Did you know Samuel L. Jackson had a stuttering problem which he overcame by using the word ‘motherf****er’, probably why he is so good at it. But this article isn’t about that Samuel L. Jackson has a net worth of 220 million as of 2019, and is known for being one of the best actors of all time.
Samuel Leroy Jackson an American actor and film producer was born on December 21, 1948. He achieved prominence in the early 1990s with films such as Jungle fever (1991), Jurassic park (1993), Snakes on a plane (2006), Kong Skull Island (2017). He has had a successful acting career appearing in over 100 films. You might recognize him in more recent films like Iron man (2008) and Iron man (2010),Thor (2011), Captain America: the first avenger (2011), The Avengers (2012), Captain America: the winter soldier (2014), Kingsman: the secret service (2014) Avengers Age of Ultron (2015), Avengers infinity war (2018). He has received many awards and is the highest all time box office star with over 5.15 billion total US box office gross, an average of 70.5 million per film. The worldwide box office total of his films excluding cameo appearances is over 12 billion dollars, not naira, dollars.
Snakes on a plane, New line cinema
He graduated from riverside high school in Chattanooga. He played the French horn, the flute, piccolo and trumpet in the school orchestra. During childhood he had a stuttering problem, while he eventually learned to “pretend to be other people who didn’t stutter” he still has days where he stutters. Jackson initially majored in marine biology at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. After joining a local acting group to earn extra points in a class, Jackson found an interest in acting and switched his major before switching to architecture. He later settled on drama after taking a public speaking class and appearing in a version of The Threepenny Opera. Jackson began acting in multiple plays, including Home and A Soldier’s Play. He appeared in several television films, and made his feature film debut in the blaxploitation independent film Together for Days (1972). After these initial roles, Jackson proceeded to move from Atlanta to New York City in 1976 and spent the next decade appearing in stage plays such as The Piano Lesson and Two Trains Running, which both premiered at the Yale Repertory Theater. At this point in his early career, Jackson developed addictions to alcohol and cocaine, resulting in him being unable to proceed with the two plays as they continued to Broadway. Throughout his early film career, mainly in minimal roles in films such as Coming to America and various television films, Jackson was mentored by Morgan Freeman. After a 1981 performance in the play A Soldier’s Play, Jackson was introduced to director Spike Lee who would later include him in small roles for the films School Daze (1988) and Do the Right Thing (1989). He also played a minor role in the 1990 Martin Scorsese film Goodfellas as real-life Mafia associate Stacks Edwards and also worked as a stand-in on The Cosby Show for Bill Cosby for three years.
He was born in Washington DC the son of Elizabeth and Roy henry Jackson. He grew up as an only child in Chattanooga Tennessee. He only met his father twice who later passed away from alcoholism. According to DNA tests Jackson partially descends from the Benga people of Gabon.
In 1980, Jackson married actress and sports channel producer LaTanya Richardson, whom he met while attending Morehouse College. The couple have a daughter, Zoe (born 1982). In 2009, they started their own charitable organization to help support education.
Samuel L Jackson has provided his voice to several animated films television series and video games, including roles of Lucius best/Frozone in Pixar animation studios films, the Incredibles (2004) and Incredibles 2 (2018).
Jackson got his attention and he received some well-earned awards: Best Supporting Actor and a New York Film Critics Award. He got his breakout role in 1994 when he starred in Quentin Tarantino’s instant cult classic, Pulp Fiction.
Although Pulp Fiction was Jackson’s thirtieth film, the role made him internationally recognized and he received praise from critics. For his performance, Jackson received a Best Supporting Actor nomination. In addition, he received a Golden Globe nomination and won the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Role.
In the wake of Pulp Fiction, Jackson received multiple scripts to play his next role. With a succession of poor-performing films such as Kiss of Death, The Great White Hype, and Losing Isaiah, Jackson began to receive poor reviews from critics who had praised his performance in Pulp Fiction. This ended with his involvement in the two successful box office films, Die Hard with a Vengeance, starring alongside Bruce Willis in the third installment of the Die Hard series, and A Time to Kill, where he depicted a father who is put on trial for killing two men who raped his daughter. For A Time to Kill, Jackson earned an NAACP Image for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture and a Golden Globe nomination for a Best Supporting Actor.
Having overdosed on heroin several times, Jackson gave up the drug in favor of cocaine. His family entered him into a New York rehabilitation clinic. After he successfully completed rehabilitation, Jackson appeared in Jungle Fever as a crack cocaine addict. The film was so acclaimed that the 1991 Cannes Film Festival created a special “Supporting Actor” award just for him. Following this role, Jackson became involved with multiple films, including the comedy Strictly Business and dramas Juice and Patriot Games. He then moved on to two other comedies: National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1 (his first starring role) and Amos & Andrew. Jackson then worked with director Steven Spielberg, appearing in Jurassic Park.
During his college years he was involved in the civil rights movement. After the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther king Jr. Jackson attended the funeral in Atlanta as one of the ushers, he then flew to Memphis to join an equal rights protest march in a parade interview. 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. The college eventually agreed to change its policy, but Jackson was charged with and eventually convicted of unlawful confinement, a second degree felony. Jackson was then suspended for two years for his criminal record and his actions. He would later return to the college to earn his bachelor of arts in drama in 1972. He was a member of the black power movement but before he could get further involved is mother sent him to Los Angeles.
In a nutshell that’s basically all you need to know about the great Samuel L. Jackson. This article of a couple words doesn’t do his accomplishments any justice, but I’m sure you must have enjoyed a couple of his movies if you haven’t, you probably should watch them. Let me know in the comments below which of his movies you’ve watched. See you next time and don’t forget to keep smiling.