Birth Date: December 21, 1948 / Age: 69
Birth Place: Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Also Credited as: Sam Jackson
Biography: Samuel Leroy Jackson (born December 21, 1948) is an American actor. He has starred in many Hollywood movies, to the point of holding the title of highest box office grossing actor. His performance in Jungle Fever was so acclaimed, the 1991 Cannes Film Festival created a Supporting Actor award just for him. Along with that award, he has won many others including a Silver Berlin Bear, A BAFTA Film Award, and two Independent Spirit Awards.
He is perhaps best known for his roles in the Quentin Tarantino movies Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown, as Jedi Mace Windu in the prequel Star Wars Trilogy, and the Spike Lee movies Do The Right Thing, Mo' Better Blues and Jungle Fever. Thus, he is usually cast into roles that involve a cool, controlled, "in-the-know" black man. His roles almost always involve a memorable line delivery; and Jackson's trademark voice inflection lend heavily to this key attribute.
He received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction.
Roger Ebert wrote of him:
Like Bill Cosby, Jackson is arguing against the anti-intellectual message that success for young black males is better sought in the worlds of rap and sports than in the classroom.
Jackson is also a Liverpool F.C. supporter, probably after his work in the city on the film Formula 51.
He was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee.