Samuel L. Jackson’s early acting career on stage and in many small feature film parts eventually gave way to an acclaimed performance as Wesley Snipes’ crack-addicted brother in Spike Lee’s 1991 “Jungle Fever.” The role, which partly mirrored the rehabilitated Jackson’s own battle with drug abuse, turned him into one of the screen’s most prolific actors.
His many feature roles during the 1990s included such hits as “Patriot Games,” “Jurassic Park,” “A Time to Kill” (Golden Globe nominee), “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace” and, most notably for Jackson, Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction.” For his performance as voluble contract killer Jules Winnfield in that 1994 sensation, Jackson earned supporting actor Oscar, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award nominations.
That same year, he received another Golden Globe nomination for his role in the HBO telefilm “Against the Wall.”
Jackson’s other 1990s big-screen credits include “True Romance,” “The Long Kiss Goodnight,” “Eve’s Bayou,” “Jackie Brown” (Golden Globe nominee), “The Negotiator” and “Deep Blue Sea.”
He continued acting nonstop throughout the 2000s in such features as “Rules of Engagement,” the remake of “Shaft” (in the title role), “Changing Lanes,” “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones,” “xXx” (and its sequel), “Kill Bill: Vol. 2,” “Coach Carter,” “Black Snake Moan,” “Snakes on a Plane” and “Iron Man” (plus the 2010 sequel), among many others.
In 2009, the Guinness World Records listed Jackson as the world's highest-grossing actor (68 of his films have earned a staggering total $7.42 billion).
Jackson, an avid golfer, has been married to actress LaTanya Richardson since 1980. They have one daughter, Zoe.
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