Talk about blockbuster specialists. Samuel L. Jackson belongs to that small group of Hollywood celebrities who seem to have the Midas touch. The veteran actor and film producer have a considerable number of shocking film titles on his account at the box office. In the early 1990s, he was put in the spotlight for his efforts and has not looked back once since.
In his early career, he starred in such successful films as Goodfellas (1990), Steven Spielberg’s Jurrasic Park (1993), and Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction (1994). More recently, he has brought his acting skills to the screen in films such as Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Django Unchained (2012), and in a number of films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Samuel L Jackson: Full Bio, Age, and the Civil Rights Movement
Samuel Leroy Jackson was born in Washington on December 21, 1948, and grew up in a time when people who had the same pigment density as he did not have the same opportunities as others. Jackson attended several schools for colored children. Finally, he graduated from Riverside High School in Chattanooga. Between third and twelfth grade, he was an active member of his school’s orchestra and played the French horn during this time.
Jackson was not interested in an acting career at first. In fact, he went to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he studied marine biology. To earn extra points for a class, he joined a local acting group, and his love for acting was born. This prompted him to change his major to architecture and eventually to drama.
The veteran actor in his early days was and still is a great supporter of civil rights movements and other related issues. In his youth, he idolized Pastor Martin Luther King, Jr. Jackson also served as an usher at the activist’s funeral in Atlanta.
He finally graduated from Morehouse College in 1972, but this was after a two-year suspension for his involvement in a successful protest campaign calling for curriculum and governance reform at Morehouse College. Jackson and a group of other students demonstrated their anger by taking school board members hostage on campus. Among the hostages was the father of his idol, Martin Luther King, Sr.
Jackson had begun to get more and more involved in the Black Power movement, which was more about violent opposition. A warning from the FBI regarding her son’s life prompted Jackson’s mother to ship him to Los Angeles. There he took a job as a social worker.
Samuel L Jackson’s Acting Career Before the New Millennium
Jackson’s acting career saw him involved in a variety of stage plays over the next decade and a half after graduating in 1972. This period of his life included plays like Home, A Soldier’s Play, and indie films like 1972’s Together For Days. During this period he fell into alcohol, heroin, and later cocaine. This cost him his roles in the two pieces The Piano Lesson and Two Trains Running.
But his abilities still opened doors for him and got him – even if small – roles in the movies of 1988, Coming to America, Do The Right Thing, and Goodfellas. He also served as a replacement for Bill Cosby on The Bill Cosby Show for three years. Samuel L. Jackson owes much of his success to another veteran, Morgan Freeman, who coached him throughout his early career.
The superstar from Hollywood was finally to get rid of his vices after members of his family placed him in a rehab clinic in New York City. His first movie role after rehab seemed almost divinely staged. He played the role of a crack cocaine addict in the movie Jungle Fever. A role that the actor described as “cathartic” for him. He handled the role so well that at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival a special prize for “supporting actor” was awarded especially for him.
After the success of Jungle, Fever Jackson appeared in several movies in the ’90s. He appeared in Steven Spielberg’s Jurrasic Park, Quentin Tarantino’s True Romance, and Pulp Fiction. For the latter, the character he played was written especially for him; a performance for which he received a BAFTA award for “Best Supporting Role”.
The late ’90s was a memorable time for the increasingly recognized Jackson. He had several leading roles in movies like 187, Eve’s Bayou, Jackie Brown, Deep Blue Sea, and The Negotiator. He even entered the Star Wars action movie series, playing Mace Windu in George Lucas’ 1999 episode Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.
Samuel L Jackson’s Career Since the Turn of the Millennium
If the late 1990s were a good time for Jackson’s career, the period after the turn of the millennium proved to be even more fruitful. In 2000, Jackson achieved rubber-stamped cult status by earning his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Hollywood Blvd. 7018. In the early 2000s, he worked on films such as Rules of Engagement, Unbreakable, xXx, Basic and Changing Lanes. He also saw his supporting role as Mace Windu blossom into a starring role in the two Star Wars episodes that followed in 2002 and 2005 respectively.
In the mid-2000s he worked with such successful actors as Whoopi Goldberg, Ashley Judd, Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, and Julian Moore. During this time he worked on films such as XXX: State of the Union, Snakes on a Plane, Home of the Brave, and Freedomland. He also played the role of superhero Frozone in the cartoon The Incredibles and also had a guest appearance in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill: Volume 2.
Jackson ended the decade with films like Black Snake Moan, the horror movie 1408, which was an adaptation of a Stephen King novel. He also resumed the role of Mace Windu in the 2008 movie Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Soul Men, The Spirits, and Lakeview.
Samuel L. Jackson continued the success of the last decade with other films such as The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained, Kong: Skull Island, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Legend of Tarzan, Big Game, and Kingsman: The Secret Service. In 2002 Marvel Comics had designed the character “Nick Fury” after Jackson. Seven years later, in 2009, the actor signed a contract with Marvel who would see him as Nick Fury in nine films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He has already played the character in films like Iron Man 2, Captain America, Thor, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and all the Avengers movies.
For his efforts, Samuel L. Jackson has received a myriad of nominations. The Golden Globe Awards, BAFTA Awards, Academy Awards, Black Reel Awards, MTV Movie Awards, NAACP Image Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and several others.
Samuel L Jackson’s Family, Wife, and Kids
Jackson, who is an only child, was raised mainly by his mother, Elizabeth, and his maternal grandparents. She worked in a factory and later as a supply agent for a mental institution. Young Jackson only met his father twice, until he died of alcoholism.
The successful actor managed to build a better family than the one he grew up in. Since 1980 he has been married to Latanya Jackson. The two met when Jackson was at Morehouse College. She later became an actress and producer for a sports channel.
The couple also worked together on several film projects such as Juice, Losing Isaiah, and Freedomland. However, Latanya’s biggest movie came in 2003, when she starred alongside Cuba Gooding Jr. and Beyonce Knowles as her main opponent Paulina Pritchett in the musical The Fighting Temptations.
Jackson and his wife have one child, a daughter, Zoe Jackson, who was born in 1982. She followed in her parents’ footsteps and pursued a career in the entertainment industry as a freelance film and television producer.
Samuel L Jackson’s Net Worth
As mentioned earlier, Jackson is still at the top of the heap when it comes to creating high revenue movies. The actor, who says he only plays characters that are interesting to watch, has seen his movies with gross receipts of over $5 billion. And that’s just for his leading and supporting roles. If you take into account all his efforts as a supporting actor, this figure rises significantly to over 11 billion dollars.
He has also appeared in many television series, a number of high-profile commercials, and even music videos. Anything that has helped raise his status in the film and entertainment industry has certainly helped raise his paycheck over the years. The latest calculations by Celebrity Net Worth put Jackson’s assets at $220 million.
Samuel L Jackson’s Height and Body Measurements
The long-time Hollywood celebrity may have the skills to hold his own at any level within the industry, but he also has the looks to match. Jackson stands at an impressive height of 6 feet 2 inches (1.89 m). This makes him one of those American men who are considered tall.
His trademark is his bald head, which is mentioned again and again in published lists of bald and sexy men. A recognition that the actor is aware of and enjoys. He also has dark brown eyes and manages to maintain a healthy body weight of about 94 kg (207 lbs). Apart from the characteristics mentioned above, his exact body measurements remain unknown.