Samuel L. Jackson

Biography

Jackson was born in Washington, D.C. He grew up as an only child in the factory town of Chattanooga, Tennessee with his mother, Elizabeth Jackson (a factory worker and later a supply buyer for a mental institution), and his maternal grandparents and extended family. His father lived away from the family in Kansas City, Missouri and later died from alcoholism. Jackson attended Riverside High (Now Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences), a segregated school where, between the third and twelfth grades, he played the French horn and trumpet in the school orchestra. He later attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he co-founded the "Just Us Theater". After the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Jackson attended the funeral in Atlanta as one of the ushers. Jackson then flew to Memphis to join an equal rights protest march. In a recent Parade interview Jackson revealed: "I was angry about the assassination, but I wasn’t shocked by it. I knew that change was going to take something different—not sit-ins, not peaceful coexistence." In 1969, Jackson and several other students held members of the Morehouse College board of trustees (including a nearby Martin Luther King, Sr.) hostage on the campus, demanding reform in the school’s curriculum and governance. The college eventually agreed to change its ways, but Jackson was expelled for his actions for two years (even though he would later return to the college to earn his Bachelor of Arts in Drama in 1972). Jackson decided to remain in Atlanta, where he met with Stokely Carmichael, H. Rap Brown and others active in the Black Power movement. Jackson revealed in the same Parade interview that he began to feel empowered with his involvement in the movement, especially when the group began buying guns. However, before Jackson could become involved with any significant armed struggle, his mother sent him to Los Angeles after the F.B.I. told her that he would die within a year if he remained with the Black Power movement.

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Birth Name

Samuel Leroy Jackson

Birth Place

Washington D.C., USA

Birth Date

12/21/1948
Known For
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The Hateful Eight

Major Marquis Warren

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Nick Fury

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Die Hard With a Vengeance

Zeus

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Unbreakable

Elijah Price

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S.W.A.T.

Sgt. Dan 'Hondo' Harrelson

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Django Unchained

Stephen

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The Negotiator

Lt. Danny Roman

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The Incredibles

Lucius Best / Frozone (voice)

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Jackie Brown

Ordell Robbie

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xXx: State of the Union

Agent Augustus Gibbons

Starring In
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Argylle

Alfie

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The Marvels

Nick Fury

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The Kill Room

Gordon

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Samuel L. Jackson: Did I Stutter?

Self

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Is That Black Enough for You?!?

Self

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Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank

Jimbo (voice)

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The Protege

Moody

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Spiral

Marcus

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Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard

Darius Kincaid

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Garfield

Vic (voice)

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A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote

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The Banker

Joe Morris

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Death to 2020

Dash Bracket

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Mace Windu (voice)

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Last Full Measure, The

Billy Takoda

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21 Years: Quentin Tarantino

Himself

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Shaft

John Shaft II

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Spider-Man: Far from Home

Nick Fury

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Avengers: Endgame

Nick Fury

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Captain Marvel

Nick Fury

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Glass

Elijah Price

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Life Itself

Samuel L. Jackson

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Incredibles 2

Lucius Best / Frozone (voice)

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Avengers: Infinity War

Nick Fury (uncredited)

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Eating You Alive

Himself

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Quincy

Self

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The Hitman's Bodyguard

Darius Kincaid

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Kong: Skull Island

Preston Packard

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xXx: Return of Xander Cage

Augustus Gibbons

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The Hitman's Bodyguard: Dangerous Women

Self

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Unicorn Store

The Salesman

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Creating a King: Summoning a God

Self

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Barron

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I Am Not Your Negro

Narration (voice)

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The Legend of Tarzan

George Washington Williams

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Cell

Tom McCourt

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The Hateful Eight

Major Marquis Warren

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Chi-Raq

Dolmedes

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Barely Lethal

Hardman

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Avengers: Age of Ultron

Nick Fury

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Big Game

US President William Alan Moore

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Kingsman: The Secret Service

Valentine

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Kite

Karl Aker

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Nick Fury

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RoboCop

Pat Novak

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Reasonable Doubt

Clinton Davis

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Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe

Himself

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Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee

Self

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Oldboy

Chaney

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Turbo

Whiplash (voice)

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Django Unchained

Stephen

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Adventures In Zambezia

Tendai (voice)

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The Avengers

Nick Fury

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The Samaritan

Foley

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Quentin Tarantino: 20 Years of Filmmaking

Self

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Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen

(archive footage)

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Meeting Evil

Richie

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Arena

Logan

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Captain America: The First Avenger

Nick Fury

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African Cats

Narrator (voice)

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Thor

Nick Fury (uncredited)

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The Sunset Limited

Black

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I Ain't Scared of You: A Tribute to Bernie Mac

Self

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The Other Guys

P.K. Highsmith

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Unthinkable

Henry Harold 'H' Humphries

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Iron Man 2

Nick Fury

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With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story

Himself

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Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey

Fear (voice)

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Mother And Child

Paul

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Astro Boy

Zog (voice)

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Inglourious Basterds

Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

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Gospel Hill

Paul Malcolm

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Afro Samurai: Resurrection

Afro Samurai / Ninja Ninja (voice)

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The Spirit

The Octopus

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Lakeview Terrace

Abel Turner

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Mace Windu (voice)

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Iron Man

Nick Fury (uncredited)

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Jumper

Roland

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Soul Men

Louis Hinds

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Cleaner

Tom Cutler

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1408

Gerald Olin

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Farce of the Penguins

Narrator (voice)

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Resurrecting the Champ

Champ

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Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story

Narrator (voice)

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Black Snake Moan

Lazarus

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Home of the Brave

Will Marsh

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Snakes on a Plane

Neville Flynn

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Freedomland

Lorenzo Council

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Oscarverleihung 2006

Himself - Presenter: Introduced to Political films

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The Man

Derrick Vann

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Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

Mace Windu

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Coach Carter

Coach Ken Carter

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xXx: State of the Union

Agent Augustus Gibbons

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Director's Series Vol. 5 - Work of Director Jonathan Glazer

Himself (segments "Barclays - Bull" and "Barclays - Chicken")

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Harlem Globetrotters - The Team That Changed The World

Himself

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The Incredibles

Lucius Best / Frozone (voice)

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Kill Bill Volume 2

Rufus

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Twisted

John Mills

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Dating Drew

Himself (uncredited)

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In My Country

Langston Whitfield

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The N Word

Himself

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S.W.A.T.

Sgt. Dan 'Hondo' Harrelson

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Basic

West

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Baadasssss Cinema - A Bold Look at 70's Blaxploitation Films

Himself

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No Good Deed

Jack Friar

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xXx

Agent Augustus Gibbons

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Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Mace Windu

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Changing Lanes

Doyle Gipson

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Art of Action

Himself - Narrator

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Formula 51

Elmo McElroy

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R2-D2: Beneath the Dome

Himself (uncredited)

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The Caveman's Valentine

Romulus

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Oscarverleihung 2001

Himself - Presenter: Best Documentary Short and Best Documentary Feature

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Shaft

John Shaft

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Rules of Engagement

Col. Terry L. Childers

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Unbreakable

Elijah Price

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Deep Blue Sea

Russell Franklin

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Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Mace Windu

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The Stars of Star Wars - Interviews from the Cast

Himself

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The Unauthorised Star Wars Story

Himself

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Our Friend, Martin

Turner (voice)

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The Red Violin

Charles Morritz (Montréal)

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Out of Sight

Hejira Henry (uncredited)

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AFI's 100 Years - 100 Movies (CBS Television Special)

Himself

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The Negotiator

Lt. Danny Roman

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Sphere

Dr. Harry Adams

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Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary: No Guts, No Glory

(archive footage) (uncredited)

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Jackie Brown

Ordell Robbie

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Eve's Bayou

Louis Batiste

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187

Trevor Garfield

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Off the Menu - The Last Days of Chasen's

Himself (uncredited)

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The Long Kiss Goodnight

Mitch Henessey

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Trees Lounge

Wendell

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A Time to Kill

Carl Lee Hailey

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Hard Eight

Jimmy

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The Great White Hype

Rev. Fred Sultan

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Die Hard With a Vengeance

Zeus

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Losing Isaiah

Kadar Lewis

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Die Hard 3: Villains with a Vengeance

Himself

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Kiss Of Death

Calvin Hart

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Fluke

Rumbo (voice)

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Against the Wall

Jamaal

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Fresh

Sam

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The Search for One-eye Jimmy

Col. Ron

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Pulp Fiction

Jules Winnfield

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The New Age

Dale Deveaux

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Hail Caesar

Mailman

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Assault At West Point

Richard Greener

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True Romance

Big Don

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Jurassic Park

Arnold

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Menace II Society

Tat Lawson

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Amos & Andrew

Andrew Sterling

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Loaded Weapon 1

Wes Luger

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Patriot Games

Lt. Cmdr. Robby Jackson

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White Sands

Greg Meeker (as Sam Jackson)

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Juice

Trip

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Jungle Fever

Gator Purify

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Mob Justice

Hatcher

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Johnny Suede

B-Bop

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Strictly Business

Monroe (as Sam Jackson)

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Def By Temptation

Minister Garth

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The Return of Superfly

Nate Cabot (as Sam Jackson)

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Goodfellas

Stacks Edwards

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The Exorcist III

Dream Blind Man

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Betsy's Wedding

Taxi Dispatcher (Mickey)

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A Shock to the System

Ulysses - Three-Card Monte Game

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Mo' Better Blues

Madlock

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Sea of Love

Black Guy

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Do the Right Thing

Mister Señor Love Daddy (as Sam Jackson)

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Coming to America

Hold-Up Man

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School Daze

Leeds

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Eddie Murphy: Raw

Eddie's uncle (sketch)

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

George (as Samuel Jackson)

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Ragtime

Gang Member #2

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The Exterminator

Extra (uncredited)

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Night Call Nurses

Tat Lawson

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