Samuel L. Jackson Bio, Early Life, Career And Personal Life
Born in Washington, D.C., on December 21, 1948, Samuel Leroy Jackson was raised by his mother, Elizabeth Jackson, and Grandmother. He grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and met his father only twice in his life.
His father Roy Henry Jackson lived away from their family and later died of alcoholism.
Childhood, Education And Early Life
Jackson studied at several local schools and finally graduated from ‘Riverside High School’ in Chattanooga. When he was in school, he played the trumpet and French horn in the school orchestra. Jackson suffered from stammering during his early life as a child.
He at first wanted to pursue a degree in marine biology at the ‘Morehouse College’ in Atlanta but changed his mind after learning he had the talent to become a great actor.
In 1972, Jackson graduated from Morehouse College, and also co-founded ‘Just Us Theatre’ theatre group at the same time.
Because he loved film so much, Jackson often watched films at the local theater where got exposed to the complex messages surrounding the presence of blacks on screen.
During this time, a version of Band of Angels was edited specially for the black audience in Chattanooga, leaving out the scene where Sidney Poitier slapped a white woman.
When Jackson joined the historically black Morehouse College in Atlanta, his early memories remained with him and further pushed him to get even more involved in the black-power movement.
In his junior year 1969, Jackson remonstrated the nonexistence of blacks on board of trustees. He locked numerous board members inside a building for two days and was eventually expelled from the college.
Later in 1969, Jackson watched the performance of a Negro Ensemble Company and grew a new inspiration and passion for acting. He worked as a social worker in Los Angeles for two years, then returned to Morehouse to pursue a career in acting and earned his degree in 1972.
Samuel L. Jackson: Professional Work
Samuel Leroy Jackson appeared in many plays, such as ‘A Soldier’s Play’ and ‘The Threepenny Opera’ and also made his debut in 1972 with the motion picture in the Blaxploitation film ‘Together for Days.’
Four years down the line, he was featured in television series dubbed ‘Movin’ On.’
He then moved to New York City, where he spent most of his time acting on stage plays, including ‘Two Trains Running’ and ‘The Piano Lesson.’ he also appeared in the film ‘The Displaced Person’ in 1977.
Many people believe that Morgan Freeman was the mentor of Jackson in his early days.
He later got noticeable roles in films such as ‘Do the Right Thing’ and ‘School Daze’ released in 1989 and 1988 respectively. Jackson also appeared in ‘Goodfellas’ in 1990 in a minor role, then for the following three years, he worked as a substitute on ‘The Cosby Show.’
Between 1990 and 1993, Jackson worked in various films including; ‘Strictly Business,’ ‘Def by Temptation,’ ‘True Romance,’ ‘Patriot Games,’ ‘The Return of Superfly,’ ‘Jungle Fever,’ ‘Loaded Weapon 1,’ ‘Amos & Andrew,’ and ‘Jurassic Park.’
He played the role of Jules Winnfield In 1994, in the film ‘Pulp Fiction,’ and became a world icon when it was released. It later occurred that director Quentin Tarantino specifically wanted him to play the role.
Between 1995 and 1996, Jackson appeared in a series of box office flops, including ‘Losing Isaiah,’ ‘Kiss of Death,’ and ‘The Great White Hype.’ it was not long before he quickly bounced back to appear in hit films such as ‘A Time to Kill’ (1996) and ‘Die Hard with a Vengeance’ (1995).
Other works of Samuel L. Jackson include, he played the role of Trevor Garfield in ‘One Eight Seven,’ ‘Eve’s Bayou’ and ‘Jackie Brown’ in 1997. He played in ‘Sphere,’ ‘Out of Sight,’ ‘The Negotiator,’ and ‘The Red Violin,’ in 1998.
Jackson starred in ‘Deep Blue Sea’ and ‘Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace’ in 1999. In 2000, Jackson played roles in successful films, including ‘Unbreakable,’ ‘Rules of Engagement,’ and ‘Shaft.’
Some of Jackson’s latest major works include television series ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,’ Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ monster film ‘Kong: Skull Island (2017), ‘Glass’ and ‘Shaft (both in 2019).
In 2019, he also appeared in the ‘Unicorn Store,’ a Brie Larson-directed film and ‘Marvel’ film ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ as Nick Fury.
Samuel L. Jackson: Personal Life
Jackson got married to LaTanya Richardson in 1980 and had a daughter, Zoe.
Achievements and Awards
He won the ‘Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award’ for ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for his performance in ‘Jungle Fever’ in 1991, he got ‘BAFTA Award’ for ‘Best Actor in a Supporting Role’ for ‘Pulp Fiction’ in 1994 and also won the ‘NAACP Image Award’ for ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for ‘Django Unchained’ in 2013.
The net worth of this American actor and film producer as of 2019, is approximated to be $220 million.