Samuel L. Jackson Biography

The Legend of Tarzan

The Legend of Tarzan

Score: 7.58 / 10
Released: July 1, 2016
Director: David Yates
Producer: Jerry Weintraub, Tony Ludwig, Alan Riche, David Barron
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Samuel L. Jackson, Margot Robbie, Djimon Hounsou, John Hurt, Jim Broadbent, Christoph Waltz, Genevieve O'Reilly
Genre: Action
Length: 109 minutes
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Samuel L. Jackson Biography


Date of Birth: December 21, 1948

Raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Samuel L. Jackson was accepted at Atlanta's Morehouse College as an architecture student. Following a speech therapist's advice for his stutter, he auditioned for a college musical. Upon landing a part, he discovered he enjoyed performing enough to pursue further acting gigs, and eventually switched his major to drama. After graduating from college in 1972, he moved to New York to ply his craft in more serious projects.

Attracting the eye of a young, hungry director named Spike Lee during a 1981 stage performance of A Soldier's Story, he would eventually play Wesley Snipes' crack-addicted brother in Lee's Jungle Fever (1991). His brief performance was so authentic that the Cannes Film Festival jury created an award in his honor, Best Supporting Actor—a category it had never respected in the past. It was when Quentin Tarantino picked Jackson from the ranks of the semi-obscure and cast him in Pulp Fiction in 1994 that his role as a Bible-thumping hit man earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor and some long-deserved acclaim.

By 1996, Jackson had his first taste of movie star status with the summer blockbuster A Time To Kill. The next year brought a mixed bag of supporting and starring roles, including Eve's Bayou, Hard Eight and the eagerly anticipated Jackie Brown. His roles continue to grow more varied and interesting: 1999 saw him as Jedi Master Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequel The Phantom Menace, and reprised the role in two more films. He has also played leading roles in films such as Unbreakable (2000), S.W.A.T. (2003), Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004) and Coach Carter (2005).

His role as Colonel Nick Fury in the 2010 film Iron Man 2 led to him having the opportunity to reprise the character in other comic book films, like Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and The Avengers (2012). He also starred in the thriller The Samaritan (2012) as a man released after spending 25 years in prison and played Nick Fury in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) alongside Chris Evans. In 2015, he reprised his role as Nick Fury in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and played a bounty hunter in The Hateful Eight (2015).

The legendary actor continues to work nonstop and can be seen in a slew of films, including the thriller Cell (2016) alongside John Cusack, the epic reboot The Legend of Tarzan (2016) starring Alexander Skarsgård and Margot Robbie, the fantasy adaptation Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) opposite Eva Green, the action sequel xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017), the action comedy The Hitman's Bodyguard starring Ryan Reynolds and the fantasy reboot Kong: Skull Island (2017), alongside Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson. He also reprised his Unbreakable role in the sequel Glass (2019), co-starring with Bruce Willis and James McAvoy and he teamed up again with Brie Larson in Captain America (2019). He can also be seen in Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019).

He also does voicework, including providing the voice of Frozone/Lucius Best in The Incredibles (2004), reprising his role 14 years later in Incredibles 2 (2018).

Samuel resides in Encino, California with his wife of many years, LaTanya Richardson. They have one daughter, Zoe.


Captain Marvel (2019)
Glass (2019)
Shaft (2019)
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
The Blob (2018)
Inversion (2018)
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Blazing Samurai (2018)
Unicorn Store (2017)
The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017)
Kong: Skull Island (2017)
xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017)
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)
The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
Cell (2016)
The Hateful Eight (2015)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Reasonable Doubt (2014)
RoboCop (2014)
Turbo (2013)
Django Unchained (2012)
The Avengers (2012)
Meeting Evil (2012)
The Samaritan (2012)
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Thor (2011) (uncredited)
The Other Guys (2010)
Unthinkable (2010)
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Astro Boy (2009) (voice)
Mother and Child (2009)
Inglourious Basterds (2009) (Narrator, uncredited)
The Spirit (2008)
Soul Men (2008)
Gospel Hill (2008)
Lakeview Terrace (2008)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) (voice)
Iron Man (2008) (uncredited)
Jumper (2008)
Cleaner (2007)
1408 (2007)
Resurrecting the Champ (2007)
Home of the Brave (2006)
Black Snake Moan (2006)
Snakes on a Plane (2006)
Freedomland (2006)
Farce of the Penguins (2006) (voice)
The Man (2005)
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
xXx 2: The Next Level (2005)
Coach Carter (2005)
The Incredibles (2004) (voice)
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
Twisted (2004)
Country of My Skull (2004)
S.W.A.T. (2003)
Basic (2003)
xXx (2002)
No Good Deed (2002)
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
Changing Lanes (2002)
The 51st State (2001)
The Caveman's Valentine (2001)
Unbreakable (2000)
Shaft (2000)
Rules of Engagement (2000)
Deep Blue Sea (1999)
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
The Red Violin (1998)
The Negotiator (1998)
Out of Sight (1998)
Sphere (1998)
Jackie Brown (1997)
Eve's Bayou (1997)
One Eight Seven (1997)
The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
A Time to Kill (1996)
Trees Lounge (1996)
The Great White Hype (1996)
Sydney (1996)
Fluke (1995) (voice)
Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995)
Kiss of Death (1995)
Losing Isaiah (1995)
The Search for One-eye Jimmy (1994)
The New Age (1994)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Hail Caesar (1994)
Fresh (1994)
True Romance (1993)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Menace II Society (1993)
Amos & Andrew (1993)
Loaded Weapon 1 (1993)
Patriot Games (1992)
White Sands (1992)
Juice (1992)
Fathers & Sons (1992)
Jumpin' at the Boneyard (1992)
Strictly Business (1991)
Johnny Suede (1991)
Jungle Fever (1991)
The Return of Superfly (1990)
Goodfellas (1990)
The Exorcist III (1990)
Mo' Better Blues (1990)
Betsy's Wedding (1990)
A Shock to the System (1990)
Def by Temptation (1990)
Sea of Love (1989)
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Coming to America (1988)
School Daze (1988)
Magic Sticks (1987)
Ragtime (1981)
Together for Days (1972)


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Actor Incredibles 2 (2018)
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Actor Cell (2016)
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Actor Django Unchained (2012)
Actor Meeting Evil (2012)
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Actor Iron Man 2 (2010)
Actor Mother and Child (2010)
Actor The Other Guys (2010)
Actor Cleaner (2008)
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Actor Jumper (2008)
Actor Lakeview Terrace (2008)
Actor 1408 (2007)
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Actor Home of the Brave (2007)
Actor Freedomland (2006)
Actor Snakes on a Plane (2006)
Actor Coach Carter (2005)
Actor In My Country (2005)
Actor The Man (2005)
Actor The Incredibles (2004)
Actor Twisted (2004)
Actor Basic (2003)
Actor S.W.A.T. (2003)
Actor Changing Lanes (2002)
Actor Formula 51 (2002)
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Actor Unbreakable (2000)
Actor Deep Blue Sea (1999)
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Actor The Red Violin (1998)
Actor Jackie Brown (1997)
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