Samuel L. Jackson

Published August 19th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Date of Birth: December 21, 1948 

Place of Birth: Washington, DC, USA 

Sign: Sun in Sagittarius, Moon in Virgo 

Relations: Wife, LaTanya Richardson; daughter, Zoe 

Education: Morehouse College, drama major 


 

AFTER YEAR AS a successful character actor on stage, film, and television, Samuel L. Jackson made his mark with his mesmerizing portrayal of Jules, the bible-quoting hitman in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. He received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for the role, as well as a Golden Globe nomination.  

In 1996, Jackson secured his status by starring alongside Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey and Kevin Spacey in the film adaptation of the John Grisham novel A Time To Kill. Jackson also starred opposite Bruce Willis in Die Hard: With a Vengeance, Nicolas Cage and David Caruso in Kiss of Death and Jessica Lange and Halle Berry in Losing Isaiah.  

Jackson preceded Pulp Fiction with a brilliant performance in Boaz Yakin's Fresh, for which New York Magazine said in its review, "People like Jackson could put black cinema where it belongs, on the leading edge of American movie-making."  

Jackson made movie history when he was awarded the first and only Best Supporting Performance Award by the judges at the Cannes Film Festival for his searing portrayal of a crack addict (ironic considering that it was his first post-sobriety role after kicking a drug and alcohol addiction) in Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever. He also won the New York Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor.  

Jackson graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta with a degree in dramatic arts. He went on to perform in numerous stage plays such as Home, A Soldier's Play, Sally/Prince, and The District Line. He originated the roles in two of August Wilson's plays at Yale Rep: Boy Willie in The Piano Lesson and Wolf in Two Trains Running. For the New York Shakespeare Festival, Jackson appeared in Mother Courage and Her Children, Spell #7, and The Mighty Gents. While still a student at Morehouse, Jackson made his film debut in Together for Days, which starred Clifton Davis and Lois Chiles.  

Jackson, who rarely has to audition for roles, literally begged George Lucas to cast him in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. He didn't care what role he had; he just wanted to be a part of the Star Wars phenomenon. As Mace Windu, a senior Jedi Knight who is the original mentor to Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jackson saw his dream come true. He commanded the screen and – truth be told – toy stores internationally, which reported that his action figure outsold those of any other Phantom Menace character. The Force was with him.  

Returning to action protagonist in the "Jaws-meets-Aliens" scare flick Deep Blue Sea (which is not, we learned the hard way, based on the children's story Danny and the Deep Blue Sea), Jackson took on killer sharks from hell. He'll follow that up as the quintessential blaxploitation ladies man, Shaft.  


 

Movies: 


 

2000 Shaft  

1999 Deep Blue Sea  

1999 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace  

1999 Caveman's Valentine  

1999 Mefisto in Onyx  

1999 Rules of Engagement  

1999 Training Day  

1998 The Negotiator  

1998 Out of Sight  

1998 The Red Violin  

1998 Sphere  

1997 187  

1997 Eve's Bayou  

1997 Hard Eight  

1997 Jackie Brown  

1996 The Great White Hype  

1996 The Long Kiss Goodnight  

1996 A Time To Kill  

1996 Trees Lounge  

1996 The Search for One-Eye Jimmy  

1995 Die Hard: With A Vengeance  

1995 Losing Isaiah  

1995 Kiss of Death  

1994 Pulp Fiction  

1994 Fresh  

1994 The New Age  

1994 Hail Caesar  

1993 Amos & Andrew  

1993 Jurassic Park  

1993 True Romance  

1993 National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon  

1993 Menace II Society  

1993 The Meteor Man  

1992 Juice  

1992 Patriot Games  

1992 White Sands  

1992 Fathers and Sons  

1991 Jungle Fever  

1991 Johnny Suede  

1991 Strictly Business  

1991 Jumpin' at the Boneyard  

1990 A Shock to the System  

1990 GoodFellas  

1990 The Exorcist III  

1990 Mo' Better Blues  

1990 Betsy's Wedding  

1990 Def By Temptation  

1990 Return of Superfly  

1989 Sea of Love  

1989 Do the Right Thing  

1988 School Daze  

1988 Coming to America  

1987 Eddie Murphy Raw  

1981 Ragtime  

1972 Together for Days 


 

TV: 


 

1993 Simple Justice  

1992 Ghostwriter  

1991 Dead and Alive: The Race for Gus Farace  

1990 Common Ground  

1987 Uncle Tom's Cabin  

 

 

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