Samuel L. Jackson started his career with stage plays and made a slow yet steady move to Hollywood. After a series of minimal roles in movies, his talent was finally discovered and he started landing powerful roles in star-studded films. He is now a well-established actor in the industry who has also given his voice in many animated movies and series and has also been a producer for different movies. Thanks to his incredible career, Samuel L. Jackson’s net worth in 2023 stands at around $250 million.
Samuel L. Jackson Net Worth 2023
|Name||Samuel L. Jackson|
|Net worth (2023)||$250 million (est.)|
Samuel L. Jackson’s Personal Biography
Samuel Jackson was born on December 21, 1948, in Washington, D.C., to Elizabeth Harriett and Roy Henry Jackson. His mother was a factory worker and a supplies buyer for a mental health institution. Sam was the only child of his parents. His father was never a major part of his life and Jackson only met him twice during his life. He later died of alcoholism and Jackson was raised by his mother, maternal grandparents, and extended family.
Since 1980, Jackson is married to actress and producer LaTanya Richardson and they have one daughter together. The couple met each other while attending Morehouse College. Richardson is known for movies like Malcolm X, Sleepless in Seattle, When a Man Loves a Woman, Losing Isaiah, etc.
|Full name||Samuel Leroy Jackson|
|Years active||1972 – present|
|Age||Born on December 21, 1948|
|Place of birth||Washington, DC, US|
|Education||Morehouse College (BA)|
|Spouse||LaTanya Richardson (1980 – present)|
|Citizenship||United States, Gabon|
|Parents||Elizabeth Harriett (mother) Roy Henry Jackson (father)|
Initial Professional Career
Jackson wanted to become a marine biologist and therefore majored in marine biology. He later switched to architecture and then to drama after taking a public speaking class. Sam started appearing in television films, and made his debut in the 1972 film “Together for Days”. In 1976, Jackson moved to New York City where he appeared mostly in stage plays. At one point of time, Jackson got addicted to alcohol and cocaine due to which he was unable to attend two plays on Broadway. He later joined rehab and made a comeback.
After being introduced to director Spike Lee, Jackson was cast for small roles in movies like “School Daze” and “Do the Right Thing”. For three years, he also worked as a stand-in for Bill Cosby on “The Cosby Show”. He later appeared in a minimal role in the movie “Coming to America” in 1988.
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Kick-start to the Professional Career
Jackson’s career got a kick-start when he was cast in the Martin Scorsese film “Goodfellas” in 1990 and landed a role in “Jungle Fever”. His performance in the latter was so acclaimed that the 1991 Cannes Film Festival’s jury added a special supporting actor award just for him. In 1993, Jackson worked with another renowned director Steven Spielberg in his movie “Jurassic Park” and in the same year also appeared in the movie “True Romance”. Impressed by his performance in True Romance, Quentin Tarantino cast him in his movie “Pulp Fiction” which proved to be Jackson’s breakthrough role. He not only received international fame and praise from critics but also the Best Supporting Actor nomination for Oscar, a Golden Globe nomination, and a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Role win.
His career again hit a low after a series of poor-performing films. But Jackson soon made a comeback with two box-office successes, “Die Hard with a Vengeance”, starring alongside Bruce Willis, and “A Time to Kill”. The latter earned him another nomination for Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and an NAACP Image for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture win. For his role in Tarantino’s next movie “Jackie Brown”, Samuel once again received a Golden Globe nomination and a Silver Bear for Best Actor at the Berlin Film Festival win. In 1999, he starred in George Lucas’ Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.
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Film & Series Production
Jackson was a producer for the movies “Eve’s Bayou” and “Cleaner”, the manga series “Afro Samurai” and an executive producer for the movie “The Caveman’s Valentine” and the miniseries “Secret Invasion”.
Top 10 Movies of Samuel L. Jackson
|Movies||Year of release|
|Kill Bill: Vol. 2||2004|
|Do the Right Thing||1989|
|The Hateful Eight||2015|
|Captain America: The Winter Soldier||2014|
|Kingsman: The Secret Service||2014|
|Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith||2005|
|Die Hard with a Vengeance||1995|
Awards & Accolades Won
- 2022 Honorary Academy Award
- 1995 Best Film Actor in a Supporting Role for Pulp Fiction
Independent Spirit Awards
- 1995 Best Male Lead in a Feature Film for Pulp Fiction
- 1998 Best First Feature Film for Eve’s Bayou
Cannes Film Festival
- 1991 Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor for Jungle Fever
Berlin International Film Festival
- 1998 Silver Bear for Best Actor for Jackie Brown
- 2007 Audiobook of the Year for The Bible Experience (New Testament)
- 2007 Inspirational/Spiritualfor The Bible Experience (New Testament)
- 2008 Inspirational/Spiritual for The Bible Experience (Old Testament)
- 2010 Audiobook of the Year for Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales
- 2010 Multi-Voiced Performance for Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales
Black Reel Awards
- 2013 Best Supporting Actor for Django Unchained
MTV Movie Awards
- 2013 Best WTF Moment for Django Unchained
NAACP Image Awards
- 1997 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for A Time to Kill
- 2006 Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for Coach Carter
- 2011 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for Mother and Child
- 2013 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for Django Unchained
Film Critic Awards
- 1991 Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor for Jungle Fever
- 1991 New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor for Jungle Fever
- 1994 Society of Texas Film Critics Award for Best Actor for Pulp Fiction
- 1997 San Diego Film Critics Society’s Body of Work Award for One Eight Seven
- 1997 San Diego Film Critics Society’s Body of Work Award for Eve’s Bayou
- 1997 San Diego Film Critics Society’s Body of Work Award for Jackie Brown
- 2004 Spike Video Game Award for Best Performance by a Male for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
- 2008 IGN Award for Best Cameo for Iron Man
- Jackson was an usher at the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior.
- He suffered from a stutter while growing up.
- He became heavily addicted to drugs and spent two weeks in drug rehab.
- As of 2006, Jackson’s films grossed the most money at the box office in the history of cinema.
- In 2011, The Guinness Book of World Records declared Samuel L. Jackson as the highest-grossing actor of all time.
- He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2000.
- Jackson is one of the highest-grossing black actors of all time.
- He made it to the Forbes Celebrity 100 list in 2002 and 2003 with earnings of $34 million and $30 million respectively.
- Samuel was ranked #44 in Empire UK magazine’s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list.
- He is also an avid golfer.
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Frequently Asked Questions
$250 million (approx.)
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Samuel L. Jackson landed his first major movie role at the age of 46.