SAMUEL L. JACKSON plays Lorenzo Council, a veteran police detective who is
assigned to the case of Brenda Martin, a woman from a neighboring town who
claims to have been carjacked at the Armstrong housing project where Council is
a much beloved and respected figure.
Respectfully labeled as one of the hardest working actors in Hollywood, he is an
undisputed star as demonstrated by the fact that his films have grossed more
money in box office sales than any other actor in the history of filmmaking.
Jackson made an indelible mark on American cinema with his portrayal of Jules,
the philosophizing hit-man, in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. In addition to
unanimous critical acclaim for his performance, he received Academy AwardÂ®
and Golden Globe nominations as Best Supporting Actor as well as a Best
Supporting Actor award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
Recently, Jackson appeared as Mace Windu in the final episode of the Star Wars
trilogy Star Wars: Episode III-Revenge of the Sith. To no one's surprise, the film
made an overwhelming impact at the box office and broke numerous opening
In early 2005, Jackson topped the opening weekend box office charts with the
success of Coach Carter. Jackson portrayed real-life high school basketball
coach, Ken Carter, a dedicated role model and advocate for students succeeding
in the classroom as well as on the basketball court. Coach Carter was screened
as the opening night film of the prestigious Palm Springs Film Festival and
Jackson was honored with a Career Achievement Award for Acting at the closing
Jackson also recently starred in the independent film In My Country based on the
best-selling novel Country of My Skull by South African writer Antije Krog.
Jackson portrayed an American reporter who must cope with the aftermath of
apartheid when his newspaper assigns him to cover the Truth and Reconciliation
Trials — established by Archbishop Desmond Tutu — which expose the worst
cases of torture, abuse and violence. In My Country was directed by John
Boorman and produced by Bob Chartoff and Mike Medavoy. Juliette Binoche costarred.
Jackson also reprised his role as Agent Augustus Gibbons in XXX: State
of the Union. The film was directed by Lee Tamahori.
Later in 2005, Jackson starred alongside Eugene Levy in the comedy adventure
The Man directed by Les Mayfield, which tells the tale of a clueless traveling
salesman (Levy) who finds himself in the middle of an ATF sting spearheaded by
the unsympathetic Agent Vann (Jackson).
Jackson recently completed production on Pacific Air 121 directed by David R.
Ellis and segued to Black Snake Moan. Directed and written by Craig Brewer
(Hustle and Flow), the film tells the story of a white nymphomaniac (Christina
Ricci) who turns to an older black bluesman (Jackson) to be cured.
In 2004, Jackson voiced the character Frozone in the blockbuster animated
action-adventure film The Incredibles. The film was directed and written by Brad
Bird and earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture as well as two
In 2003, Jackson starred in S.W.A.T. for Columbia Pictures. The hit film was
directed by Clark Johnson and co-starred Colin Farrell and Michelle Rodriguez.
In 2002, Jackson starred with Ben Affleck in the box office and critical success,
Changing Lanes. Also in 2002, he starred in and executive produced Formula 51
with Robert Carlyle, co-starred in the hit sci-fi thriller XXX and reprised his role as
Mace Windu in the second installment of George Lucas' Stars Wars Episode II:
Attack of the Clones.
In 2001, Jackson starred in Caveman's Valentine directed by Kasi Lemmons, for
whom he had starred previously in Eve's Bayou, which he also produced.
Jackson also co-starred opposite Bruce Willis in writer/director M. N
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