"When reporters asked me, 'Are there any directors you want to work with that you haven't worked with before,' I would say, 'George Lucas is about to do the Star Wars thing, I'd really love to work with him.' And I said that often enough that somebody heard it and told him. I got invited to the Ranch to see if I was serious about that. Yeah, sure! You can make me a stormtrooper if you want, I don't care—as long as I know I'm in the movie, I don't care if anybody else knows or not."
―Samuel L. Jackson[src]

Samuel L. Jackson (born December 21, 1948) is an American actor who portrayed Jedi Master Mace Windu in the prequel trilogy. He later voiced his character in The Clone Wars film and the video game LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars.

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Jackson was offered the role of Windu after he announced on a radio program that he was a fan of the films.[1] Prior to the release of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, Jackson stated in an interview that his death scene would not have him "going out like a punk."[2]

Before the filming of the First Battle of Geonosis began, Jackson asked director George Lucas what colors there were for lightsabers. Lucas told him "good guys are green and blue, bad guys are red." When Jackson inquired as to whether purple was a possibility, Lucas only answered: "You might get purple." Mace Windu became the first Jedi depicted in a Star Wars movie to have a lightsaber that was not red, blue, or green.[3]

When asked about appearing in Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, Jackson commented that he had not been contacted, and that he was busy with a number of other roles. He stated, however, that "it would have been interesting," and that he had high hopes for the new movies.[4]

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Filmography[edit | edit source]

Year Title Role Other notes
2020 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Mace Windu "Shattered" (Archival audio)
2019 Spider-Man: Far From Home Nick Fury and Talos
Avengers: Endgame Nick Fury
Captain Marvel
Glass Elijah Price / Mr. Glass
2018 Incredibles 2 Lucius Best / Frozone
Avengers: Infinity War Nick Fury Uncredited cameo in a post-credits scene
2017 The Hitman's Bodyguard Darius Kincaid
Blazing Samurai Jimbo
Kong: Skull Island Lieutenant Colonel Packard
XXX: Return of Xander Cage Agent Augustus Eugene Gibbons
2016 Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Barron
The Legend of Tarzan George Washington Williams
Cell Tom McCourt
2015 The Hateful Eight Major Marquis Warren
Chi-Raq Dolmedes
Disney Infinity 3.0 Nick Fury Video game (voice)
Barely Lethal Hardman
Avengers: Age of Ultron Nick Fury
2014 Kingsman: The Secret Service Valentine
Black Dynamite Captain Quinton TV series (voice)
Big Game The President
Kite Karl Aker
Captain America: The Winter Soldier Nick Fury
RoboCop Pat Novak
Reasonable Doubt Clinton Davis
2013 Oldboy Chaney
2013/2014 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury TV series
2013 Turbo Whiplash Voice
2012 Django Unchained Stephen
Zambezia Tendai Voice
The Avengers Nick Fury
Meeting Evil Richie
Fury Foley a.k.a. The Samaritan – Also Executive Producer
The Colbert Report Ad Narrator TV series – Uncredited (voice)
2011 Arena Logan
Captain America: The First Avenger Nick Fury Cameo
African Cats Narrator Documentary (voice)
Thor Nick Fury Uncredited cameo
LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars Mace Windu Video game (voice)
The Sunset Limited Black TV movie
2010 Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey Fear (voice)
The Other Guys P.K. Highsmith
Unthinkable Henry Harold 'H' Humphries
Iron Man 2 Nick Fury Video game (voice)
Iron Man 2
The RRF in New Recruit Zog Short movie (voice)
2009 Astro Boy Zog (voice)
Mother and Child Paul
Inglourious Basterds Narrator Uncredited (voice)
Afro Samurai: Resurrection Afro Samurai & Ninja Ninja TV movie (voice) – Also Executive Producer
2008 The Spirit Octopus
Soul Men Louis Hinds
Gospel Hill Paul Malcolm
Lakeview Terrace Abel Turner
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Mace Windu Voice
Iron Man Nick Fury Uncredited cameo
Jumper Roland
Afro Samurai Afro Samurai & Ninja Ninja TV miniseries – Also Executive Producer
2007 Cleaner Tom Cutler Also Producer
Great Performances Narrator TV series
1408 Gerald Olin
Resurrecting the Champ Champ
Afro Samurai Afro Samurai & Ninja Ninja Video game (voice)
2006 Home of the Brave Will Marsh
Black Snake Moan Lazarus
Snakes on a Plane Neville Flynn
Freedomland Lorenzo Council
Farce of the Penguins Narrator (voice)
2005/2010 The Boondocks Gin Rummy TV series (voice)
2005 The Man Derrick Vann
Extras Himself TV series
Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith Mace Windu
xXx: State of the Union Agent Augustus Eugene Gibbons a.k.a. xXx²: The Next Level
The Adventures of Mr. Incredible Frozone Short movie
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson Jack Johnson TV documentary (voice)
Coach Carter Coach Ken Carter
2004 The Incredibles Frozone Video game (voice)
The Incredibles Lucius Best/Frozone (voice)
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Officer Frank Tenpenny Video game (voice)
Kill Bill: Volume 2 Rufus Cameo
Twisted John Mills
In My Country Langston Whitfield
2003 S.W.A.T. Sgt. Dan 'Hondo' Harrelson Video game (voice)
Basic West
Freedom: A History of Us Several roles TV series (documentary)
2002 xXx Agent Augustus Eugene Gibbons
No Good Deed Jack Friar
Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones Mace Windu
Changing Lanes Doyle Gipson
The Comeback Unknown role Short movie
2001 The Proud Family Joseph TV series (voice)
The 51st State Elmo McElroy a.k.a. Formula 51 – Also Executive Producer
The Caveman's Valentine Romulus Also Executive Producer
2000 Unbreakable Elijah Price
Shaft John Shaft
WWE SmackDown John Shaft TV series – Uncredited
Rules of Engagement Col. Terry L. Childers
Any Given Wednesday Willie Nutter Short movie
1999 Deep Blue Sea Russell Franklin
Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace Mace Windu
Our Friend, Martin Turner (voice)
1998 The Red Violin Charles Morritz Segment "Montreal"
The Negotiator Danny Roman
Out of Sight Hejira Henry Uncredited cameo
Sphere Dr. Harry Adams
1997 Jackie Brown Ordell Robbie
Eve's Bayou Louis Batiste Also Producer
One Eight Seven Trevor Garfield
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child The Mayor TV series (voice)
1996 The Long Kiss Goodnight Mitch Henessey
A Time to Kill Carl Lee Hailey
Trees Lounge Wendell
The Great White Hype Rev. Fred Sultan
Hard Eight Jimmy a.k.a. Sydney
1995 Fluke Rumbo (voice)
Die Hard with a Vengeance Zeus Carver
Kiss of Death Calvin Hart
Losing Isaiah Kadar Lewis
1994 The Search for One-eye Jimmy Col. Ron
The New Age Dale Deveaux
Pulp Fiction Jules Winnfield
Hail Caesar Mailman
Against the Wall Jamaal TV movie
Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker Richard Greener
Fresh Sam
1993 True Romance Big Don
Jurassic Park Ray Arnold
Menace II Society Tat Lawson
Amos & Andrew Andrew Sterling
Loaded Weapon 1 Wes Luger
American Experience The Steward TV series (documentary)
1992 I'll Fly Away Walter Harper TV series
Ghostwriter Reggie Jenkins
Patriot Games Robby
White Sands Greg Meeker (as Sam Jackson)
Juice Trip
Fathers & Sons Marshall
Jumpin' at the Boneyard Mr. Simpson
1991 Dead and Alive: The Race for Gus Farace Hatcher TV movie
Strictly Business Monroe (as Sam Jackson)
Roc Larry TV series
Johnny Suede B-Bop
Jungle Fever Gator Purify
Law & Order Louis Taggert TV series
1990 The Return of Superfly Nate Cabot (as Sam Jackson)
Goodfellas Stacks Edwards
The Exorcist III Dream Blind Man
Mo' Better Blues Madlock
Betsy's Wedding Taxi Dispatcher (Mickey)
A Shock to the System Ulysses
Def by Temptation Minister Garth
1989 Sea of Love Black Guy
The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd Brother Elvis TV series
Do the Right Thing Mister Señor Love Daddy (as Sam Jackson)
A Man Called Hawk Unknown role TV series
Dead Man Out Calvin Fredricks TV movie
1988 Coming to America Hold-Up Man
School Daze Leeds
1987 Eddie Murphy Raw Eddie's Uncle Sketch
Magic Sticks Bum (as Sam Jackson)
Uncle Tom's Cabin George TV movie (as Samuel Jackson)
1986/1987 Spenser: For Hire Leroy Clancy & Ned TV series
1981 Ragtime Gang Member #2
1980 The Exterminator Extra Uncredited
1978 The Trial of the Moke Unknown role TV movie
1977 The Displaced Person Sulk
1976 Movin' On Patrolman TV series – Uncredited
1972 Together for Days Stan

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