Samuel Leroy Jackson (born December 21, 1948 in Washington, D.C.) is one of the top leading men and supporting actors in Hollywood today. If you see a badass Scary Black Man with No Indoor Voice or a Bald, Black Leader Guy (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 Laurence Fishburne. According to both actors' IMDB entries, this happens frequently, in both directions. 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 Morgan Freeman.
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 "Mr. Jackson" is entirely appropriate.
For those who still believe that being a nerd and being a badass are two unrelated concepts, 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 Jules Winnfield, John Shaft II, Mace Windu and Frozone. Oh, and Nick Fury too.
As one might guess, he is a living Fountain of Memes.
Unsurprisingly, he is an element on the Periodic Table of Awesoments◊ - abbreviation Mf (element 37).
Jackson is also one of those lucky Hollywood few who is Happily Married: he has been married to LaTanya Richardson, whom he met at Morehouse College, since 1980.
He also did an anti-gun violence PSA, which can be found here, and pro-Obama commercial for the 2012 Presidential campaign.
He also owns a real life goddamn Lightsaber.
- He has appeared in many of Quentin Tarantino's films, namely:
- Carl Lee Hailey in A Time to Kill.
- Zeus Carver in Die Hard with a Vengeance.
- Doyle Gipson in Changing Lanes.
- Sergeant West in Basic.
- Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
- Elijah Price in Unbreakable and Glass.
- Russell Franklin in Deep Blue Sea.
- John Shaft II in Shaft (2000) and Shaft (2019).
- Frozone in the Pixar films The Incredibles and Incredibles 2.
- Agent Neville Flynn in Snakes on a Plane.
- Elmo McElroy in The 51st State (known in America as Formula 51).
- Stacks Edwards in Goodfellas.
- Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- Has cameo roles in Iron Man, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame.
- His most substantial appearances as Fury are in Iron Man 2, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain Marvel, and Spider-Man: Far From Home.
- Also cameos up in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
- And also voices Nick Fury in Disney Infinity 2.0.
- He will be part of the cast of What If...?
- Afro Samurai and his overly chatty sidekick Ninja Ninja.
- Voiced the crooked cop Frank Tenpenny in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
- Voiced the rich white gangster Gin Rummy in The Boondocks.
- Mr. Olin in 1408.
- Danny Roman in The Negotiator.
- In Do the Right Thing, 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 many actors who have appeared in many of Mr. Lee's films.
- Ray Arnold in Jurassic Park.
- The Long Kiss Goodnight as a detective opposite an amnesiac assassin.
- Jimmy the Scary Black Man (believe it or not!) in Paul Thomas Anderson's first feature film, Hard Eight
- He expressed interest in playing The Saint of Killers if they ever make a Preacher movie.
- The Octopus in The Spirit.
- Dr. Harry Adams in Sphere.
- A Caveman's Valentine, which proves that the crazier his hair is, the more unstable his character will be.
- Appeared on an ABC special on money management, playing an author of self-help books who lost everything in the economic crash.
- He's also a legendary youth hockey coach.
- Astro Boy as Zog.
- The Red Violin as an appraiser for a collection of violins, including the title instrument.
- An Expy of Don King in The Great White Hype called Reverend Fred Sultan.
- A crooked cop in Lakeview Terrace.
- Fresh as the father of the protagonist and a speed-chess champion.
- Lazarus in Black Snake Moan.
- A Cowboy Cop in The Other Guys.
- Augustus Gibbons in xXx,xXx: State of the Union and xXx: Return of Xander Cage.
- In Unthinkable, he plays a rogue interrogation expert of the Abu Ghraib Prison/Guantanamo Bay variety.
- Coach Carter as, well, Coach Carter.
- He narrated an audiobook version of Go the Fuck to Sleep.
- He parodied Danny Glover's role in Lethal Weapon as Sgt. Luger in National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1.
- Sergeant Hondo in S.W.A.T. (2003)
- In Spike Lee's remake of Oldboy, he plays the guy in charge of keeping Josh Brolin captive and under surveillance for 20 years.
- In the audiobook "Inspired By... The Bible Experience", he voiced God in the New Testament.
- Martin Luther King in the play On the Mountaintop.
- The President of the United States in Big Game.
- Pat Novak in RoboCop (2014).
- The announcer for Heroes of Newerth
- Whiplash in Turbo.
- Richmond Valentine in Kingsman: The Secret Service.
- Barron/"The Wight" in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.
- Narration, in documentar feature I Am Not Your Negro
- George Washington Williams in The Legend of Tarzan.
- Packard in Kong: Skull Island
- Darius Kincaid in The Hitman's Bodyguard
- A robber in Coming to America, his film debut.
- Andrew Sterling in Amos & Andrew
- Marine Colonel Terry Childers in Rules of Engagement.
- Hardman in Barely Lethal
- Marcus Banks in Spiral (2020)
- Attending Your Own Funeral: He has portrayed at least two roles in which he is presumed dead in a No-One Could Have Survived That 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.
- Badass Baritone: All the better to deliver his trademark Cluster F-Bomb.
- Bald of Awesome: He went bald at an early age, but used this to his advantage to play Bald, Black Leader Guy characters.
- Catchphrase: Motherfucker. Jackson has said this enough that the Huffington Post made a 4-minute long video compilation of every motherfucker he's ever said.
- Chronically Killed Actor: Along with the six deaths before Pulp Fiction, there are many others given bad guys or Dead Star Walking define a good chunk of his roles.
- Cluster F-Bomb: The patron saint of this trope. In a real-life Moment of Awesome, he revealed that he used to stutter, and saying "motherfucker" has helped him get over it.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: The comic book The Ultimates, a reimagination of The Avengers, designed Nick Fury after Jackson's likeness. Jackson noticed this, liked it and arranged that Marvel casted him as Nick Fury if they ever made a related film.
- Cool Old Guy: Although Jackson is in his early 70s, he continues to play roles that show off a considerable amount of badass.
- Dirty Old Man: During an episode of Wired where he answers questions asked about him on the internet, he was asked by Google, "Does Samuel L. Jackson like anime?", to which he responds (a bit too gleefully), "Yes, I do...hentai too!", followed by a rather...fitting laugh.
- Fountain of Memes: Due to his many Large Ham roles and being Sir Swears-a-Lot, many of his most famous lines (especially from Pulp Fiction) have become memes, to the point where the man himself is a meme. The reason Snakes on a Plane became a cult movie (before it even came out) was simply the fact that he was in it, as well as its silly premise. The most famous line from the film is also an Ascended Meme.
- Large Ham: 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 his Twitter during◊ sports events.
- Nice Hat: He very often wears a beret in public, as well as various other styles of hat sometimes. The Unlimited Wardrobe size of his hat collection was featured in a news article, even.
- N-Word Privileges: He's defended the use of N-word in dialogue if it's appropriate to the settingnote and says that he'll add it on his own accord if he feels that a scene needs it.
- Older Than They Look: 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 George R. R. Martin. The MCU eventually took advantage of this by having him play a twenty years younger Nick Fury in the '90s-set Captain Marvel.
- Old Shame: When asked about the movie Together For Days, which was his first credited acting appearance, he's usually replied that he's glad that most people haven't seen it.
- One of Us: Has been stated to be a big fan of anime and Star Wars. So much so, that he's had the opportunity to star in three Star Wars films AND be the voice behind the main character of an anime.
- Production Posse: He has participated in six Quentin Tarantino movies to this day, more than any actor who worked with the director, as well as working often for his Sitcom Arch-Nemesis, Spike Lee.
- Promoted Fanboy:
- He is a big fan of Star Wars and was thrilled he got to play a role in the prequel trilogy. He got a fairly important role, but said he would play any character, even a random mook, as long as he got to be in the movie. It was also his own request to have a purple lightsaber, so he'd be easy to spot in wide shots.
- He's a big fan of comic books and as such allowed his likeness to be used for Ultimate Nick Fury on the condition that he play him if ever a movie was made. Come Iron Man and since then he's been playing Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- Real Men Wear Pink: His favourite colour is purple and he often plays characters who wear or own something purple. His purple lightsaber was a special request to George Lucas which was retconned to mean Purple Is Powerful for his character.
- Relative Error: He was once photographed going to dinner with a much younger woman, which caused some speculation amongst celebrity gossipers. This eventually reached Jackson's mother, who called her son to see if this was true. His response? "You crazy woman, don't you recognize your own granddaughter?!"
- Scary Black Man: The quintessential actor for this trope.
- Significant Monogram: The lightsaber used by Mr. Jackson in Star Wars has "BMF" engraved on the handle. It stands for "Bad Motherfucker", which is also a line spoken by the actor in previous roles.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: It goes without saying. Some movies will downplay or allude to it with a Curse Cut Short
- Those Two Actors: He's already done three films (Kong: Skull Island, Captain Marvel (2019), and Unicorn Store) with Brie Larson just between 2017-2019, a number which will likely only grow now that she's in the MCU.
- Wag the Director: He refuses to do any more than three takes of any shot, deliberately giving directors and editors as little to work with as possible to make sure that the end result is his intended performance rather than something that's been cobbled together from disparate takes to better fit someone else's vision.
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