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- "When reporters asked me, 'Are there any directors you want to work with that you haven't worked with before,' I would say, 'George Lucas is about to do the Star Wars thing, I'd really love to work with him.' And I said that often enough that somebody heard it and told him. I got invited to the Ranch to see if I was serious about that. Yeah, sure! You can make me a stormtrooper if you want, I don't care—as long as I know I'm in the movie, I don't care if anybody else knows or not."
- ―Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson (born December 21, 1948) is an American actor who portrayed Jedi Master Mace Windu in the prequel trilogy. He later voiced his character in The Clone Wars film and the video game LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars.
Jackson grew up as an only child in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He was raised by his mother, Elizabeth Jackson (née Montgomery), and his maternal grandparents and extended family. He attended Morehouse College.
Jackson starred in five Spike Lee films, including School Daze, Do the Right Thing, Mo' Better Blues, Jungle Fever, and Oldboy. He also worked several times for Quentin Tarantino in Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill: Volume 2, Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained, and the upcoming The Hateful Eight.
In 1991, Jackson won the Best Supporting Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival for his role in Spike Lee's Jungle Fever. He was nominated for an Oscar for his performance as Jules Winnfield in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction in 1994. This role also earned him a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and several other awards and nominations. In 1998, Jackson won the Silver Berlin Bear for Best Actor at the Berlin International Film Festival for his role in Jackie Brown. Jackson also received several Golden Globe nominations for his performances in Pulp Fiction, Against the Wall, A Time to Kill, and Jackie Brown.
Jackson hosted the MTV Movie Awards in 1998 and the Spike Video Game Awards four times: in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2012. At the 2009 VGAs, he previewed LucasArts's game, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II.
Since Iron Man in 2008, Jackson has appeared in several other Marvel movies as Colonel Nick Fury, director of S.H.I.E.L.D., such as Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Avengers: Age of Ultron. He also portrayed Fury in ABC's TV series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
Jackson played in the 1998 film Coming to America starring James Earl Jones (voice of Darth Vader in the movies). They worked together again, along with Harrison Ford (Han Solo), for the 1992 film Patriot Games. In 1994, Jackson shared screen with Phil LaMarr in Pulp Fiction. In 1999, he provided voice in the educational film Our Friend, Martin along with James Earl Jones and Edward Asner (voice of Vrook Lamar in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and its sequel). In 2001, he worked with Tara Strong (voice of Risha Drayen and Holiday in the Star Wars: The Old Republic video game) for one episode of the TV series The Proud Family. In 2004, he provided voice for the video game adaptation of The Incredibles with Chris Edgerly (voice of Eeth Koth in The Clone Wars TV series). In 2007, he also provided voice for the TV miniseries Afro Samurai along with Phil LaMarr, Terrence Carson (Windu's official "audio double"), John DiMaggio (voice of General Grievous and Sha'a Gi for Clone Wars Chapter 20), Jason Marsden, Jeff Bennett, and Tara Strong. In 2008, Jackson played alongside Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker in Episode II and Episode III) and Nathalie Cox (Juno Eclipse) in Jumper. The same year, he shared screen with Jaime King (voice of Aurra Sing in The Clone Wars) in the film The Spirit. Jackson appeared in Iron Man and its 2010 sequel Iron Man 2, both directed by Jon Favreau (voice of Pre Vizsla in The Clone Wars). In 2009, he provided voice for Afro Samurai's sequel, Afro Samurai: Resurrection, alongside Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Grey DeLisle, Jeff Bennett, Steve Blum, Phil LaMarr, and Kevin Michael Richardson. The same year, he worked with Jimmy Smits (Bail Organa) for the drama film Mother and Child, with Dee Bradley Baker for the animated film Astro Boy, and with Hayden Christensen, James Earl Jones, and Mark Hamill for Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey. In 2011, he made an uncredited cameo in the film Thor starring Natalie Portman (Padmé Amidala). He worked once more with Mark Hamill for the 2014 film Kingsman: The Secret Service. In 2015, he will appear with Jaime King in her husband Kyle Newman's film Barely Lethal.
In 1980, Jackson married actress and television producer LaTanya Richardson. They have a daughter named Zoe, born in 1982. In 2009, he and his wife created a charitable foundation to help support education.
|2017||The Hitman's Bodyguard||Unknown role||Upcoming|
|2017||Blazing Samurai||Jimbo||(voice) Upcoming|
|2017||Kong: Skull Island||Lieutenant Colonel Packard||Upcoming|
|2017||XXX: Return of Xander Cage||Agent Augustus Eugene Gibbons||Upcoming|
|2016||Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children||Barron||Upcoming|
|2016||The Legend of Tarzan||George Washington Williams|
|2015||The Hateful Eight||Major Marquis Warren|
|2015||Disney Infinity 3.0||Nick Fury||Video game (voice)|
|2015||Avengers: Age of Ultron||Nick Fury|
|2014||Kingsman: The Secret Service||Valentine|
|2014||Black Dynamite||Captain Quinton||TV series (voice)|
|2014||Big Game||The President|
|2014||Captain America: The Winter Soldier||Nick Fury|
|2014||Reasonable Doubt||Clinton Davis|
|2013/2014||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||Nick Fury||TV series|
|2012||The Avengers||Nick Fury|
|2012||Fury||Foley||a.k.a. The Samaritan – Also Executive Producer|
|2012||The Colbert Report||Ad Narrator||TV series – Uncredited (voice)|
|2011||Captain America: The First Avenger||Nick Fury||Cameo|
|2011||African Cats||Narrator||Documentary (voice)|
|2011||Thor||Nick Fury||Uncredited cameo|
|2011||LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars||Mace Windu||Video game (voice)|
|2011||The Sunset Limited||Black||TV movie|
|2010||Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey||Fear||(voice)|
|2010||The Other Guys||P.K. Highsmith|
|2010||Unthinkable||Henry Harold 'H' Humphries|
|2010||Iron Man 2||Nick Fury||Video game (voice)|
|2010||Iron Man 2||Nick Fury|
|2010||The RRF in New Recruit||Zog||Short movie (voice)|
|2009||Mother and Child||Paul|
|2009||Inglourious Basterds||Narrator||Uncredited (voice)|
|2009||Afro Samurai||Afro Samurai & Ninja Ninja||Video game (voice)|
|2009||Afro Samurai: Resurrection||Afro Samurai & Ninja Ninja||TV movie (voice) – Also Executive Producer|
|2008||Soul Men||Louis Hinds|
|2008||Gospel Hill||Paul Malcolm|
|2008||Lakeview Terrace||Abel Turner|
|2008||Star Wars: The Clone Wars||Mace Windu||(voice)|
|2008||Iron Man||Nick Fury||Uncredited cameo|
|2007||Cleaner||Tom Cutler||Also Producer|
|2007||Great Performances||Narrator||TV series|
|2007||Afro Samurai||Afro Samurai & Ninja Ninja||TV miniseries – Also Executive Producer|
|2007||Resurrecting the Champ||Champ|
|2006||Home of the Brave||Will Marsh|
|2006||Black Snake Moan||Lazarus|
|2006||Snakes on a Plane||Neville Flynn|
|2006||Farce of the Penguins||Narrator||(voice)|
|2005/2010||The Boondocks||Gin Rummy||TV series (voice)|
|2005||The Man||Derrick Vann|
|2005||Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith||Mace Windu|
|2005||xXx: State of the Union||Agent Augustus Eugene Gibbons||a.k.a. xXx²: The Next Level|
|2005||The Adventures of Mr. Incredible||Frozone||Short movie|
|2005||Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson||Jack Johnson||TV documentary (voice)|
|2005||Coach Carter||Coach Ken Carter|
|2004||The Incredibles||Frozone||Video game (voice)|
|2004||The Incredibles||Lucius Best/Frozone||(voice)|
|2004||Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas||Officer Frank Tenpenny||Video game (voice)|
|2004||Kill Bill: Volume 2||Rufus||Cameo|
|2004||In My Country||Langston Whitfield|
|2003||S.W.A.T.||Sgt. Dan 'Hondo' Harrelson||Video game (voice)|
|2003||Freedom: A History of Us||Several roles||TV series (documentary)|
|2002||xXx||Agent Augustus Eugene Gibbons|
|2002||No Good Deed||Jack Friar|
|2002||Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones||Mace Windu|
|2002||Changing Lanes||Doyle Gipson|
|2002||The Comeback||Unknown role||Short movie|
|2001||The Proud Family||Joseph||TV series (voice)|
|2001||The 51st State||Elmo McElroy||a.k.a. Formula 51 – Also Executive Producer|
|2001||The Caveman's Valentine||Romulus||Also Executive Producer|
|2000||WWE SmackDown||John Shaft||TV series – Uncredited|
|2000||Rules of Engagement||Col. Terry L. Childers|
|2000||Any Given Wednesday||Willie Nutter||Short movie|
|1999||Deep Blue Sea||Russell Franklin|
|1999||Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace||Mace Windu|
|1999||Our Friend, Martin||Turner||(voice)|
|1998||The Red Violin||Charles Morritz||Segment "Montreal"|
|1998||The Negotiator||Danny Roman|
|1998||Out of Sight||Hejira Henry||Uncredited cameo|
|1998||Sphere||Dr. Harry Adams|
|1997||Jackie Brown||Ordell Robbie|
|1997||Eve's Bayou||Louis Batiste||Also Producer|
|1997||One Eight Seven||Trevor Garfield|
|1997||Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child||The Mayor||TV series (voice)|
|1996||The Long Kiss Goodnight||Mitch Henessey|
|1996||A Time to Kill||Carl Lee Hailey|
|1996||The Great White Hype||Rev. Fred Sultan|
|1996||Hard Eight||Jimmy||a.k.a. Sydney|
|1995||Die Hard with a Vengeance||Zeus Carver|
|1995||Kiss of Death||Calvin Hart|
|1995||Losing Isaiah||Kadar Lewis|
|1994||The Search for One-eye Jimmy||Col. Ron|
|1994||The New Age||Dale Deveaux|
|1994||Pulp Fiction||Jules Winnfield|
|1994||Against the Wall||Jamaal||TV movie|
|1994||Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker||Richard Greener||TV movie|
|1993||True Romance||Big Don|
|1993||Jurassic Park||Ray Arnold|
|1993||Menace II Society||Tat Lawson|
|1993||Amos & Andrew||Andrew Sterling|
|1993||Loaded Weapon 1||Wes Luger|
|1993||American Experience||The Steward||TV series (documentary)|
|1992||I'll Fly Away||Walter Harper||TV series|
|1992||Ghostwriter||Reggie Jenkins||TV series|
|1992||White Sands||Greg Meeker||(as Sam Jackson)|
|1992||Fathers & Sons||Marshall|
|1992||Jumpin' at the Boneyard||Mr. Simpson|
|1991||Dead and Alive: The Race for Gus Farace||Hatcher||TV movie|
|1991||Strictly Business||Monroe||(as Sam Jackson)|
|1991||Jungle Fever||Gator Purify|
|1991||Law & Order||Louis Taggert||TV series|
|1990||The Return of Superfly||Nate Cabot||(as Sam Jackson)|
|1990||The Exorcist III||Dream Blind Man|
|1990||Mo' Better Blues||Madlock|
|1990||Betsy's Wedding||Taxi Dispatcher (Mickey)|
|1990||A Shock to the System||Ulysses|
|1990||Def by Temptation||Minister Garth|
|1989||Sea of Love||Black Guy|
|1989||The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd||Brother Elvis||TV series|
|1989||Do the Right Thing||Mister Señor Love Daddy||(as Sam Jackson)|
|1989||A Man Called Hawk||Unknown role||TV series|
|1989||Dead Man Out||Calvin Fredricks||TV movie|
|1988||Coming to America||Hold-Up Man|
|1987||Eddie Murphy Raw||Eddie's Uncle||Sketch|
|1987||Magic Sticks||Bum||(as Sam Jackson)|
|1987||Uncle Tom's Cabin||George||TV movie (as Samuel Jackson)|
|1986/1987||Spenser: For Hire||Leroy Clancy & Ned||TV series|
|1981||Ragtime||Gang Member #2|
|1978||The Trial of the Moke||Unknown role||TV movie|
|1977||The Displaced Person||Sulk||TV movie|
|1976||Movin' On||Patrolman||TV series – Uncredited|
|1972||Together for Days||Stan|
Behind the scenesEdit
Jackson was offered the role of Windu after he announced on a radio program that he was a fan of the films. Prior to the release of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, Jackson stated in an interview that his death scene would not have him "going out like a punk."
Before the filming of the Battle of Geonosis began, Jackson asked director George Lucas what colors there were for lightsabers. Lucas told him "good guys are green and blue, bad guys are red." When Jackson inquired as to whether purple was a possibility, Lucas only answered: "You might get purple." Mace Windu became the first Jedi depicted in a Star Wars movie to have a lightsaber that was not red, blue, or green.
When asked about appearing in Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, Jackson commented that he had not been contacted, and that he was busy with a number of other roles. He stated, however, that "it would have been interesting," and that he had high hopes for the new movies.
- "A Jedi Trio"—Star Wars Insider 46
- "Samuel L. Jackson: The Jedi Returns"—Star Wars Insider 55
- "Straight from the Hip"—Star Wars Insider 80
- "In Their Own Words: The Cast on the Making of Episode II"—Star Wars Insider 136
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 CLEAN BREAK WITH THE PAST Samuel L. Jackson went from addict to Hollywood star. Daily News (2000-06-11). Retrieved on May 19, 2013.
- ↑ From coke addict to golf addict: How Samuel L Jackson found salvation on fairways to heaven. The Independent (2004-10-13). Retrieved on August 8, 2016.
- ↑ Samuel L. Jackson Is Highest-Grossing Actor of All Time. The Hollywood Reporter (2011-10-27). Retrieved on May 19, 2013.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 My family values. The Guardian (2009-05-23). Retrieved on May 19, 2013.
- ↑ UP AND COMING; Samuel L. Jackson: Out of Lee's 'Jungle,' Into the Limelight. The New York Times (1991-06-09). Retrieved on May 19, 2013.
- ↑ Star Wars Trivial Pursuit
- ↑ Jedi Samuel L. Jackson Drops 'Episode III' Hint. MTV (2003-01-29). Retrieved on May 19, 2013.
- ↑ Samuel L Jackson: 'Star Wars return would have been interesting'. Digital Spy (2014-06-17). Retrieved on June 17, 2014.