Samuel L. Jackson
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Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel Leroy Jackson 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.
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Samuel L. Jackson on Denzel, Viola, this year's Oscar race and his own 'Pulp Fiction' fight
LATimes - 9 days
The evening before he planned to cast his Oscar ballot, Samuel L. Jackson had no doubt as to who had his  lead actor vote. “I don’t think anyone did a better job than Denzel,” Jackson said of “Fences” star and friend Denzel Washington, who vies for the Academy Award on Feb. 26. “That’s a difficult...
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Facebook, Where Gangs Are Waging Turf Wars
Wall Street Journal - 22 days
For years, Samuel Jackson walked through the Bronx ready to step between rival gangs on the verge of a deadly exchange. Today, he spends hours on social media, aiming to diffuse online confrontations.
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Phenomenal Man: Samuel L. Jackson Channels James Baldwin in 'I Am Not Your Negro'
Huffington Post - 23 days
If I don't get to watch another film this year apart from Raoul Peck's Academy Award nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro, I think I'll be cinematically satisfied for the entire 2017. Yes, you read me right. It's. That. Good. Why make such a strong statement, you may wonder? Because the writing of James Baldwin, the great African American author who defines the Civil Rights movement in America along with Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Medgar Evers -- and of course Rosa Parks and Dorothy Counts among many others -- is as current and crucial today as it was in the 1950s and '60s. In I Am Not Your Negro, Peck manages to weave archival photos, video and even the odd space footage into a beautifully watchable, mesmerizing, can't-tear-your-eyes-away-from-the-screen masterpiece of understanding, drawn out straight from Baldwin's writing. Samuel L. Jackson narrates by reading from the 30 pages of notes for Remember This House, a book Baldwin never completed where he wanted t ...
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11 James Baldwin Quotes On Race That Resonate Now More Than Ever
Huffington Post - 24 days
On Friday, Raoul Peck’s Oscar-nominated documentary “I Am Not Your Negro” will be released in theaters. The film, narrated in part by Samuel L. Jackson, is comprised entirely of the writings and recordings of James Baldwin, the great author and Civil Rights activist.  Baldwin had an uncanny way with words, an uncanny way of deconstructing language and, in essence, what he once described as the “performance” of American life. Few people have  been able to distill the experience of being black in America like Baldwin, who so famously said, “To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.” In a time when the future of America feels more uncertain than ever, Baldwin’s powerful insights from the past are more vital than ever. Below are 11 must-see clips of the great writer and thinker talking about race in America ― everything from the concept of the “nigger” to the prospect of an American black president. Though decades have p ...
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Film Clip: 'I Am Not Your Negro'
Wall Street Journal - 26 days
Watch a film clip from "I Am Not Your Negro," starring Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin, and Dick Cavett. Photo: Magnolia Pictures
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Raoul Peck on the James Baldwin Documentary "I Am Not Your Negro"
Huffington Post - 29 days
The credits of Raoul Peck's stunning documentary, "I Am Not Your Negro" list the subject of the film, James Baldwin, as its screenwriter because all of the words are Baldwin's own, through archival footage and narration by Samuel L. Jackson. But Peck's direction provides the shape and structure of the film, which matches Baldwin's words to images from popular culture and contemporary events, underscoring the vitality and applicability of Baldwin's commentary written nearly half a century ago. In an interview, the Haitian-born Peck said that Baldwin "was a constant personality around me," from the time he first read The Fire Next Time as a teenager. "I've read everything and re-read and went back to it to depending on what period of my life I was." He worked on the film for ten years, spending much of that time doing research to find archival material that had not been seen for decades. "I have a very creative way to use archives. In the case of this film I did not want to use the us ...
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xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage
Huffington Post - about 1 month
"Rock. Paper. Scissors. Grenade launcher." Those are some of the essential power-play components in this badass action film. Vin Diesel, the lord of the The Fast and the Furious franchise, has just upped the mojo of his spy-thriller xXx sagas to a high-adrenalin stratosphere that will take action-film junkies to the land of nirvana. Fasten your seat belts. (Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures) The cast of the action/spy/thriller xXx: Return of Xander Cage. Sinister folks have invented a devise called "Pandora's Box." It's about the size of a VHS tape cassette, but not nearly as benign. This deadly killing machine is capable of sabotaging satellites and forcing them to crash land on earth, on a dime. Whatever they target and want blown-up goes kaboom! As Jane Marke (Toni Collette), a government official who has the president on speed dial, leads a meeting of international higher ups explaining the problem, covert warriors break into the meeting room and steal the device. Then t ...
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Obamas, Oprah Winfrey and others salute black culture in National Museum of African American History special on ABC
LATimes - about 2 months
The spotlight falls on black culture on Thursday with the ABC special “Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories that Changed America.”  The star-studded two-hour special, recorded last fall, includes appearances by among others, Oprah Winfrey, Samuel L. Jackson, Dave Chappelle and Tom...
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'I Am Not Your Negro' Trailer Shows The Lasting Power Of James Baldwin's Words
Huffington Post - about 2 months
“The story of the Negro in America is the story of America,” intones Samuel L. Jackson early in the trailer for “I Am Not Your Negro.” “It is not a pretty story.” The words are James Baldwin’s; the documentary, by Raoul Peck, is based on the author’s final, unfinished book, Remember This House. The manuscript was meant to explore the interwoven lives and shocking deaths of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. ― three Civil Rights–era leaders who were assassinated in the 1960s. Though the book did not come close to being finished prior to Baldwin’s death, Peck mined the pages of notes left behind as a jumping-off point for “I Am Not Your Negro.” The documentary, which received rave reviews after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, combines clips of Baldwin speaking in forceful, fiery terms on racism in America with Jackson’s solemn, rumbling delivery of lines from his famous and never-published writings alike. Few have matc ...
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A-Listers Party At The White House Until Morning To Say Goodbye To Barack Obama
Huffington Post - about 2 months
With only two weeks left until Barack and Michelle Obama vacate the White House for good, the first family welcomed a host of celebrity guests on Friday night for a star-studded farewell party.  Aside from an awards show, there haven’t been this many famous people gathered in one room since a casting call for a holiday-themed Garry Marshall romantic comedy.  The White House bash effectively serves as the kickoff to events celebrating President Obama’s time in office, leading up to his final address, which he’ll deliver in Chicago on Jan. 10. Days later, President-elect Donald Trump will call 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. home after his inauguration, for which he’s struggled to find big-name performers.  In contrast, Obama’s farewell party attracted some of the biggest A-listers around. Attendees reportedly included Meryl Streep, George and Amal Clooney, Robert De Niro, Beyoncé and Jay Z, Nick Jonas, Jordin Sparks, David Letterman, Paul McCartney, Kelly Rowland, Olivia Wilde and Jas ...
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When Actors Go Bad
Huffington Post - about 2 months
I would pay $10 (Okay....$20!) to know the real inside dope why Dos Equis beer chose to replace the journeyman actor Jonathan Goldsmith as their "Most interesting man in the world" in those beer commercials. He was perfect for it. But perfect or not, they go and replace him. They go from a dignified, refined and articulate elderly gentleman to a guy (Augustin Legrand) who could pass for Michael Phelps' unsavory, drug-addicted older brother. Shame on you advertising people. You're not going to sell any beer if you keep pulling dumb stunts like that one. Admittedly, because I have always viewed acting as a genuine "art form" (maybe not quite up there with writing, painting, composing, but very close) I strongly objected to actors prostituting themselves by shilling for predatory corporate sponsors. In fact, I hated it. But ever since actors--even some extravagantly talented ones--made it clear that they see little difference between being paid to play "Hamlet" or Willie L ...
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Celebrities react to the death of Carrie Fisher on Twitter
Yahoo News - 2 months
News of the death of actress Carrie Fisher hit hard on Tuesday. Friends, family and fans were wishing for a fast recovery after Fisher suffered a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles last Friday.  Best known for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars, the brazen and gifted actress and author upheld an active social voice on Twitter. Countless fans and dozens of celebrities expressed their condolences on the platform upon hearing the sad news. SEE ALSO: A life in the stars: Carrie Fisher in pictures The wide range of heartfelt responses after the news of Fisher's death only proves she was a strong force who left a huge impact on the entire world.  no words #Devastated pic.twitter.com/R9Xo7IBKmh — Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 27, 2016 She loved to give one the oddest and most randomly silly presents. These are the last three things she gave me. #CarrieFisher pic.twitter.com/qmI7YWqlZ6 — Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) December 27, 2016 I thought I had got what I wanted ...
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The Dubai Film Festival Diaries: A Classy End To A Life-Changing Event
Huffington Post - 2 months
OK, I'll just preface this by saying that were the majority of film reviews written by women, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story would never have been made. I'm probably a Star Trek girl through and through because I like a little reflection to go along with my entertainment. Not a whole lot of references to things I know nothing about nor want to particularly find out. But more on the film that closed this year's Dubai International Film Festival later in the blog. The reason that DIFF exists and just celebrated its glorious thirteenth edition is primarily to showcase and support the ever-growing Arab cinema industry. Yet we all know that a festival without international stars, great world premieres and exclusive parties would not be on anyone's radar for very long. And this year, DIFF brought to Dubai Hollywood royalty like Andie MacDowell and Samuel L. Jackson, HBO's Westworld stars Jeffrey Wright and Luke Hemsworth, filmmaker extraordinaire Asif Kapadia, world-class composer Gabriel Y ...
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I Am Not Your Negro
Huffington Post - 2 months
Just in case you need a reminder that racism is not dead, James Baldwin, the intellectual, civil rights activist and renowned author, has left behind some biting and enlightening words about the subject. (Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures) Baldwin was born in Harlem in 1924. He moved to Paris around 1950, eventually taking up residence in the south of France. At some point in his self-imposed exile, he came to the conclusion that he had to turn his attention back to his home country. Baldwin: "I could no longer sit around Paris discussing America. I had to come and pay my dues." Baldwin started his book, Remember This House, in 1979. The manuscript focused on the lives, views and assassinations of his three friends and colleagues, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. But by the time of his death he had only completed 30 pages Director Raoul Peck (Lumumba) took those few, initial pieces of Baldwin's non-fiction tome and developed them into a searing docu ...
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The Dubai Film Festival Diaries: Samuel L. Jackson on Quentin and Spike Lee and Best of the Emirates
Huffington Post - 3 months
While there have been undeniably more wonderful films than what I've been able to watch at this year's Dubai International Film Festival, part of the excitement belonged to the talks, the conversations with international stars who kept coming "even after the opening night," as DIFF Chairman Abdulhamid Juma reminded me earlier today. More of course on that chat, with Juma himself, the man who year after year sets me straight on the business of cinema in the Arab world, and then figuratively sends me out into the world another year -- in between Dubai film fests, I mean -- to ponder, research and enlighten myself. Only to come back more excited about this incredible world of cinema from the MENA region. Yes, more on that in the next few days, and trust me, it's all worth waiting for. So one of the highlights of the talks -- and there were many, too many to list -- was the "In Conversation with Samuel L. Jackson" moderated by DIFF programmer Nashen Moodley. Movie star Jackson ha ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Samuel L. Jackson
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  • 2015
    Age 66
    Jackson said in an interview on February 11, 2015, that he only has two movies left on his Marvel contract following Ultron.
    More Details Hide Details Jackson appeared in Quentin Tarantino's film, Django Unchained, which was released December 25, 2012, and also in Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, which was released in 70mm on December 25, 2015. Jackson is set to produce a live-action movie of Afro Samurai, and is assuming the role of Sho'nuff in a remake of The Last Dragon. He will also star in the 2017 film, Kong: Skull Island.
  • 2013
    Age 64
    In August 2013, he started a vegan diet for health reasons, explaining that he is "just trying to live forever", and attributes a 40 lb weight loss to his new diet.
    More Details Hide Details He launched a campaign called "One for the Boys", which teaches men about testicular cancer and urges them to "get themselves checked out".
    In June 2013, Jackson launched a joint campaign with the charity Prizeo in an effort to raise money to fight Alzheimer's disease.
    More Details Hide Details As part of the campaign, he recited various fan-written monologues and a popular scene from the AMC series Breaking Bad.
    He reprised his role as Nick Fury in a cameo appearance on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in 2013 and the season finale in 2014, and appeared in Capital One cash-back credit card commercials.
    More Details Hide Details He released a song about social justice with KRS-One, Sticky Fingaz, Mad Lion & Talib Kweli about violence in America called "I Can't Breathe" which were the last words said by Eric Garner. Jackson has said that he chooses roles that are "exciting to watch" and have an "interesting character inside of a story", and that in his roles he wanted to "do things hasn't done, things he saw as a kid and wanted to do and now has an opportunity to do". Throughout the 1990s, A.C. Neilson E.C.I., a box office tracking company, determined that Jackson appeared in more films than any other actor that grossed $1.7 billion domestically. For all the films in his career, where he is featured as a leading actor or supporting co-star, his films have grossed a total of $2.81 to $4.91 billion at the North American box office, placing him as the seventh (as strictly lead) or the second highest-grossing movie star (counting supporting roles) of all time; behind only that of voice actor Frank Welker. The 2009 edition of The Guinness World Records, which uses a different calculation to determine film grosses, stated that Jackson is the world's highest grossing actor, having earned $7.42 billion in 68 films.
  • 2010
    Age 61
    For the Atlanta Falcons' 2010 season, Jackson portrayed Rev. Sultan in the Falcons "Rise Up" commercial.
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  • 2009
    Age 60
    In February 2009, Jackson signed on to a nine-picture deal with Marvel which would see him appear as the character in Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and The Avengers as well as any other sequels they would produce.
    More Details Hide Details He reprised the role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015).
  • FIFTIES
  • 2008
    Age 59
    In the 2008 film Iron Man, he made a cameo as the character in a post-credit scene.
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    In 2008, he portrayed the villain in The Spirit, which was poorly received by critics and the box office.
    More Details Hide Details In 2009, he again worked with Quentin Tarantino when he narrated several scenes in the World War II film, Inglourious Basterds. In 2010, he starred in the drama Mother and Child and portrayed an interrogator who attempts to locate several nuclear weapons in the direct-to-video film Unthinkable. Alongside Dwayne Johnson, Jackson again portrayed a police officer in the opening scenes of the comedy The Other Guys. He also co-starred with Tommy Lee Jones for a film adaptation of The Sunset Limited. Throughout Jackson's career, he has appeared in many films alongside mainstream rappers. These include Tupac Shakur (Juice), Queen Latifah (Juice/Sphere/Jungle Fever), Method Man (One Eight Seven), LL Cool J (Deep Blue Sea/S.W.A.T.), Busta Rhymes (Shaft), Eve (xXx), Ice Cube (xXx: State of the Union), Xzibit (xXx: State of the Union), David Banner (Black Snake Moan), and 50 Cent (Home of the Brave). Additionally, Jackson has appeared in four films with actor Bruce Willis (National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1, Pulp Fiction, Die Hard with a Vengeance, and Unbreakable) and the actors were slated to work together in Black Water Transit before both dropped out.
    In 2008, Jackson reprised his role of Mace Windu in the CGI film, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, followed by Lakeview Terrace where he played a racist cop who terrorizes an interracial couple.
    More Details Hide Details In November of the same year, he starred along with Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes (who both died before the film's release) in Soul Men.
  • 2007
    Age 58
    Also in 2007, he portrayed a blues player who imprisons a young woman (Christina Ricci) addicted to sex in Black Snake Moan, and the horror film 1408, an adaptation of the Stephen King short story.
    More Details Hide Details Later the same year, Jackson portrayed an athlete who impersonates former boxing heavyweight Bob Satterfield in director Rod Lurie's drama, Resurrecting the Champ.
    On January 30, 2007, Jackson was featured as narrator in Bob Saget's direct-to-DVD Farce of the Penguins.
    More Details Hide Details The film was a spoof of the box office success March of the Penguins (which was narrated by Morgan Freeman).
  • 2006
    Age 57
    In December 2006, Jackson starred in Home of the Brave, as a doctor returning home from the Iraq War.
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    On December 2, 2006, Jackson won the German Bambi Award for International Film, based on his many film contributions.
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    To build anticipation for the film, he also cameoed in the 2006 music video "Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)" by Cobra Starship.
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    On January 30, 2006, Jackson was honored with a hand and footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theater; he is the seventh African American and 191st actor to be recognized in this manner.
    More Details Hide Details He next starred opposite actress Julianne Moore in the box office bomb Freedomland, where he depicted a police detective attempting to help a mother find her abducted child while quelling a citywide race riot. Jackson's second film of the year, Snakes on a Plane, gained cult film status months before it was released based on its title and cast. Jackson's decision to star in the film was solely based on the title.
  • 2005
    Age 56
    On November 4, 2005, he was presented with the Hawaii International Film Festival Achievement in Acting Award.
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    His last film for 2005 was The Man alongside comedian Eugene Levy.
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    In 2005, he starred in the sports drama, Coach Carter, where he played a coach (based on the actual coach Ken Carter) dedicated to teaching his players that education is more important than basketball.
    More Details Hide Details Although the film received mixed reviews, Jackson's performance was praised despite the film's storyline. Bob Townsend of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution commended Jackson's performance, "He takes what could have been a cardboard cliche role and puts flesh on it with his flamboyant intelligence." Jackson also returned for two sequels: XXX: State of the Union, this time commanding Ice Cube, and the final Star Wars prequel film, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.
  • 2004
    Age 55
    According to reviews gathered by Rotten Tomatoes, in 2004 Jackson starred in both his lowest and highest ranked films in his career.
    More Details Hide Details In the thriller Twisted, Jackson played a mentor to Ashley Judd. The film garnered a 2% approval rating on the website, with reviewers calling his performance "lackluster" and "wasted". He then lent his voice to the computer-animated film The Incredibles as the superhero Frozone. The film received a 97% approval rating, and Jackson's performance earned him an Annie Award nomination for Best Voice Acting. He then went on to do a cameo in another Quentin Tarantino film, Kill Bill: Volume 2.
  • 2003
    Age 54
    In 2003, Jackson again worked with John Travolta in Basic and then as a police sergeant alongside Colin Farrell in the television show remake S.W.A.T. A song within the soundtrack was named after him, entitled Sammy L. Jackson by Hot Action Cop.
    More Details Hide Details Jackson also appeared in HBO's documentary Unchained Memories, as a narrator along many other stars like Angela Bassett and Whoopi Goldberg.
  • 2002
    Age 53
    In 2002, he played a recovering alcoholic attempting to keep custody of his kids while fighting a battle of wits with Ben Affleck's character in Changing Lanes.
    More Details Hide Details He returned for Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, seeing his minor supporting role develop into a major character. Mace Windu's purple lightsaber in the film was the result of Jackson's suggestion; he wanted to be sure that his character would stand out in a crowded battle scene. Jackson then acted as an NSA agent alongside Vin Diesel in xXx and a kilt-wearing drug dealer in The 51st State.
  • 2001
    Age 52
    Jackson's sole film in 2001 was The Caveman's Valentine, a murder thriller in which he played a homeless musician.
    More Details Hide Details The film was directed by Kasi Lemmons, who previously worked with Jackson in Eve's Bayou.
  • 2000
    Age 51
    He began the next decade in his film career as a Marine colonel put on trial in Rules of Engagement, co-starred with Bruce Willis for a third time in the supernatural thriller Unbreakable, and starred in the 2000 remake of the 1971 film Shaft.
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    On June 13, 2000, Jackson was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7018 Hollywood Blvd.
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  • 1999
    Age 50
    In 1999, Jackson starred in the horror film Deep Blue Sea, and as Jedi Master Mace Windu in George Lucas' Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.
    More Details Hide Details In an interview, Jackson claimed that he did not have a chance to read the script for the film and did not learn he was playing the character Mace Windu until he was fitted for his costume (he later said that he was eager to accept any role, just for the chance to be a part of the Star Wars saga).
  • FORTIES
  • 1998
    Age 49
    In 1998, he worked with other established actors such as Sharon Stone and Dustin Hoffman in Sphere and Kevin Spacey in The Negotiator, playing a hostage negotiator who resorts to taking hostages himself when he is falsely accused of murder and embezzlement.
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  • 1997
    Age 48
    Quickly becoming a box office star, Jackson continued with three starring roles in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details In 187 he played a dedicated teacher striving to leave an impact on his students. He received an Independent Spirit award for Best First Feature alongside first-time writer/director Kasi Lemmons in the drama Eve's Bayou, for which he also served as executive producer. He joined up again with Tarantino and received the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the Berlin Film Festival and a fourth Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of arms merchant Ordell Robbie in Jackie Brown.
  • 1993
    Age 44
    After a turn as the criminal Big Don in the 1993 Quentin Tarantino-penned True Romance directed by Tony Scott, Tarantino contacted Jackson for the role of Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction.
    More Details Hide Details Jackson was surprised to learn that the part had been specifically written for him: "To know that somebody had written something like Jules for me. I was overwhelmed, thankful, arrogant – this whole combination of things that you could be, knowing that somebody's going to give you an opportunity like that." Although Pulp Fiction was Jackson's thirtieth film, the role made him internationally recognized and he received praise from critics. In a review by Entertainment Weekly, his role was commended: "As superb as Travolta, Willis, and Keitel are, the actor who reigns over Pulp Fiction is Samuel L. Jackson. He just about lights fires with his gremlin eyes and he transforms his speeches into hypnotic bebop soliloquies." For the Academy Awards, Miramax Films pushed for the Best Supporting Actor nomination for Jackson. For his performance, Jackson received a Best Supporting Actor nomination. In addition, he received a Golden Globe nomination and won the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Role.
  • 1990
    Age 41
    He also played a minor role in the 1990 Martin Scorsese film Goodfellas as real-life Mafia associate Stacks Edwards and also worked as a stand-in on The Cosby Show for Bill Cosby for three years.
    More Details Hide Details While completing these films, Jackson's drug addiction had worsened. After previously overdosing on heroin several times, Jackson gave up the drug in favor of cocaine. After seeing the effects of his addiction, his family entered him into a New York rehab clinic. When he successfully completed rehab, Jackson appeared in Jungle Fever, as a crack cocaine addict, a role which Jackson called cathartic as he was recovering from his addiction. Jackson commented on the transition, "It was a funny kind of thing. By the time I was out of rehab, about a week or so later I was on set and we were ready to start shooting." The film was so acclaimed that the 1991 Cannes Film Festival created a special "Supporting Actor" award just for him. After this role, Jackson became involved with multiple films, including the comedy Strictly Business and dramas Juice and Patriot Games. He then moved on to two other comedies: National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 (his first starring role) and Amos & Andrew. Jackson then worked with director Steven Spielberg, appearing in Jurassic Park.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1981
    Age 32
    After a 1981 performance in the play A Soldier's Play, Jackson was introduced to director Spike Lee who would later include him in small roles for the films School Daze (1988) and Do the Right Thing (1989).
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  • 1980
    Age 31
    In 1980, Jackson married actress and sports channel producer LaTanya Richardson, whom he met while attending Morehouse College.
    More Details Hide Details The couple have a daughter, Zoe (born 1982). In 2009, they started their own charitable organization to help support education. Jackson has said he attends each of his films in theaters with paying customers, saying: "Even during my theater years, I wished I could watch the plays I was in - while I was in them! I dig watching myself work." He also enjoys collecting the action figures of the characters he portrays in his films, including Jules Winnfield, Shaft, Mace Windu, and Frozone. Jackson is bald, but enjoys wearing wigs in his films. He said about his decision to go bald: "I keep ending up on those bald is beautiful lists. It's cool. You know, when I started losing my hair it was during the era when everybody had lots of hair. All of a sudden I felt this big hole in the middle of my afro, I couldn't face having a comb over so I had to quickly figure what the haircut for me was." His first bald role was in The Great White Hype. He usually gets to pick his own hairstyles for each character he portrays. He poked fun at his baldness the first time he appeared bald on The Tonight Show, explaining that he had to shave his head for one role, but then kept receiving more and more bald roles and had to keep shaving his head so that wigs could be made for him.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1976
    Age 27
    After these initial roles, Jackson proceeded to move from Atlanta to New York City in 1976 and spent the next decade appearing in stage plays such as The Piano Lesson and Two Trains Running, which both premiered at the Yale Repertory Theater.
    More Details Hide Details At this point in his early career, Jackson developed addictions to alcohol and cocaine, resulting in him being unable to proceed with the two plays as they continued to Broadway (actors Charles S. Dutton and Anthony Chisholm took his place). Throughout his early film career, mainly in minimal roles in films such as Coming to America and various television films, Jackson was mentored by Morgan Freeman.
  • 1972
    Age 23
    He would later return to the college to earn his Bachelor of Arts in Drama in 1972.
    More Details Hide Details While he was suspended, Jackson was employed as a social worker in Los Angeles. Jackson decided to return to Atlanta, where he met with Stokely Carmichael, H. Rap Brown, and others active in the Black Power movement. Jackson revealed in the same Parade interview that he began to feel empowered with his involvement in the movement, especially when the group began buying guns. However, before Jackson could become involved with any significant armed confrontation, his mother sent him to Los Angeles after the FBI told her that he would die within a year if he remained with the Black Power movement. Denzel gets the offer first. Then it's Danny Glover, Forest Whitaker and Wesley Snipes. Jackson initially majored in marine biology at Morehouse College before switching to architecture. He later settled on drama after taking a public speaking class and appearing in a version of The Threepenny Opera. Jackson began acting in multiple plays, including Home and A Soldier's Play. He appeared in several television films, and made his feature film debut in the blaxploitation independent film Together for Days (1972).
  • 1969
    Age 20
    In 1969, Jackson and several other students held members of the Morehouse College board of trustees (including a nearby Martin Luther King, Sr.) hostage on the campus, demanding reform in the school's curriculum and governance.
    More Details Hide Details The college eventually agreed to change its policy, but Jackson was charged with and eventually convicted of unlawful confinement, a second-degree felony. Jackson was then suspended for two years for his criminal record and his actions.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1968
    Age 19
    After the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Jackson attended the funeral in Atlanta as one of the ushers.
    More Details Hide Details Jackson then flew to Memphis to join an equal rights protest march. In a Parade interview Jackson revealed: "I was angry about the assassination, but I wasn't shocked by it. I knew that change was going to take something different – not sit-ins, not peaceful coexistence."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1948
    Born
    Born in 1948.
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