Samuel L. Jackson

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Samuel L. Jackson

Born

12/21/1948, Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Birth Name

Samuel Leroy Jackson

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Samuel Jackson, Sam Jackson
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Biography

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Samuel Leroy Jackson is an American actor. He has starred in many Hollywood movies. His performance in Jungle Fever was so acclaimed, the 1991 Cannes Film Festival created a Supporting Actor award just for him. Along with that award, he has won many others including a Silver Berlin…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Samuel appeared at the 51st Grammy Awards on February 8, 2009 to introduce T.I.'s performance of the song "Dead and Gone" featuring Justin Timberlake.

    • Samuel voices Afro and Ninja Ninja for the Afro Samurai game available for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 which was released January 27, 2009.

    • Samuel is planned to star as Sho'nuff in an upcoming remake of the 1985 cult martial arts classic, The Last Dragon.

    • Samuel's uncredited cameo as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury during the post-credit scene of the film Iron Man landed him the role of Nick Fury for the Iron Man sequel, as well as The Avengers film.

    • Samuel had the honor of presenting the Comic Con Icon Award to George Lucas for the finale to Spike TV's Scream Awards 2008.

    • Samuel presented an award alongside Black Snake Moan co-star Christina Ricci at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards.

    • Always a comic and anime fan, Samuel can be seen reading a copy of the comic book 100 Bullets during his appearance in the Cobra Starship music video for Snakes on a Plane (Bring It).

    • Samuel is bald in real life, but enjoys wearing unusual wigs in his films.

    • Samuel returned to host the 4th annual 2006 Video Game Awards (VGA's) for Spike TV which premiered Wednesday, December 13.

    • The leader of the Saints in the Xbox 360 game, Saints Row seems to have been patterned after Samuel in many details in both his appearance and voice, including his trademark Kangol hat and his excessive usage of profanity.

    • When he was still a struggling actor in New York, one of the jobs Samuel had was as a doorman for the popular Manhattan Plaza Apartments, home to hundreds of actors and artists, including Giancarlo Esposito, who co-starred with Jackson in the 1993 film, Amos & Andrew.

    • His daughter Zoe enrolled at Vassar College in January of 2002.

    • Samuel is 6' 3" in height.

    • He received a NAACP Image award in 1997 for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his outstanding performance as Carl Lee Hailey in the courtroom thriller, A Time to Kill.

    • As a child, Samuel paid careful attention to the films he watched, often noting the absence of black actors in scenes.

    • Samuel can often be seen sporting his trademarked Kangol beret - more specifically, a furgora (angora-wool mix) Spitfire.

    • Samuel became an international star for his portrayal of the righteous, afro-clad hitman, Jules in Quentin Tarantino's 1994 film, Pulp Fiction. Having once been a veritable unknown outside of independent circles, the role made him a household name and he soon went on to star in over fifty movies during the 1990's.

    • He has a recurring role as the voice of Gin Rummy in Aaron McGruder's edgy animated series, The Boondocks. His character sometimes employs well-known catch phrases from his popular Pulp Fiction character, Jules Winnfield, such as describing something as a "bad motherfucker" or referring to something as "the unknown unknown" or calling a drink a "tasty beverage". In one episode, he reenacted the classic "What?" scene from the Pulp Fiction movie.

    • Samuel prefers for his characters to feature the color purple. Mr. Glass wore purple clothing in Unbreakable (2000); he chose to have Doyle Gipson wear a purple hat in Changing Lanes (2002); and upon special request to George Lucas, his jedi Mace Windu wielded a purple light saber in the films, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).

    • In 2003, he was quoted as disapproving of rappers turned actors, saying that as a classically trained thespian it was not his job to lend credibility to rappers by appearing in movies with them. In reality, he has worked with more rappers than any other actor in Hollywood. Films with rappers he has worked with include: Juice (1992) (Tupac Shakur), Shaft (2000) (Busta Rhymes), One Eight Seven (1997) (Method Man), Deep Blue Sea (1999) and S.W.A.T. (2003) (LL Cool J), xXx (2002) (Eve), and xXx: State of the Union (2005) (Ice Cube) and (Xzibit).

    • The Marvel Comics character, Ultimate Nick Fury, a reinterpretation of the classic Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D., was specifically tailored after Jackson with his permission.

    • Jackson was an usher at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral.

    • Jackson will be the Narrator for the film, Farce of the Penguins, a parody of the acclaimed documentary, March of the Penguins.

    • The characters he plays often end up being killed.

    • Samuel is a 1972 graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.

    • Jackson will be the voice of God in a new audio version of the Bible. Jackson was given the lead role because producers felt his deep, authoritative voice was perfect for the role of God. He recently just finished recording a CD set of the New Testament, due to be released in September 2006, with a box set of the Old Testament to be released the following year of 2007.

    • Samuel once had a cameo on the television show, Bill Nye the Science Guy, where he explained the physics of the dimples on a golf ball.

    • In 1984, Samuel worked as a camera stand-in for Bill Cosby during the taping of The Cosby Show.

    • On January 30th, 2006, he was honored with a hand and footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Samuel is the 7th African American and 191st actor to be recognized in such a manner.

    • Samuel provides the voice of Officer Frank Tenpenny in the popular Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas game.

    • In 1995, he received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Jules Winnfield in Quentin Tarantino's 1994 cult film, Pulp Fiction.

      For that same role, in 1995, Samuel was nominated for a SAG Award for "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role".

    • When asked about his character in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, he replied, "He's black".

    • Samuel was briefly suspended in 1969 from Morehouse College after taking several members of the board of trustees hostage, including the father of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., during a protest concerning the failure of the university to have black trustees or a black studies program.

    • Samuel was an admitted drug user until he completed drug rehabilitation two weeks before playing the drug addict Gator, in Spike Lee's 1991 film, Jungle Fever.

    • Samuel is married to his wife, LaTanya Richardson (1980 to present); they have a daughter named Zoe, born 1982.

    • His nickname is King of Cool

  • Quotes

    • Samuel: I guess the worst day I have had was when I had to stand up in rehab in front of my wife and daughter and say "Hi, my name is Sam and I am an addict."

    • Samuel: Nick Fury would be great, I've been reading Nick Fury since when I was a kid. I collect comics... I'm kind of geeky.

    • Samuel: (explaining the reasoning behind why he sees every one of his movies in theaters alongside paying customers) Even during my theater years, I wished I could watch the plays I was in - while I was in them! I dig watching myself work.

    • Samuel: (revealing he never curbed his language in front of his daughter when she was a child) I never edited my speech with my daughter and I talked to her like I talked to my friends but she could not answer me back the same way. I recall hearing when she was three talking to her friends and saying 'f**k you'. She understood the context of different words. We took her to a wedding once and I was asking her about some food and she replied, 'What is that s**t?'

    • Samuel: (about being the lead in the remake of Shaft) I enjoyed it. It's pretty much the first time I've [played] a straightforward action hero. It's fun to be the guy that walks down the street in the middle of a hail of bullets and [not get hit]. That's how I felt about watching Richard: he was a hero and I'd never seen myself as that guy. Hopefully, 30 years later, somebody in the theater will feel good about the fact that we have a pure black hero. He looks good, he talks tough, and he kind of gets the girl.

    • Samuel: (about his movie, Snakes on a Plane) I like scary movies and the scariest thing you could think of is a crate load of poisonous snakes getting released into the atmosphere on a plane. It says everything about it. I play an FBI Agent transporting a witness to a trial, so the bad guy puts this crate load of poisonous snakes on a plane.

    • Samuel: (about starring in The Man) I just wanted to do a comedy, I guess, because I hadn't done one in a while and it was an interesting opportunity to meet Eugene [Levy] and be in that particular space, because I like watching him on screen, and I loved watching him on SCTV. And just to kind of do something that wasn't as heavy as the film that I'd done before or the film that I had to do next, and just kind of enjoy myself and have some fun and laugh every day

    • Samuel: Every character in some particular way has small elements of who you are, only because you have to use your experience, so you have to tap into something that is personal to make certain things work. So there's no way that I actually can make my characters shorter than I am so that's always me and I can change my voice and I can change the temper of it but it's still my voice. The attitudes and the way that they treat other people tend to be very different from the way that I would normally treat people, or be the person that I am. I have a sort of quirky personality, in a way, and I'm kind of cynical as all my characters are. I'm kind of outspoken or there are moments when I need to emphasise something, but most times the way that a character approaches the particular life that's being displayed on screen has nothing to do with who I am.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A man who not only has a talent but also a love for acting!

    10
    I've got to know Samuel L Jackson from movies such as 'Pulp Fiction', those awful Prequel Star Wars trilogy and movies like 'Snakes on a Plane' and 'Jackie Brown'



    Samuel L Jackson can act in pretty much any role and can give such powerful performances such as in Pulp Fiction! He's a great masterful actor!
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    10
    Outstanding. Versatile actor, great in every role. One of my fav performances is in 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' where he plays a private eye/loser.
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