The Life and Times of Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson came into the world on December 21, 1948, in the nation's capital of Washington, D.C.

Samuel L. Jackson during Video Software Dealers Association Convention in Las Vegas - July 11, 1993 at Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)

Jackson gained a great interest in the goings on of the Black Student Government at Morehouse College and got involved before graduating in 1972. He also changed his major from marine biology to theatre and eventually co-founded a theater troupe dedicated to showcasing African-American productions called Just Us Theatre. 

Samuel L. Jackson during Video Software Dealers Association Convention in Las Vegas - July 11, 1993 at Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)

Talk about doing it right. Jackson landed his second major film role as Mister Señor Love Daddy, the neighborhood disc jockey, in the film Do the Right Thing. Here we got introduced to the voice that we would hear in many films for years thereafter. 

Emilio Estevez with a gun pointed and Samuel L Jackson stands to watch in a scene from the film 'Loaded Weapon', 1993. On the right is Erik Estrada. (Photo by New Line Cinema/Getty Images)

Jackson stayed loaded in the film Loaded Weapon as Wes Luger. This was one of Jackson's first leading roles . True to form, Jackson's lines were extremely funny. For example:

Wes Luger: Coffee, Ted?
Doris Luger: Ted's from a dysfunctional family.
Wes Luger: Oh, so no coffee.

Pulp Fiction-Jules and Vincent
Samuel l. Jackson and John Travolta (Photo: Miramax)

Sticking with the theme of playing funny, badass characters, Jackson received his first Oscar nomination for his character Jules Winfield in the Quentin Tarrantino film Pulp Fiction. One of Jackson's many funny lines? 

Jules: I want you to go in that bag and find my wallet.
Pumpkin: Which one is it?
Jules: It's the one that says Bad Motherf**ker.

In 1995, Jackson won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead because of delivering on lines like the one above. 

 

Samuel L Jackson at a pay phone in a scene from the film 'Die Hard: With a Vengeance', 1995. (Photo by 20th Century-Fox/Getty Images)

Jackson went hard in Die Hard With Vengeance acting his face off. Continuing to broaden his acting range, relatability and overall audience, Jackson acted alongside heavy-hitting action legend Bruce Willis. The film wound up grossing 100M at the box office, which isn't bad considering films like the Lethal Weapon franchise had already done so well and audiences may not have wanted to take a chance on more buddy cop films.

After starring in A Time to Kill, Jackson earned himself an NAACP Image Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture. He also received his a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor for the real. The film was loosely based on and can be seen as a modern interpretation of the book To Kill a Mockingbird, though in the film tells the slightly different story of "a young lawyer who defends a Black man (Jackson's character) accused  of murdering two men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, which sparks the rebirth of the K.K.K." in their rural Mississippi town.

A notable line in this film was when Jackson's enraged character said, "Yes, they deserved to die and I hope they burn in hell!"


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Jackson played the Jedi Master Mace Windu in the Stars Wars universe. His character was introduced in Stars Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace. Apparently Jackson didn’t know the role he would play and he received a special light saber that reads "BMF," which comes from the "bad motherf**ker" line he says in Pulp Fiction.

Samuel L. Jackson during "A Time to Kill" Los Angeles Premiere at The Academy in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)

You betta shut yo' mouth! We're just talking about Samuel L. Jackson. The actor started to get back into the swing of things in the 2000s, starring in the remake of the classic film Shaft. In 2001, Samuel L. Jackson was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for the film. 

 

Former South African President Nelson Mandela (C), British super-model Jodie Kidd (L) and US actor Samuel L Jackson pose for photographers during the prize-giving ceremony at the end of the Nelson Mandela Invitational Golf Tournament at the Arabella Country Estate, about 100 kms outside of Cape Town 17 November 2003. The sporting charity event raised well over ZAR2 million (about US $ 300,000 ), which is split between the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund and the Gary Player Foundation. AFP PHOTO/ANNA ZIEMINSKI        (Photo credit should read ANNA ZIEMINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Heavily involved in civil rights, Jackson met Nelson Mandela at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Samuel L Jackson at ESPY awards, New York, 1990s. (Photo by Steve Eichner/Getty Images)

That voice never goes out of style. He made a quick appearance in Iron Man in the closing credits scene and immediately we all knew that Jackson's character Nick Fury would be trouble. In 2010, Iron Man 2 hit theaters and showed us the full fury of Jackson's character. The film was nominated for an IGN Award for Best Comic Book Adaptation.

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Since Jackson’s entry into acting, he’s taken human rights, activism and health extremely serious. According to SamaritanMag, he traveled to Africa in August to observe a village that had no adults present due to the effects of HIV/AIDS. Here, Jackson worked with Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA), a non-profit organization whose original mission was to end the white apartheid regime, but now tackles HIV/AIDS and various medical and rights issues in Africa and the U.S., particularly for children. From the organization's inception in 1989, Jackson was one of the original members. 

In Django Unchained, the rousing film that got everyone talking about slavery films, Samuel L. Jackson played an Uncle Ruckus-type character named Stephen. It is known that Wesley Morris of the Boston Globe compared Jackson's character to Herman Cain and Clarence Thomas. Never afraid to speak up and out, Jackson told the NY Times's Melena Ryzik that his character had the "same moral compass as Clarence Thomas.

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 04:  Actor Samuel L. Jackson attends the BLUE Scholarship Gala to benefit Spelman College at The Plaza Hotel on October 4, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

Jackson partnered with internet fundraising platform Prizeo to raise money to help fight Alzheimer's. Jackson used his craft for good and "as part of the campaign, he recited various fan-written monologues and a popular scene from the AMC series Breaking Bad."

Around the same time, Jackson decided to go vegan, which he said he began to do for health reasons. 

HOLLYWOOD, :  US actor Samuel L. Jackson gives a speech before his star is unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 16 June 2000. Jackson's latest film "Shaft" opens in the US today.  (ELECTRONIC IMAGE)   AFP PHOTO/Lucy NICHOLSON (Photo credit should read LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP/Getty Images)

To date, Samuel L. Jackson has appeared in well over 100 films and currently stands as the second highest grossing box office star of all-time. He's been nominated for four Golden Globes and one Academy Award. He's won four NAACP Image Awards, six Film Critic Awards, two Spirit Awards and one MTV Movie Award.

Samuel L Jackson image Nick Fury

We know him as the baddest mofo in Hollywood and the Marvel fam took note by having Jackson return as Nick Fury in the next film in the Marvel cinematic universe, Avengers: Infinity War – Part I. We look forward to Jackson continuing to take names and make people kiss his ring in future films. 

Let's hear it for this man who's our Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and still a bad mofo.

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