Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson

Highest Rated: 100% Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2004)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Dec 21, 1948

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., USA

Although starting out with small roles and trouble with the law, Samuel L. Jackson has since become a highly sought after actor and film producer. Born in Washington, D.C.,he was a student activist at Morehouse College and served as an usher at the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His protests led to his being arrested and convicted of unlawful confinement. After finishing college, he moved to New York where his early stage and television career was stunted by substance abuse issues. After a number of small parts on television in the early '80s, Jackson's career finally began to find true traction thanks to his relationship with Spike Lee. The director cast him in parts in "School Daze" (1988),"Do the Right Thing" (1989), and "Mo' Better Blues" (1990). Along with small, but memorable roles, in "Coming to America" (1988) and Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas" (1990), his profile in the industry began increasing. His true breakout came due to another collaboration with Lee. After having just completed a rehabilitation program for cocaine and heroin addiction, Jackson garnered critical raves as the drug-addicted brother of Wesley Snipes' architect in "Jungle Fever" (1991). His film roles increased steadily, including parts in Steven Spielberg's blockbuster "Jurassic Park" (1993) and opposite Harrison Ford in the thriller "Patriot Games" (1992). It was a relationship with another director, however, that put the actor on the map for good. Having worked with Quentin Tarantino on "True Romance" (1993), he was cast in the filmmaker's seminal "Pulp Fiction" (1994). Playing the Scripture-quoting hitman Jules, alongside John Travolta, the actor was swept up in a pop culture phenomenon. From then on, Jackson became an in-demand film actor. His high profile roles included joining Bruce Willis for "Die Hard With a Vengeance" (1995) and reteaming with Tarantino for "Jackie Brown" (1997). He also joined sci-fi lore by playing Jedi Master Mace Windu in George Lucas's "Star Wars" prequels, "The Phantom Menace" (1999), "Attack of the Clones" (2002), and "Revenge of the Sith" (2005). M. Night Shyamalan paired the actor once again with Willis for the supernatural thriller "Unbreakable" (2000) - a film that would eventually get a sequel 19 years later starring the pair again in "Glass" (2019). He later became one of the mainstays of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with his role as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury. Beginning in "Iron Man" (2008) and continuing through the international blockbusters of "The Avengers" (2012) series and appearing as a younger version of the character in "Captain Marvel" (2019), Jackson played the hero to the point of becoming synonymous with the character. The actor continued his relationship with Tarantino as well, appearing in the director's "Django Unchained" (2012) and "The Hateful Eight" (2015). Jackson's standing as an action star continued deep into his career as well, playing John Shaft in both "Shaft" (2000) and the sequel "Shaft" (2019), and teaming with Ryan Reynolds for "The Hitman's Bodyguard" (2017) and "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard" (2020).

Highest rated movies

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
Out of Sight
True Romance
Pulp Fiction
Jurassic Park
Marvel's the Avengers
Do the Right Thing
Spider-Man: Far From Home

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Marvels Nick Fury (Character) - 2023
No Score Yet No Score Yet Argylle Unknown (Character) - 2023
No Score Yet No Score Yet Is That Black Enough for You?!? Self - 2022
54% 67% Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank Jimbo (Voice) $17.8M 2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet Spinning Gold George Clinton (Character) - 2022
62% 82% The Protégé Moody (Character) $7.4M 2021
26% 79% The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard Darius Kincaid (Character) $38.0M 2021
37% 75% Spiral: From the Book of Saw Marcus Banks (Character) $23.2M 2021
40% 60% Death to 2020 Unknown (Character) - 2020
79% 100% The Banker Joe Morris (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2020
60% 96% The Last Full Measure Takoda (Character) $2.9M 2019
92% 90% QT8: The First Eight Self - 2019
90% 95% Spider-Man: Far From Home Nick Fury (Character) $390.7M 2019
34% 94% Shaft John Shaft (Character) $21.4M 2019
79% 45% Captain Marvel Nick Fury (Character) $426.8M 2019
36% 67% Glass Elijah Price/Mr. Glass (Character) $111.0M 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rent-an-Elf Writer - 2018
13% 83% Life Itself Self $4.1M 2018
93% 84% Incredibles 2 Lucius Best/Frozone (Voice) $608.6M 2018
No Score Yet 39% Unicorn Store The Salesman (Character) - 2017
43% 67% The Hitman's Bodyguard Darius Kincaid (Character) $75.4M 2017
75% 69% Kong: Skull Island Preston Packard (Character) $168.0M 2017
45% 37% xXx: Return of Xander Cage Augustus Gibbons (Character) $44.9M 2017
64% 42% The Unicorn Store Unknown (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 80% Eating You Alive Self - 2016
99% 83% I Am Not Your Negro Narrator $7.1M 2016
64% 60% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Barron (Character) $87.2M 2016
11% 17% Cell Tom McCourt (Character) - 2016
35% 58% The Legend of Tarzan George Washington Williams (Character) $126.6M 2016
74% 76% The Hateful Eight Major Marquis Warren (Character) $54.1M 2015
82% 49% Chi-Raq Dolmedes (Character) $2.6M 2015
26% 36% Barely Lethal Hardman (Character) - 2015
76% 82% Avengers: Age of Ultron Nick Fury (Character) $459.0M 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Face of Unity Unknown (Character) - 2014
78% 34% Big Game U.S. President William Alan Moore (Character) $16.9K 2014
75% 84% Kingsman: The Secret Service Richmond Valentine (Character) $128.2M 2014
0% 18% Kite Karl Aker (Character) - 2014
90% 92% Captain America: The Winter Soldier Nick Fury (Character) $259.7M 2014
49% 49% RoboCop Pat Novak (Character) $58.6M 2014
22% 31% Reasonable Doubt Clinton Davis (Character) - 2014
39% 37% Oldboy Chaney (Character) $2.2M 2013
67% 65% Turbo Whiplash (Voice) $83.0M 2013
25% 44% Zambezia Tendai (Voice) - 2012
87% 92% Django Unchained Stephen (Character) $162.8M 2012
26% 40% The Samaritan Foley (Character),
Executive Producer
$1.7K 2012
91% 91% Marvel's the Avengers Nick Fury (Character) - 2012
13% 31% Meeting Evil Richie (Character) $181 2011
68% 80% The Sunset Limited Black (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 27% Arena Logan (Character) - 2011
79% 75% Captain America: The First Avenger Nick Fury (Character) $176.6M 2011
73% 77% African Cats Narrator $15.4M 2011
78% 60% The Other Guys P.K. Highsmith (Character) $119.2M 2010
No Score Yet 66% Unthinkable Henry Harold "H" Humphries (Character) - 2010
72% 71% Iron Man 2 Nick Fury (Character) $312.1M 2010
No Score Yet 100% In the Land of the Free... Unknown (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet 71% Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey Fear (Voice) - 2010
No Score Yet 72% Afro Samurai: Resurrection Afro Samurai / Ninja Ninja (Voice),
Executive Producer
- 2009
78% 75% Mother and Child Paul (Character) $1.1M 2009
50% 50% Astro Boy Zog (Voice) $19.5M 2009
33% 36% Gospel Hill Paul Malcolm (Character) - 2008
14% 25% The Spirit The Octopus (Character) $19.8M 2008
45% 58% Soul Men Louis (Character) $12.1M 2008
44% 39% Lakeview Terrace Abel Turner (Character) $39.3M 2008
18% 40% Star Wars: The Clone Wars Mace Windu (Voice) $456.8K 2008
15% 44% Jumper Roland (Character) $80.2M 2008
No Score Yet 64% Black Magic Unknown (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Afro Samurai Afro Samurai/Ninja Ninja (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2007
17% 40% Cleaner Tom Cutler (Character),
Producer
- 2007
60% 60% Resurrecting the Champ Champ (Character) $3.2M 2007
79% 61% 1408 Mr. Olin (Character) $72.0M 2007
66% 69% Black Snake Moan Lazarus (Character) $9.4M 2007
No Score Yet 35% Farce of the Penguins Narrator - 2007
No Score Yet 89% Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story Narrator - 2007
22% 46% Home of the Brave Will Marsh (Character) $40.8K 2006
69% 49% Snakes on a Plane Nelville Flynn (Character) $34.0M 2006
23% 25% Freedomland Lorenzo Council (Character) $12.5M 2006
12% 41% The Man Vann (Character) $8.3M 2005
79% 66% Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith Mace Windu (Character) $380.3M 2005
17% 32% XXX: State of the Union Agent Augustus Gibbons (Character) $26.0M 2005
64% 85% Coach Carter Coach Ken Carter (Character) $67.3M 2005
23% 56% Country of My Skull Langston Whitfield (Character) $163.5K 2004
97% 75% The Incredibles Lucius Best/Frozone (Voice) $261.4M 2004
2% 31% Twisted Police Commissioner John Mills (Character) $25.2M 2004
84% 89% Kill Bill: Vol. 2 Rufus (Character) $66.2M 2004
100% 94% Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson Unknown (Character) - 2004
48% 52% S.W.A.T. Dan "Hondo" Harrelson (Character) $116.6M 2003
21% 63% Basic Sgt. Nathan West (Character) $26.5M 2003
25% 25% The House on Turk Street Jack Friar (Character) - 2002
48% 58% XXX Agent Augustus Gibbons (Character) $141.2M 2002
65% 56% Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones Mace Windu (Character) $310.7M 2002
77% 53% Changing Lanes Doyle Gibson (Character) $66.8M 2002
25% 59% The 51st State Elmo McElroy (Character),
Producer
$5.2M 2001
45% 51% The Caveman's Valentine Romulus Ledbetter (Character) $687.1K 2001
70% 77% Unbreakable Elijah Price (Character) $95.0M 2000
67% 41% Shaft John Shaft (Character) $70.3M 2000
37% 55% Rules of Engagement Colonel Terry L. Childers (Character) $61.3M 2000
60% 39% Deep Blue Sea Russell Franklin (Character) $73.6M 1999
51% 59% Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace Mace Windu (Character) $474.5M 1999
No Score Yet 50% Forever Hollywood Self - 1999
No Score Yet 65% Our Friend, Martin Turner (Voice) - 1999
74% 91% The Red Violin Charles Morritz (Montréal) (Character) $9.5M 1998
74% 79% The Negotiator Lt. Danny Roman (Character) $44.7M 1998
94% 74% Out of Sight Hejira Henry (uncredited) (Character) $37.5M 1998
11% 38% Sphere Dr. Harry Adams (Character) $37.0M 1998
30% 67% One Eight Seven Trevor Garfield (Character) $5.7M 1997
83% 89% Eve's Bayou Louis Batiste (Character),
Producer
$14.8M 1997
87% 85% Jackie Brown Ordell Robbie (Character) $39.6M 1997
No Score Yet 68% The Search for One-Eye Jimmy Col. Ron (Character) $19.4K 1996
68% 70% The Long Kiss Goodnight Mitch Henessey (Character) $33.4M 1996
81% 79% Trees Lounge Wendell (Character) $673.3K 1996
82% 83% Hard Eight Jimmy (Character) $215.6K 1996
68% 85% A Time to Kill Carl Lee Hailey (Character) $108.7M 1996
42% 35% The Great White Hype Rev. Fred Sultan (Character) $7.8M 1996
68% 37% Kiss of Death Calvin Hart (Character) $14.7M 1995
45% 73% Losing Isaiah Kadar Lewis (Character) $3.7M 1995
25% 69% Fluke Rumbo (Voice) $3.3M 1995
59% 83% Die Hard With a Vengeance Zeus Carver (Character) $99.5M 1995
No Score Yet 62% Against the Wall Jamaal (Character) - 1994
64% 40% The New Age Dale Deveaux (Character) $203.6K 1994
No Score Yet 13% Hail Caesar Mailman (Character) - 1994
88% 91% Fresh Sam (Character) $7.7M 1994
92% 96% Pulp Fiction Jules Winnfield (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 27% Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker Richard Greener (Character) - 1994
17% 31% Amos & Andrew Andrew Sterling (Character) $9.5M 1993
93% 93% True Romance Big Don (Character) - 1993
92% 91% Jurassic Park Ray Arnold (Character) $401.8M 1993
84% 93% Menace II Society Tat Lawson (Character) $27.7M 1993
18% 49% National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 Wes Luger (Character) $28.0M 1993
79% 90% Juice Trip (Character) $18.6M 1992
44% 42% White Sands Greg Meeker (Character) $8.2M 1992
74% 72% Patriot Games Lt. Cmdr. Robert Jefferson 'Robby' Jackson (Character) $82.7M 1992
No Score Yet 27% Fathers and Sons Marshall (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 27% Jumpin' at the Boneyard Mr. Simpson (Character) $5.9K 1991
27% 47% Johnny Suede B-Bop (Character) $8.5K 1991
80% 67% Jungle Fever Gator Purify (Character) $31.7M 1991
No Score Yet 67% Dead and Alive Hatcher (Character) - 1991
10% 57% Strictly Business Monroe (Character) $7.4M 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Return of Superfly Nate Cabot (Character) - 1990
91% 89% Do the Right Thing Mister Señor Love Daddy (Character) $26.0M 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Making 'Do the Right Thing' Self - 1989
No Score Yet 29% Dead Man Out Calvin Fredricks (Character) - 1989
77% 85% Eddie Murphy Raw Eddie's Uncle (Character) $48.8M 1987
No Score Yet 83% Magic Sticks Bum (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet 53% Uncle Tom's Cabin George (Character) - 1987

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 45% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2016 2019 2021-2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Guest 2015 2022
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2008-2010 2012 2015 2017-2020 2022
88% 98% The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey Ptolemy Grey (Character),
Executive Producer
2022
No Score Yet 66% Desus & Mero Guest 2022
No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2015 2017-2019 2022
No Score Yet 5% The View Guest 2016 2020 2022
No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2014-2017 2019 2022
71% 93% Janet Jackson. Self 2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fix Narrator 2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shaq Life Narrator 2020-2021
94% 93% What If...? Nick Fury (Voice) 2021
No Score Yet 100% The Graham Norton Show Guest 2013-2016 2020-2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Enslaved: The Lost History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade Executive Producer,
Host
2020-2021
100% 87% Amend: The Fight for America Self 2021
78% No Score Yet Enslaved Executive Producer,
Host
2020
No Score Yet 100% 60 Minutes Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Carpool Karaoke : la série Music Performer 2019
No Score Yet 26% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2017 2019
No Score Yet 87% Conan Guest 2018
No Score Yet 100% Independent Lens Unknown (Voice) 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2016-2017
No Score Yet 49% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Vice Guide to Film Unknown (Character) 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alan Carr: Chatty Man Guest 2015
No Score Yet 100% The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2002-2006 2014
No Score Yet 75% Late Show With David Letterman Guest 2013
No Score Yet 44% Saturday Night Live Unknown (Guest Star),
Host
1998 2012
No Score Yet 66% Real Time With Bill Maher Guest 2012
No Score Yet 87% Finding Your Roots Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Skins Alex Henley (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2011
No Score Yet 100% The Colbert Report Guest 2011
No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2010-2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Curiosity Host 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lopez Tonight Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Conan O'Brien Guest 2008
100% 90% Afro Samurai Unknown (Voice) 2007
88% 90% Extras Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Unknown (Voice) 1997
No Score Yet 96% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet EPIX FREE: Enslaved HD Executive Producer,
Host
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hateful Eight: Extended Version Maj. Marcus Warren (Character)