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American Actor - Samuel L. Jackson
born : Samuel Leroy Jackson, Washington, D.C., United States of America
1948, December 21
famous for : Being one of the highest box office grossing actors ever.
Samuel L. Jackson was born on the 21st of December, 1948 as
"Samuel Leroy Jackson". Sam Jackson started to become
popular after his role in the Spike Lee film, Jungle Fever in
1991 where he played a crack
addict. In 1996 he played the role of Jules in Quentin Tarantino's
"Pulp Fiction" where he was a dirty mouthed hitman
with a philosophical
edge. Not only did he earn himself a Oscar nomination for best
supporting actor, but he also rocketed himself into Superstar
status. His career took off and was able to command large acting
fees for films, including $USD10 million for the movie "Shaft"
L. Jackson was born in Washington, D.C and grew up in Tennessee.
Jackson suffered from a stutter while growing up and was advised
by a speech therapist to audition in a play, which subsequently
cured him of his stutter and set his career path for him.
Samuel Jackson is a classically trained thespian actor. He struggled
to make it for many years, only playing small roles in films.
In the early nineties his career began to take off, playing
criminal type roles, usually with plenty of swearing and killing
involved. After the Pulp Fiction role in 1996 he was able to
choose more commanding roles, often appearing in leading roles
as the "action hero" in film like "The Long Kiss
Goodnight" and "Shaft".
Jackson has been nicknamed "the King of Cool" and
his role as Jules in Pulp Fiction was voted the 2nd coolest
movie character of all time by the Empire Magazine in the United
The films he has appeared in have grossed more box office money
than any other actor in the history of movies. As of January
2005, Samuel L. Jackson has acted in films that have brought
in more than $3US Billion worldwide.
Sam Jackson married his partner
and fellow actor
La Tanya Richardson in 1980. They have a daughter,
Zoe, born in 1982
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