Photo of Samuel L. Jackson Samuel L. Jackson

Born Dec. 21, 1948, in Washington, D.C., Samuel L. Jackson was brought up in Chattanooga, Tenn. He developed an interest in acting while attending Morehouse College and later co-founded Atlanta's black-oriented Just Us Theater.

After a long string of character parts, Jackson got his big break -- and a Best Supporting Actor win at Cannes -- portraying a drug addict in the critically acclaimed drama Jungle Fever (1991). Catapulted to stardom by his fearsome onscreen intensity and commanding presence, Jackson became a Hollywood A-lister and began to segue from supporting player to top billing.

In addition to his Oscar-nominated turn in 1994's Pulp Fiction, Jackson's other notable films include The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996), The Negotiator (1998), the title role in the 2000 remake of Shaft and the Stars Wars prequel trilogy. Jackson scored an Independent Spirit Award nod in 2010 for his supporting work in Mother and Child.

Samuel L. Jackson in The Legend of Tarzan

The Legend of Tarzan

2016 PG-13

Fully readapted to London society after his long sojourn in the jungle, Lord Greystoke returns to Africa as a trade emissary. But little does he know that he's being used to advance the schemes of villainous Capt. Leon Rom.

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  • Samuel L. Jackson in Unbreakable Unbreakable
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  • Samuel L. Jackson in Kingsman: The Secret Service Kingsman: The Secret Service
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  • Samuel L. Jackson in Captain America: The Winter Soldier Captain America: The Winter Soldier
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  • Samuel L. Jackson in Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Samuel L. Jackson in Star Wars: Episode II Star Wars: Episode II
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  • Samuel L. Jackson in The Long Kiss Goodnight The Long Kiss Goodnight
  • Samuel L. Jackson in National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1
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  • Samuel L. Jackson in Raw Raw
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  • Samuel L. Jackson in Snakes on a Plane Snakes on a Plane
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  • Samuel L. Jackson in Deep Blue Sea Deep Blue Sea
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  • Samuel L. Jackson in Coach Carter Coach Carter
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  • Samuel L. Jackson in Fresh Fresh
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  • Samuel L. Jackson in I Ain't Scared of You: Bernie Mac I Ain't Scared of You: Bernie Mac
  • Samuel L. Jackson in Curiosity Curiosity
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  • Samuel L. Jackson in Hail Caesar Hail Caesar
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  • Samuel L. Jackson in The Caveman's Valentine The Caveman's Valentine
  • Samuel L. Jackson in In My Country In My Country
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  • Samuel L. Jackson in Against the Wall Against the Wall
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