Samuel L. JACKSON
* 21.12.1948, Washington D.C., USA

Schauspieler * Studium (Schauspiel) am Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia (BA in drama, 1972) - dort sammelt erste Theatererfahrungen und gehört zu den Gründern der all black-Schauspieltruppe Just Us Theater * 1972 erste Kinorolle in Together for Days * 1976 zieht nach New York (City) um und spielt dort in den nächsten zehn Jahren fast ausschließlich Theater * tritt oft mit Negro Ensemble Company auf (A Soldier's Play, 1981-83; The District Line, 1984/85) * erst mit 40 Jahren konzentriert sich auf Filmarbeit und muß sich zuerst mit kleinen Parts begnügen (GoodFellas, 1989) * 1991 feiert seinen ersten Erfolg in Spike Lees Drama Jungle Fever * 1992 steigt als Partner von Nicolas Cage (Amos & Andrew) und Emilio Estevez (Loaded Weapon 1) zum leading man auf * 1994 endgültiger Durchbruch an der Seite von John Travolta als philosophierender Profikiller in Quentin Tarantinos Pulp Fiction * etabliert sich vor allem in Thrillern und Actionfilmen und zählt seitdem zu den meistbeschäftigten Schauspielern Hollywoods * dreht mehrere Filme pro Jahr ("Der Durchschnittsbürger arbeitet jeden Tag, bis auf eine kleine Urlaubszeit, aber wenn ich es so mache, werde ich Workaholic geschimpft.") * 1997-2003 verkörpert Jedi-Ritter Mace Windu in drei Star Wars-Episoden * übernimmt die Rolle des S.H.I.E.L.D.-Anführers Nick Fury in mehreren Comicverfilmungen
FILMS

# Together for Days / Black Cream (1972-USA * Michael Schultz ... Stan)
# Ragtime (Ragtime, 1981-USA * Milos Forman ... bit als Gangmitglied)
# Magic Sticks (1986/87-D * Peter Keglevic ... bit als bum) (8706) > als Sam Jackson
# School Daze (1987-USA * Spike Lee ... bit als Leeds) (03-05; 8802)
# Coming to America (Der Prinz aus Zamunda, 1988-USA * John Landis ... Räuber) (01-?; 8806)
# Do the Right Thing (Do the Right Thing, 1988-USA * Spike Lee ... Love Daddy) (07-09; 8906) > als Sam Jackson
# Sea of Love (Sea of Love - Melodie des Todes, 1988-USA; R: Harold Becker, B: Richard Price, K: Ronnie Taylor, M: Trevor Jones, D: Al Pacino, Ellen Barkin, John Goodman / SLJ-bit) 112m-Erotikthriller
# Def by Temptation (Def by Temptation, 1989-USA * James Bond III ... Garth) (9003)
# GoodFellas (Good Fellas - Drei Jahrzehnte in der Mafia, 1989-USA; R: Martin Scorsese, B: Nicholas Pileggi, Martin Scorsese, K: Michael Ballhaus, D: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco / SLJ-bit als Stacks Edwards) 146/8m-Gangsterepos (Buch von Nicholas Pileggi)
# The Exorcist III (Der Exorzist III, 1989-USA * William Peter Blatty ... bit) (06-08)
# Mo' Better Blues (Mo' Better Blues, 1989-USA * Spike Lee ... Madlock) (09-12; 9008)
# A Shock to the System (Mord mit System, 1990-USA * Jan Egleson ... bit als Ulysses)
# Betsy's Wedding (Familienehre, 1990-USA * Alan Alda .... bit als Mickey) (9006)
# The Return of Superfly (The Return of the Superfly, 1990-USA * Sig Shore ... Nate Cabot) (9011) > als Sam Jackson
# Jungle Fever (Jungle Fever, 1990-USA * Spike Lee ... Gator Purify) (08-12; 9106)
# Strictly Business (1991-USA * Kevin Hooks ... Monroe) (9111) > als Sam Jackson
# Johnny Suede (Johnny Suede, 1991-USA * Tom DiCillo ... B-Bop)* (9208)
# Jumpin' at the Boneyard (Manny und Dan - Leben und Sterben in der Bronx, 1991-USA * Jeff Stanzler ... Mr. Simpson) (9209)
# Juice (Juice - City-War, 1991-USA * Ernest Dickerson ... Trip) (9201)
# White Sands (White Sands - Der große Deal, 1991-USA * Roger Donaldson ... Greg Meeker) (08-10; 9204)
# Patriot Games (Die Stunde der Patrioten, 1991/92-USA * Phillip Noyce ... Lieutenant Commander Robby Jackson) (11-02; 9206)
# Fathers and Sons (Getrennte Wege, 1992-USA * Paul Mones ... Marshall)** (9211)
# Amos & Andrew (Amos & Andrew - Zwei fast perfekte Chaoten, 1992-USA * E. Max Frye ... Andrew Sterling) (04-?)
# The Meteor Man (Meteor Man, 1992-USA * Robert Townsend ... Dre)* (04-07; 9308) > als Sam Jackson
# [National Lampoon's] Loaded Weapon 1 (Loaded Weapon 1, 1992-USA * Gene Quintano ... Wes Luger) (06-08)
# True Romance (True Romance, 1992-USA * Tony Scott ... Big Don) (06?07-09!09-)
# Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park, 1992-USA; R: Steven Spielberg, B: Michael Crichton, David Koepp, K: Dean Cundey, M: John Williams, D: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough / SLJ-Ray Arnold)* 127m-Actionabenteuer (Roman von Michael Crichton)
# Menace II Society (Menace II Society, 1992/93-USA * Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes ... Tat Lawson)
# The New Age (New Age, 1993-USA * Michael Tolkin ... Dale Deveaux) (02-?; 9409)
# Hail Caesar (Julius Cäsar Superstar, 1993-USA * Anthony Michael Hall ... mailman)
# Fresh (Fresh, 1993-USA/F * Boaz Yakin ... Sam)* (9408)
# The Search for One-Eye Jimmy (Auf der Suche nach Jimmy Hoyt, 1993-USA * Sam Henry Kass ... Colonel Ron)° (9606)
# Pulp Fiction (Pulp Fiction, 1993-USA; R+B: Quentin Tarantino, K: Andrzej Sekula, MÜ: Karyn Rachtman, D: John Travolta, SLJ-Jules Winnfield, Uma Thurman) 154m-Gangstersatire
# Kiss of Death (Kiss of Death, 1994-USA * Barbet Schroeder ... Calvin)
# Losing Isaiah (Die andere Mutter, 1994-USA * Stephen Gyllenhaal ... Kadar Lewis)* (9503)
# Die Hard: With a Vengeance (Stirb langsam - Jetzt erst recht, 1994-USA * John McTiernan ... Zeus Carver)
# Hard Eight (Last Exit Reno, 1995-USA * Paul Thomas Anderson ... Jimmy) (02-03; 9702)
# Trees Lounge (Trees Lounge, 1995-USA * Steve Buscemi ... Wendell) (9610)
# A Time to Kill (Die Jury, 1995-USA * Joel Schumacher ... Carl Lee Hailey) (Roman von John Grisham) (09-12; 9607)
# The Great White Hype (The Great White Hype - Eine K.O.Mödie, 1996-USA * Reginald Hudlin ... Reverend Fred Sultan)*
# The Long Kiss Goodnight (Tödliche Weihnachten, 1996-USA * Renny Harlin ... Mitch Henessey) (01-05; 9610)
# One Eight Seven / 187 (187 - Eine tödliche Zahl, 1996-USA * Kevin Reynolds ... Trevor Garfield) (9708)
# Eve's Bayou (Eve's Bayou, 1997-USA * Kasi Lemmons ... Louis Batiste) (9711)
# Sphere (Sphere - Die Macht aus dem All, 1997-USA; R: Barry Levinson, B: Stephen Hauser, Paul Attanasio; Kurt Wimmer, K: Adam Greenberg, M: Elliot Goldenthal, D: Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, SLJ-Dr. Harry Adams) 133m-Sci-Fi-Thriller (Roman von Michael Crichton)
# Jackie Brown (Jackie Brown - Rum Punch, 1997-USA * Quentin Tarantino ... Ordell Robbie) (Roman von Elmore Leonard) (05-08; 9712)
# Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (Star Wars: Episode I - Die dunkle Bedrohung, 1997-USA * George Lucas ... cameo als Mace Windu) (06-09; 9905)
# The Negotiator (Verhandlungssache, 1997-USA; R: F. Gary Gray, B: James DeMonaco, Kevin Fox, K: Russell Carpenter, M: Graeme Revell, D: SLJ-Danny Roman, Kevin Spacey) 138m-Thrillerdrama (09-12; 9807)
# Out of Sight (Out of Sight, 1997/98-USA * Steven Soderbergh ... Hejira Henry) > uncredited appearance (9806)
# Le violon rouge / The Red Violin / Il violino rosso (Die rote Violine, 1997/98-CDN/I * François Girard ... Charles Morritz)
# Deep Blue Sea (Deep Blue Sea, 1998-USA * Renny Harlin ... Russell Franklin) (08-11; 9907)
# Rules of Engagement (Rules - Sekunden der Entscheidung, 1999-USA * William Friedkin ... Colonel Terry L. Childers) (03-06; 0004)
# Shaft (Shaft - Noch Fragen?, 1999/00-USA * John Singleton ... John Shaft) (10-02; 0006)
# The Caveman's Valentine (The Caveman's Valentine, 2000-USA * Kasi Lemmons ... Romulus Ledbetter) (02-05; 0103)
# Unbreakable (Unbreakable - Unzerbrechlich, 2000-USA * M. Night Shyamalan ... Elijah Price) (04-07; 0011)
# Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (Star Wars: Episode II - Angriff der Klonkrieger, 2000-USA * George Lucas ... Mace Windu) (06-09; 0205)
# The 51st State (The 51st State, 2000-GB/CDN * Ronny Yu ... Elmo McElroy) (09-?)
# Changing Lanes (Spurwechsel, 2000/01-USA * Roger Michell ... Doyle Gipson) (11-01; 0204)
# xXx (xXx - Triple X, 2001/02-USA * Rob Cohen ... Agent Augustus Gibbons) (11-03)
# Basic (Basic, 2001/02-USA/D * John McTiernan ... Sergeant Nathan West) (11-?04)
# The House on Turk Street / No Good Deed (2002-USA/D * Bob Rafelson ... Jack Friar)**
# Twisted (Twisted - Der erste Verdacht, 2002-USA * Philip Kaufman ... John Mills) (08-10; 0402)
# Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (Kill Bill - Volume 2, 2002-USA * Quentin Tarantino ... Rufus) (06-12?03; 0404)
# S.W.A.T. (S.W.A.T. - Die Spezialeinheit, 2002/03-USA * Clark Johnson ... Sergeant Dan "Hondo" Harrelson) (10-02; 0308)
# Country of My Skull (In My Country, 2003-GB/IRL * John Boorman ... Langston Whitfield) (03-05?06)
# Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (Star Wars: Episode III - Die Rache der Sith, 2003-USA * George Lucas ... Mace Windu) (06-09; 0505)
# Coach Carter (Coach Carter, 2004-USA * Thomas Carter ... Ken Carter) (01-?; 0501)
# The Man (Cool & Fool - Mein Partner mit der großen Schnauze, 2004-USA * Les Mayfield ... Derrick Vann) (04-?; 0509)
# xXx: State of the Union (xXx 2 - The Next Level, 2004-USA * Lee Tamahori ... Agent Augustus Gibbons) (07-?; 0504)
# Freedomland (Das Gesicht der Wahrheit, 2005-USA * Joe Roth ... Lorenzo Council) (03-?; 0602)
# Snakes on a Plane (Snakes on a Plane, 2005-USA * David R. Ellis ... Neville Flynn) (06-08/ND: 03-?.06; 0608)
# Black Snake Moan (Black Snake Moan, 2005-USA * Craig Brewer ... Lazarus) (09-?; 0703)
# Home of the Brave (Home of the Brave, 2006-USA * Irwin Winkler ... Will Marsh) (03-?; 0612)
# Resurrecting the Champ (2006-USA * Rod Lurie ... Champ)* (06-?; 0708)
# 1408 (Zimmer 1408, 2006-USA * Mikael Håfström ... Gerald Olin) (Kurzgeschichte von Stephen King) (07-09; 0706)
# Jumper (Jumper, 2006/07-USA * Doug Liman ... Roland) (08-12; 0802)
# Cleaner (2007-USA * Renny Harlin ... Tom Cutler) (01-03)
# Iron Man (Iron Man, 2007-USA * Jon Favreau ... Nick Fury) > uncredited appearance (03-06)
# Gospel Hill (2007-USA * Giancarlo Esposito / cameo als Paul Malcolm) (06-19 Tage; 0908) > ursprünglich Videovertrieb (0902)
# Lakeview Terrace (Lakeview Terrace, 2007-USA * Neil LaBute ... Abel Turner) (06-?)
# The Spirit (The Spirit, 2007-USA * Frank Miller ... Octopus) (10-12; 0812)
# Soul Men (2008-USA * Malcolm D. Lee ... Louis Hinds) (01-04; 0811)
# Unthinkable (2008-USA * Gregor Jordan ... Henry Harold Humphries [H]) (10-12; 1005-B)
# Mother and Child (2009-USA * Rodrigo García ... Paul) (02-04; 1005)
# Iron Man 2 (2009-USA * Jon Favreau ... Nick Fury) (04-07; 1005)
# The Other Guys (Die etwas anderen Cops, 2009-USA * Adam McKay ... P.K. Highsmith) (09-?; 1008)
# Captain America: The First Avenger (Captain America, 2010-USA * Joe Johnston ... Nick Fury) (1107)
# Meeting Evil (2011-USA * Chris Fisher ... Richie) (01; 1205 > limited release)
# The Samaritan (Der Samariter - Tödliches Finale, 2011-CDN * David Weaver ... Foley) (03-5 Wochen; 1205)
# [Marvel's] The Avengers (Marvel's The Avengers, 2011-USA * Joss Whedon ... Nick Fury) (04-09; 1204)
# Django Unchained (Django Unchained, 2012-USA * Quentin Tarantino ... Stephen) (02-07; 1212)
# Oldboy (Oldboy, 2012-USA * Spike Lee ... Chaney) (10-11; 1311)
# RoboCop (RoboCop, 2012-USA * José Padilha ... Patrick "Pat" Novak) (09-12; 1402)
# Reasonable Doubt (Reasonable Doubt, 2012-CDN/D * Peter P. Croudins [= Peter Howitt] ... Clinton Davis) (11-12; 1401-USA | 1403-I)
# Kite (Kite - Engel der Rache, 2013-USA * Ralph Ziman ... Karl Aker) (02; 1410)
# Captain America: The Winter Soldier (The Return of the First Avenger, 2013-USA * Anthony Russo, Joe Russo ... Nick Fury) (04-06?08; 1403)
# Big Game / Big Game - Die Jagd beginnt (2013-FIN/GB/D * Jalmari Helander ... Präsident Moore) (09-11; 1503)
# Kingsman: The Secret Service (Kingsman - The Secret Service, 2013-GB * Matthew Vaughn ... Valentine) 129m (10-?; 1501)
# Barely Lethal (Secret Agency - Barely Lethal, 2013-USA * Kyle Newman ... Hardman) (11-12; 1505)
# Cell (2014-USA * Tod Williams ... Tom McCourt) (01-02; 1607)
# Avengers: Age of Ultron (Avengers: Age of Ultron, 2014-USA * Joss Whedon ... Nick Fury) 141m (02-08; 1504)
# The Legend of Tarzan (Legend of Tarzan, 2014-USA/GB * David Yates ... George Washington Williams) (06-10; 1607)
# The Hateful Eight (The Hateful 8, 2014/15-USA * Quentin Tarantino ... Major Marquis Warren) (12-03; 1512)
# Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Die Insel der besonderen Kinder, 2015-USA * Tim Burton ... Barron) (Roman von Ransom Riggs, 2011) (02-07; 1609)
# Chi-Raq (2015-USA * Spike Lee ... Dolmedes) (06-07; 1512)
# Kong: Skull Island (Kong: Skull Island, 2015/16-USA * Jordan Vogt-Roberts ... Preston Packard) (10-03; 1703)
# xXx: Return of Xander Cage (xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, 2016-USA * D.J. Caruso ... Agent Augustus Gibbons) (02-?; 1701)

AWARDS
> New York Film Critics Circle Award (bester Nebendarsteller) für Jungle Fever (1991)
> Preis (bester Nebendarsteller) für Jungle Fever [Filmfestspiele Cannes 1991]
> BAFTA Award (bester Nebendarsteller) für Pulp Fiction (1995)
> Silberner Bär (bester Darsteller) für Jackie Brown [Berlinale 1998]
BOOKS
> Tracey E. Dils. Samuel L. Jackson. New York: Chelsea House, 2000
> Jeff Hudson: Samuel L. Jackson: The Unauthorised Biography. London: Virgin Publishing, 2004
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