Samuel L. Jackson

(Samuel Leroy Jackson)

Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson
  • Born: December 21, 1948
  • Nationality: English
  • Profession: Actor, Film Producer

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Samuel Leroy Jackson is an American actor and film producer. He achieved prominence and critical acclaim in the early 1990s with films such as Goodfellas (1990), Jungle Fever (1991), Patriot Games (1992), Amos & Andrew (1993), True Romance (1993), Jurassic Park (1993) and his collaborations with director Quentin Tarantino including Pulp Fiction (1994), Jackie Brown (1997), Django Unchained (2012), and The Hateful Eight (2015). He is a highly prolific actor, having appeared in over 100 films, including Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), A Time to Kill (1996), The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996), The Negotiator (1998), Deep Blue Sea (1998), Unbreakable (2000), Shaft (2000), xXx (2002), Snakes on a Plane (2006), Kong: Skull Island (2017) and the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999–2005).

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Nature is lethal but it doesn’t hold a candle to man. Human Nature
All movies aren't fun; some are hard work. You try to do something and convey a set of emotions that have to do with some real life kind of stuff. Life ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Because of where I come from, I never thought I'd see in my life a black candidate running for President. Life
I actually think I have an audience member's sensibility about going to the movies. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I did 'Formula 51' because I got to run around Liverpool in a kilt, with golf clubs.
I get paid all day, every day, which is almost too much for a sensitive artist.
I grew up watching those blaxploitation movies. Ron O'Neal, Richard Roundtree, Jim Brown, Pam Grier. For the first time, I saw 'The Negro' get one over on 'The Man.' Time ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I guess the worst day I have had was when I had to stand up in rehab in front of my wife and daughter and say 'Hi, my name is Sam and I am an addict.'
I hope Obama gets scary in the next four years, 'cuz he ain't gotta worry about getting re-elected. Hope
I just always knew that I lived in two worlds. There was the world of my house and community, but to make my way in that white world I had to modify the way I spoke and acted. I had to sometimes not make direct eye contact.
I kind of realize that I have a tendency to choose the kind of films I watched when I was a kid and would go home and pretend with my friends that we were in those movies after we saw them. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I look at myself as an audience member. I still love movies, and I still go and sit in the back of the big dark room with everybody else, and I want the same thrill. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I love comic books and I love anime. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I never had one beer. If I bought a six-pack of beer, I kept drinking till all six beers were gone. You have to have that kind of understanding about yourself. I haven't had a drink now in 12 years.
I tend to play characters that I can infuse with certain kinds of humour. Even the baddest guy can be funny in his own particular way. I want the audience to engage with the character on some deeper level so that they leave the cinema still thinking about him. Humor
I understood, through rehab, things about creating characters. I understood that creating whole people means knowing where we come from, how we can make a mistake and how we overcome things to make ourselves stronger.
I voted for Barack because he was black. 'Cuz that's why other folks vote for other people - because they look like them... That's American politics, pure and simple. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I walk the streets, take the train, it's real simple. Some actors create their own mythology: 'Oh, I'm so famous I can't go places, because I created this mythology that I'm so famous I can't go places.' Fame
If you have an opportunity to use your voice you should use it.
I'm a good son, a good father, a good husband - I've been married to the same woman for 30 years. I'm a good friend. I finished college, I have my education, I donate money anonymously. So when people criticize the kind of characters that I play on screen, I go, 'You know, that's part of history.' Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;History ;Money, Coins & Minting
I'm not as angry as I used to be. But I can get in touch with that anger pretty quickly if I feel my space is being invaded or somebody is not treating me with the respect that I think I want. Respect
It wasn't until I let go of the idea of the brass ring that it showed up, and fortunately for me, it coincided with getting clean.
I've been fortunate to be in films that are classic, that are going to be around.
I've never been to jail. I've never been arrested. I've never been locked up.
Long Kiss Goodnight has a huge cult following. They could make another version of that movie right now and make a lot of money. Money, Coins & Minting
My dad was an absentee dad, so it was always important to me that I was part of my daughter's life, and she deserved two parents, which is part of the rationale behind us staying married for 30 years. Life ;Families, Children & Parenting
Not everybody goes to movies to get their life changed. Life ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
People go to movies on Saturday to get away from the war in Iraq and taxes and election news and pedophiles online and just go and have some fun. I like doing movies that are fun. War & Peace ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
People know about the Klan and the overt racism, but the killing of one's soul little by little, day after day, is a lot worse than someone coming in your house and lynching you.
The best advice that was given to me was that I had to be 10 times smarter, braver and more polite to be equal. So I did.
The only thing I've kind of missed is finding a really good western that I want to do, because I watched westerns a lot.
We need to change America's image round the world. America has lost some lustre in terms of how folks aspire to be like us.
We've come a long way in our thinking, but also in our moral decay. I can't imagine Dr. King watching the 'Real Housewives' or 'Jersey Shore.'
When I'm not working, I like to play golf.