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Biography #2 (for Resurrecting the Champ)

Samuel L. Jackson is one of the hardest working actors in Hollywood and stars in some of the biggest box office hits of all time. His portrayal of Jules, the philosophizing hit man, in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction brought him unanimous critical acclaim, as well as Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations.

In 2006, Jackson starred in New Line's thriller Snakes on a Plane and in Freedomland opposite Julianne Moore. In 2005, he played Agent Derrick Vann in the action crime comedy The Man opposite Eugene Levy. Also in that year, Jackson topped the opening weekend box office charts with the success of the Paramount Pictures' Coach Carter, which also screened opening night of the Palm Springs Film Festival, where Jackson received a Career Achievement Award and Best Actor at the NAACP Image Awards.

Jackson also starred in In My Country, directed by John Boorman, as an American reporter who must cope with the aftermath of apartheid as his newspaper assigns him to cover the Truth and Reconciliation Trials. He then did two reprising roles, first as Agent Augustus Gibbons in XXX: State of the Union and then as Mace Windu in Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith.

Jackson's additional credits include the voice of Frozone in Disney's critically acclaimed, animated action-adventure film The Incredibles, as well as starring roles in S.W.A.T., Changing Lanes, Formula 51, XXX, Stars Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Kasi Lemmons' Caveman's Valentine and Eve's Bayou.

In 2000, Jackson starred opposite Bruce Willis in writer/director M. Night Shyamalan's suspense drama, Unbreakable. Also in that year, he starred in the courtroom drama Rules of Engagement and in John Singleton's Shaft. Both films were screened at the 2000 Deauville Film Festival, where Jackson was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

For Jackie Brown, his second film with director Quentin Tarantino, Jackson received a Golden Globe nomination and the Silver Bear Award for Best Actor in a Comedy at the Berlin Film Festival. For his performance in Joel Schumacher's 1996 film of the John Grisham novel A Time to Kill, Jackson received a Golden Globe nomination and an NAACP Image Award.

In 1991, Jackson made movie history with his portrayal of a crack addict in Spike Lee's Jungle Fever when he was awarded the first and only Best Supporting Actor Award ever given by the judges at the Cannes Film Festival. He also won the New York Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor for that performance.

Jackson's other film credits include Deep Blue Sea, The Red Violin, Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace, Die Hard with a Vengeance, opposite Bruce Willis, which was the top-grossing movie internationally in 1995, The Negotiator, Twisted, 187, Sphere, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Hard Eight, Kiss of Death, Losing Isaiah, Amos and Andrew, Ragtime, Sea of Love, Coming to America, Ray, Do the Right Thing, School Daze, Mo' Better Blues, Goodfellas, Strictly Business, White Sands, Patriot Games, Jumpin' at the Boneyard, Father and Sons, Juice, Fresh and True Romance.

On television, Jackson starred in John Frankenheimer's Emmy Award-winning Against the Wall for HBO. His performance earned him a Cable Ace nomination as Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries, as well as a Golden Globe nomination.

Jackson's career began upon his graduation from Morehouse College in Atlanta with a degree in dramatic arts. He went on to perform in numerous stage plays, including Home, A Soldier's Play, Sally/Prince and The District Line. He also originated roles in two of August Wilson's plays at Yale Repertory Theatre. For the New York Shakespeare Festival, Jackson appeared in Mother Courage and Her Children, Spell #7 and The Mighty Gents.

Jackson made his film debut in Together for Days, while still a student at Morehouse. He most recently completed work on Irwin Winkler's Home of the Brave and Craig Brewer's Black Snake Moan, both scheduled for release in 2007. Currently, Jackson is in production simultaneously in Doug Liman's sci-fi thriller, Jumper as well as in The Cleaner, a drama/thriller that Jackson is co-producing. He will begin production on Black Water Transit with Bruce Willis this spring.

Bio courtesy Yari Film Group for "Resurrecting the Champ" (16-Sep-2007)


Biography #3 (for Coach Carter)

Respectfully labeled as one of the hardest working actors in Hollywood, Samuel L. Jackson is an undisputed star. He made an indelible mark on American cinema with his portrayal of Jules, the philosophizing hit man, in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. In addition to unanimous critical acclaim for his performance, he received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations, as well as a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor. Jackson recently appeared as the character Frozone in the hugely popular animated action-adventure film The Incredibles. Directed and written by Brad Bird, The Incredibles is the story of a superhero family who come out of retirement to fight against their evil nemesis, who forced them into the Witness Protection Program.

In addition to Coach Carter, Jackson will appear in Les Mayfield's The Man, opposite Eugene Levy (April 2005) and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (May 2005).

Also in 2005, he will star in the independent film In My Country, based on the bestselling novel by South African writer Antjie Krog. Jackson portrays an American reporter who must cope with the aftermath of apartheid as his newspaper assigns him to cover the Truth and Reconciliation Trials established by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, which expose the worst cases of torture, abuse and violence. In My Country was directed by John Boorman and produced by Robert Chartoff and Mike Medavoy. Juliette Binoche co-stars.

In 2003, Jackson starred in S.W.A.T. Directed by Clark Johnson, the film also starred Colin Farrell and Michelle Rodriguez, and in 2002, he starred with Ben Affleck in the box office and critical success, Paramount's Changing Lanes. Also in 2002, Jackson starred in and executive-produced Formula 51, with Robert Carlyle; co-starred in the sci-fi thriller, XXX and reprised his role as Mace Windu in the second installment of George Lucas' Stars Wars Episode II - Attack of the Clones.

In 2001, Jackson starred in The Caveman's Valentine, directed by Kasi Lemmons. Jackson also served as an executive producer on the project, which was the most successful independent film of this year. This was Jackson's second project with Kasi Lemmons; the first was the applauded Eve's Bayou, which he also produced. Jackson's additional credits include M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable, co-starring Bruce Willis; the starring role in John Singleton's Shaft, opposite Christian Bale and Vanessa Williams; and William Friedkin's Rules of Engagement, opposite Tommy Lee Jones. Both Shaft and Rules of Engagement were screened at the 2000 Deauville Film Festival, where Jackson was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jackson also starred in Renny Harlin's Deep Blue Sea, in Francois Girard's The Red Violin, The Negotiator and Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination and the Silver Bear Award for Best Actor in a Comedy at the Berlin Film Festival. In addition, he made a cameo appearance in George Lucas' highly successful and popular Star Wars: Episode One – The Phantom Menace.

In 1996, Jackson starred opposite Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey and Kevin Spacey in Joel Schumacher's film of the John Grisham novel A Time to Kill. For his performance Jackson received a Golden Globe nomination and an NAACP Image Award. He also starred opposite Bruce Willis in Die Hard: With a Vengeance, the top-grossing movie internationally in 1995.

Jackson made movie history with his portrayal of a crack addict in Spike Lee's Jungle Fever when he was awarded the first and only Best Supporting Performance Award ever given by the judges at the Cannes Film Festival. He also won the New York Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor for that performance. His other film credits include Twisted, 187, Sphere, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Hard Eight, Kiss of Death, Losing Isaiah and Amos & Andrew. Additional film credits include Ragtime, Sea of Love, Coming to America, Eddie Murphy Raw, Do the Right Thing, School Daze, Mo' Better Blues, Goodfellas, Strictly Business, White Sands, Patriot Games, Jumpin' at the Boneyard, Fathers & Sons, Juice, Fresh and True Romance.

On television, Jackson starred in John Frankenheimer's Emmy Award-winning Against the Wall, for HBO. His performance earned him a Cable Ace nomination as Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries, as well as a Golden Globe nomination.

Jackson holds a degree in dramatic arts from Morehouse College in Atlanta. While still a student at Morehouse, Jackson made his film debut in Together for Days. He went on to perform in numerous stage plays, including Home, A Soldier's Play, Sally/Prince and The District Line. He also originated roles in two of August Wilson's plays at Yale Repertory Theatre. For the New York Shakespeare Festival, Jackson appeared in Mother Courage and Her Children, Spell #7 and The Mighty Gents.

Bio courtesy Paramount for "Coach Carter" (16-Feb-2005)


Biography #4 (for S.W.A.T.)

Samuel L. Jackson received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations, as well as a Best Supporting Actor award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) for his portrayal of ‘Jules,' the philosophizing hit man, in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction.

He recently starred in Basic with John Travolta and will be seen in Philip Kaufman's suspense thriller Blackout opposite Ashley Judd, Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, John Boorman's Country of My Skull and the final installment of the Star Wars saga.

Last year, Jackson appeared in the second installment of George Lucas' Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, in which he reprised his role as ‘Mace Windu' the leader of the Jedi Council, Changing Lanes opposite Ben Affleck, Rob Cohen's XXX co-starring Vin Diesel and the action thriller Formula 51, which he also produced.

In 2001 Jackson starred opposite Bruce Willis in writer/director M. Night Shyamalan's suspense drama Unbreakable. He was also the star and executive producer on Caveman's Valentine, his second project with director Kasi Lemmons. The first was Eve's Bayou, which he also produced.

Jackson was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2000 Deauville Film Festival. The festival screened both John Singleton's Shaft, in which Jackson appears in the title role opposite Christian Bale and Vanessa Williams, and William Friedkin's courtroom drama Rules of Engagement, in which he stars opposite Tommy Lee Jones.

Among Jackson's other feature film credits are Renny Harlin's Deep Blue Sea, Francois Girard's The Red Violin, a cameo appearance in George Lucas' Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, The Negotiator and Jackie Brown, his second film with director Quentin Tarantino for which Jackson received a Golden Globe nomination and the Silver Bear Award for Best Actor in a Comedy at the Berlin Film Festival.

Jackson also starred opposite Sandra Bullock and Matthew McConaughey in Joel Schumacher's 1996 film version of John Grisham's A Time To Kill. For his performance, Jackson received a Golden Globe nomination and an NAACP Image Award. He also starred opposite Bruce Willis in Die Hard With a Vengeance, the top-grossing movie worldwide in 1995. Other film credits include 187, Sphere, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Hard Eight, Kiss of Death, Losing Isaiah, Amos and Andrew, Ragtime, Sea of Love, Coming to America, Ray, Do the Right Thing, School Daze, Mo' Better Blues, Goodfellas, Strictly Business, White Sands, Patriot Games, Jumpin' at the Boneyard, Fathers and Sons, Juice, True Romance and Fresh. His performance as a crack addict in Spike Lee's Jungle Fever earned him the first and only Best Supporting Performance Award ever given by the judges at the Cannes Film Festival. He also won the New York Film Critics' Award for Best Supporting Actor for that performance.

On television, Jackson starred in John Frankenheimer's Emmy Award-winning Against the Wall for HBO. His performance earned him a Cable Ace nomination as Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries, as well as a Golden Globe nomination.

Jackson's career began upon his graduation from Morehouse College in Atlanta with a degree in dramatic arts. He went on to perform in numerous stage plays, including Home, A Soldier's Play, Sally/Prince and The District Line. He also originated roles in two of August Wilson's plays at Yale Repertory Theatre. For the New York Shakespeare Festival, Jackson appeared in Mother Courage and Her Children, Spell #7 and The Mighty Gents. While still a student at Morehouse, Jackson made his film debut in Together for Days.

Bio courtesy Columbia Pictures for "S.W.A.T." (10-Aug-2003)


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