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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 Film Festival.

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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