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Samuel L. Jackson Biography

Birth Name:
Samuel Leroy Jackson
Birth Place:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Profession
Actor, producer

Fast Facts

  • First commercial was for a Southern fast-food chain, Krystal Hamburgers
  • Stuttered as a child; followed a speech therapist's advice to audition for a play, a decision that set him on his career path
  • While attending Morehouse College in Atlanta, was temporarily expelled during his junior year for participating in a civil-rights campaign protesting the lack of black-studies programs
  • While a struggling actor, was a doorman at the renowned Manhattan Plaza New York City apartment complex
  • Spent two years as Bill Cosby's stand-in for The Cosby Show
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in June 2000, and placed his handprints and footprints in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theater in January 2006
  • Was the commencement speaker for his daughter Zoe's 2004 graduation from Vassar College
  • Provided the voice of God in a 2006 audio book of the Bible's New Testament
  • Signed a nine-picture deal with Marvel in 2009

Awards

  • 2019People's Choice Awards-Favorite Movie Actor: nominated
  • 2011Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Male: nominated
  • 2009Emmy-Outstanding Animated Program (for programming one hour or more): nominated
  • 1998Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1998Berlin Film Festival-Silver Bear for Best Actor: winner
  • 1998Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Male: nominated
  • 1997Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1995BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 1995Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 1995Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1995Independent Spirit Awards-Best Male Lead: winner
  • 1994Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1994Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1994National Society of Film Critics-Best Actor - Runner-up: winner
  • 1991New York Film Critics Circle-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 1991Cannes Film Festival-Best Supporting Actor: winner

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