RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
SAMUEL L. JACKSON (Col.
Terry Childers) made an indelible mark on American cinema with his portrayal of
Jules, the philosophizing hitman, in Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp
Fiction." In addition to unanimous critical acclaim for his performance he
received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations as Best Supporting
Actor as well as Best Supporting Award from the British Academy of Film and
Jackson will next star as the title role in "Shaft." Directed by John
Singleton and co-starring Christian Bale and Vanessa Williams, "Shaft"
is scheduled to be released this summer.
Jackson is currently in production on Jersey Franchise/Universal's
"Caveman's Valentine." Directed by Kasi Lemmons, the film follows the
story of a homeless man in New York City who discovers a murder. Jackson will
also serve as an Executive Producer on the project.
Last year, Jackson starred in Warner Bros. "Deep Blue Sea" for
director Renny Harlin, and in Francois Girad's "The Red Violin."
Jackson also made a cameo appearance in George Lucas' highly successful and
popular "Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace."
Jackson also starred in "The Negotiator," "Eve's Bayou,"
which he also produced and "Jackie Brown," his second film with
director Quentin Tarantino. For the latter he received a Golden Globe nomination
and the Silver Bear Award for Best Actor in a comedy at the Berlin Film
Jackson starred opposite Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey and Kevin Spacey in
Joel Schumacher's 1996 film of the John Grisham novel "A Time To
Kill." For his performance, Jackson received a Golden Globe nomination
and an NAACP Image Award. He also starred opposite Bruce Willis in "Die
Hard with a Vengeance," the top-grossing movie internationally in 1995. His
other film credits include "187," "Sphere," "The Long
Kiss Goodnight," "Hard Eight," "Kiss of Death,"
"Losing Isaiah" and "Amos and Andrew." His other 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,"
"Jumping' at the Boneyard," "Father and Sons,"
"Juice" and "True Romance."
Jackson preceded his work in "Pulp Fiction" with a performance in the
inner-city drama, "Fresh." 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.
On television, Jackson starred in John Frankenheimer's Emmy Award-winning
"Against the Wall" for HBO. His performance earned him a CableACE
nomination as Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries, as well as a
Golden Globe nomination.
Jackson's career 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." He also originated
roles in August Wilson's plays at Yale Repertory Theatre. For the New York
Shakespeare Festival, Jackson appeared in "Mother Courage" and
"Her Children," "Spell #7" and "The Mighty Gents."
While still a student at Morehouse, Jackson made his film debut in
"Together for Days."
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