"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.


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]

Work in Star WarsEdit


Year Title RoleOther notes
2020Star Wars: The Clone WarsMace Windu"Shattered" (Archival audio)
2019Spider-Man: Far From HomeNick Fury and Talos
Avengers: EndgameNick Fury
Captain Marvel
GlassElijah Price / Mr. Glass
2018Incredibles 2Lucius Best / Frozone
Avengers: Infinity WarNick FuryUncredited cameo in a post-credits scene
2017The Hitman's BodyguardDarius Kincaid
Blazing SamuraiJimbo
Kong: Skull IslandLieutenant Colonel Packard
XXX: Return of Xander CageAgent Augustus Eugene Gibbons
2016Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChildrenBarron
The Legend of TarzanGeorge Washington Williams
CellTom McCourt
2015The Hateful EightMajor Marquis Warren
Disney Infinity 3.0Nick FuryVideo game (voice)
Barely LethalHardman
Avengers: Age of UltronNick Fury
2014Kingsman: The Secret ServiceValentine
Black DynamiteCaptain QuintonTV series (voice)
Big GameThe President
KiteKarl Aker
Captain America: The Winter SoldierNick Fury
RoboCopPat Novak
Reasonable DoubtClinton Davis
2013/2014Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Nick FuryTV series
2012Django UnchainedStephen
The AvengersNick Fury
Meeting EvilRichie
FuryFoleya.k.a. The Samaritan – Also Executive Producer
The Colbert ReportAd NarratorTV series – Uncredited (voice)
Captain America: The First AvengerNick FuryCameo
African CatsNarratorDocumentary (voice)
ThorNick FuryUncredited cameo
LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone WarsMace WinduVideo game (voice)
The Sunset LimitedBlackTV movie
2010Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space OdysseyFear(voice)
The Other GuysP.K. Highsmith
UnthinkableHenry Harold 'H' Humphries
Iron Man 2Nick FuryVideo game (voice)
Iron Man 2
The RRF in New RecruitZogShort movie (voice)
2009Astro BoyZog(voice)
Mother and ChildPaul
Inglourious BasterdsNarratorUncredited (voice)
Afro Samurai: ResurrectionAfro Samurai & Ninja NinjaTV movie (voice) – Also Executive Producer
2008The SpiritOctopus
Soul MenLouis Hinds
Gospel HillPaul Malcolm
Lakeview TerraceAbel Turner
Star Wars: The Clone WarsMace WinduVoice
Iron ManNick FuryUncredited cameo
Afro SamuraiAfro Samurai & Ninja NinjaTV miniseries – Also Executive Producer
2007CleanerTom CutlerAlso Producer
Great PerformancesNarratorTV series
1408Gerald Olin
Resurrecting the ChampChamp
Afro SamuraiAfro Samurai & Ninja NinjaVideo game (voice)
2006Home of the BraveWill Marsh
Black Snake MoanLazarus
Snakes on a PlaneNeville Flynn
FreedomlandLorenzo Council
Farce of the PenguinsNarrator(voice)
2005/2010The BoondocksGin RummyTV series (voice)
2005The ManDerrick Vann
ExtrasHimselfTV series
Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the SithMace Windu
xXx: State of the UnionAgent Augustus Eugene Gibbonsa.k.a. xXx²: The Next Level
The Adventures of Mr. IncredibleFrozoneShort movie
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack JohnsonJack JohnsonTV documentary (voice)
Coach CarterCoach Ken Carter
2004The IncrediblesFrozoneVideo game (voice)
The IncrediblesLucius Best/Frozone(voice)
Grand Theft Auto: San AndreasOfficer Frank TenpennyVideo game (voice)
Kill Bill: Volume 2RufusCameo
TwistedJohn Mills
In My CountryLangston Whitfield
2003S.W.A.T.Sgt. Dan 'Hondo' HarrelsonVideo game (voice)
Freedom: A History of UsSeveral rolesTV series (documentary)
2002xXxAgent Augustus Eugene Gibbons
No Good DeedJack Friar
Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the ClonesMace Windu
Changing LanesDoyle Gipson
The ComebackUnknown roleShort movie
2001The Proud FamilyJosephTV series (voice)
The 51st StateElmo McElroya.k.a. Formula 51 – Also Executive Producer
The Caveman's ValentineRomulusAlso Executive Producer
2000UnbreakableElijah Price
ShaftJohn Shaft
WWE SmackDownJohn ShaftTV series – Uncredited
Rules of EngagementCol. Terry L. Childers
Any Given WednesdayWillie NutterShort movie
1999Deep Blue SeaRussell Franklin
Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom MenaceMace Windu
Our Friend, MartinTurner(voice)
1998The Red ViolinCharles MorritzSegment "Montreal"
The NegotiatorDanny Roman
Out of SightHejira HenryUncredited cameo
SphereDr. Harry Adams
1997Jackie BrownOrdell Robbie
Eve's BayouLouis BatisteAlso Producer
One Eight SevenTrevor Garfield
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every ChildThe MayorTV series (voice)
1996The Long Kiss GoodnightMitch Henessey
A Time to KillCarl Lee Hailey
Trees LoungeWendell
The Great White HypeRev. Fred Sultan
Hard EightJimmya.k.a. Sydney
Die Hard with a VengeanceZeus Carver
Kiss of DeathCalvin Hart
Losing IsaiahKadar Lewis
1994The Search for One-eye JimmyCol. Ron
The New AgeDale Deveaux
Pulp FictionJules Winnfield
Hail CaesarMailman
Against the WallJamaalTV movie
Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson WhittakerRichard Greener
1993 True RomanceBig Don
Jurassic ParkRay Arnold
Menace II SocietyTat Lawson
Amos & AndrewAndrew Sterling
Loaded Weapon 1Wes Luger
American ExperienceThe StewardTV series (documentary)
1992I'll Fly AwayWalter HarperTV series
GhostwriterReggie Jenkins
Patriot GamesRobby
White SandsGreg Meeker(as Sam Jackson)
Fathers & SonsMarshall
Jumpin' at the BoneyardMr. Simpson
1991Dead and Alive: The Race for Gus FaraceHatcherTV movie
Strictly BusinessMonroe(as Sam Jackson)
RocLarryTV series
Johnny SuedeB-Bop
Jungle FeverGator Purify
Law & OrderLouis TaggertTV series
1990The Return of SuperflyNate Cabot(as Sam Jackson)
GoodfellasStacks Edwards
The Exorcist IIIDream Blind Man
Mo' Better BluesMadlock
Betsy's WeddingTaxi Dispatcher (Mickey)
A Shock to the SystemUlysses
Def by TemptationMinister Garth
1989Sea of LoveBlack Guy
The Days and Nights of Molly DoddBrother ElvisTV series
Do the Right ThingMister Señor Love Daddy(as Sam Jackson)
A Man Called HawkUnknown roleTV series
Dead Man OutCalvin FredricksTV movie
1988Coming to AmericaHold-Up Man
School DazeLeeds
1987Eddie Murphy RawEddie's UncleSketch
Magic SticksBum(as Sam Jackson)
Uncle Tom's CabinGeorgeTV movie (as Samuel Jackson)
1986/1987Spenser: For HireLeroy Clancy & Ned TV series
1981RagtimeGang Member #2
1980The ExterminatorExtraUncredited
1978The Trial of the MokeUnknown roleTV movie
1977The Displaced PersonSulk
1976Movin' OnPatrolmanTV series – Uncredited
1972Together for DaysStan


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