents; that was based on Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Sam-Art Williams home. He also got the chance to substitute Bill Cosby during The Cosby Show rehearsals. In 1977, he played the role in the film ‘The Displaced Person’.
A SOLDIER PLAY, SCHOOL DAZE, DO THE RIGHT THING
In 1981, when he was working on Charles Fuller’s A Soldier Play, he encountered two life-changing situations. First, he met Morgan Freeman who became a great friend of Jackson and pushed him to become a successful actor. And the other one, the New York University Film Student Spike Lee got impressed by his performances and urged him to work in his debut movies. Samuel fulfills his promise and starred in Lee’s early films as “School Daze’ and “Do the Right Thing’, releasing correspondingly in 1988 and 1989.
The Friendship really spiked Jackson’s career as it was his role as a drug-addict in Lee’s ‘Jungle Fever’ that received huge appraisal for the performance. The judges at the Cannes film festival even created a new category ‘Best Supporting actor’ to give the award to Samuel L. Jackson. He got New York Film critics award too, through the streak of playing drug-addicts on-screen; he then had to deal with his disastrous addiction to alcohol and drugs. The purging way of his performance enabled him to come out of his addiction.
GOOD FELLAS, PATRIOT GAMES, JURASSIC PARK
He continued to appear in minor roles, as in movies such as ‘Good fellas’. From 1990 to 1993, he starred in films like ‘Def by Temptation,’ ‘The Return of Super fly,’ ‘Strictly Business,’ ‘Jungle Fever,’ ‘Patriot Games,’ ‘True Romance,’ ‘Amos & Andrew,’ ‘Jurassic Park,’ and ‘Loaded Weapon 1.’ Even though he had some flop movies, his work was worthy of praise.
BLOCKBUSTER; PULP FICTION
In 1994, Samuel was able to take his place as one of the prominent actors of Hollywood. He got the chance to play the golden role of his career in Quentin Tarantino’s cult classic movie, Pulp Fiction. Jackson plays the role of Jules Winnfield, a sermon spouting killer with igneous long speeches. He terrified the audience with his evasive performance, making him the center of a psychological thriller. He received an academy award nomination for his passionate performance in Pulp fiction.
DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE, A TIME TO KILL
In 1995, 1996- he starred in multiple flop movies as ‘‘Kiss of Death,’ ‘Losing Isaiah,’ and ‘The Great White Hype.’ But he hit the success streak again by appearing in blockbusters like ‘Die Hard with a Vengeance’ (1995) and ‘A Time to kill’ (1996, that made him the star again. In 1997, he starred in ‘One Eight Seven’ and in other films like ‘Eve’s Bayou’ and ‘Jackie Brown.’
In the exact year, he lent his voice to a character in one of the episodes of TV series titled ‘Happily Ever After; Fairy Tales for Every Child.’
SPHERE, DEEP BLUE SEA, STAR WARS 1; EPISODE 1
In 1998, he played an eminent role in about four films, ‘Sphere,’ ‘The Negotiator,’ ‘The Red Violin,’ and ‘Out of Sight.’
In 1999, Jackson worked in shark thriller ‘Deep Blue Sea’ and as Mace Windu in Star Wars 1: Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, which became an iteration of his roles in Attack of Clones in 2002 and Revenge of Sith in 2005.
The year 2000 was hectic for the actor as he starred alongside Tommy Lee Jones in military thriller movie Rules of Engagement and then in the remake of classic 1970s, black exploitation hit Shaft. He also worked with Bruce Willis in Unbreakable, which was a supernatural movie written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
KILL BILL; VOLUME 2, THE INCREDIBLES
From 2003 to 2005, Jackson rocked his roles in ‘Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines,’ ‘Twisted,’ ‘Kill Bill: Volume 2,’ ‘The Incredibles,’ ‘In My Country,’ ‘Coach Carter,’ ‘The Man,’ and ‘Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.’
FREEDOMLAND, CLEANER, 1408
In 2006, he worked opposite Julianne Moore in ‘Freedom land.’ The same year, Samuel appeared in one of the unconventional films of the year, ‘Snakes on a Plane.’ To create suspense for the film, he had to work in a promotional music video of the movie.
At the end of the year, he appeared in ‘Home of the Brave’ in that he played the role of a doctor.
In 2007, Jackson was cast as a narrator in the direct-to-video film ‘Farce of the Penguins.’ He also nailed the role of a former cop in ‘Cleaner’ and a hotel manager in the horror film ‘1408,’ proving that he is best in the business.
From 2008 to 2011, he chooses to work in different genres of films, such as ‘Iron Man,’ ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars,’ ‘Soul Men,’ ‘Gospel Hill,’ ‘Inglorious Basterds,’ ‘Unthinkable,’ ‘Iron Man 2,’ ‘African Cats,’ ‘Captain America: The First Avenger,’ and ‘Arena.’ He also worked in TV series like ‘Curiosity,’ ‘Prohibition,’ and ‘The Sunset Limited.’
MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE WORK
When Jackson was named the highest-grossing actor, he initiated his journey as Nick Fury in Marvel Universe. After appearing briefly in the end credits of Iron man in 2008, he returned as Fury in the 2010 sequel and in corresponding films to introduce other superheroes as including Thor (2011); Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), and The Winter Soldier (2014); The Avengers (2012), Age of Ultron (2015), Infinity War (2018) and Endgame (2019); and Captain Marvel (2019). Additionally, Jackson has appeared as Fury in the TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. His role as Nick Fury made him a household name among fans of Marvel movies.
In 2014, he starred in the films like ‘Reasonable Doubt,’ ‘Robocop,’ ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier,’ and ‘Kite.’ In the exact year, he also worked as the villain in the action-spy-comedy film ‘Kings man: The Secret Service.’
DJANGO UNCHAINED, KONG; SKULL ISLAND
Along with gainful work for Marvel, Jackson reunited with Tarantino for Django Unchained (2012) and The Hateful Eight (2015), and then with Lee for Chi-Raq (2015). He nailed the peculiar role of a military commander-type role for Kong: Skull Island (2017), and revives two of his previous characters in 2019 with the Unbreakable sequel Glass and a new version of Shaft.
He also got the honor to lend the first celebrity voice of Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa, with the users having the option of receiving answers to their queries.
THE LAST FULL MEASURE
The veteran actor opened 2020 with the smashing hit, war drama The Last Full Measure that also featured Peter Fonda in his final role, before joining hands with MCU colleague Anthony Mackie in the biopic The Banker.
SAMUEL L. JACKSON MOVIES
1. Pulp Fiction (1994)
2. Good fellas (1990)
3. Django Unchained (2012)
4. Jurassic Park (1993)
(Thriller, Sci-Fi, Adventure)
5. Inglorious Basterds (2009)
(Adventure, War, Drama)
6. Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995)
(Action, Adventure, Thriller)
7. The Avengers (2012)
8. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
(Crime, Thriller, Action)
9. The Hateful Eight (2015)
(Mystery, Drama, Thriller, Crime, Western)
10. A Time to Kill (1996)
(Drama, Crime, Thriller)
Pulp Fiction; released in 1994, spikes Jackson’s career to new levels. After the film, he received an appraisal for his performance on-screen. He also received an ‘Academy Award’ nomination for ‘Best Supporting Actor.’ He then received a ‘Golden Globe Award’ nomination for ‘Best Supporting Actor, Motion Picture.’
AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS
In 1991, he grabbed the ‘Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award’ for ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for his performance in the movie ‘Jungle Fever.’
He then won the ‘BAFTA Award’ for ‘Best Actor in a Supporting Role’ for ‘Pulp Fiction’ in 1994.
He also got his hands on the ‘NAACP Image Award’ for ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for ‘Django Unchained’ in 2013.
INSIGHT INTO THE PERSONAL LIFE
In 1980, Samuel L. Jackson married La Tanya Richardson and currently resides in California; the couple has a daughter (Zoe). Once he was asked why his wife stayed with him in rough days and did not leave his side then, he said “She always says to me that I have now grown into the man that she always knew I could be.”
He is also fond of collecting action figures of characters portrayed by him. He loves to watch his own movies and anime series like ‘Ninja Scroll’ and ‘Black Lagoon.’ He is also an eager comic-book collector. Apart from being a successful actor; he also loves to play golf and basketball and soccer fan, he also supports teams like Toronto Raptors,’ ‘Harlem Globetrotters,’ and ‘Liverpool F.C.’
In August 2013, he started his journey to become vegan for health reasons that he is trying to live forever. But he left the diet in March 2017. He initiated a campaign called ‘One for the Boys’ to spread awareness among the masses about testicular cancer. As he is bald, he is also fond of wearing distinct wigs and hats for his films. He also got to pick his own hairstyles for his characters in the movies.
SAMUEL L. JACKSON NET WORTH
Samuel L. Jackson has a whopping net worth of $250 million. He gained much of his wealth from starring in Star Wars, Marvel Movies, and The Incredibles. Jackson is one of the highest-grossing actors of all time based on worldwide box office success.