Samuel L. Jackson

Biography: An explosive and prolific actor who didn't become a household name until after age 40, Jackson started out on stage in the 1970s, working with the acclaimed Negro Ensemble Company and New York Shakespeare Festival and occasionally booking bit parts in TV shows and films. During the 1980s he began a fruitful relationship with director Spike Lee, who gave him small but memorable roles in School Daze, Do the Right Thing and Mo' Better Blues. But it was Jackson's harrowing turn as a crack addict in Lee's 1991 flick Jungle Fever that finally got him noticed---ironic considering the troubled actor had kicked his drug habit the year before. Subsequently, he effortlessly moved from comedies (Amos & Andrew) to action flicks (Jurassic Park ) to dramas (Fresh) and earned an Oscar nod for his flashy turn as a Bible-quoting, fast-food-chain-analyzing hit man in 1994's Pulp Fiction. Around this time, Jackson began appearing in a staggering number of projects, with varying degrees of success,An explosive and prolific actor who didn't become a household name until after age 40, Jackson started out on stage in the 1970s, working with the acclaimed Negro Ensemble Company and New York Shakespeare Festival and occasionally booking bit parts in TV shows and films. During the 1980s he began a fruitful relationship with director Spike Lee, who gave him small but memorable roles in School Daze, Do the Right Thing and Mo' Better Blues. But it was Jackson's harrowing turn as a crack addict in Lee's 1991 flick Jungle Fever that finally got him noticed---ironic considering the troubled actor had kicked his drug habit the year before. Subsequently, he effortlessly moved from comedies (Amos & Andrew) to action flicks (Jurassic Park ) to dramas (Fresh) and earned an Oscar nod for his flashy turn as a Bible-quoting, fast-food-chain-analyzing hit man in 1994's Pulp Fiction. Around this time, Jackson began appearing in a staggering number of projects, with varying degrees of success, including the xXx and Star Wars franchises. His unique attitude and style had already made him a pop-culture icon, but Jackson took his status to new heights with the instant cult hit Snakes on a Plane (2006), which he reportedly signed on for based on the title alone. In 2008 he made an uncredited appearance as Ultimate Nick Fury, a comic-book character who was based on his likeness, in the hit Iron Man. The appearance set the groundwork for a 2009 deal with Marvel in which he signed on to portray Fury for nine potential films. Off screen, Jackson has been married to actress LaTanya Richardson since 1980, and the pair have one daughter together. He's also an avid golfer and has played in several charity tournaments. Expand

Samuel L. Jackson's Scores

Average career score: 55
Highest Metascore: 95 I Am Not Your Negro
Lowest Metascore: 19 Kite
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 88
  2. Negative: 14 out of 88
88 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Spiral May 21, 2021 Marcus tbd
59 The Banker Mar 6, 2020 Executive Producer / Joe Morris 7.9
52 The Last Full Measure Jan 24, 2020 Billy Takoda / Takoda 7.2
69 Spider-Man: Far from Home Jul 2, 2019 Nick Fury 7.6
40 Shaft Jun 14, 2019 John Shaft / John Shaft II 6.6
44 Unicorn Store Apr 5, 2019 The Salesman 2.8
64 Captain Marvel Mar 8, 2019 Nick Fury / Nick Fury 3.5
43 Glass Jan 18, 2019 Elijah Price/Mr Glass / Elijah Price/Mr. Glass / Elijah Price / Elijah Price/Mr. Glass 6.6
21 Life Itself Sep 21, 2018 Samuel L. Jackson / Principal Cast 5.3
60 Quincy Sep 21, 2018 Himself 7.0
80 Incredibles 2 Jun 15, 2018 Frozone / Lucius Best/Frozone / Lucius Best/Frozone 7.9
68 Avengers: Infinity War Apr 27, 2018 Nick Fury / Nick Fury 7.7
47 The Hitman's Bodyguard Aug 18, 2017 Cast / Cast / Darius Kincaid / Darius Kincaid / Darius Kinkaid / Darius Kinkaid tbd
62 Kong: Skull Island Mar 10, 2017 Cast / Lieutenant Colonel Packard / Preston Packard / Preston Packard 6.6
42 xXx: Return of Xander Cage Jan 20, 2017 Agent Augustus Eugene Gibbons / Agent Augustus Gibbons / Augustus Gibbons 4.8
95 I Am Not Your Negro Dec 9, 2016 Narration 5.4
57 Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Sep 30, 2016 Barron / Barron 6.7
38 Cell Jul 8, 2016 Tom McCourt / Tom McCourt 3.5
44 The Legend of Tarzan Jul 1, 2016 Cast / George Washington Williams 6.1
68 The Hateful Eight Dec 25, 2015 Cast / Major Marquis Warren / Major Marquis Warren 7.5
77 Chi-Raq Dec 4, 2015 Cast / Dolmedes / Dolmedes 5.4
53 Big Game Jun 26, 2015 President / President / The President / The President / US President William Alan Moore / US President William Alan Moore 7.6
44 Barely Lethal May 29, 2015 Hardman 5.0
66 Avengers: Age of Ultron May 1, 2015 Nick Fury / Nick Fury 7.0
60 Kingsman: The Secret Service Feb 13, 2015 Cast / Valentine / Valentine 8.0
74 Big Hero 6 Nov 7, 2014 Cast 8.0
19 Kite Oct 10, 2014 Karl Aker / Lieutenant Karl Aker 2.7
70 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Apr 4, 2014 Nick Fury / Nick Fury 8.5
52 RoboCop Feb 12, 2014 Pat Novak / Pat Novak 6.2
19 Reasonable Doubt Jan 17, 2014 Clinton Davis 5.7