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->''"Samuel L. Jackson has appeared in every movie ever made, including all those to be made in the future. If you're working on a funny little home movie with your buddies, Samuel L. Jackson will show up at some point onscreen. If you accidentally leave your camcorder on, he'll end up in front of it. And in homes all over the world, young couples are staring in confusion at their nannycam as Samuel L. Jackson shows up to berate the babysitter."''
-->-- '''[[http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/GTASA/index.html Jerusalem]]''''s LetsPlay of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''

Samuel Leroy Jackson (born December 21, 1948) is one of the top leading men and supporting actors in Hollywood today. If you see a badass ScaryBlackMan with NoIndoorVoice or a BaldBlackLeaderGuy (or both) in one of your favorite films, chances are good that this guy's playing him (and will likely give you a few lines to remember for ages).

Not to be confused with Creator/LaurenceFishburne. According to both actors' IMDB entries, this happens frequently, in both directions. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTfm8pIuPbY Jackson himself]] acknowledges that he and Fishburne were even mistaken ''while standing next to each other'', but that also "I've been every famous black guy", including Creator/MorganFreeman.

And, for God's sake, don't try to portmanteau his first name and middle initial together, creating "Samuelle Jackson." It never ends well. Though "[[TheyCallMeMisterTibbs Mr. Jackson]]" is entirely appropriate.

For those who still believe that being a nerd and being a badass are two unrelated concepts, [[OneOfUs he's a big fan of anime, videogames, manga and comic books]]. He is known to collect action figures that depict characters that he has portrayed, including [[Film/PulpFiction Jules Winnfield]], [[Film/{{Shaft|2000}} John Shaft II]], [[Franchise/StarWars Mace Windu]] and [[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles Frozone]]. [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse Oh, and]] ComicBook/NickFury too.

As one might guess, he is a living FountainOfMemes.

Unsurprisingly, he is an element on [[http://shawnvlad.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/pertableawe.jpg the Periodic Table of Awesoments]] - abbreviation '''Mf''' (element 37).

On a lighter note, Jackson is one of those lucky Hollywood few who is HappilyMarried: he has been married to [=LaTanya Richardson=], whom he met at Morehouse College, since 1980.

[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cb0t9TUNLpg Never let him read a children's book.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP2cIz57Ggw Or sing a]] Music/TaylorSwift song. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzf1dJyLesI Or do slam poetry]] of ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''.

He also did an anti-gun violence PSA, which can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=depgWW3wakQ here]], and pro-Obama commercial for the 2012 Presidential campaign.

And now [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TICjHjCUnbQ he's available as an announcer]] for ''VideoGame/HeroesOfNewerth'' in the Samuel L. Jackson announcer pack.
* He has appeared in several of Creator/QuentinTarantino's films, namely:
** Jules Winnfield in ''Film/PulpFiction''
** Ordell Robbie in ''Film/JackieBrown''
** Rufus in ''Film/KillBill''
** The Narrator (uncredited) in ''Film/InglouriousBasterds''
** Stephen in ''Film/DjangoUnchained''
** Major Marquis Warren in ''Film/TheHatefulEight''
* Carl Lee Hailey in ''Film/ATimeToKill''.
* Zeus Carver in ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance''.
* Doyle Gipson in ''Film/ChangingLanes''.
* Sergeant West in ''Film/{{Basic}}''.
* Mace Windu in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequel trilogy.
* Elijah Price in ''Film/{{Unbreakable}}'' and ''Film/{{Glass|2019}}''.
* Russell Franklin in ''Film/DeepBlueSea.''
* John Shaft in ''Film/{{Shaft 2000}}''.
* Voiced Frozone in the {{Creator/Pixar}} film ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''.
* Agent Neville Flynn in ''Film/SnakesOnAPlane''.
* Elmo [=McElroy=] in ''Film/The51stState'' (known in America as ''Formula 51'').
* Stacks Edwards in ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}''.
* ComicBook/NickFury in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.
** Has cameo roles in ''Film/IronMan1'', ''Film/{{Thor}}'', and ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''.
** His most substantial appearances as Fury were in ''Film/IronMan2'', ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' and ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron''.
** Also cameos up in ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''.
** And also voices Nick Fury in ''[[VideoGame/DisneyInfinity Disney Infinity 2.0]]''.
* ''Anime/AfroSamurai'' and his [[PlayingAgainstType overly chatty sidekick Ninja Ninja]].
* Voiced the crooked cop Frank Tenpenny in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''.
* Voiced the rich ''[[PlayingAgainstType white]]'' gangster Gin Rummy in ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks''. [[invoked]]
* Mr. Olin in ''Film/FourteenOhEight''.
* Danny Roman in ''Film/TheNegotiator''.
* In ''Film/DoTheRightThing'', he played Mister Senor Love Daddy.
** Also played Gator in Spike Lee's ''Jungle Fever,'' a role that got him a special award at Cannes.
** And a loan shark in Spike Lee's ''Mo' Better Blues''. He's one of [[ProductionPosse many actors who have appeared in many of Mr. Lee's films]]. [[invoked]]
* Ray Arnold in ''Film/JurassicPark''.
* ''Film/TheLongKissGoodnight'' as a detective opposite an amnesiac assassin.
* He expressed interest in playing The Saint of Killers if they ever make a ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'' movie.
* The Octopus in ''Film/TheSpirit''.
* Dr. Harry Adams in ''Literature/{{Sphere}}''.
* ''A Caveman's Valentine'', which proves that the crazier his hair is, the more unstable his character will be.
* Appeared on an Creator/{{ABC}} special on money management, playing an author of self-help books who lost everything in the economic crash.
* He's also a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-p1dUrVR9ls legendary youth hockey coach.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AstroBoy'' as Zog.
* ''The Red Violin'' as an appraiser for a collection of violins, including the title instrument.
* An {{Expy}} of Don King in ''Film/TheGreatWhiteHype'' called Reverend Fred Sultan.
* A crooked cop in ''Film/LakeviewTerrace''.
* ''Fresh'' as the father of the protagonist and a speed-chess champion.
* Lazarus in ''Film/BlackSnakeMoan''.
* A CowboyCop in ''Film/TheOtherGuys''.
* Augustus Gibbons in ''Film/XXx'',''Film/XXxStateOfTheUnion'' and ''Film/XxXReturnofXanderCage''.
* In ''Film/{{Unthinkable}}'', he plays a [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique rogue interrogation expert]] of the Abu Ghraib Prison/Guantanamo Bay variety.
* ''Film/CoachCarter'' as, well, Coach Carter.
* He narrated an audiobook version of ''Literature/GoTheFuckToSleep''.
* He parodied Danny Glover's role in ''Film/LethalWeapon'' as Sgt. Luger in National Lampoon's ''Film/LoadedWeapon1''.
* Sergeant Hondo in ''Film/{{SWAT}}'' (2003)
* In Creator/SpikeLee's remake of ''{{Film/Oldboy|2013}}'', he plays the guy in charge of keeping Creator/JoshBrolin captive and under surveillance for 20 years.
* In the audiobook "Inspired By... Literature/TheBible Experience", he voiced {{God}} in the New Testament.
* Martin Luther King in the play ''On the Mountaintop''.
* The President of the United States in ''Film/BigGame''.
* Pat Novak in ''Film/RoboCop2014''.
* The announcer for ''VideoGame/HeroesOfNewerth''
* Whiplash in ''WesternAnimation/{{Turbo}}''.
* Richmond Valentine in ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService''.
* Barron/"The Wight" in ''Film/MissPeregrinesHomeForPeculiarChildren''.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington_Williams George Washington Williams]] in ''Film/TheLegendOfTarzan''.
* Packard in ''Film/KongSkullIsland''
* Darius Kincaid in ''[[Film/TheHitmansBodyguard The Hitman's Bodyguard]]''
!![[Film/DieHardWithAVengeance That's right, list tropes, motherfuckers!]]
* AttendingYourOwnFuneral: He has portrayed at least two roles in which he is presumed dead in a NoOneCouldHaveSurvivedThat situation, only to turn up at his own funeral, more-or-less in one piece. These are meta nods to the fact that the man makes his living playing badass characters.
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'': Nick Fury
** ''Film/XxXReturnofXanderCage'': Augustus Gibbons
* BaldOfAwesome
* CatchPhrase: Motherfucker. Jackson has said this enough that the Huffington Post [[https://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=c0LBi1MHoaU made a 4-minute long video compilation of every motherfucker he's ever said]].
* ClusterFBomb: The patron saint of this trope. In a real-life MomentOfAwesome, he revealed that he used to stutter, and [[http://www.vulture.com/2013/06/which-curse-word-stops-sam-jacksons-stutter.html saying "motherfucker" has helped him get over it]].
* LargeHam: Given most of his roles are mean and passionate, Jackson frequently goes over the top and shouty. Even in real life he's this way, as shown by [[https://twitter.com/SamuelLJackson?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw his]] Website/{{Twitter}} [[http://i.imgur.com/6aMuKjk.png during]] [[http://blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/2014/06/13/samuel-l-jackson-loves-the-spurs/ sports]] [[http://www.thisisinsider.com/samuel-l-jackson-olympics-tweets-2016-8 events]].
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: ClusterFBomb tendencies and how many foul-mouthed characters he played aside, Sam is a pretty nice guy off stage who is friendly and seen as fun to work with.
* OlderThanTheyLook: One of the most famous examples of the "Black don't crack" adage. Let's put it this way: he's the same age as Creator/GeorgeRRMartin. The MCU eventually took advantage of this by having him play a twenty years younger Nick Fury in the '90s-set ''Captain Marvel''.
* ScaryBlackMan: The quintessential actor for this trope.
* SignificantMonogram: The lightsaber used by Mr. Jackson in ''Franchise/StarWars'' has "[=BMF=]" engraved on the handle. It stands for "Bad Motherfucker", which is also a line spoken by the actor in previous roles.
* SirSwearsALot: It goes without saying.
''[[Film/SnakesOnAPlane Enough is ENOUGH! I have HAD it with my MOTHERFUCKIN' TROPES on my MOTHERFUCKIN' PAGE!]]'' ''[[Film/PulpFiction Edit this page AGAIN! I dare you! I double-dare you, motherfucker! EDIT THIS TROPE PAGE ONE MORE GODDAMN TIME!]]''