1. Samuel Leroy Jackson (born December 21, 1948) is an American actor and film producer.
2. He achieved prominence and critical acclaim in the early 1990s with films such as Jungle Fever (1991), Patriot Games (1992), Amos & Andrew (1993), True Romance (1993), Jurassic Park (1993) and his collaborations with director Quentin Tarantino in the films Pulp Fiction (1994) and Jackie Brown (1997).
3. He is a highly prolific actor, appearing in over 100 films, including Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), Unbreakable (2000), Shaft (2000), The 51st State (2001), Black Snake Moan (2006), Snakes on a Plane (2006) and the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999 2005), as well as the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
4. With Jackson’s permission, his likeness was used for the Ultimate version of the Marvel Comics character Nick Fury.
5. He later cameoed as the character in a post-credits scene from Iron Man (2008), and went on to sign a nine-film commitment to reprise this role in future films, including major roles in Iron Man 2 (2010), Marvel’s The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and minor roles in Thor (2011) and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).
6. He has also portrayed the character in the second and final episodes of the first season of the TV show Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
7. Jackson has achieved critical and commercial acclaim, surpassing Frank Welker as the actor with the highest grossing film total of all time in October 2011, and he has received numerous accolades and awards.
8. He is married to LaTanya Richardson, with whom he has a daughter, Zoe.
9. Samuel L. Jackson is ranked as the highest all-time box office star with over $4.572billion total box office gross, an average of $70.3million per film.
10. Jackson was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Elizabeth (ne Montgomery) and Roy Henry Jackson. His father lived away from the family in Kansas City, Missouri, and later died from alcoholism.
11. Jackson attended several segregated schools and graduated from Riverside High School in Chattanooga.
12. Between the third and twelfth grades, he played the French horn and trumpet in the school orchestra. During childhood, he had a stuttering problem.
13. While he eventually learned to “pretend to be other people who didn’t stutter” and use the curse word, motherfucker as an affirmation word, he still has days where he stutters.
14. Initially intent on pursuing a degree in marine biology, he attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.
15. After joining a local acting group to earn extra points in a class, Jackson found an interest in acting and switched his major.
16. After the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Jackson attended the funeral in Atlanta as one of the ushers. Jackson then flew to Memphis to join an equal rights protest march.
17. In a Parade interview Jackson revealed: “I was angry about the assassination, but I wasn’t shocked by it.
18. I knew that change was going to take something different not sit-ins, not peaceful coexistence.”
19. In 1969, Jackson and several other students held members of the Morehouse College board of trustees (including a nearby Martin Luther King, Sr.) hostage on the campus, demanding reform in the school’s curriculum and governance. Jackson was then suspended for two years for his criminal record and his actions.