American actor Samuel L. Jackson has been captivating movie audiences since the 20th century. In the early days of his film career, Jackson’s full name did not always appear in the credits.
But anyone who saw the 6’2½” actor in Together For Days, Do The Right Thing, Mo’ Better
Before he made movies
Samuel Leroy Jackson made his planetary debut in Washington, D.C., three days after Christmas in 1948. Born to a single mom, Jackson spent most of his childhood in the care of his grandparents in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
He attended Morehouse College in the late 1960s where he appeared in several dramatic productions, including A Soldier’s Story and The Threepenny Opera. After leaving the predominantly Black college, Jackson joined the Negro Ensemble Company along with such future notables as Morgan Freeman.
Jackson’s film debut was the independently produced ‘blaxploitation’ movie, Together For Days. Also starring Clifton Davis and Gilbert Lewis, the movie presented the story of a radical civil rights activist and a caucasian women with whom he was romantically involved during the racially charged 1970s.
Although perhaps not one of Jackson’s most notable film efforts, the movie did garner attention that would serve him well into the future.
‘Do The Right Thing’
Jackson’s 1989 collaboration with auteur Spike Jones did not give the actor as much face time as some of his notable roles, but filmgoers certainly got a good taste of his unmistakable voice. As Mister Señor Love Daddy, Jackson commanded the role of the all-knowing DJ at a Bedford-Stuyvesant radio station on the hottest day of the year.
Every character in the movie listens to Love Daddy, although no one but Mookie, played by director Lee, interacts with the radio personality personally. Do The Right Thing also starred Ossie Davis, Danny Aiello, Ruby Dee, Bill Nunn, and John Turturro.
‘Snakes on a Plane’
“Enough is enough! I’ve had it with these mother****ing snakes on this mother****ing plane!”
Such are the immortal and profane lines typical of FBI agent, Neville Flynn. Snakes on a Plane may not be Jackson’s most demanding film role, but it certainly did leave audiences talking about it for years afterward. According to Business Insider magazine, Jackson asked to be in this 2006 movie before ever laying eyes on a script.
Originally slated to be directed by Hong Kong action movie director, Ronny Yu, Snakes on a Plane was ultimately directed by David R. Ellis.
Movie buffs at Ranker tout director Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 opus, Pulp Fiction as Jackson’s most memorable film performance to date. In addition to Jackson’s star turn as the
Jackson earned an Oscar nod for this one, but narrowly missed getting the Best Supporting Actor award which went instead to Gary Sinise for his role as a crippled Vietnam war vet Lieutenant Dan in Forrest Gump.
Fans will be delighted to know that a new Samuel L. Jackson movie will be in theaters this summer.
The 2019 version of Shaft tells the tale of the son of super smooth private eye, John Shaft. In addition to Jessie T. Usher in the role of Shaft the younger, Jackson will reprise the role that was originally portrayed by Richard Roundtree in 1971.