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SAMUEL L. JACKSON (Harry Adams) is currently starring in Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown" opposite Pam Grier, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination. Jackson starred last year in "187," directed by Kevin Reynolds. He won critical acclaim, an NAACP Image Award and a Golden Globe Award nomination for his performance in 1996's feature-film adaptation of John Grisham's bestseller "A Time to Kill." Later that year, he starred in the thriller "The Long Kiss Goodnight" opposite Geena Davis for director Renny Harlin.

Jackson made an indelible mark on American cinema with his portrayal of Jules, the philosophizing hit man in Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction." He received Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations as Best Supporting Actor for his performance, and a Best Supporting Actor win from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, in addition to virtually unanimous critical acclaim.

Jackson most recently starred in the critically acclaimed "Eve's Bayou," which he also produced. He is currently completing production on the taut drama "The Negotiator," in which he stars opposite Kevin Spacey.

Jackson preceded his work in "Pulp Fiction" with a performance in the inner-city drama "Fresh." He starred opposite Bruce Willis in "Die Hard With a Vengeance," which was the number-one grossing movie internationally in 1995. His other recent credits include "The Great White Hype," "Kiss of Death" and "Amos and Andrew."

Jackson made movie history with his portrayal of a crack addict in Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever," when he was awarded the first and only Best Supporting Performance Award ever given by the judges at the Cannes Film Festival. He also won the New York Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor for that performance.

For television, Jackson starred in John Frankenheimer's Emmy Award-winning "Against the Wall," an original movie for HBO. His performance earned him a Cable ACE nomination as Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries, as well as a Golden Globe nomination.

Jackson's career, which includes film, television and stage work, began upon his graduation from Morehouse College in Atlanta with a degree in dramatic arts. He went on to perform in numerous stage plays, including "Home," "A Soldier's Play," "Sally/ Prince" and "The District Line," and originated roles in two of August Wilson's plays at Yale Repertory Theatre: Boy Willie in "The Piano Lesson" and Wolf in "Two Trains Running." In another Wilson play, "Fences," he portrayed Lyons at the Seattle Repertory Theatre. For the New York Shakespeare Festival, Jackson appeared in "Mother Courage and Her Children," "Spell #7" and "The Mighty Gents." His other stage credits include "Ohio Tip-Off" and "Native Speech" at the Baltimore Center Stage, and, more recently, "Distant Fires" at The Coast Playhouse in Los Angeles.

While still a student at Morehouse, Jackson made his film debut in "Together for Days." His numerous film credits include "Ragtime," "Sea of Love," "Coming to America," "Ray," "Do The Right Thing," "School Daze," "Mo' Better Blues," "GoodFellas," "Strictly Business," "White Sands," "Patriot Games," "Jumpin' at the Boneyard," "Fathers and Sons," "Juice," "National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1,&q

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