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Samuel Leroy Jackson (born December 21,
1948) is an American actor. He has starred in many Hollywood movies. His
performance in Jungle Fever was so acclaimed, the 1991 Cannes Film
Festival created a Supporting Actor award just for him. Along with that
award, he has won many others including a Silver Berlin Bear, A BAFTA
Film Award, and two Independent Spirit Awards.
He is perhaps best known for his roles in
the Spike Lee movies Do The Right Thing, Mo' Better Blues and Jungle
Fever, the Quentin Tarantino movies Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown, and
as Jedi Mace Windu in the prequel Star Wars Trilogy. Thus, he is usually
cast into roles that involve a cool, controlled, "in-the-know" black
man. His roles most always involve a memorable line delivery; and
Jackson's trademark voice inflection lend heavily to this key attribute.
He received an Oscar nomination for Best
Supporting Actor for his role as Jules Winnfield in 'Pulp Fiction.
His impressive film career has given him
the title of highest box office grossing actor, just passing Harrison
Roger Ebert wrote:
Like Bill Cosby, Jackson is arguing against
the anti-intellectual message that success for young black males is
better sought in the worlds of rap and sports than in the classroom.
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