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Samuel L. Jackson

Born: 1948

Biography

Samuel Leroy Jackson (born December 21, 1948) is an American actor and producer. One of the most widely recognized actors of his generation, the films in which he has appeared have collectively grossed over $27 billion worldwide, making him the second highest-grossing actor of all time. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave him an Academy Honorary Award in 2022 as "A cultural icon whose dynamic work has resonated across genres and generations and audiences worldwide". Jackson started his career on stage making his professional theatre debut in Mother Courage and her Children in 1980 at The Public Theatre. From 1981 to 1983 he originated the role of Private Louis Henderson in A Soldier's Play Off-Broadway. He also originated the role of Boy Willie in August Wilson's The Piano Lesson in 1987 at the Yale Repertory Theatre. He returned to the play in the 2022 Broadway revival playing Doaker Charles. Jackson early film roles include Coming to America (1988), Goodfellas (1990), Patriot Games (1992), Juice (1992), True Romance (1993), and Jurassic Park (1993), Menace II Society (1993), and Fresh (1994). His collaborations with Spike Lee led to greater prominence with films such as School Daze (1988), Do the Right Thing (1989), Mo' Better Blues (1990), Jungle Fever (1991), Oldboy (2013), and Chi-Raq (2015). Jackson's breakout role was in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction (1994) which earned him a BAFTA Award win and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He further collaborated with Tarantino, acting in Jackie Brown (1997), Django Unchained (2012), and The Hateful Eight (2015). He's known for having appeared in a number of big-budget films, including Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), A Time to Kill (1996), The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996), The Negotiator (1997), Deep Blue Sea (1999), Unbreakable (2000), Shaft (2000) and its reboot (2019), XXX (2002), S.W.A.T. (2003), Coach Carter (2005), Snakes on a Plane (2006), Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), Kong: Skull Island (2017), and Glass (2019). He also gained widespread recognition as the Jedi Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999–2005), later voicing the role in the animated film Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) and the video game Lego Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2011). With his permission, his likeness was used for the Ultimate version of the Marvel Comics character Nick Fury; he subsequently played Fury in 11 Marvel Cinematic Universe films, beginning with a cameo appearance in Iron Man (2008), as well as guest-starring in the television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He will reprise this role in the upcoming Disney+ series Secret Invasion, which is set to premiere on June 21, 2023. Jackson has provided his voice for several animated films, documentaries, television series, and video games, including Lucius Best / Frozone in the Pixar films The Incredibles (2004) and Incredibles 2 (2018).
Known For Acting
Gender Male
Place of Birth Washington, District of Columbia, USA

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Movies

Jackie Brown

Ordell Robbie in Jackie Brown

True Romance

Big Don in True Romance

Snakes on a Plane

Neville Flynn in Snakes on a Plane

Kill Bill: Vol. 2

Rufus in Kill Bill: Vol. 2

Shaft

John Shaft in Shaft

Pulp Fiction

Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction

GoodFellas

Stacks Edwards in GoodFellas

Do the Right Thing

Mister Señor Love Daddy in Do the Right Thing

Changing Lanes

Doyle Gipson in Changing Lanes

Die Hard: With a Vengeance

Zeus Carver in Die Hard: With a Vengeance

A Time to Kill

Carl Lee Hailey in A Time to Kill

The 51st State

Elmo McElroy in The 51st State

Iron Man

Nick Fury (uncredited) in Iron Man

Captain America: The First Avenger

Nick Fury in Captain America: The First Avenger

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Mace Windu in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Mace Windu in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Mace Windu in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

No Good Deed

Jack Friar in No Good Deed

Iron Man 2

Nick Fury in Iron Man 2

Sphere

Dr. Harry Adams in Sphere

Thor

Nick Fury (uncredited) in Thor

Rules of Engagement

Col. Terry L. Childers in Rules of Engagement

1408

Gerald Olin in 1408

Basic

West in Basic

The Great White Hype

Rev. Fred Sultan in The Great White Hype

Gospel Hill

Paul Malcolm in Gospel Hill

One Eight Seven

Trevor Garfield in One Eight Seven

The Long Kiss Goodnight

Mitch Henessey in The Long Kiss Goodnight

Kiss of Death

Calvin Hart in Kiss of Death

Amos & Andrew

Andrew Sterling in Amos & Andrew

Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey

Fear (voice) in Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey

Coach Carter

Ken Carter in Coach Carter

xXx: State of the Union

Agent Augustus Gibbons in xXx: State of the Union

Black Snake Moan

Lazarus in Black Snake Moan

Hard Eight

Jimmy in Hard Eight

Against the Wall

Jamaal in Against the Wall

The Avengers

Nick Fury in The Avengers

Jumper

Roland in Jumper

The Spirit

Octopus in The Spirit

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson (voice) in Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

The Caveman's Valentine

Romulus in The Caveman's Valentine

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Mace Windu (voice) in Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Ragtime

Gang Member No. 2 in Ragtime

The Man

Derrick Vann in The Man

S.W.A.T.

Sgt. Dan 'Hondo' Harrelson in S.W.A.T.

Farce of the Penguins

Narrator (voice) in Farce of the Penguins

Menace II Society

Tat Lawson in Menace II Society

Coming to America

Hold-Up Man in Coming to America

The Negotiator

Lt. Danny Roman in The Negotiator

National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1

Wes Luger in National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1

Unbreakable

Elijah Price in Unbreakable

Resurrecting the Champ

Champ in Resurrecting the Champ

Patriot Games

Lt. Cmdr. Robby Jackson in Patriot Games

Freedomland

Lorenzo Council in Freedomland

The Other Guys

P.K. Highsmith in The Other Guys

Cleaner

Tom Cutler in Cleaner

Lakeview Terrace

Abel Turner in Lakeview Terrace

Twisted

John Mills in Twisted

Losing Isaiah

Kadar Lewis in Losing Isaiah

Fresh

Sam in Fresh

Home of the Brave

William Marsh in Home of the Brave

The New Age

Dale Deveaux in The New Age

Mo' Better Blues

Madlock in Mo' Better Blues

The Red Violin

Charles Morritz (Montréal) in The Red Violin

Soul Men

Louis Hinds in Soul Men

Afro Samurai: Resurrection

Afro / Ninja-Ninja (voice) in Afro Samurai: Resurrection

The Return of Superfly

Nate Cabot in The Return of Superfly

Mother and Child

Paul in Mother and Child

Unthinkable

Henry Harold 'H' Humphries in Unthinkable

Juice

Trip in Juice

Eve's Bayou

Louis Batiste in Eve's Bayou

Strictly Business

Monroe in Strictly Business

Astro Boy

Zog (voice) in Astro Boy

In My Country

Langston Whitfield in In My Country

Eddie Murphy Raw

Eddie's Uncle in Eddie Murphy Raw

xXx: Return of Xander Cage

Agent Augustus Gibbons in xXx: Return of Xander Cage

BaadAsssss Cinema

Self in BaadAsssss Cinema

The Search for One-eye Jimmy

Colonel Ron in The Search for One-eye Jimmy

Django Unchained

Stephen in Django Unchained

White Sands

Greg Meeker in White Sands

Arena

Logan in Arena

Def by Temptation

Minister Garth in Def by Temptation

The Sunset Limited

Black in The Sunset Limited

African Cats

Narrator (voice) in African Cats

Meeting Evil

Richie in Meeting Evil

Fathers and Sons

Marshall in Fathers and Sons

Together for Days

Stan in Together for Days

Turbo

Whiplash (voice) in Turbo

With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story

Self in With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story

RoboCop

Pat Novak in RoboCop

Oldboy

Chaney in Oldboy

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Nick Fury in Captain America: The Winter Soldier

I Ain't Scared of You: A Tribute to Bernie Mac

Self in I Ain't Scared of You: A Tribute to Bernie Mac

The Samaritan

Foley in The Samaritan

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Nick Fury in Avengers: Age of Ultron

Young Jeezy: A Hustlerz Ambition

Narrator in Young Jeezy: A Hustlerz Ambition

Eddie Murphy: One Night Only

Self in Eddie Murphy: One Night Only

John Travolta: The Inside Story

Self in John Travolta: The Inside Story

Zambezia

Tendai (voice) in Zambezia

The Face Is Familiar

Himself in The Face Is Familiar

Hail Caesar

Mailman in Hail Caesar

Reasonable Doubt

Clinton Davis in Reasonable Doubt

Barely Lethal

Hardman in Barely Lethal

Any Given Wednesday

Willie Nutter in Any Given Wednesday

The Displaced Person

Sulk in The Displaced Person

The Harlem Globetrotters: The Team That Changed the World

Self in The Harlem Globetrotters: The Team That Changed the World

A Shock to the System

Ulysses in A Shock to the System

From Star Wars to Star Wars: The Story of Industrial Light & Magic

Narrator, Host in From Star Wars to Star Wars: The Story of Industrial Light & Magic

Trees Lounge

Wendell in Trees Lounge

Jungle Fever

Gator Purify in Jungle Fever

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Valentine in Kingsman: The Secret Service

Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker

Richard Greener in Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker

Our Friend, Martin

Turner (voice) in Our Friend, Martin

School Daze

Leeds in School Daze

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Barron in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Inglourious Basterds

Narrator (voice) (uncredited) in Inglourious Basterds

Big Game

US President William Alan Moore in Big Game

The Hateful Eight

Major Marquis Warren in The Hateful Eight

In the Land of the Free...

Narrator in In the Land of the Free...

Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe

Self in Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe

Kite

Lieutenant Karl Aker in Kite

Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank

Jimbo (voice) in Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank

Chi-Raq

Dolmedes in Chi-Raq

Sea of Love

Black Guy in Sea of Love

Star Wars: Evolution of the Lightsaber Duel

Self in Star Wars: Evolution of the Lightsaber Duel

Everything Is Samuel L. Jackson's Fault

Self in Everything Is Samuel L. Jackson's Fault

Face of Unity

Self in Face of Unity

The Legend of Tarzan

George Washington Williams in The Legend of Tarzan

Cell

Thomas 'Tom' McCourt in Cell

Kong: Skull Island

Lieutenant Colonel Preston Packard in Kong: Skull Island

Dead and Alive: The Race for Gus Farace

Everett Hatcher in Dead and Alive: The Race for Gus Farace

Unicorn Store

The Salesman in Unicorn Store

Making 'Do the Right Thing'

Self in Making 'Do the Right Thing'

Incredibles 2

Lucius Best / Frozone (voice) in Incredibles 2

xXx

Agent Augustus Gibbons in xXx

Smokey Robinson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

Host in Smokey Robinson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

Life Itself

Self in Life Itself

Johnny Suede

B-Bop in Johnny Suede

Glass

Elijah Price / Mr. Glass in Glass

Quentin Tarantino: 20 Years of Filmmaking

Self in Quentin Tarantino: 20 Years of Filmmaking

Dead Man Out

Calvin Fredricks in Dead Man Out

Betsy's Wedding

Taxi Dispatcher (Mickey) in Betsy's Wedding

The Trial of the Moke

Johnson Whittaker in The Trial of the Moke

The Exterminator

Extra (uncredited) in The Exterminator

Magic Sticks

Bum in Magic Sticks

The Hitman's Bodyguard

Darius Kincaid in The Hitman's Bodyguard

The Words That Built America

Reader - Declaration of Independence in The Words That Built America

Shaft

John Shaft in Shaft

The Last Full Measure

Takoda in The Last Full Measure

Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives

in Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives

Avengers: Infinity War

Nick Fury (uncredited) in Avengers: Infinity War

Jackie Brown: How It Went Down

Self in Jackie Brown: How It Went Down

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Nick Fury in Spider-Man: Far From Home

The Avengers: A Visual Journey

Self in The Avengers: A Visual Journey

Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard

Darius Kincaid in Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard

Captain Marvel

Nick Fury in Captain Marvel

Shaquille O'Neal: Larger than Life

Narrator (voice) in Shaquille O'Neal: Larger than Life

Creating a King: Summoning a God

Self in Creating a King: Summoning a God

Forever Hollywood

Self in Forever Hollywood

Crítico

Self in Crítico

Quincy

Self in Quincy

Spiral: From the Book of Saw

Marcus Banks in Spiral: From the Book of Saw

Eating You Alive

Self in Eating You Alive

The Banker

Joe Morris in The Banker

The Protégé

Moody in The Protégé

BET Presents Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration

Self in BET Presents Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Mace Windu (voice) in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Honor Deferred

Narrator in Honor Deferred

Comic Books & Superheroes

Self in Comic Books & Superheroes

Avengers: Endgame

Nick Fury in Avengers: Endgame

Spike Lee & Company: Do It a Cappella

The Janitor in Spike Lee & Company: Do It a Cappella

Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee

Self in Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee

On the Shoulders of Giants

in On the Shoulders of Giants

Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair

Rufus in Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair

The Journey of the African-American Athlete

Narrator in The Journey of the African-American Athlete

R2-D2: Beneath the Dome

Self in R2-D2: Beneath the Dome

Return to Jurassic Park

Self in Return to Jurassic Park

A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote

Self in A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote

I Am Not Your Negro

Narrator (voice) in I Am Not Your Negro

Death to 2020

Dash Bracket in Death to 2020

The N Word

Himself in The N Word

The Piano Lesson

Doaker Charles in The Piano Lesson

Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story

Narrator in Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story

George Lucas: Creating an Empire

Presenter/Self in George Lucas: Creating an Empire

John Travolta, le miraculé d'Hollywood

Self - Actor (archive footage) in John Travolta, le miraculé d'Hollywood

QT8: The First Eight

Self (uncredited) in QT8: The First Eight

One World: Together at Home

Self in One World: Together at Home

Argylle

Alfie in Argylle

The Marvels

Nick Fury in The Marvels

Enslaved with Samuel L Jackson

Presenter in Enslaved with Samuel L Jackson

Marvel Studios' 2021 Disney+ Day Special

Nick Fury (archive footage) in Marvel Studios' 2021 Disney+ Day Special

An Audience with Adele

Self in An Audience with Adele

2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Self in 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Uneven Fairways

Narrator in Uneven Fairways

Out of Sight

Hejirah Henry (uncredited) in Out of Sight

Coach Carter The Man Behind the Movie

Self in Coach Carter The Man Behind the Movie

The Kill Room

Gordon in The Kill Room

Shaft: Still the Man

Self in Shaft: Still the Man

Mr. Incredible and Pals

Frozone (commentary voice) in Mr. Incredible and Pals

The Garfield Movie

Vic (voice) in The Garfield Movie

Uncle Tom's Cabin

George in Uncle Tom's Cabin

Fluke

Rumbo (voice) in Fluke

Spider-Man: All Roads Lead to No Way Home

Self (archive footage) in Spider-Man: All Roads Lead to No Way Home

Middle School Confessions

Host in Middle School Confessions

The Exorcist III

Dream Blind Man (uncredited) in The Exorcist III

Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's

Self in Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's

Jumpin' at the Boneyard

Mr. Simpson in Jumpin' at the Boneyard

Is That Black Enough for You?!?

Self in Is That Black Enough for You?!?

Common Ground

Rev. Bob McClair in Common Ground

Kingsman: The Secret Service Revealed

Self in Kingsman: The Secret Service Revealed

Go the F**k to Sleep

Narrator (voice) in Go the F**k to Sleep

Hollywood Legenden

Self in Hollywood Legenden

Damaged

Dan Lawson in Damaged

50 Films to See Before You Die

Self in 50 Films to See Before You Die

The 100 Greatest Films

Self in The 100 Greatest Films

Last Meals

Walter in Last Meals

Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen

(archive footage) in Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen

#UNFIT: The Psychology of Donald Trump

Self (archive footage) in #UNFIT: The Psychology of Donald Trump

Marvel Studios Assembled: The Making of Secret Invasion

Self - 'Nick Fury' in Marvel Studios Assembled: The Making of Secret Invasion

Heavy Rain

in Heavy Rain

The Beast

President in The Beast

Unholy Trinity

St. Christopher in Unholy Trinity

A Night to Die For

Himself/Host in A Night to Die For

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - The Introduction

Officer Frank Tenpenny (voice) (uncredited) in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - The Introduction

The Match: Tiger vs. Phil

Commentator in The Match: Tiger vs. Phil

The Match: Champions for Charity

Commentator in The Match: Champions for Charity

Afterburn

Valentine in Afterburn

Mais Bastidores de Hollywood

Self in Mais Bastidores de Hollywood

The Art of Action: Martial Arts in the Movies

Self - Narrator in The Art of Action: Martial Arts in the Movies

My Date with Drew

Self (uncredited) in My Date with Drew

Tarantino's Mind

Jules Winnfield / Rufus (archive footage) in Tarantino's Mind

The Incredibles

Lucius Best / Frozone (voice) in The Incredibles

Jurassic Park

Arnold in Jurassic Park

Deep Blue Sea

Russell Franklin in Deep Blue Sea

Head Games

in Head Games

TV Shows

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

in Jimmy Kimmel Live!

LIVE with Kelly and Mark

in LIVE with Kelly and Mark

The View

Self in The View

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Extras

Samuel L. Jackson in Extras

Ghostwriter

Reggie Jenkins in Ghostwriter

The Oscars

Self in The Oscars

Inside the Actors Studio

Self in Inside the Actors Studio

Law & Order

Attorney Louis Taggert in Law & Order

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Self in The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Spenser: For Hire

in Spenser: For Hire

Today

Self in Today

The Boondocks

in The Boondocks

The Early Show

Self in The Early Show

The Colbert Report

in The Colbert Report

Late Night with Conan O'Brien

Self - Guest in Late Night with Conan O'Brien

The Henry Rollins Show

in The Henry Rollins Show

The Frank Skinner Show

Self in The Frank Skinner Show

Iconoclasts

Self in Iconoclasts

Alan Carr: Chatty Man

Self in Alan Carr: Chatty Man

Afro Samurai

Afro Samurai / Ninja Ninja (voice) in Afro Samurai

TRL

in TRL

Saturday Night Live

Self - Host in Saturday Night Live

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Nick Fury in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Circus Halligalli

in Circus Halligalli

America Beyond the Color Line

Self in America Beyond the Color Line

The War

Narrator in The War

WWE Raw

in WWE Raw

Bambi Awards

Self in Bambi Awards

Carpool Karaoke: The Series

Self in Carpool Karaoke: The Series

The Graham Norton Show

Self in The Graham Norton Show

Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter

Self in Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter

Real Time with Bill Maher

Himself in Real Time with Bill Maher

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies

Self in AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies

Prohibition

Reader (voice) in Prohibition

Some Good News

Voice Over in Some Good News

Enslaved

Self in Enslaved

Great Performances

Self in Great Performances

HBO First Look

in HBO First Look

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

in The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Staged

Sam in Staged

Tamron Hall

Self - Guest in Tamron Hall

Finding Your Roots

Self in Finding Your Roots

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Self in The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

The Jonathan Ross Show

Self in The Jonathan Ross Show

What If...?

Nick Fury (voice) in What If...?

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

An Officer of the Law in The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

The Daily Show

Self in The Daily Show

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Self in The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

Ptolemy Grey in The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

JANET JACKSON.

Self in JANET JACKSON.

The Fix

Narrator (voice) in The Fix

The View

Self - Guest in The View

The Movies That Made Us

Self (archive footage) in The Movies That Made Us

Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child

The Mayor (voice) in Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Mace Windu (voice) (archive sound) in Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Dynamo: Magician Impossible

Self in Dynamo: Magician Impossible

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

in The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

in Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

Saturday Night Live

Self - Cameo (uncredited) in Saturday Night Live

Marvel Studios Legends

Nick Fury (archive footage) in Marvel Studios Legends

Tony Awards

Self - Presenter in Tony Awards

Secret Invasion

Nick Fury in Secret Invasion

MTV Movie & TV Awards

Self / Presenter in MTV Movie & TV Awards

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Self in The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

The Jennifer Hudson Show

in The Jennifer Hudson Show

Leute heute

Self in Leute heute

Variety Studio: Actors on Actors

Self in Variety Studio: Actors on Actors

What If...?

Sir Fury (voice) in What If...?

Fight Night: The Million Dollar Heist

Frank Moten in Fight Night: The Million Dollar Heist

Beyond the Spotlight

in Beyond the Spotlight

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Self in Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen

Self - Guest in Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen

Honest Trailers

Mace Windu (archive footage) in Honest Trailers

Honest Trailers

Nick Fury (archive footage) in Honest Trailers

The Proud Family

Joseph (voice) in The Proud Family

The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd

Brother Elvis in The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd

Amend: The Fight for America

Self in Amend: The Fight for America