|Samuel L. Jackson|
|Date of birth|
21 December 1948
|Place of birth|
Jackson came to fame in the early 1990s, after a series of well-reviewed performances, and has since become a major film star and cultural icon, having appeared in a large number of high-grossing films. He played a major role in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. The film was perhaps Jackson's most notable role, mainly for his monologues and one-liners along with co-star John Travolta. The film earned Jackson an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Jackson is also known for other notable supporting or lead film roles such as GoodFellas, Patriot Games, Menace II Society, Jurassic Park, True Romance, Die Hard With a Vengeance, A Time to Kill, Jackie Brown, The Negotiator, Rules of Engagement, Shaft, Unbreakable, the Star Wars prequel trilogy, The Incredibles, Kill Bill, Coach Carter, 1408 and Iron Man (as well as the various Avengers spin-off films). He is one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood today. Jackson has appeared in various films by filmmakers such as Spike Lee, Quentin Tarantino and Renny Harlin and has gotten several nominations for his scene-stealing performances. He has also done numerous notable voice-overs roles for cartoon films and video games including the Afro Samurai mini-series.