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Samuel L. Jackson

Lowest Rated:   0% Kite (2014)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Blazing Samurai
  • Jimbo
2018
No Score Yet Untitled Marvel Project
  • Actor
2018
No Score Yet The Incredibles 2
  • Frozone
2018
37% The Hitman's Bodyguard
  • Darius Kincaid
$73.6M 2017
76% Kong: Skull Island
  • Preston Packard
$168M 2017
98% I Am Not Your Negro
  • Actor
$7.2M 2017
44% xXx: Return of Xander Cage
  • Augustus Gibbons
$44.9M 2017
44% The Unicorn Store
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Eating You Alive
  • Actor
2016
64% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
  • Barron
$87.3M 2016
10% Cell
  • Tom McCourt
2016
35% The Legend of Tarzan
  • George Washington Williams
$126.6M 2016
No Score Yet Stephen King's Cell
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet 21 Years: Quentin Tarantino
  • Actor
2016
75% The Hateful Eight
  • Maj. Marquis Warren
$54.2M 2015
81% Chi-Raq
  • Dolmedes
$2.7M 2015
77% Big Game
  • U.S. President William Alan Moore
$17.9k 2015
24% Barely Lethal
  • Hardman
2015
75% Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Nick Fury
$429.2M 2015
74% Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Richmond Valentine
$119.5M 2015
No Score Yet Black Magic
  • Actor
2015
0% Kite
  • Lt. Karl Aker
2014
No Score Yet Unthinkable
  • 'H'
2014
89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Nick Fury
$228.7M 2014
48% RoboCop
  • Pat Novak
$50.7M 2014
13% Reasonable Doubt
  • Clinton Davis
2014
No Score Yet The Last Dragon
  • Sho' Nuff
2014
41% Oldboy
  • Chaney
$1.3M 2013
67% Turbo
  • Whiplash
$81.2M 2013
17% Zambezia
  • Actor
$1.1M 2013
87% Django Unchained
  • Stephen
$162.9M 2012
24% The Samaritan
  • Foley
  • Executive Producer
$2.2k 2012
92% Marvel's The Avengers
  • Nick Fury
$623.3M 2012
22% Meeting Evil
  • Richie
$181 2012
No Score Yet I Ain't Scared Of You: A Tribute To Bernie Mac
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Adventures In Zambezia
  • Tendai
2012
80% Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Nick Fury
$176.7M 2011
No Score Yet Big Cats
  • Narrator
2011
72% Disneynature African Cats
  • Actor
$15.5M 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 Young Jeezy: A Hustlerz Ambition
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet On The Shoulders Of Giants
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet In The Land Of The Free
  • Actor
2010
78% The Other Guys
  • Det. P.K. Highsmith
$119.3M 2010
No Score Yet Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey
  • Fear
2010
73% Iron Man 2
  • Nick Fury
$312.1M 2010
79% Mother and Child
  • Paul
$1.2M 2010
No Score Yet With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Blown
  • Julian Lezard
2010
49% Astro Boy (AstroBoy)
  • Zog
$19.6M 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
$19.8M 2008
45% Soul Men
  • Louis
$12M 2008
45% Lakeview Terrace
  • Abel Turner
$39.3M 2008
18% Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • Mace Windu
$35.1M 2008
17% Cleaner
  • Tom Cutler
  • Producer
2008
16% Jumper
  • Roland
$80.1M 2008
33% Gospel Hill
  • Peter Malcolm
2008
No Score Yet Black Magic
  • Narrator
2008
60% Resurrecting the Champ
  • Champ
$3M 2007
No Score Yet Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story
  • Actor
2007
79% 1408
  • Mr. Olin
$72M 2007
66% Black Snake Moan
  • Lazarus Woods
$9.3M 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
$33.9M 2006
23% Freedomland
  • Lorenzo Council
$12.3M 2006
12% The Man
  • Derrick Vann
$8.3M 2005
79% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
  • Mace Windu
2005
16% xXx: State of the Union
  • Agent Augustus Gibbons
$26.1M 2005
22% In My Country
  • Langston Whitfield
2005
No Score Yet Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
  • Jack Johnson
2005
65% Coach Carter
  • Ken Carter
$67.2M 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
$25.1M 2004
100% Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
  • Actor
2004
85% Kill Bill: Volume 1
  • Rufus
2003
27% No Good Deed
  • Jack Friar
2003
48% S.W.A.T.
  • Sgt. Dan `Hondo' Harrelson
$116.7M 2003
21% Basic
  • West
$26.6M 2003
No Score Yet Trial of the Moke
  • Actor
2002
25% Formula 51
  • Executive Producer
  • Elmo McElroy
$5.2M 2002
48% XXX
  • Gibbons
$141.2M 2002
65% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
  • Mace Windu
$307.9M 2002
77% Changing Lanes
  • Doyle Gipson
$66.7M 2002
No Score Yet Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Fighting for Freedom: Revolution & Civil War
  • Narrator
2002
46% The Caveman's Valentine
  • Romulus Ledbetter
  • Executive Producer
2001
68% Unbreakable
  • Elijah Price
2000
68% Shaft
  • John Shaft
$70.4M 2000
36% Rules of Engagement
  • Col. Terry L. Childers
2000
No Score Yet Forever Hollywood
  • Actor
2000
57% Deep Blue Sea
  • Russell Franklin
1999
74% The Red Violin (Le violon rouge)
  • Charles Morritz
1999
55% Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
  • Mace Windu
$431.1M 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
68% The Long Kiss Goodnight
  • Mitch Hennessey
1996
81% Trees Lounge
  • Wendell
1996
67% A Time to Kill
  • Carl Lee
1996
80% Eve's Bayou
  • Producer
  • Louis Batiste
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
51% 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
69% The New Age
  • Dale
1994
No Score Yet Against the Wall
  • Jamaal
1994
89% 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
93% Jurassic Park
  • Arnold
$45.3M 1993
No Score Yet Fathers & Sons
  • Marshall
1993
85% Menace II Society
  • Tat Lawson
1993
21% Amos & Andrew
  • Andrew Sterling
1993
15% National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1
  • Wes Luger
1993
75% Patriot Games
  • Robby
1992
47% White Sands
  • Greg Meeker
1992
83% Juice
  • Trip
1992
No Score Yet Jumpin' at the Boneyard
  • Simpson
1992
10% Strictly Business
  • Monroe
1991
36% Johnny Suede
  • B-Bop
1991
81% Jungle Fever
  • Gator Purify
1991
No Score Yet Mob Justice
  • Hatcher
1991
97% GoodFellas
  • Stacks Edwards
1990
55% 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 The Return of Superfly
  • Nate Cabot
1990
73% Mo' Better Blues
  • Madlock
1990
No Score Yet Def by Temptation
  • Minister Garth
1990
93% Do the Right Thing
  • Mister Senor Love Daddy
1989
77% Sea of Love
  • Black Guy
1989
No Score Yet Dead Man Out
  • Calvin Fredricks
1989
69% Coming to America
  • Hold-Up Man
1988
60% School Daze
  • Leeds
1988
80% Eddie Murphy Raw
  • Eddie's Uncle
1987
No Score Yet Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • Actor
1987
90% Ragtime
  • Gang Member No. 2
1981

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2014
  • 2006
No Score Yet Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.
2012-2016
  • Appearing
  • 2014
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • Appearing
  • 2012
  • 1998
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • 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
No Score Yet 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 War
2007
  • Voice
  • 2007
No Score Yet 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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