Samuel L. Jackson Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 22 Mar, 2019
Facts of Samuel L. Jackson
Date of Birth: 1948 , December-21
Age: 72 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 6 Feet 2 Inch
Name Samuel L. Jackson
Birth Name Samuel Leroy Jackson
Mother Elizabeth Jackson
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Washington
Ethnicity Black
Profession Actor
Net Worth $220 million
Salary $70.5 million
Married Yes
Married to LaTanya Richardson (m. 1980)
Education Morehouse College
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Samuel L. Jackson is one of the hardest-working Hollywood actors. He has featured in countless successful movies, including Pulp Fiction, Jurassic Park, and Star Wars: Episode I. Samuel had also memorable roles in the films Sphere, The Negotiator, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Jurassic Park, and Jackie Brown as well.

Early Life, Bio, And Education Of Samuel L. Jackson

The renowned actor Samuel L. Jackson was born on December 21, 1948, in Washington, D.C., and was raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Unfortunately, his father passed away from alcoholism when he was a schoolboy. He only met his father twice in his life. As a child, he also suffered from stuttering.

After that, Samuel was raised up by his mother, Elizabeth Jackson for the most part of his childhood. His mother worked as a factory worker and supplies buyer for a mental institution. He studied at a number of segregated schools.

After completing his schooling, Samuel attended Riverside High School in Chattanooga and accomplished his graduation. At the time, he was quite remarkable at playing French horn and the trumpet in the school orchestra.

He initially dreamed of pursuing a degree in marine biology at Morehouse College in Atlanta, but he switched his major after he discovered an interest in acting.

Samuel L. Jackson's Professional Career 

Samuel L. Jackson made his motion picture debut in the Blaxploitation film, ‘Together for Days’, in 1972, after appearing in several plays including ‘The Threepenny Opera’ and ‘A Soldier’s Pay’. After four years, he also made his appearance in TV series, ‘Movin’ On’.

Samuel later went to New York City, where he spent the next several years and featured in several stage productions like ‘The Piano Lesson’ and ‘Two Trains Running’. Moreover, he also featured in the film ‘The Displaced Person’ in the year 1977.

After that, Samuel jumped in doing more perceptible characters in ‘School Daze’ and ‘Do the Right Thing’, which launched in 1988 and 1989 so far. He then appeared in the 1990 movie ‘Goodfellas’and played a minor role along with Robert De Niro and Lorraine Bracco as well.

From 1990 to 1993, he appeared in several popular films, including ‘Def by Temptation’, ‘The Return of Superfly’, ‘Patriot Games’, ‘Strictly Business’, ‘Jungle Fever’, ‘True Romance’, ‘Amos & Andrew’, ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘The Meteor Man’.

In 1994, Samuel became a world icon after portraying the critically-acclaimed character of ‘Jules Winnifield’ in the hit film, ‘Pulp Fiction’. The director, Quentin Tarantino specifically wanted him for the character. The movie was budgeted at $8.5 million and $10 million in marketing and it took in nearly $213 million worldwide.

From 1995 to 1996, he also featured in a string of average movies like ‘Kiss of Death’, ‘Losing Isiah’ and ‘The Great White Hype’. In the year 1997, he portrayed the role of Trevor Garfield in ‘One Eight Seven’. He later featured in other films including, ‘Eve’s Bayou’ and ‘Jackie Brown’.

The same year, Samuel also made his remarkable appearance in several TV series such as ‘Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child’ and ‘Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen’s’.

In the year 1999, he also featured in the shark-thriller, ‘Deep Blue Sea’ and in ‘Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace’. After a couple of years, he played the role of the vagrant musician in ‘The Caveman’s Valentine’, which was his only film for the year.

From 2003 to 2005, he appeared in ‘Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines’, ‘No Good Deed’, ‘Twisted’, ‘Kill Bill Vol. 2’, ‘The Incredibles’, ‘In My Country’, ‘Coach Carter’, and ‘The Man’ respectively. In 2006, he was cast opposite Julianne Moore in ‘Freedomland’, before featuring in one of the biggest offbeat films of the year, ‘Snakes on a Plane’. 

He was also seen in the promotional music video of the movie to build anticipation for the film. At the beginning of 2007, he was cast as a narrator in the direct-to-DVD film, ‘Farce of the Penguins’ before portraying the character of a blues player in ‘Black Snake Moan’ and the horror film, ‘1408’.

From 2008 to 2011, he appeared in a wide genre of movies including,  ‘Iron Man’, ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’, ‘Soul Men’, ‘Gospel Hill’, ‘Inglourious Basterds’, ‘Unthinkable, ‘Iron Man 2’, ‘African Cats’, ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ and ‘Arena’. He was also seen in the television series’, ‘Curiosity’, ‘Prohibition’ and ‘The Sunset Limited’.

In the year 2012, the actor played the major character of Stephen in the Quentin Tarantino film, ‘Django Unchained’, which was also one of his greatest hit movies.

Major Works

One of his all-time highest grossing movie ‘Pulp Fiction’, which released in 1994. The movie grossed a whopping amount of $213 million whereas its production cost was only $8-$8.5 million. Therefore according to the profit sharing contact between makers and actors, he must have collected a huge amount from the profit.

The movie featuring, Uma Karuna Thurman, Harvey Keitel, and Rosanna Lisa Arquette as well. After that, he has also given several successful movies including, Changing Lanes, A Time to Kill, and Unbreakable.

The renown actor in 2018, landed the major role in super duper hit movies, Captain Marvel, as well as Spider-Man: Far From Home. 

Samuel L. Jackson's Net Worth, Salary, And Major Source Of Income

Samuel L. Jackson has earned a mouthwatering amount of money from his prolific acting career. Samuel has an estimated net worth of $220 million as of 2019. One of his all-time highest grossing, the American black comedy, 1994 film is Pulp Fiction. The movie was budgeted at $8-8.5 million and it ma

As of 2019, Jackson is also considered as the highest all-time box office star with more than $5.15 billion total US box office gross, an average of $70.5 million per movie. 

Samuel L. Jackson's Wife, Married, And Relationship 

The renowned actor, Samuel L. Jackson is a married person. Jackson is married to her longtime girlfriend actress and sports channel producer, LaTanya Richardson on 18 August 1980. The couple has a daughter, Zoe who was born after a couple of years of their married.

The couple first met while they both attended Morehouse College. The pair also engaged in several charitable projects and they founded their own charitable organization to help support education.  

In his spare time, he likes to collect the action figures of the characters. Besides, he also loves to collect comic books. Further, he loves to wear different wigs and Kangol hats for his films because he is bald. In addition to acting, he is a prolific golfer and an avid basketball and soccer fan.

Samuel L. Jackson's Height, Age, And Other Facts 

  • Samuel L. Jackson's age as of 2019 is 70 years (December 21, 1948).
  • Height: he stands at 6' 2½" (1.89 m). 
  • He is an avid golfer. 
  • He is a huge fan of Atlanta Falcons football club. 
  • He is a close friend of the British actor, Simon Pegg
  • He belongs to American nationality and his ethnicity is Black. 


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