SAMUEL L. JACKSON (John Shaft)
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 a Best
Supporting Award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
Jackson most recently starred in "Rules of Engagement" with Tommy Lee
Jones. Directed by William Friedkin the film stars Jackson as a military officer
who is on trial for ordering his soldiers to open fire on civilians. Jackson has
recently completed production on "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 stars in and serves as an executive producer for the
project. Jackson is currently in production on writer/director M. Night
Shyamalan's "Unbreakable," in which he stars opposite Bruce Willis.
Last year, Jackson starred in "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 "Star Wars: Episode I
- 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 International
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," "Jumpin' 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 Cable ACE
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."<
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