Samuel L. Jackson has enjoyed an exceptionally successful career, appearing in many popular films and television shows and having a prolific voice-acting career in many animated movies and video games. Born in 1948 in Washington, D.C., Jackson’s family relocated to Kansas City when he was three years old. He and his brother were raised by their mother after their father abandoned the family. When Jackson was ten years old, his mother married again and moved with her new husband to Chicago, Illinois. It was here that Jackson developed an interest in acting. He attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and graduated at 17. After being kicked out of school for fighting, he decided to pursue a career in acting.
Jackson began his career on stage with his theatrical debut as Mother Courage and Her Children at the public theater in 1980. From 1981 to 1983, he played the role of Private Louis Henderson in Off-Broadway’s Soldier Story. He also played the role of Boy Willy in August Wilson’s piano lessons at Yale Repertory Theater in 1987. Jackson’s early film roles included Coming to America in 1988, True Romance, Jurassic Park in 1993, etc. His collaboration with Spike Lee brought him further fame with films such as Do Right Thing in 1989, Jungle Fever in 1991, and many more. Jackson’s groundbreaking role was in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction which was nominated for a BAFTA Award and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
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Samuel L. Jackson is one of the most successful actors of our time. Jackson is known for appearing in over 150 films, including Die Hard with Vengeance, A Time to Kill, and Snake on the Airplane. He has won many awards, including two Academy Awards, a Grammy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, four Screen Actors Guild Awards, and five BAFTAs. He has received the NAACP Image award twice and once for being the best actor in a leading role. With a long list of credits to his name, Jackson has solidified himself as a Hollywood legend.