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SAMUEL L. JACKSON (Narrated by) 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 hit man, 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 Actor award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Most recently Jackson was seen in HBO's "The Sunset Limited,” an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's play. Tommy Lee Jones costarred and directed the telefilm.

In September 2010 Jackson played P.K. Highsmith in Columbia Pictures' "The Other Guys.” Additionally, Jackson costarred in the indie drama "Mother and Child,” directed by Rodrigo Garcia. He received an Image Award and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his work. Jackson was also seen in Marvel's "Iron Man 2” as Nick Fury, after making a surprise cameo appearance in "Iron Man” in 2008.

Jackson recently was seen in Chris Fisher's "Meeting Evil” opposite Luke Wilson and Leslie Bibb. In April 2011 he will once again play Nick Fury in Marvel's "The Avengers,” another film in his unprecedented nine-picture deal with Marvel. "The Avengers” will be released in May 2012. In June 2011, Jackson will film "Havana Heat,” followed by "Borderland.”

In August 2011 Jackson will begin rehearsals for his Broadway debut in Katori Hall's "The Mountaintop” opposite Halle Berry. This is a two-character play that won great acclaim when it debuted in London last year. "The Mountaintop” is set on the eve of the assassination of civil-rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., whom Jackson will portray.

Jackson's career began onstage upon his graduation from Morehouse College in Atlanta with a degree in dramatic arts. Among the plays were "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.”

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,” where he appeared alongside the late Bernie Mac, and the Frank Miller action drama "The Spirit,” in which he portrayed the nemesis Octopus. Also in 2008 Jackson starred in the Doug Liman directed sci-fi, action film "Jumper” for Twentieth Century Fox.

In 2007 Jackson had a starring role in the acclaimed drama "Resurrecting the Champ” and a costarring role in the very successful horror film for the Weinstein Co., "1408,” based on the Stephen King novel. Earlier that year, Jackson starred in the Craig Brewer film "Black Snake Moan” and Irwin Winkler's MGM war drama, "Home of the Brave.”

In 2006 Jackson starred in the cult-classic film "Snakes on a Plane,” directed by David Ellis. Jackson also starred opposite Julianne Moore in Revolution Studio's "Freedomland,” directed by Joe Roth, based on the best-selling novel of the same name. He also appeared as Agent Derrick Vann in New Line's "The Man” opposite Eugene Levy.

In early 2005 Jackson topped the opening-weekend box-office charts with the success of the Paramount Pictures film "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. Jackson received the Career Achievement Award for Acting from the festival.

Jackson also starred in the indie film opposite Juliette Binoche in the Sony Classics "In My Country,” based on the best-selling novel "Country of My Skull,” by South African writer Antije Krog. Jackson portrayed an American reporter coping with the aftermath of apartheid as his newspaper assigns him to cover the Truth and Reconciliation Trials, established by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. "In My Country” was directed by John Boorman and produced by Bob Chartoff and Mike Medavoy.

In 2005 Jackson reprised his role as Agent Augustus Gibbons in "XXX: State of the Union” and as Mace Windu in "Star Wars: Episode III—The Revenge of the Sith.” To no one's surprise, "Star Wars: Episode III—The Revenge of the Sith” made an incredible impact at the box office, breaking numerous opening-day records. In 2004 Jackson lent his voice to Frozone in Disney/ Pixar's action-adventure film "The Incredibles,” which was released to record box-office results. The film was directed and written by Brad Bird and earned a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Picture as well as two Academy Award® nominations.

In 2003 Jackson starred in Clark Johnson's "S.W.A.T.” for Columbia TriStar. In 2002, he starred with Ben Affleck in Paramount's box-office and critical success "Changing Lanes.” Also in 2002 Jackson starred and executive-produced the Sony/ Screen Gems film "Formula 51” with Robert Carlyle, costarred in the 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 Jersey Franchise/Universal's "Caveman's Valentine,” directed by Kasi Lemmons. This was Jackson's second project with Lemmons; the first was the lauded "Eve's Bayou,” which he also produced in 1997.

In 2000 Jackson costarred opposite Bruce Willis in writer/director M. Night Shyamalan's suspense drama "Unbreakable.” Also in 2000 Jackson starred in John Singleton's "Shaft” in the title role opposite Christian Bale and Vanessa Williams. Jackson also starred in Paramount's courtroom drama "Rules of Engagement” as a military officer on trial for ordering his soldiers to open fire on civilians. Directed by William Friedkin, the film costarred Tommy Lee Jones. Both "Shaft” and "Rules of Engagement” were screened at the 2000 Deauville Film Festival, where Jackson was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 1999 Jackson starred in Warner Bros.' "Deep Blue Sea” for director Renny Harlin. Jackson also made a cameo appearance in George Lucas' highly successful and popular "Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace.” In 1998 Jackson also starred in "The Negotiator” and in Francois Girard's "The Red Violin.”

In 1997 Jackson starred in his second film with director Quentin Tarantino, "Jackie Brown,” earning a Golden Globe® nomination and the Silver Bear Award for Best Actor in a Comedy at the Berlin Film Festival. Later that year he starred in "187.”

Jackson starred opposite Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey and Kevin Spacey in Joel Schumacher's 1996 film "A Time to Kill,” an adaptation of the famous John Grisham novel. 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.

In 1991 Jackson made movie history with his portrayal of a crack addict in Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever”: 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.

His film credits include "Twisted,” "Sphere,” "The Long Kiss Goodnight,” "Hard Eight,” "Kiss of Death,” "Losing Isaiah” and "Amos and Andrew.” 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 an animated series for Spike TV, "Afro Samurai,” which premiered in 2007. 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 multicamera comedy from writer Bob Kushell and a medical drama from writer Andrea Newman. In 2010 Jackson extended a first-look television deal with CBS and their properties to produce and develop upcoming projects for another 2 years. Jackson and Neil LaBute are currently developing a series for Showtime.

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.


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