Samuel L Jackson

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Samuel Leroy Jackson was born on the 21st of December 1948. He is an American actor and film producer who achieved prominence and critical acclaim in the early 1990s with films such as Jungle Fever (1991), Patriot Games (1992), Amos & Andrew (1993), True Romance (1993), Jurassic Park (1993) and his collaborations with director Quentin Tarantino including Pulp Fiction (1994), Jackie Brown (1997), Django Unchained (2012), and The Hateful Eight (2015). He is a highly prolific actor, having appeared in over 100 films, including Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), Unbreakable (2000), Shaft (2000), The 51st State (2001), Black Snake Moan (2006), Snakes on a Plane (2006) and the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999–2005), as well as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With Jackson's permission, his likeness was used for the Ultimate version of the Marvel Comics character Nick Fury. He later cameoed as the character in a post-credits scene from Iron Man (2008), and went on to sign a nine-film commitment to reprise this role in future films, including major roles in Iron Man 2 (2010), Marvel's The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and minor roles in Thor (2011) and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). He has also portrayed the character in the second and final episodes of the first season of the TV show Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. He has provided his voice to several animated films, television series and video games, including the roles of Lucius Best / Frozone in Pixar's film The Incredibles (2004), Mace Windu in Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008), Afro Samurai in the anime television series Afro Samurai (2007), and Frank Tenpenny in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004).

Born on: 21 December, 1948

Born in: Washington, D.C., U.S.

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Trivia:
Samuel L Jackson's roles have often involved lengthy monologues, in all his famous movies including 'Pulp Fiction', 'Deep Blue Sea', 'A Time To Kill', 'Snakes on a Plane', 'The Negotiator', 'Django Unchained', 'Losing Isaiah', 'Unbreakable' and 'The Spirit'.

Jackson only met his father, who died from alcoholism, twice during his life.

Born in Washington D.C., the actor grew up an only child in Chattanooga, Tennessee and was raised by his mother and maternal grandparents.

At 19, Jackson attended Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral in Atlanta as an usher.

He made his feature film debut in Together for Days (1972), an independent movie.

In 1969, Jackson was suspended for two years from Morehouse College and convicted of a second-degree felony, when he and several other students held members of the college board of trustees hostage, in exchange for school reform. In 1972, the actor earned his Bachelor's Degree from the college.

Early in his career, Jackson struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction to the extent that he was replaced in two plays when the productions transitioned to the Broadway stage.

Days after completing rehab for cocaine, the actor starred in Spike Lee's Jungle Fever (1991) as a crack-cocaine addict. Jackson acknowledged the role was cathartic for him as he recovered from his addiction and, subsequently, won the Supporting Actor award at Cannes, an award created just for him.

Jackson began using the curse word "motherf*****" in his daily speech in order to overcome a stuttering problem during childhood.

For three years, Jackson worked as a camera stand-in for Bill Cosby on 'The Cosby Show.'

The actor's movies have made more money than any other actor's in Hollywood actor -- exceeding $7 billion worldwide. The residuals alone earn him about $300,000 a year!

It wasn't until Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" (1994) -- when he was 46 years old -- that Jackson broke out as a star. The actor was nominated for his iconic role as Jules Winnfield in what was his 30th film role. Altogether, Jackson has appeared in more than 100 movies.

He is a vegetarian.

Before discovering his love of acting, Jackson studied to become a marine biologist, as well as an architect in college.

From 1993 to 2000, he appeared in four films with Bruce Willis: 'Loaded Weapon 1,' 'Pulp Fiction,' 'Die Hard: With a Vengeance,' and 'Unbreakable.'

Jackson is such an avid golfer that he includes a clause his contracts, that permits him easy access to golf courses, no matter the film shoot's location.

He's been eaten on screen by a dinosaur and a shark in 'Jurassic Park' and 'Deep Blue Sea,' respectively.

Mace Windu (played by Jackson) is the only character in the 'Star Wars' films to have a purple light-saber. According to the actor, George Lucas explained that light-sabers don't come in purple, but Jackson insisted he have one. Because he's Sam Jackson.

Quentin Tarantino wrote the popular role of Jules Winnfield in "Pulp Fiction" specifically for Jackson.

He played the french horn and trumpet in the school symphony orchestra from elementary school through high school.

The actor is a huge fan of graphic novels, having read "Locke & Key" and "Scalped," just to name a few.

Samuel L Jackson was unknown before 1994, but by 2006 his films had grossed more than any other actor's in film history.