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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[src]

Samuel L. Jackson (born December 21, 1948) played 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 was offered the role of Windu after he announced on a radio program that he was a fan of the films.[1] 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."[2]

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Jackson grew up as an only child in Chattanooga, Tennessee.[3] He was raised by his mother, Elizabeth Jackson (née Montgomery), and his maternal grandparents and extended family.[4] He attended Morehouse College.[3]

CareerEdit

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, and Django Unchained.

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 the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron. He also portrayed Fury in ABC's TV series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..

In 2011, he became the highest-grossing actor of all time, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.[5]

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 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones.

Personal lifeEdit

In 1980, Jackson married actress and television producer LaTanya Richardson.[6] They have a daughter named Zoe, born in 1982.[7] In 2009, he and his wife created a charitable foundation to help support education.[6]

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Other notes
2016 Tarzan Unknown role Announced
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Nick Fury Announced
2015 Big Game The President Announced
2014 Cell Tom McCourt Announced
2014 Kite Karl Aker Announced
2014 Barely Lethal Hardman Announced
2014 Kingsman: The Secret Service Valentine Announced
2014 Moose Narrator TV movie (voice) - Announced
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Nick Fury
2014 RoboCop Pat Novak
2014 Reasonable Doubt Clinton Davis
2013 Oldboy Chaney
2013/2014 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury TV series
2013 Turbo Whiplash (voice)
2012 Django Unchained Stephen
2012 Zambezia Tendai (voice)
2012 The Avengers Nick Fury
2012 Meeting Evil Richie
2012 Fury Foley a.k.a. The Samaritan - Also Executive Producer
2012 The Colbert Report Ad Narrator TV series - Uncredited (voice)
2011 Arena Logan
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 Astro Boy Zog (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 The Spirit Octopus
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
2008 Jumper Roland
2007 Cleaner Tom Cutler Also Producer
2007 Great Performances Narrator TV series
2007 1408 Gerald Olin
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 Freedomland Lorenzo Council
2006 Farce of the Penguins Narrator (voice)
2005/2010 The Boondocks Gin Rummy TV series (voice)
2005 The Man Derrick Vann
2005 Extras Himself TV series
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 Twisted John Mills
2004 In My Country Langston Whitfield
2003 S.W.A.T. Sgt. Dan 'Hondo' Harrelson Video game (voice)
2003 Basic West
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 Unbreakable Elijah Price
2000 Shaft John Shaft
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 Trees Lounge Wendell
1996 The Great White Hype Rev. Fred Sultan
1996 Hard Eight Jimmy a.k.a. Sydney
1995 Fluke Rumbo (voice)
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 Hail Caesar Mailman
1994 Against the Wall Jamaal TV movie
1994 Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker Richard Greener TV movie
1994 Fresh Sam
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 Patriot Games Robby
1992 White Sands Greg Meeker (as Sam Jackson)
1992 Juice Trip
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 Roc Larry TV series
1991 Johnny Suede B-Bop
1991 Jungle Fever Gator Purify
1991 Law & Order Louis Taggert TV series
1990 The Return of Superfly Nate Cabot (as Sam Jackson)
1990 Goodfellas Stacks Edwards
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
1988 School Daze Leeds
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
1980 The Exterminator Extra Uncredited
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

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.[8]

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.[9]

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