"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.


Early lifeEdit

Jackson grew up as an only child in Chattanooga, Tennessee.[1] He was raised by his mother, Elizabeth Jackson (née Montgomery), and his maternal grandparents and extended family.[2] He attended Morehouse College.[1]


Jackson starred in five Spike Lee films, including School Daze, Do the Right Thing, Mo' Better Blues, Jungle Fever, and Oldboy. He also worked several times for Quentin Tarantino in Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill: Volume 2, Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained, and The Hateful Eight.

In 1991, Jackson won the Best Supporting Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival for his role in Spike Lee's Jungle Fever. He was nominated for an Oscar for his performance as Jules Winnfield in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction in 1994. This role also earned him a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and several other awards and nominations. In 1998, Jackson won the Silver Berlin Bear for Best Actor at the Berlin International Film Festival for his role in Jackie Brown. Jackson also received several Golden Globe nominations for his performances in Pulp Fiction, Against the Wall, A Time to Kill, and Jackie Brown.

Jackson hosted the MTV Movie Awards in 1998 and the Spike Video Game Awards four times: in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2012. At the 2009 VGAs, he previewed LucasArts' game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II.

Since Iron Man in 2008, Jackson has appeared in several other Marvel movies as Colonel Nick Fury, director of S.H.I.E.L.D., such as Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War and Captain Marvel. He also portrayed Fury in ABC's TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..

In 2011, he became the highest-grossing actor of all time, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.[3]

Jackson played in the 1998 film Coming to America starring James Earl Jones (voice of Darth Vader in the movies). They worked together again, along with Harrison Ford (Han Solo), for the 1992 film Patriot Games. In 1994, Jackson shared screen with Phil LaMarr in Pulp Fiction. In 1999, he provided voice in the educational film Our Friend, Martin along with James Earl Jones and Edward Asner (voice of Vrook Lamar in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and its sequel). In 2001, he worked with Tara Strong (voice of Risha Drayen and Holiday in the Star Wars: The Old Republic video game) for one episode of the TV series The Proud Family. In 2004, he provided voice for the video-game adaptation of The Incredibles with Chris Edgerly (voice of Eeth Koth in The Clone Wars TV series). In 2007, he also provided voice for the TV miniseries Afro Samurai along with Phil LaMarr, Terrence Carson (Windu's official "audio double"), John DiMaggio (voice of General Grievous and Sha'a Gi for Clone Wars Chapter 20), Jason Marsden, Jeff Bennett, and Tara Strong. In 2008, Jackson played alongside Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker in Episode II and Episode III) and Nathalie Cox (Juno Eclipse) in Jumper. The same year, he shared screen with Jaime King (voice of Aurra Sing in The Clone Wars) in the film The Spirit. Jackson appeared in Iron Man and its 2010 sequel Iron Man 2, both directed by Jon Favreau (voice of Pre Vizsla in The Clone Wars). In 2009, he provided voice for Afro Samurai's sequel, Afro Samurai: Resurrection, alongside Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Grey DeLisle, Jeff Bennett, Steve Blum, Phil LaMarr, and Kevin Michael Richardson. The same year, he worked with Jimmy Smits (Bail Organa) for the drama film Mother and Child, with Dee Bradley Baker for the animated film Astro Boy, and with Hayden Christensen, James Earl Jones, and Mark Hamill for Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey. In 2011, he made an uncredited cameo in the film Thor starring Natalie Portman (Padmé Amidala). He worked once more with Mark Hamill for the 2014 film Kingsman: The Secret Service. In 2015, he appeared with Jaime King in her husband Kyle Newman's film Barely Lethal. In 2019, he worked with Ben Mendelsohn (Orson Callan Krennic) in Captain Marvel.

Star Wars workEdit

Jackson was offered the role of Windu after he announced on a radio program that he was a fan of the films.[4] 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."[5]

Before the filming of the 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.[6]

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.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1980, Jackson married actress and television producer LaTanya Richardson.[8] They have a daughter named Zoe, born in 1982.[9] In 2009, he and his wife created a charitable foundation to help support education.[8]

Work in Star WarsEdit


Year Title RoleOther notes
2019Spider-Man: Far From HomeUpcoming
2019Avengers: EndgameNick Fury
2019Captain MarvelNick Fury
2019GlassElijah Price / Mr. Glass
2018Incredibles 2Lucius Best / Frozone
2017The Hitman's BodyguardDarius Kincaid
2018Avengers: Infinity WarNick FuryUncredited cameo
2017Blazing SamuraiJimbo
2017Kong: Skull IslandLieutenant Colonel Packard
2017XXX: Return of Xander CageAgent Augustus Eugene Gibbons
2016Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChildrenBarron
2016The Legend of TarzanGeorge Washington Williams
2016CellTom McCourt
2015The Hateful EightMajor Marquis Warren
2015Disney Infinity 3.0Nick FuryVideo game (voice)
2015Barely LethalHardman
2015Avengers: Age of UltronNick Fury
2014Kingsman: The Secret ServiceValentine
2014Black DynamiteCaptain QuintonTV series (voice)
2014Big GameThe President
2014KiteKarl Aker
2014Captain America: The Winter SoldierNick Fury
2014RoboCopPat Novak
2014Reasonable DoubtClinton Davis
2013/2014Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Nick FuryTV series
2012Django UnchainedStephen
2012The AvengersNick Fury
2012Meeting EvilRichie
2012FuryFoleya.k.a. The Samaritan – Also Executive Producer
2012The Colbert ReportAd NarratorTV series – Uncredited (voice)
2011Captain America: The First AvengerNick FuryCameo
2011African CatsNarratorDocumentary (voice)
2011Thor Nick FuryUncredited cameo
2011LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone WarsMace WinduVideo game (voice)
2011The Sunset LimitedBlackTV movie
2010Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space OdysseyFear(voice)
2010The Other GuysP.K. Highsmith
2010UnthinkableHenry Harold 'H' Humphries
2010Iron Man 2Nick FuryVideo game (voice)
2010Iron Man 2Nick Fury
2010The RRF in New RecruitZogShort movie (voice)
2009Astro BoyZog(voice)
2009Mother and ChildPaul
2009Inglourious BasterdsNarratorUncredited (voice)
2009Afro SamuraiAfro Samurai & Ninja NinjaVideo game (voice)
2009Afro Samurai: ResurrectionAfro Samurai & Ninja NinjaTV movie (voice) – Also Executive Producer
2008The SpiritOctopus
2008Soul MenLouis Hinds
2008Gospel HillPaul Malcolm
2008Lakeview TerraceAbel Turner
2008Star Wars: The Clone WarsMace WinduVoice
2008Iron ManNick FuryUncredited cameo
2007CleanerTom CutlerAlso Producer
2007Great PerformancesNarratorTV series
20071408Gerald Olin
2007Afro SamuraiAfro Samurai & Ninja NinjaTV miniseries – Also Executive Producer
2007Resurrecting the ChampChamp
2006Home of the BraveWill Marsh
2006Black Snake MoanLazarus
2006Snakes on a PlaneNeville Flynn
2006FreedomlandLorenzo Council
2006Farce of the PenguinsNarrator(voice)
2005/2010The BoondocksGin RummyTV series (voice)
2005The ManDerrick Vann
2005ExtrasHimselfTV series
2005Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the SithMace Windu
2005xXx: State of the UnionAgent Augustus Eugene Gibbonsa.k.a. xXx²: The Next Level
2005The Adventures of Mr. IncredibleFrozoneShort movie
2005Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack JohnsonJack JohnsonTV documentary (voice)
2005Coach CarterCoach Ken Carter
2004The IncrediblesFrozoneVideo game (voice)
2004The IncrediblesLucius Best/Frozone(voice)
2004Grand Theft Auto: San AndreasOfficer Frank TenpennyVideo game (voice)
2004Kill Bill: Volume 2RufusCameo
2004TwistedJohn Mills
2004In My CountryLangston Whitfield
2003S.W.A.T.Sgt. Dan 'Hondo' HarrelsonVideo game (voice)
2003Freedom: A History of UsSeveral rolesTV series (documentary)
2002xXxAgent Augustus Eugene Gibbons
2002No Good DeedJack Friar
2002Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the ClonesMace Windu
2002Changing LanesDoyle Gipson
2002The ComebackUnknown roleShort movie
2001The Proud FamilyJosephTV series (voice)
2001The 51st StateElmo McElroya.k.a. Formula 51 – Also Executive Producer
2001The Caveman's ValentineRomulusAlso Executive Producer
2000UnbreakableElijah Price
2000ShaftJohn Shaft
2000WWE SmackDownJohn ShaftTV series – Uncredited
2000Rules of EngagementCol. Terry L. Childers
2000Any Given WednesdayWillie NutterShort movie
1999Deep Blue SeaRussell Franklin
1999Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom MenaceMace Windu
1999Our Friend, MartinTurner(voice)
1998The Red ViolinCharles MorritzSegment "Montreal"
1998The NegotiatorDanny Roman
1998Out of SightHejira HenryUncredited cameo
1998SphereDr. Harry Adams
1997Jackie BrownOrdell Robbie
1997Eve's BayouLouis BatisteAlso Producer
1997One Eight SevenTrevor Garfield
1997Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every ChildThe MayorTV series (voice)
1996The Long Kiss GoodnightMitch Henessey
1996A Time to KillCarl Lee Hailey
1996Trees LoungeWendell
1996The Great White HypeRev. Fred Sultan
1996Hard EightJimmya.k.a. Sydney
1995Die Hard with a VengeanceZeus Carver
1995Kiss of DeathCalvin Hart
1995Losing IsaiahKadar Lewis
1994The Search for One-eye JimmyCol. Ron
1994The New AgeDale Deveaux
1994Pulp FictionJules Winnfield
1994Hail CaesarMailman
1994Against the WallJamaalTV movie
1994Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson WhittakerRichard GreenerTV movie
1993 True RomanceBig Don
1993Jurassic ParkRay Arnold
1993Menace II SocietyTat Lawson
1993Amos & AndrewAndrew Sterling
1993Loaded Weapon 1Wes Luger
1993American ExperienceThe StewardTV series (documentary)
1992I'll Fly AwayWalter HarperTV series
1992GhostwriterReggie JenkinsTV series
1992Patriot GamesRobby
1992White SandsGreg Meeker(as Sam Jackson)
1992Fathers & SonsMarshall
1992Jumpin' at the BoneyardMr. Simpson
1991Dead and Alive: The Race for Gus FaraceHatcherTV movie
1991Strictly BusinessMonroe (as Sam Jackson)
1991RocLarryTV series
1991Johnny SuedeB-Bop
1991Jungle FeverGator Purify
1991Law & OrderLouis TaggertTV series
1990The Return of SuperflyNate Cabot(as Sam Jackson)
1990GoodfellasStacks Edwards
1990The Exorcist IIIDream Blind Man
1990Mo' Better BluesMadlock
1990Betsy's WeddingTaxi Dispatcher (Mickey)
1990A Shock to the SystemUlysses
1990Def by TemptationMinister Garth
1989Sea of LoveBlack Guy
1989The Days and Nights of Molly DoddBrother ElvisTV series
1989Do the Right ThingMister Señor Love Daddy(as Sam Jackson)
1989A Man Called HawkUnknown roleTV series
1989Dead Man OutCalvin FredricksTV movie
1988Coming to AmericaHold-Up Man
1988School DazeLeeds
1987Eddie Murphy RawEddie's UncleSketch
1987Magic SticksBum(as Sam Jackson)
1987Uncle 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 PersonSulkTV movie
1976Movin' OnPatrolmanTV series – Uncredited
1972Together for DaysStan


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