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Respectfully labeled as one of the hardest working actors in Hollywood, SAMUEL L. JACKSON (Highsmith) is an undisputed star as demonstrated in the fact that his films have grossed the most 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 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 and was honored in that category by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Jackson can currently be seen opposite Naomi Watts and Annette Bening in the indie drama Mother and Child, directed by Rodrigo Garcia, as well as in the role of Nick Fury in Marvel's Iron Man 2. Jackson recently completed production on the action thriller film, Deathgames, co-starring Kellan Lutz and later this year, Jackson will begin production on Marvel's Captain America as well as The Avengers.

In 2009, Jackson completed production on the HBO film, "Sunset Limited,” an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's play, co-starring and directed by Tommy Lee Jones. In 2008, Jackson's films included the Neil LaBute thriller, Lakeview Terrace, which premiered at the Deauville Film Festival, followed by the Dimension Studios comedy Soul Men, alongside the late Bernie Mac, and Frank Miller action drama The Spirit, in which he portrayed the nemesis, Octopus.

Jackson made a surprise cameo appearance in the 2008 blockbuster hit Iron Man. Jackson signed an unprecedented nine-picture deal with Marvel to appear in Thor, Captain America, and S.H.I.E.L.D., among others. Also in 2008, Jackson starred in the Doug Liman-directed sci-fi/action film Jumper for 20th Century Fox.

His many other film credits include Resurrecting the Champ, 1408, Black Snake Moan, Home of the Brave, Snakes on a Plane, Freedomland, The Man, Coach Carter, In My Country, XXX and XXX: State of the Union, three Star Wars prequels, The Incredibles, S.W.A.T., Changing Lanes, Formula 51, Caveman's Valentine, Eve's Bayou, Unbreakable, Shaft, Rules of Engagement, Deep Blue Sea, The Negotiator, The Red Violin, Jackie Brown, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination and the Silver Bear Award for Best Actor in a Comedy at the Berlin Film Festival, 187, A Time to Kill, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination and an NAACP Image Award., Die Hard with a Vengeance, and Jungle Fever, for which he was honored with 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.

He has also appeared in Twisted, Sphere, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Hard Eight, Kiss of Death, Losing Isaiah, and Amos and Andrew. His additional 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, Fresh, and True Romance.

On the small screen, Jackson serves as executive producer for "Afro Samurai,” the animated series for Spike TV, which premiered in 2007 and returned for a third season in January 2009. The series received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Animated Program from the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences. The first edition of the "Afro Samurai” video game launched in February 2009. In October 2009, Jackson's UppiTV secured two projects at CBS, a multi-camera comedy from writer Bob Kushell and a medical drama from writer Andrea Newman. Jackson extended a first look television deal with CBS and their properties to produce and develop upcoming projects for another two years. In 2010, Jackson and Neil LaBute will produce and develop an upcoming drama project for Showtime. 

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 two of 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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