Samuel Leroy Jackson (born December 21, 1948) is an American film and television actor and film producer. After becoming involved with the Civil Rights Movement, he moved on to acting in theater at Morehouse College, and then films. He had several small roles such as in the film Goodfellas before meeting his mentor, Morgan Freeman, and the director Spike Lee. After gaining critical acclaim for his role in Jungle Fever in 1991, he appeared in films such as Patriot Games, Amos & Andrew, True Romance and Jurassic Park. In 1994, he was cast as Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction, and his performance received several award nominations and critical acclaim.
Jackson has since appeared in over 100 films, including Die Hard with a Vengeance, The 51st State, Jackie Brown, Unbreakable, The Incredibles, Black Snake Moan, Shaft, Snakes on a Plane, Django Unchained, as well as the Star Wars prequel trilogy and small roles in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill Vol. 2 and Inglourious Basterds.
He played Nick Fury in Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Marvel’s The Avengers, the first five of a nine-film commitment as the character for the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise. Jackson is set to reprise his role as Fury in the 2014 film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the 2015 film, Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Jackson’s many roles have made him one of the highest-grossing actors at the box office. Jackson has won multiple awards throughout his career and has been portrayed in various forms of media, including films, television series, and songs. In 1980, Jackson married LaTanya Richardson, with whom he has a daughter, Zoe.
In October 2011, Jackson surpassed Frank Welker as the actor with the highest grossing film total of all time.
|1972||Together for Days||Stan|
|1977||Displaced Person, TheThe Displaced Person||Sulk|
|1981||Ragtime||Gang Member No. 2|
|1987||Eddie Murphy Raw||Eddie’s uncle||In a sketch that precedes concert footage|
|1988||Coming to America||Hold-Up Man|
|1989||Do the Right Thing||Mister Señor Love Daddy|
|1989||Exorcist III, TheThe Exorcist III||Blind Dream Man|
|1989||Sea of Love||Black Guy|
|1990||Goodfellas||Parnell Steven “Stacks” Edwards|
|1990||Mo’ Better Blues||Madlock|
|1990||Def by Temptation||Minister Garth|
|1990||Betsy’s Wedding||Taxi Dispatcher|
|1990||Shock to the System, AA Shock to the System||Ulysses|
|1990||Return of Superfly, TheThe Return of Superfly||Nate Cabot|
|1991||Jungle Fever||Gator Purify|
|1992||Patriot Games||LCDR Robby Jackson|
|1992||White Sands||Greg Meeker|
|1992||Jumpin’ at the Boneyard||Mr. Simpson|
|1992||Fathers & Sons||Marshall|
|1993||True Romance||Big Don|
|1993||Menace II Society||Tat Lawson|
|1993||Loaded Weapon 1||Sgt. Wes Luger|
|1993||Amos & Andrew||Andrew Sterling|
|1993||Jurassic Park||John Raymond Arnold|
|1993||The Meteor Man||Dre|
|1994||Pulp Fiction||Jules Winnfield|
|1994||Against the Wall||Jamaal||Television movie|
|1994||New Age, TheThe New Age||Dale|
|1994||Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker||Greener, Richard TheodoreRichard Theodore Greener|
|1995||Kiss of Death||Calvin Hart|
|1995||Die Hard with a Vengeance||Zeus Carver|
|1995||Losing Isaiah||Kadar Lewis|
|1996||Great White Hype, TheThe Great White Hype||Rev. Fred Sultan|
|1996||Time to Kill, AA Time to Kill||Carl Lee Hailey|
|1996||Long Kiss Goodnight, TheThe Long Kiss Goodnight||Mitch Henessey|
|1996||Teens and Guns: Preventing Violence||For use in schools|
|1996||Search for One-eye Jimmy, TheThe Search for One-eye Jimmy||Colonel Ron|
|1997||One Eight Seven||Trevor Garfield|
|1997||Eve’s Bayou||Louis Batiste||Also producer|
|1997||Jackie Brown||Ordell Robbie|
|1998||Negotiator, TheThe Negotiator||Lt. Danny Roman|
|1998||Red Violin, TheThe Red Violin||Charles Morritz|
|1998||Out of Sight||Hejira Henry||Uncredited cameo|
|1999||Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace||Mace Windu|
|1999||Deep Blue Sea||Russell Franklin|
|2000||Rules of Engagement||Col. Terry L. Childers|
|2001||Caveman’s Valentine, TheThe Caveman’s Valentine||Romulus Ledbetter||Also executive producer|
|2002||Changing Lanes||Doyle Gipson|
|2002||Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones||Mace Windu|
|2002||xXx||Agent Augustus Gibbons|
|2002||51st State, TheThe 51st State||Elmo McElroy||aka Formula 51|
|2002||No Good Deed||Jack Friar|
|2003||Basic||Sergeant Nathan West|
|2003||S.W.A.T.||Sgt. Dan ‘Hondo’ Harrelson|
|2003||Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines||Chief Master Sergeant William Candy (voice)||Uncredited cameo|
|2004||Kill Bill Vol.2||Rufus||Cameo|
|2004||Incredibles, TheThe Incredibles||Lucius Best/Frozone (voice)|
|2004||In My Country||Langston Whitfield|
|2004||Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson||Jack Johnson (voice)|
|2004||N-Word, TheThe N-Word||Himself|
|2005||Coach Carter||Coach Ken Carter|
|2005||xXx: State of the Union||Agent Augustus Gibbons|
|2005||Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith||Mace Windu|
|2005||Man, TheThe Man||Derrick Vann|
|2006||Snakes on a Plane||Neville Flynn|
|2006||Home of the Brave||Dr. Will Marsh|
|2007||Farce of the Penguins||Narrator|
|2007||Black Snake Moan||Lazarus Woods||Also sang on the soundtrack|
|2007||Resurrecting the Champ||Bob Satterfield|
|2008||Jumper||Agent Roland Cox|
|2008||Iron Man||Nick Fury||Uncredited cameo|
|2008||Star Wars: The Clone Wars||Mace Windu (voice)|
|2008||Lakeview Terrace||Abel Turner|
|2008||Soul Men||Louis Hinds|
|2008||Spirit, TheThe Spirit||The Octopus|
|2008||Gospel Hill||Paul Malcolm||Uncredited cameo|
|2009||Astro Boy||Zog (voice)|
|2010||Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey||Fear (voice)|
|2010||Mother and Child||Paul|
|2010||Iron Man 2||Nick Fury|
|2010||Other Guys, TheThe Other Guys||Detective PK Highsmith|
|2010||Vengeance: A Love Story||John Dromoor|
|2011||African Cats||Narrator (voice)|
|2011||Thor||Nick Fury||Uncredited cameo|
|2011||Captain America: The First Avenger||Nick Fury||Cameo|
|2012||Avengers, TheThe Avengers||Nick Fury|
|2014||Reasonable Doubt||Clinton Davis|
|2014||RoboCop||Patrick “Pat” Novak|
|2014||Captain America: The Winter Soldier||Nick Fury||Completed|
|2014||Big Game||The President||Post-production|
|2015||The Secret Service||Filming|
|2015||Avengers: Age of Ultron||Nick Fury||Filming|
- Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
- xXx 2: The Next Level
- Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones
- The Negotiator
- Jackie Brown
- Pulp Fiction
Kelly Gough (actress, RAW): I wouldn’t want to rate them as I respect them all.
Rachel Sarah Murphy: Excellent.
Daniel Wymbs: I love Samuel L Jackson.
Ferdia McAnna (writer): Samuel Jackson is wonderful in everything.
Michael Doherty (RTE Guide): The coolest (and busiest) actor in Hollywood.
Dominic Mafham (actor): Just is great.
Elfrieda Carroll: Brilliant .
Alvean Jones (tv presenter): Brilliant.
Film fan: Has wrung every last drop from a characterisation that occasionally borders on schtick. Nonetheless, has wonderful screen presence and a sense of humour that wins over many audiences.