Samuel L. Jackson Biography

Samuel L. Jackson is a famous film and television actor. Go through this biography to learn more about his profile, childhood, life and timeline.

Samuel L. Jackson
Quick Facts

Birthday: December 21, 1948

Nationality: American

Famous: Alcoholics African American Men

Age: 70 Years, 70 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Also Known As: Samuel Leroy Jackson

Born in: Washington, D.C., United States

Famous as: Actor

Height: 6'2" (188 cm), 6'2" Males


Spouse/Ex-: LaTanya Richardson

father: Roy Henry Jackson

mother: Elizabeth Jackson (née Montgomery),

children: Zoe

Diseases & Disabilities: Stammered / Stuttered

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education: Riverside High School Morehouse College

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Samuel L. Jackson is one of the most illustrious Hollywood actors and has appeared in as much as 100 films in his career. He left behind a difficult childhood to become one of the most successful Hollywood stars. Abandoned by his father when he was a child, he also suffered from stuttering. But with determination and hard work he moved on to pursue a career in acting. His career kick-started with small roles in films like ‘Goodfellas’, which put him in the spotlight and which earned him more prominent roles in movies like ‘Jungle Fever’, ‘Patriot Games’, ‘True Romance’, ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘Pulp Fiction’. Since then, he has received several nominations and awards for his roles in films. Apart from his acting career, he was involved in the Civil Rights Movement and was politically active when he campaigned during the 2008 Democratic Primary for the-then senator, Barack Obama. He is also a humanitarian and started his own charity organization called ‘Prizeo’ as a part a campaign to raise money to fight Alzheimer’s disease. Jackson is known for his characteristic Kangol hats in his films and his ‘tough-nut’ roles in action films. He is one of the highest-grossing film actors of all times. Besides being an actor, he is also an accomplished musician, who can play bass instruments.

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Samuel L. Jackson
Childhood & Early Life
  • Samuel Leroy Jackson was born on December 12, 1948, in Washington D.C. He grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee and was raised by his mother, Elizabeth Jackson for most part of his childhood, because his father passed away from alcoholism.
  • He studied at a number of segregated schools and graduated from Riverside High School in Chattanooga. During his time at school, he played the French horn and the trumpet in the school orchestra. He also suffered from stuttering when he was a child.
  • He initially dreamt of pursuing a degree in marine biology at Morehouse College in Atlanta, but he soon switched degrees after he discovered the actor in him. He graduated from the institute in 1972 and at the same time, co-founded the theatre group, ‘Just Us Theatre’.
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  • After appearing in several plays including ‘The Threepenny Opera’ and ‘A Soldier’s Pay’, he made his motion picture debut in the Blaxploitation film, ‘Together for Days’, in 1972. Four years later, he appeared in the television series, ‘Movin’ On’.
  • He moved to New York City and spent the next several years appearing in stage plays such as ‘The Piano Lesson’ and ‘Two Trains Running’. In 1977, he appeared in the film, ‘The Displaced Person’.
  • It is believed that in his early years, he was mentored by Morgan Freeman. He then directly jumped to doing more noticeable roles in ‘School Daze’ and ‘Do the Right Thing’, which released in 1988 and 1989, respectively.
  • In 1990, he appeared in ‘Goodfellas’, in a minor role and then worked as a substitute on ‘The Cosby Show’ for the next three years.
  • From 1990 to 1993, he worked in the films ‘Def by Temptation’, ‘The Return of Superfly’, ‘Strictly Business’, ‘Jungle Fever’, ‘Patriot Games’, ‘True Romance’, ‘Amos & Andrew’, ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘The Meteor Man’.
  • In 1994, he played the critically-acclaimed role of ‘Jules Winnifield’ in the hit-film, ‘Pulp Fiction’. The director, Quentin Tarantino specifically wanted him for the role. Jackson became a world icon after the release and subsequent success of this movie.
  • From 1995 to 1996, he appeared in a string of average films such as ‘Kiss of Death’, ‘Losing Isiah’ and ‘The Great White Hype’. However, he bounced back with better films that once again established him as a bankable star with ‘Die Hard with a Vengeance’ (1995) and ‘A Time to Kill’ (1996).
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  • In 1997, he played the role of Trevor Garfield in ‘One Eight Seven’ and then starred in other films including, ‘Eve’s Bayou’ and ‘Jackie Brown’. The same year, he was also seen in the television series’, ‘Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child’ and ‘Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen’s’.
  • This followed with four more films in 1998, including, ‘Sphere’, ‘The Negotiator’, ‘The Red Violin’ and ‘Out of Sight’.
  • In 1999, he starred in the shark-thriller, ‘Deep Blue Sea’ and in ‘Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace’. The new millennium was dotted with successful films including, ‘Rules of Engagement’, ‘Shaft’ and ‘Unbreakable’.
  • He played the role of a vagrant musician in ‘The Caveman’s Valentine’ in 2001, which was his only film for the year 2001. In 2002, he starred in ‘Changing Lanes’, ‘xXx’, and ‘The 51st State’.
  • From 2003 to 2005, he appeared in ‘Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines’, ‘No Good Deed’, ‘Twisted’, ‘Kill Bill Vol. 2’, ‘The Incredibles’, ‘In My Country’, ‘Coach Carter’, ‘The Man’ and ‘Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith’.
  • In 2006, he was cast opposite Julianne Moore in ‘Freedomland’. The same year, he appeared in one of the biggest offbeat films of the year, ‘Snakes on a Plane’. To build anticipation for the film, he was also seen in the promotional music video for the movie. Towards the end of the year, he appeared in ‘Home of the Brave’, where he played the role of a doctor.
  • Starting in 2007, he was cast as a narrator in the direct-to-DVD film, ‘Farce of the Penguins’. He also played the role of a blues player in ‘Black Snake Moan’ and the horror film, ‘1408’, portraying his versatility in acting.
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  • From 2008 to 2011, he was seen in a wide genre of films including, ‘Iron Man’, ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’, ‘Soul Men’, ‘Gospel Hill’, ‘Inglourious Basterds’, ‘Unthinkable, ‘Iron Man 2’, ‘African Cats’, ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ and ‘Arena’. He was also seen in the television series’, ‘Curiosity’, ‘Prohibition’ and ‘The Sunset Limited’.
  • One of his greatest hits in the year 2012 was the Quentin Tarantino film, ‘Django Unchained’, where he played the role of ‘Stephen’. The next year, he lent his voice for the animated sports film by DreamWorks titled, ‘Turbo’ and ‘Oldboy’.
  • In 2014, he appeared in the films ‘Reasonable Doubt’, ‘Robocop’, ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and ‘Kite’.
Major Works
  • ‘Pulp Fiction’, which released in 1994, was a cult film that helped Jackson gain international stardom. He was immediately recognized for his riveting performance on-screen. For his act, he received a nomination for the Academy Award for ‘Best Supporting Actor’. In addition, he also received a Golden Globe Award nomination for his acting.
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Awards & Achievements
  • In 1991, he won the Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for ‘Jungle Fever’.
  • He won the BAFTA Award for ‘Best Actor in a Supporting Role’ for ‘Pulp Fiction’, in 1994.
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  • He won the NAACP Image Award for ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for ‘Django Unchained’, in 2013.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • In 1980, he married LaTanya Richardson and the couple has a daughter, Zoe.
  • In his spare time, he likes to collect the action figures of the characters he has portrayed in his films and loves watching the anime series like ‘Ninja Scroll’ and ‘Black Lagoon’. He is also an avid comic book collector. anime series like ‘Ninja Scroll’
  • Since he is bald, he loves to wear different wigs and Kangol hats for his films. He also has had the privilege of picking his own hairstyles for each of the character he portrayed. anime series like ‘Ninja Scroll’
  • Apart from acting, he is a prolific golfer and an avid basketball and soccer fan. anime series like ‘Ninja Scroll’ .
  • This famous Hollywood actor has had the honor of being eaten by both a dinosaur and a shark for his films ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘Deep Blue Sea’. anime series like ‘Ninja Scroll’

1. Pulp Fiction (1994)

  (Crime, Drama)

2. Goodfellas (1990)

  (Drama, Crime)

3. Django Unchained (2012)

  (Western, Drama)

4. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

  (Adventure, War, Drama)

5. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)

  (Crime, Thriller, Action)

6. Jurassic Park (1993)

  (Thriller, Sci-Fi, Adventure)

7. The Avengers (2012)

  (Sci-Fi, Action)

8. The Hateful Eight (2015)

  (Mystery, Drama, Thriller, Crime, Western)


BAFTA Awards
1995 Best Actor in a Supporting Role Pulp Fiction (1994)
MTV Movie & TV Awards
2013 Best WTF Moment Django Unchained (2012)

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