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Hollywood Icon - Samuel L Jackson

In the past 20 years it would be difficult to find an entertainment venue that Samuel L. Jackson has not been involved in. It seems there is nothing that he has not found success doing, from action movies to voice over work he is everywhere.

Samuel L. Jackson was born on December 21, 1948, in Washington D.C. An only child, he grew up and was raised by his mother and maternal grandparents in Chattanooga, Tennessee. After graduating from Riverside High School in Chattanooga he decided to attend Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Interestingly enough Jackson originally planned to get a degree in marine biology. He joined a local acting group in order to get extra points for a class and fell in love with acting, and soon after he changed his major to drama. He was heavily involved in the civil rights movement. In 1969 Jackson, along with other students, held several members of the Morehouse College board of trustees hostage on campus demanding reform in the curriculum and governance of the school. The school agreed to the demands; however, Jackson was arrested and convicted of unlawful confinement, a second-degree felony. Due to his criminal record he was suspended from school for two years. Eventually he did graduate with a degree in drama from Morehouse College in 1972.

After being in several plays in college Jackson's first feature role was in Together for Days, which was released in 1972. Jackson went on to appear in several plays and in 1976 moved to New York City where, for the next decade, he was in several stage plays. Throughout his early film career he was mentored by Morgan Freeman who introduced him to Spike Lee. This meeting proved to be a launching pad for Jackson. Lee gave Jackson several small roles in his films, and eventually he would gain critical acclaim for his role in the 1991 release Jungle Fever. It was not until 1994 with the release of Pulp Fiction that he sky rocketed to international fame. This role was written exclusively for him by Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino and Jackson's collaboration began back in 1993 on the Tarantino written film True Romance. They were together again in 1996 on the feature film Jackie Brown and again in 2004 with Kill Bill Vol. 2. In addition to all of his film roles Jackson has lent his voice to several films and animated television shows.

In all Samuel L. Jackson has been in over 100 films as either a supporting actor or leading man. In October 2011 Guinness World Records named him the highest grossing film actor of all time. In 68 films Jackson has grossed 7.42 billion dollars, and from the looks of things it does not look like he will be slowing down any time soon.

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