Samuel L. Jackson

Lowest Rated: 0% Kite (2014)
Birthday: Dec 21, 1948
Birthplace: Washington, DC
After spending the 1980s playing a series of drug addict and character parts, Samuel L. Jackson emerged in the 1990s as one of the most prominent and well-respected actors in Hollywood. Work on a number of projects, both high-profile and low-key, has given Jackson ample opportunity to display an ability marked by both remarkable versatility and smooth intelligence.Born December 21, 1948, in Washington, D.C., Jackson was raised by his mother and grandparents in Chattanooga, TN. He attended Atlanta's Morehouse College, where he was co-founder of Atlanta's black-oriented Just Us Theater (the name of the company was taken from a famous Richard Pryor routine). Jackson arrived in New York in 1977, beginning what was to be a prolific career in film, television, and on the stage. After a plethora of character roles of varying sizes, Jackson was discovered by the public in the role of the hero's tempestuous, drug-addict brother in 1991's Jungle Fever, directed by another Morehouse College alumnus, Spike Lee. Jungle Fever won Jackson a special acting prize at the Cannes Film Festival and thereafter his career soared. Confronted with sudden celebrity, Jackson stayed grounded by continuing to live in the Harlem brownstone where he'd resided since his stage days. 1994 was a particularly felicitous year for Jackson; while his appearances in Jurassic Park (1993) and Menace II Society (1993) were still being seen in second-run houses, he co-starred with John Travolta as a mercurial hit man in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, a performance that earned him an Oscar nomination. His portrayal of an embittered father in the more low-key Fresh earned him additional acclaim. The following year, Jackson landed third billing in the big-budget Die Hard With a Vengeance and also starred in the adoption drama Losing Isaiah. His versatility was put on further display in 1996 with the release of five very different films: The Long Kiss Goodnight, a thriller in which he co-starred with Geena Davis as a private detective; an adaptation of John Grisham's A Time to Kill, which featured him as an enraged father driven to murder; Steve Buscemi's independent Trees Lounge; The Great White Hype, a boxing satire in which the actor played a flamboyant boxing promoter; and Hard Eight, the directorial debut of Paul Thomas Anderson.After the relative quiet of 1997, which saw Jackson again collaborate with Tarantino in the critically acclaimed Jackie Brown and play a philandering father in the similarly acclaimed Eve's Bayou (which also marked his debut as a producer), the actor lent his talents to a string of big-budget affairs (an exception being the 1998 Canadian film The Red Violin). Aside from an unbilled cameo in Out of Sight (1998), Jackson was featured in leading roles in The Negotiator (1998), Sphere (1998), and Deep Blue Sea (1999). His prominence in these films added confirmation of his complete transition from secondary actor to leading man, something that was further cemented by a coveted role in what was perhaps the most anticipated film of the decade, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), the first prequel to George Lucas' Star Wars trilogy. Jackson followed through on his leading man potential with a popular remake of Gordon Parks' seminal 1971 blaxploitation flick Shaft. Despite highly publicized squabbling between Jackson and director John Singleton, the film was a successful blend of homage, irony, and action; it became one of the rare character-driven hits in the special effects-laden summer of 2000.From hard-case Shaft to fragile as glass, Jackson once again hoodwinked audiences by playing against his usual super-bad persona in director M. Night Shyamalan's eagerly anticipated follow-up to The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable (2000). In his role as Bruce Willis' brittle, frail antithesis, Jackson proved that though he can talk trash and break heads with the best of them, he's always compelling to watch no matter what the role may be. Next taking

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MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Spider-Man: Far From Home Nick Fury 2019
No Score Yet Shaft John Shaft II 2019
67% Unicorn Store Actor 2019
No Score Yet Captain Marvel Nick Fury 2019
37% Glass Elijah Price/Mr. Glass 2019
93% Incredibles 2 Lucius Best / Frozone 2018
No Score Yet Blazing Samurai Jimbo 2018
No Score Yet The Last Full Measure Actor 2018
No Score Yet 24/7 The Match: Tiger vs. Phil Actor 2018
No Score Yet Deep Blue Sea 2 - Double Feature Russell Franklin 2018
41% The Hitman's Bodyguard Darius Kincaid 2017
75% Kong: Skull Island Preston Packard 2017
98% I Am Not Your Negro Actor 2017
47% xXx: Return of Xander Cage Augustus Gibbons 2017
No Score Yet The Words That Built America Actor 2017
No Score Yet Eating You Alive Actor 2016
65% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Barron 2016
12% Cell Tom McCourt 2016
36% The Legend of Tarzan George Washington Williams 2016
No Score Yet Stephen King's Cell Actor 2016
No Score Yet 21 Years: Quentin Tarantino Actor 2016
74% The Hateful Eight Maj. Marquis Warren 2015
81% Chi-Raq Dolmedes 2015
78% Big Game U.S. President William Alan Moore 2015
24% Barely Lethal Hardman 2015
75% Avengers: Age of Ultron Nick Fury 2015
74% Kingsman: The Secret Service Richmond Valentine 2015
0% Kite Lt. Karl Aker 2014
No Score Yet Unthinkable 'H' 2014
90% Captain America: The Winter Soldier Nick Fury 2014
49% RoboCop Pat Novak 2014
13% Reasonable Doubt Clinton Davis 2014
40% Oldboy Chaney 2013
67% Turbo Whiplash 2013
25% Zambezia Tendai 2013
86% Django Unchained Stephen 2012
26% The Samaritan Executive Producer Foley 2012
22% Meeting Evil Richie 2012
92% Marvel's The Avengers Nick Fury 2012
No Score Yet I Ain't Scared Of You: A Tribute To Bernie Mac Actor 2012
80% Captain America: The First Avenger Nick Fury 2011
No Score Yet Big Cats Narrator 2011
72% Disneynature African Cats Actor 2011
No Score Yet Young Jeezy: A Hustlerz Ambition Actor 2011
No Score Yet On The Shoulders Of Giants Actor 2011
No Score Yet The Sunset Limited Black 2011
No Score Yet John Legend - Duke Ellington Actor 2011
No Score Yet Arena Logan 2011
No Score Yet In The Land Of The Free Actor 2010
78% The Other Guys Det. P.K. Highsmith 2010
No Score Yet Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey Fear 2010
78% Mother and Child Paul 2010
73% Iron Man 2 Nick Fury 2010
No Score Yet 82nd Annual Academy Awards Actor 2010
No Score Yet With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story Actor 2010
No Score Yet Blown Julian Lezard 2010
50% Astro Boy (AstroBoy) Zog 2009
No Score Yet Afro Samurai: Resurrection Executive Producer Afro Samurai/Ninja Ninja 2009
No Score Yet Starz Inside Actor 2009
14% The Spirit The Octopus 2008
45% Soul Men Louis 2008
44% Lakeview Terrace Abel Turner 2008
18% Star Wars: The Clone Wars Mace Windu 2008
17% Cleaner Tom Cutler Producer 2008
15% Jumper Roland 2008
33% Gospel Hill Peter Malcolm 2008
No Score Yet Black Magic Narrator 2008
60% Resurrecting the Champ Champ 2007
No Score Yet Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story Actor 2007
79% 1408 Mr. Olin 2007
66% Black Snake Moan Lazarus Woods 2007
No Score Yet Farce of the Penguins Narrator 2007
23% Home of the Brave Will Marsh 2006
69% Snakes on a Plane Neville Flynn 2006
23% Freedomland Lorenzo Council 2006
12% The Man Derrick Vann 2005
79% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith Mace Windu 2005
17% xXx: State of the Union Agent Augustus Gibbons 2005
22% In My Country Langston Whitfield 2005
No Score Yet Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson Jack Johnson 2005
64% Coach Carter Ken Carter 2005
No Score Yet Martin's Big Words ... and More Stories from the African-American Tradition Actor 2005
No Score Yet America Beyond the Color Line Actor 2004
97% The Incredibles Lucius Best/Frozone 2004
No Score Yet The N-Word Actor 2004
84% Kill Bill: Volume 2 Rufus 2004
1% Twisted John Mills 2004
100% Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson Actor 2004
84% Kill Bill: Volume 1 Rufus 2003
25% No Good Deed Jack Friar 2003
47% S.W.A.T. Sgt. Dan `Hondo' Harrelson 2003
21% Basic West 2003
No Score Yet Trial of the Moke Actor 2002
26% Formula 51 Elmo McElroy Executive Producer 2002
48% XXX Gibbons 2002
65% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones Mace Windu 2002
77% Changing Lanes Doyle Gipson 2002
No Score Yet Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives Actor 2002
No Score Yet Fighting for Freedom: Revolution & Civil War Narrator 2002
45% The Caveman's Valentine Executive Producer Romulus Ledbetter 2001
69% Unbreakable Elijah Price 2000
68% Shaft John Shaft 2000
36% Rules of Engagement Col. Terry L. Childers 2000
No Score Yet Forever Hollywood Actor 2000
59% Deep Blue Sea Russell Franklin 1999
74% The Red Violin (Le violon rouge) Charles Morritz 1999
54% Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Mace Windu 1999
No Score Yet The Stars of Star Wars: Interviews from the Cast Actor 1999
75% The Negotiator Danny Roman 1998
93% Out of Sight Hejira (Uncredited) 1998
12% Sphere Harry Adams 1998
No Score Yet Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's Actor 1997
87% Jackie Brown Ordell Robbie 1997
30% One Eight Seven Trevor Garfield 1997
81% Trees Lounge Wendell 1996
69% The Long Kiss Goodnight Mitch Hennessey 1996
65% A Time to Kill Carl Lee 1996
81% Eve's Bayou Louis Batiste Producer 1996
45% The Great White Hype Rev. Fred Sultan 1996
83% Hard Eight Jimmy 1996
No Score Yet Search for One-Eye Jimmy Actor 1996
27% Fluke Rumbo 1995
68% Kiss of Death Calvin 1995
53% Die Hard: With a Vengeance Zeus Carver 1995
45% Losing Isaiah Kadar Lewis 1995
No Score Yet The Search for One-Eyed Jimmy Col. Ron 1994
94% Pulp Fiction Jules 1994
64% The New Age Dale 1994
No Score Yet Against the Wall Jamaal 1994
87% Fresh Sam 1994
No Score Yet Hail Caesar Mailman 1994
No Score Yet Ghostwriter: Who Burned Mr. Brinker's Store? Actor 1994
No Score Yet Assault at West Point Johnson Whittaker 1994
92% True Romance Big Don 1993
29% The Meteor Man Dre 1993
91% Jurassic Park Arnold 1993
No Score Yet Fathers & Sons Marshall 1993
83% Menace II Society Tat Lawson 1993
20% Amos & Andrew Andrew Sterling 1993
15% National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 Wes Luger 1993
73% Patriot Games Robby 1992
47% White Sands Greg Meeker 1992
77% Juice Trip 1992
No Score Yet Jumpin' at the Boneyard Simpson 1992
10% Strictly Business Monroe 1991
33% Johnny Suede B-Bop 1991
81% Jungle Fever Gator Purify 1991
No Score Yet Mob Justice Hatcher 1991
96% GoodFellas Stacks Edwards 1990
56% The Exorcist III Dream Blind Man 1990
50% Betsy's Wedding Taxi Dispatcher 1990
77% A Shock to the System Ulysses 1990
No Score Yet Def by Temptation Minister Garth 1990
No Score Yet The Return of Superfly Nate Cabot 1990
73% Mo' Better Blues Madlock 1990
90% Do the Right Thing Mister Senor Love Daddy 1989
78% Sea of Love Black Guy 1989
No Score Yet Dead Man Out Calvin Fredricks 1989
67% Coming to America Hold-Up Man 1988
62% School Daze Leeds 1988
81% Eddie Murphy Raw Eddie's Uncle 1987
No Score Yet Uncle Tom's Cabin Actor 1987
90% Ragtime Gang Member No. 2 1981

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
Voice
  • 2018
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
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  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
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  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2010
  • 2006
  • 2004
No Score Yet Today
2017
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015-2018
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors
2015
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2014
  • 2006
No Score Yet Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.
2012
Appearing
  • 2014
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2014
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Appearing Host Guest
  • 2012
  • 1998
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2011
  • 2010
48% The Boondocks
2005-2014
Voice
  • 2010
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2010
  • 2008
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Narrator
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Henry Rollins Show
2006-2007
Guest
  • 2007
60% The War
2007
Voice
  • 2007
89% Extras
2005-2007
Himself
  • 2005
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Louis Taggert
  • 1991
No Score Yet Prohibition
2011
Narrator

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