Samuel L. Jackson. biography
Academy Award-winning actor Samuel L. Jackson was born on December 21, 1948, in Washington, D.C. and discovered his hidden passion for acting when he saw a production put on by the Negro Ensemble Company. For two years, Jackson made a living as a social work in Los Angeles, but decided to study acting at Morehouse College in Atlanta where he graduated with an acting degree in 1972.
Jackson started out touring with the Black Image Theatre Company alongside his future wife LaTanya Richardson prior to moving to New York City and performing in off-Broadway productions, including Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage, as well as a stand in for Bill Cosby during The Bill Cosby Show's rehearsals. During 1981, Jackson was introduced to Morgan J. Freeman and future-filmmaker Spike Lee who offered him roles in his upcoming films, including Do the Right Thing, School Daze and Mo' Better Blues. It wasn't until he starred in Lee's controversial film Jungle Fever that Hollywood took notice to the talented actor - a performance for which he earned a New York Film Critics award.
After struggling with a drug and alcohol addiction, Jackson returned to the big-screen with sought-after performances in the thriller White Sands (1982), the action thriller Patriot Games (1992), the crime drama Menace II Society (1993) and Jurassic Park (1993). He then landed his breakthrough role in 1994, as a sermon-enthusiast hit man in Quentin Tarantino's cult classis Pulp Fiction with John Travolta and went on to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Also during this time, Jackson provided film enthusiasts with well-received performances in John Grisham's A Time to Kill (1996), Steve Buscemi's Tree Lounge (1996), Tarantino's crime drama Jackie Brown (1997) with Pam Grier, the action thriller The Negotiator (1998) opposite Kevin Spacey and Star Wars: Episode 1: The Phantom Menace (1999).
In the 2000s, Jackson continued to appear in big office hits alongside big Hollywood stars, including Tommy Lee Jones in the military thriller Rules of Engagement (2000), Christian Bale in the action thriller Shaft (2000), Bruce Willis in the fantasy thriller Unbreakable (2000), Ben Affleck in Changing Lanes (2002) and Colin Farrell in the action-crime-thriller S.W.A.T. (2003). He also starred in Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002), Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005), the drama Coach Carter (2005), the drama Black Snake Moan (2006), the sci-fi adventure film Jumper (2008), Iron Man (2008), its sequel Iron Man 2 (2010) and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).
Jackson's most recent projects include, The Avengers (2012), Tarantino's action-western-drama Django Unchained (2012) alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, the drama mystery Oldboy (2013), the crime thriller Reasonable Doubt (2013), the animated flick Turbo (2013) with Maya Rudolph, the action sci-fi RoboCop (2014), a rumored role in the action adventure Tarzan (unknown), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), a rumored role in the action thriller Nick Fury (unknown), the action thriller xXx: The Return of Xander Cage (unknown) with Vin Diesel, and is rumored to be playing Nick Fury in The Avengers 2 (2015).