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Profile of the Day: Samuel L. Jackson

Profile of the Day: Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson

Happy birthday to Samuel L. Jackson! Today the star turns 70.

Samuel L. Jackson was born on December 21, 1948 in Washington, D.C. to Roy Jackson and Elizabeth Montgomery. He grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee and was mainly raised by his maternal grandparents. He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he became involved in the black power movement after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. He served as an usher during King’s funeral in Atlanta.

After deciding to pursue a career in acting, Jackson landed roles in several theatrical productions and films. However, it wasn’t until he was cast in Quentin Tarantino’s film, Pulp Fiction, that he was truly able to breakout. The film would earn him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

Since then, Jackson has starred in a wide range of critically acclaimed films and blockbusters. He’s also made multiple appearances across several movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the character Nick Fury. Today, he is ranked as one of the highest all-time box office stars.

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