Samuel L Jackson Net Worth 2020, Biography, Education and Career
Samuel L Jackson Net Worth 2020 – Samuel L Jackson belongs to the small bracket of Hollywood celebrities who seem to have the Midas touch. The veteran actor and film producer has a significant number of box-office shattering movie titles under his belt.
He came into the limelight for his endeavours in the early 90s and has not looked back once since then.
He was born in Washington, on December 21, 1948. Samuel Leroy Jackson grew up in a time when people who shared the same pigmentation density as him didn’t have equal opportunities as others.
The veteran actor in his early days was and still is a big supporter of the civil rights movements and other related issues. In his younger days, he idolized the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jackson also served as an usher during the activist’s funeral in Atlanta.
In 1980, he married LaTanya Richardson and the couple has a daughter, Zoe.
Jackson went to several schools for coloured kids. He eventually graduated from Riverside High School located in Chattanooga. He was an active member of his school’s orchestra between the third and twelfth grade, during which time he played the French Horn.
He initially dreamt of pursuing a degree in marine biology at Morehouse College in Atlanta, but he soon switched degrees after he discovered the actor in him. He graduated from the institute in 1972 and at the same time, co-founded the theatre group, ‘Just Us Theatre’.
Jackson’s acting career saw him involved in a myriad of stage plays over the next decade and a half, following his graduation in 1972. This period of his life took in plays like Home, A Soldier’s Play, and indie movies like 1972’s Together For Days.
It was during this period that he fell into alcohol, heroin and subsequently, cocaine. This cost him his roles in the two plays The Piano Lesson and Two Trains Running.
However, his skills continued to open doors for him, landing him roles, albeit small ones in the 1988 movie, Coming to America, Do The Right Thing and Goodfellas. He also served as a stand-in for Bill Cosby in The Bill Cosby Show for three years.
Samuel L Jackson credits a lot of his success to another veteran Morgan Freeman, who coached him throughout his early career.
The Hollywood superstar would finally get rid of his vices after members of his family checked him into a rehab clinic in New York City. His first movie role post-rehab seemed almost divinely orchestrated.
He played the part of a crack cocaine addict in the movie Jungle Fever. A role the actor described as “cathartic” for him. He handled the part so well a special “Supporting Actor” award was made specifically for him at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival.
Following the success of Jungle Fever, Jackson appeared in several movies throughout the 90s. He was involved in Steven Spielberg’s Jurrasic Park, Quentin Tarantino’s True Romance and Pulp Fiction.
For the latter, the character he played was written specifically for him; a performance for which he earned a BAFTA award for “Best Supporting Role”.
Jackson’s reputation began to slip and receive poor reviews following a string of underwhelming movies such as Losing Isaiah. However, he turned the tide after his roles in two box office successes in the form of Die Hard with a Vengeance and A Time to Kill.
For the latter, he received an NAACP Image Award for “Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture”.
The late 90s were a time to remember for the increasingly recognized Jackson. He had several starring roles in movies such as 187, Eve’s Bayou, Jackie Brown, Deep Blue Sea and The Negotiator.
He even got in on the Star Wars action movie series, playing Mace Windu in George Lucas’ 1999 instalment, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.
In 2000, Jackson attained a rubber stamped cult status by getting his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 2018 Hollywood Blvd. The early 2000s saw him work on movies like Rules of Engagement, Unbreakable, xXx, Basic, and Changing Lanes.
He also saw his minor role as Mace Windu bloom into a major role in the two Star Wars sequels that followed in 2002, and 2005, respectively.
The mid-2000s saw him work with accomplished acts such as Whoopi Goldberg, Ashley Judd, Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, and Julian Moore. This period, he got involved in movies such as XXX: State of the Union, Snakes on a Plane, Home of the Brave, and Freedomland.
He also voiced the role of the superhero Frozone, in the animated film, The Incredibles and also had a cameo in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill: Volume 2.
Jackson rounded off the decade, with movies like Black Snake Moan, the horror film 1408 which was an adaptation of a Stephen King novel. He also reprised the role of Mace Windu in the 2008 film, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Soul Men, The Spirits and Lakeview.
Samuel L Jackson continued to build on the success of the past decade with more movies like The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained, Kong: Skull Island, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Legend of Tarzan, Big Game, and Kingsman: The Secret Service.
In 2002, Marvel Comics had designed the character “Nick Fury” after Jackson. Seven years later, in 2009, the actor signed a deal with Marvel that would see him appear as Nick Fury in nine movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
He has already played the character in movies like Iron Man 2, Captain America, Thor, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and all the Avengers movies.
Samuel L. Jackson is a well-known and highly-respected film and TV actor and producer who has a net worth of $220 million.