Samuel L. Jackson

75, from Washington, D.C., USA

Artwork for Avengers: EndgameImage of Samuel L. Jackson

Biography

Samuel Leroy Jackson (born December 21, 1948) is an American actor and producer. One of the most widely recognized actors of his generation, the films in which he has appeared have collectively grossed over $27 billion worldwide, making him the second highest-grossing actor of all time. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave him an Academy Honorary Award in 2022 as "A cultural icon whose dynamic work has resonated across genres and generations and audiences worldwide".

Jackson started his career on stage making his professional theatre debut in Mother Courage and her Children in 1980 at The Public Theatre. From 1981 to 1983 he originated the role of Private Louis Henderson in A Soldier's Play Off-Broadway. He also originated the role of Boy Willie in August Wilson's The Piano Lesson in 1987 at the Yale Repertory Theatre. He returned to the play in the 2022 Broadway revival playing Doaker Charles. Jackson early film roles include Coming to America (1988), Goodfellas (1990), Patriot Games (1992), Juice (1992), True Romance (1993), and Jurassic Park (1993), Menace II Society (1993), and Fresh (1994). His collaborations with Spike Lee led to greater prominence with films such as School Daze (1988), Do the Right Thing (1989), Mo' Better Blues (1990), Jungle Fever (1991), Oldboy (2013), and Chi-Raq (2015).

Jackson's breakout role was in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction (1994) which earned him a BAFTA Award win and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He further collaborated with Tarantino, acting in Jackie Brown (1997), Django Unchained (2012), and The Hateful Eight (2015). He's known for having appeared in a number of big-budget films, including Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), A Time to Kill (1996), The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996), The Negotiator (1997), Deep Blue Sea (1999), Unbreakable (2000), Shaft (2000) and its reboot (2019), XXX (2002), S.W.A.T. (2003), Coach Carter (2005), Snakes on a Plane (2006), Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), Kong: Skull Island (2017), and Glass (2019).

He also gained widespread recognition as the Jedi Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999–2005), later voicing the role in the animated film Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) and the video game Lego Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2011). With his permission, his likeness was used for the Ultimate version of the Marvel Comics character Nick Fury; he subsequently played Fury in 11 Marvel Cinematic Universe films, beginning with a cameo appearance in Iron Man (2008), as well as guest-starring in the television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He will reprise this role in the upcoming Disney+ series Secret Invasion, which is set to premiere on June 21, 2023. Jackson has provided his voice for several animated films, documentaries, television series, and video games, including Lucius Best / Frozone in the Pixar films The Incredibles (2004) and Incredibles 2 (2018).

Timeline

2024Aged 76

  • Poster for Argylle

    Alfie

  • Poster for Damaged

    Dan Lawson

  • Poster for The Garfield Movie

    Vic (voice)

  • Poster for The Piano Lesson

    Doaker Charles

2023Aged 75

  • Poster for The Kill Room

    Gordon

  • Poster for Marvel Studios Assembled: The Making of Secret Invasion

    Self - 'Nick Fury'

  • Poster for The Marvels

    Nick Fury

2022Aged 74

  • Poster for Spider-Man: All Roads Lead to No Way Home

    Self (archive footage)

  • Poster for Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank

    Jimbo (voice)

  • Poster for Is That Black Enough for You?!?

    Self

2021Aged 73

  • Poster for Spiral: From the Book of Saw

    Marcus Banks

  • Poster for Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard

    Darius Kincaid

  • Poster for The Protégé

    Moody

  • Poster for Marvel Studios' 2021 Disney+ Day Special

    Nick Fury (archive footage)

  • Poster for 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

    Self

  • Poster for An Audience with Adele

    Self

2020Aged 72

  • Poster for The Last Full Measure

    Takoda

  • Poster for The Banker

    Joe Morris

  • Poster for One World: Together at Home

    Self

  • Poster for The Match: Champions for Charity

    Commentator

  • Poster for Enslaved with Samuel L Jackson

    Presenter

  • Poster for #UNFIT: The Psychology of Donald Trump

    Self (archive footage)

  • Poster for A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote

    Self

  • Poster for Death to 2020

    Dash Bracket

2019Aged 71

  • Poster for Glass

    Elijah Price / Mr. Glass

  • Poster for Captain Marvel

    Nick Fury

  • Poster for Avengers: Endgame

    Nick Fury

  • Poster for Shaft

    John Shaft

  • Poster for Spider-Man: Far From Home

    Nick Fury

  • Poster for QT8: The First Eight

    Self (uncredited)

  • Poster for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Mace Windu (voice)

2018Aged 70

  • Poster for Avengers: Infinity War

    Nick Fury (uncredited)

  • Poster for Incredibles 2

    Lucius Best / Frozone (voice)

  • Poster for Quincy

    Self

  • Poster for Life Itself

    Self

  • Poster for The Match: Tiger vs. Phil

    Commentator

2017Aged 69

  • Poster for xXx: Return of Xander Cage

    Agent Augustus Gibbons

  • Poster for I Am Not Your Negro

    Narrator (voice)

  • Poster for Smokey Robinson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

    Host

  • Poster for Kong: Skull Island

    Lieutenant Colonel Preston Packard

  • Poster for John Travolta, le miraculé d'Hollywood

    Self - Actor (archive footage)

  • Poster for The Words That Built America

    Reader - Declaration of Independence

  • Poster for Creating a King: Summoning a God

    Self

  • Poster for The Hitman's Bodyguard

    Darius Kincaid

  • Poster for Unicorn Store

    The Salesman

2016Aged 68

  • Poster for The Legend of Tarzan

    George Washington Williams

  • Poster for Cell

    Thomas 'Tom' McCourt

  • Poster for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    Barron

  • Poster for BET Presents Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration

    Self

  • Poster for Eating You Alive

    Self

2015Aged 67

  • Poster for Big Game

    US President William Alan Moore

  • Poster for Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Nick Fury

  • Poster for Barely Lethal

    Hardman

  • Poster for Kingsman: The Secret Service Revealed

    Self

  • Poster for Chi-Raq

    Dolmedes

  • Poster for Star Wars: Evolution of the Lightsaber Duel

    Self

  • Poster for The Hateful Eight

    Major Marquis Warren

2014Aged 66

  • Poster for Face of Unity

    Self

  • Poster for Reasonable Doubt

    Clinton Davis

  • Poster for RoboCop

    Pat Novak

  • Poster for Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe

    Self

  • Poster for Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Nick Fury

  • Poster for Kite

    Lieutenant Karl Aker

  • Poster for Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee

    Self

  • Poster for Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Valentine

2013Aged 65

  • Poster for Turbo

    Whiplash (voice)

  • Poster for Everything Is Samuel L. Jackson's Fault

    Self

  • Poster for Oldboy

    Chaney

2012Aged 64

  • Poster for Meeting Evil

    Richie

  • Poster for Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen

    (archive footage)

  • Poster for I Ain't Scared of You: A Tribute to Bernie Mac

    Self

  • Poster for The Samaritan

    Foley

  • Poster for The Avengers

    Nick Fury

  • Poster for Zambezia

    Tendai (voice)

  • Poster for The Avengers: A Visual Journey

    Self

  • Poster for Eddie Murphy: One Night Only

    Self

  • Poster for Quentin Tarantino: 20 Years of Filmmaking

    Self

  • Poster for Django Unchained

    Stephen

2011Aged 63

  • Poster for Return to Jurassic Park

    Self

  • Poster for On the Shoulders of Giants

    (Unknown)

  • Poster for The Sunset Limited

    Black

  • Poster for Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair

    Rufus

  • Poster for Thor

    Nick Fury (uncredited)

  • Poster for African Cats

    Narrator (voice)

  • Poster for Go the F**k to Sleep

    Narrator (voice)

  • Poster for Captain America: The First Avenger

    Nick Fury

  • Poster for Arena

    Logan

  • Poster for Young Jeezy: A Hustlerz Ambition

    Narrator

2010Aged 62

  • Poster for Heavy Rain

    (Unknown)

  • Poster for In the Land of the Free...

    Narrator

  • Poster for Iron Man 2

    Nick Fury

  • Poster for Unthinkable

    Henry Harold 'H' Humphries

  • Poster for With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story

    Self

  • Poster for The Other Guys

    P.K. Highsmith

  • Poster for Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey

    Fear (voice)

2009Aged 61

  • Poster for Uneven Fairways

    Narrator

  • Poster for The Face Is Familiar

    Himself

  • Poster for Inglourious Basterds

    Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

  • Poster for Astro Boy

    Zog (voice)

  • Poster for Afro Samurai: Resurrection

    Afro / Ninja-Ninja (voice)

  • Poster for Mother and Child

    Paul

2008Aged 60

  • Poster for Crítico

    Self

  • Poster for Gospel Hill

    Paul Malcolm

  • Poster for Jumper

    Roland

  • Poster for Iron Man

    Nick Fury (uncredited)

  • Poster for Star Wars: The Clone Wars

    Mace Windu (voice)

  • Poster for Lakeview Terrace

    Abel Turner

  • Poster for Soul Men

    Louis Hinds

  • Poster for The Spirit

    Octopus

2007Aged 59

  • Poster for Resurrecting the Champ

    Champ

  • Poster for 1408

    Gerald Olin

  • Poster for Farce of the Penguins

    Narrator (voice)

  • Poster for Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story

    Narrator

  • Poster for Cleaner

    Tom Cutler

2006Aged 58

2005Aged 57

  • Poster for Coach Carter

    Ken Carter

  • Poster for George Lucas: Creating an Empire

    Presenter/Self

  • Poster for The Harlem Globetrotters: The Team That Changed the World

    Self

  • Poster for Mr. Incredible and Pals

    Frozone (commentary voice)

  • Poster for xXx: State of the Union

    Agent Augustus Gibbons

  • Poster for Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    Mace Windu

  • Poster for Coach Carter The Man Behind the Movie

    Self

  • Poster for My Date with Drew

    Self (uncredited)

  • Poster for The Man

    Derrick Vann

2004Aged 56

  • Hollywood Legenden

    Self

  • Poster for Twisted

    John Mills

  • Poster for Kill Bill: Vol. 2

    Rufus

  • Poster for John Travolta: The Inside Story

    Self

  • Poster for In My Country

    Langston Whitfield

  • Poster for Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

    Jack Johnson (voice)

  • Poster for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - The Introduction

    Officer Frank Tenpenny (voice) (uncredited)

  • Poster for The Incredibles

    Lucius Best / Frozone (voice)

2003Aged 55

  • Poster for Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives

    (Unknown)

  • Poster for Basic

    West

  • Poster for S.W.A.T.

    Sgt. Dan 'Hondo' Harrelson

2002Aged 54

  • Poster for Middle School Confessions

    Host

  • Poster for Changing Lanes

    Doyle Gipson

  • Poster for Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    Mace Windu

  • Poster for The Art of Action: Martial Arts in the Movies

    Self - Narrator

  • Poster for No Good Deed

    Jack Friar

  • Poster for xXx

    Agent Augustus Gibbons

  • Poster for BaadAsssss Cinema

    Self

  • Poster for Jackie Brown: How It Went Down

    Self

2001Aged 53

2000Aged 52

1999Aged 51

  • Poster for Forever Hollywood

    Self

  • Poster for Our Friend, Martin

    Turner (voice)

  • Poster for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    Mace Windu

  • Poster for From Star Wars to Star Wars: The Story of Industrial Light & Magic

    Narrator, Host

  • Poster for Deep Blue Sea

    Russell Franklin

1998Aged 50

  • Poster for Sphere

    Dr. Harry Adams

  • Poster for Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's

    Self

  • Poster for Out of Sight

    Hejirah Henry (uncredited)

  • Poster for The Negotiator

    Lt. Danny Roman

  • Poster for The Red Violin

    Charles Morritz (Montréal)

1997Aged 49

  • Poster for Hard Eight

    Jimmy

  • Poster for One Eight Seven

    Trevor Garfield

  • Poster for Eve's Bayou

    Louis Batiste

  • Poster for Jackie Brown

    Ordell Robbie

1996Aged 48

  • Poster for The Journey of the African-American Athlete

    Narrator

  • Poster for The Great White Hype

    Rev. Fred Sultan

  • Poster for Trees Lounge

    Wendell

  • Poster for Shaquille O'Neal: Larger than Life

    Narrator (voice)

  • Poster for A Time to Kill

    Carl Lee Hailey

  • Poster for The Long Kiss Goodnight

    Mitch Henessey

1995Aged 47

  • Poster for Losing Isaiah

    Kadar Lewis

  • Poster for Kiss of Death

    Calvin Hart

  • Poster for A Night to Die For

    Himself/Host

  • Poster for Die Hard: With a Vengeance

    Zeus Carver

  • Poster for Fluke

    Rumbo (voice)

1994Aged 46

  • Poster for Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker

    Richard Greener

  • Poster for Against the Wall

    Jamaal

  • Poster for Hail Caesar

    Mailman

  • Poster for Fresh

    Sam

  • Poster for Pulp Fiction

    Jules Winnfield

  • Poster for The New Age

    Dale Deveaux

  • Poster for The Search for One-eye Jimmy

    Colonel Ron

1993Aged 45

  • Poster for National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1

    Wes Luger

  • Poster for Amos & Andrew

    Andrew Sterling

  • Poster for Menace II Society

    Tat Lawson

  • Poster for Jurassic Park

    Arnold

  • Poster for True Romance

    Big Don

1992Aged 44

  • Poster for Fathers and Sons

    Marshall

  • Poster for Juice

    Trip

  • Poster for White Sands

    Greg Meeker

  • Poster for Patriot Games

    Lt. Cmdr. Robby Jackson

1991Aged 43

  • Poster for Jungle Fever

    Gator Purify

  • Poster for Johnny Suede

    B-Bop

  • Poster for Jumpin' at the Boneyard

    Mr. Simpson

  • Poster for Strictly Business

    Monroe

  • Poster for Dead and Alive: The Race for Gus Farace

    Everett Hatcher

1990Aged 42

  • Poster for Spike Lee & Company: Do It a Cappella

    The Janitor

  • Poster for Def by Temptation

    Minister Garth

  • Poster for A Shock to the System

    Ulysses

  • Poster for Common Ground

    Rev. Bob McClair

  • Poster for Betsy's Wedding

    Taxi Dispatcher (Mickey)

  • Poster for Mo' Better Blues

    Madlock

  • Poster for The Exorcist III

    Dream Blind Man (uncredited)

  • Poster for GoodFellas

    Stacks Edwards

  • Poster for The Return of Superfly

    Nate Cabot

1989Aged 41

1988Aged 40

  • Poster for School Daze

    Leeds

  • Poster for Coming to America

    Hold-Up Man

1987Aged 39

  • Poster for Magic Sticks

    Bum

  • Poster for Uncle Tom's Cabin

    George

  • Poster for Eddie Murphy Raw

    Eddie's Uncle

1981Aged 33

  • Poster for Ragtime

    Gang Member No. 2

1980Aged 32

  • Poster for The Exterminator

    Extra (uncredited)

1978Aged 30

  • Poster for The Trial of the Moke

    Johnson Whittaker

1977Aged 29

  • Poster for The Displaced Person

    Sulk

1972Aged 24

  • Poster for Together for Days

    Stan

Year unknown