Dec. 21st, 1948
Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Presenter
Samuel L. Jackson usually played bad guys and drug addicts before becoming an action hero, as the character Mitch Henessey, in The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) and in Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995). From character player to leading man. His performance in Pulp Fiction (1994) gave him an Oscar nomination for his character Jules Winnfield. He was active in the black student movement. In the seventies he joined the Negro Ensemble Company (together with Morgan Freeman). In the eighties he became well known by three movies made by Spike Lee Do the Right Thing (1989), Mo' Better Blues (1990) and Jungle Fever (1991). He received a Silver Berlin Bear for his part in the movie Jackie Brown (1997) as Ordell Robbi.
- Daughter - 'Zoè Jackson' (qv) (b. 1982).
- While visiting Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2003, he stayed at the world-famous Copacabana Palace Hotel.
- Avid golfer.
- Has the rare distinction of having played characters that have been eaten by both a shark and a dinosaur.
- Says that people who recognize him often mistake him for Laurence Fishburne and vice versa.
- Worked as a camera stand-in for 'Bill Cosby' (qv) during the filming of _"The Cosby Show" (1984)_ (qv).
- Was member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 1995.