Respectfully labeled as one of the hardest working actors in Hollywood, SAMUEL L.
JACKSON (Stephen) 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 as well as a Best Supporting Actor award from the British Academy of Film and
Jackson recently made his Broadway debut at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater in Katori Hall's The
Mountaintop, co-starring Angela Bassett and directed by Kenny Leon. The Mountaintop is set on the eve
of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., whom Jackson portrays. The play ended
its run on January 22, 2012.
Jackson has recently completed production on THE AVENGERS, which is one film in a multi-
picture deal with Marvel Studios. The highly anticipated film was released May 4, 2012.
Recently, Jackson was seen in HBO's THE SUNSET LIMITED, an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's
play. Tommy Lee Jones co-starred and directed the telefilm.
In September 2010, Jackson played P.K. Highsmith in Columbia Pictures' THE OTHER GUYS.
Additionally, Jackson co-starred 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. He reprised the role in CAPTAIN AMERICA in the summer of 2011.
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,
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 20th
In 2007, Jackson had a starring role in the acclaimed drama RESURRECTING THE CHAMP, and
a co-starring 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 Studios' 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 "appeared" as the character Frozone in the Disney animated 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
In 2003, Jackson starred in S.W.A.T for Columbia TriStar. Directed by Clark Johnson, S.W.A.T.
is about an arrested drug kingpin who is transported by a Los Angeles Police Department S.W.A.T. team
and led out of the city and into Federal custody. Plans go awry when the kingpin offers $100 million to
anyone who can free him. Colin Farrell and Michelle Rodriguez are also in the film.
In 2002, Jackson starred with Ben Affleck in the box office and critical success, Paramount's
CHANGING LANES. Jackson delivered an intense yet sympathetic performance of a father who was
down on his luck, but intent on getting even with the man that wronged him. Also in 2002, Jackson
starred and executive produced the Sony/ Screen Gems film FORMULA 51, with Robert Carlyle; co-
starred in the sci-fi thriller, XXX; and reprised his role as Mace Windu in the second installment of
George Lucas' STAR WARS EPISODE II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES.
In 2001, Jackson starred in Jersey Franchise/Universal's THE CAVEMAN'S VALENTINE. Directed
by Kasi Lemmons, the film followed the story of a homeless man in New York City who discovered a
murder. Jackson also served as an executive producer on the project, which was the most successful
independent film of the year. This was Jackson's second project with Kasi Lemmons with the first being
the applauded, EVE'S BAYOU, which he also produced in 1997.
In 2000, Jackson co-starred opposite Bruce Willis in writer/director M. Night Shyamalan's
suspense drama, UNBREAKABLE for Disney. Jackson's character, Elijah Price, a highly suspicious and
wheelchair-bound man with a far-fetched theory, holds the key to the film's underlying question of, "Are
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, where he played Col. Terry Childers, a military officer on trial for ordering his soldiers
to open fire on civilians. Directed by William Friedkin, the film co-starred 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
I: THE PHANTOM MENACE. In 1998, Jackson also starred in THE NEGOTIATOR and in Francois
Girard's THE RED VIOLIN.
In 1997, Jackson starred in 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 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
In 1991, 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.
His other 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
On the small screen, Jackson serves as Executive Producer for the animated series for Spike TV,
AFRO SAMURAI, 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. A film
version of AFRO SAMURAI is in development with the Indomina Group for which Jackson is one of the
producers. 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. In 2010, Jackson extended a
first-look television deal with CBS Studios and their properties to produce and develop upcoming projects
for another two years. Jackson and Neil LaBute are currently developing a series for Showtime.
On television, in addition to THE SUNSET LMITED, 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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