SAMUEL L. JACKSON
December 21, 1948
Samuel L. Jackson was raised by his mother and grandparents. He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, and
in 1969 he was briefly suspended for taking several members of the college's board of trustees,
including Martin Luther King, Sr., hostage during a sit-in to protest the absence of black
trustees and a black studies curriculum. Graduating in 1972 with a degree in theater arts,
Samuel L. Jackson remained in Atlanta, finding work in television commercials and regional theatrical
productions, as well as a small role in his first feature film, "Together for Days".
In 1976, Samuel L. Jackson moved to New York City where he became involved with the Negro Ensemble Company, performing in several notable productions. It
was during this time Samuel was introduced to Spike Lee, who later cast him in four films.
In 1980 Samuel married his college sweetheart, actress LaTanya Richardson, whom he had met
while attending drama classes at Morehouse's sister school, Spelman College.
Samuel L. Jackson began to receive international attention 1991 when director Spike Lee cast him as
the crack-addicted Gator in "Jungle Fever", a part which won him a special Jury Prize at the
Cannes Film Festival, as well as the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting
Actor. Over the next five years Jackson went on to costar in more than 20 feature films and
several made-for-TV movies.
Samuel L. Jackson is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Jules, the hit
man in Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction", for which he earned an Academy Award nomination
for Best Supporting Actor.
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