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Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson was born in Washington, D.C., to Elizabeth (Montgomery) and Roy Henry Jackson. He was raised by his mother, a factory worker. Jackson was active in the black student movement. In the seventies, he joined the Negro Ensemble Company (together with Morgan Freeman). In the eighties, he became well known after three movies made by ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 28 wins & 65 nominations. See more awards »

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 2017 Blazing Samurai (pre-production)
Jimbo (voice)
 2016 Cell (completed)
Tom McCourt
 2015 Chi-Raq (completed)
 2015 Barely Lethal
 2013 Oldboy
 2013 Turbo
Whiplash (voice)
 2012 Zambezia
Tendai (voice)
 2012/I The Samaritan
 2011 Thor
Nick Fury (uncredited)
 2009 Astro Boy
Zog (voice)
 2009 Inglourious Basterds
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 2008 The Spirit
 2008 Gospel Hill
Paul Malcolm
 2008 Iron Man
Nick Fury (uncredited)
 2008 Jumper
 2007 1408
Gerald Olin
 2006 Farce of the Penguins
Narrator (voice)
 2004/I Twisted
John Mills
 2003 Basic
 2002 No Good Deed
Jack Friar
 2000 Shaft
John Shaft
 1998 The Negotiator
Danny Roman
 1998 Out of Sight
Hejira Henry (uncredited)
 1996 Hard Eight
 1995 Fluke
Rumbo (voice)
 1995 Kiss of Death
Calvin Hart
 1995 Losing Isaiah
Kadar Lewis
 1994 The New Age
Dale Deveaux
 1994 Hail Caesar
 1994 Fresh
 1993 Amos & Andrew
Andrew Sterling
 1992 White Sands
Greg Meeker (as Sam Jackson)
 1992 Juice
 1992 Jumpin' at the Boneyard
Mr. Simpson
 1991 Strictly Business
Monroe (as Sam Jackson)
 1991 Johnny Suede
 1990 The Return of Superfly
Nate Cabot (as Sam Jackson)
 1990 The Exorcist III
Dream Blind Man
 1990 Mo' Better Blues
 1990 Betsy's Wedding
Taxi Dispatcher (Mickey)
 1990 Def by Temptation
Minister Garth
 1990 A Shock to the System
Ulysses (three-card monte game)
 1989 Sea of Love
Black Guy
 1988 Coming to America
Hold-Up Man
 1988 School Daze
 1987 Magic Sticks
Bum (as Sam Jackson)
 1981 Ragtime
Gang Member No. 2
 1980 The Exterminator
Extra (uncredited)
 1972 Together for Days
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Other Works:

TV commercial (narrator): Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow SuperPAC, founded by Stephen Colbert See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 2 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 24 Interviews | 14 Articles | 7 Pictorials | 13 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Samuel Jackson | Sam Jackson


6' 2½" (1.89 m)

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I was raised to be cautious. I went to work with my grandfather, who cleaned office buildings and furnaces, and there would be twenty-year-old guys callin' him Ed, and he called 'em Mister. My grandfather was this old guy, very dignified, but he never looked 'em in the eye. He'd look at me like, "Turn your head down! Don't look the white men in the eye 'cause they'll think you being uppity or ... See more »


Accomplished at playing brass instruments (french horn, trumpet) in school symphony orchestras from grade 3 to grade 12. See more »


Often plays police officers or government officials. Both prone to intimidation or violence See more »


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