Samuel L. Jackson’s Favorite Movie Roles Might Surprise You

Samuel L. Jackson is one of the top-grossing movie stars of all time, and some of his best roles see him portray heroes and villains with equal aplomb. Even though it’s hard to pick just a handful from his nearly 200 acting credits, chances are you have a few favorites among Jackson’s roles. When it comes to Samuel L. Jackson’s favorite movie roles, he has a set of characters he loves, and No. 1 might surprise you.

How old is Samuel L. Jackson?

Samuel L. Jackson never seems to age.

Samuel L. Jackson is 70 years old, but he remains as active in show business as ever. | Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images

He never seems to age or slow down, and Samuel L. Jackson’s new film, Glass, which premieres January 18 is the first of six movies he has coming out in 2019. He doesn’t look much different now than he did when he appeared in School Daze and Coming to America in 1988. So we were shocked to find out he turned 70 years old on December 21, 2018.

He has dozens of movies role to his name

As we mentioned a minute ago, Jackson has dozens acting credits, and most of those are movie roles. Of his 182 appearances, more than 150 are movies. Action, sci-fi, horror, and sports movies all show up on his IMDb profile, but Samuel L. Jackson definitely has his favorite roles.

Samuel L. Jackson’s favorite movie roles might surprise you

When he appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to promote Glass on January 14, 2019, Fallon asked Samuel L. Jackson to pick his five favorite movie roles. Jackson hesitated to name his top characters (maybe to buy some time), but he whittled it down to a top four, according to Uproxx:

4. Nick Fury from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including in Iron Man, Captain America, and The Avengers movies.

3. A triumvirate of Quentin Tarantino characters: Jules from Pulp Fiction, Ordell from Jackie Brown, and Stephen from Django Unchained.

Mace Windu from Star Wars is one of Samuel L. Jackson's favorite characters.

You may not like the Star Wars prequels, but Mace Windu is one of Jackson’s favorite characters.| Lucasfilm

2. Mace Windu from the Star Wars prequel trilogy.

1. Mitch Henessey from The Long Kiss Goodnight.

Jackson said the Henessey character was so much fun to play and he enjoyed filming the 1996 movie with Geena Davis so much that it remains his favorite character.

What are his highest grossing movies?

Not surprisingly for someone with such a long career, Samuel L. Jackson’s highest-grossing movies include some of the biggest hits of all time. Four of them topped $1 billion at the worldwide box office:

4. Incredibles 2 (2018)

Worldwide box office: $1.24 billion

3. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Worldwide box office: $1.40 billion

2. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)

Worldwide box office: $1.51 billion

1. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Worldwide box office: $2.04 billion

Who is Samuel L. Jackson’s wife, LaTanya Richardson?

LaTanya Richardson and Samuel L. Jackson

LaTanya Richardson and Samuel L. Jackson got married in 1980. | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Samuel L. Jackson’s movies have made billions at movie theaters, but his wife, LaTanya Richardson, is an accomplished actress. She has numerous TV and movie credits, but she also works in the live theater, including To Kill a Mockingbird, which opened in New York City in December 2018. They got married in 1980, but they knew each other for years before they tied the knot.

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