Respectfully labeled as one of the hardest-working actors in Hollywood,
Samuel L. JACKSON (Pat Novak) 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 Television Arts.
Jackson will next reprise his role as Nick Fury in both Marvel's Captain
America: The Winter Soldier, set to release in March 2014, and The Avengers: Age
of Ultron, which will begin production early next year.
Most recently, Jackson appeared alongside Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen in
Spike Lee's American remake of the 2003 Korean cult classic, Oldboy. In 2013, he
also played the charismatic snail Whiplash in Twentieth Century Fox's animated
In 2012, he co-starred in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained as Stephen,
alongside Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio. He also starred in
The Avengers, which is part of his 9-picture deal with Marvel Studios. The
highly anticipated film opened on May 4, 2012 to a record shattering $200
million opening weekend and has grossed $1.51 billion worldwide.
Jackson 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 portrayed.
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 Century Fox.
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 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
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 opposite Juliette Binoche in Sony Pictures 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 voiced the role of 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 Award nominations.
In 2003, Jackson starred in S.W.A.T. for Columbia Pictures. 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' Stars Wars Episode II: Attack of the
In 2001, Jackson starred in Jersey Franchise/Universal's 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 Touchstone Pictures. 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 You
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 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 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 1995.
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
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 True
On the small screen, Jackson served 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.
On television, in addition to "The Sunset Limited," 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.
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