Samuel L. Jackson (born December 21, 1948) played in bit parts before landing an award winning role at 43 in Spike Lee’s ‘Jungle Fever’ (1991). He went on achieve prominence and critical acclaim with films such Patriot Games (1992), Amos & Andrew (1993), True Romance (1993), Jurassic Park (1993) and his collaborations with director Quentin Tarantino including Pulp Fiction (1994), Jackie Brown (1997), Django Unchained (2012), and The Hateful Eight (2015). He is a highly prolific actor, having appeared in over 100 films, including Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), Unbreakable (2000), Shaft (2000), The 51st State (2001), Black Snake Moan (2006), Snakes on a Plane (2006), and the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999–2005), as well as the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In this Thursday, May 14, 2015, file photo, filmmaker Spike Lee speaks at a news conference in Chicago. Lee is the next grand marshal of the New York City Marathon, race officials announced, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. (Phil Velasquez/Chicago Tribune via AP, File)
FILE - In this July 31, 2013, file photo, filmmaker Spike Lee is interviewed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Pepsi is pairing singers and filmmakers to release a visual album that celebrates soccer during World Cup. Spike Lee, Timbaland, Idris Elba and Kelly Rowland are some of the artists whose work is featured on the Pepsi-curated album, "Beats of the Beautiful Game," to be released June 10, 2014. The soda company announced Monday, May 12 its album will be a collection of 11 anthem-like songs and short films. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
FILE - This April 29, 2014 file photo shows filmmaker and avid basketball fan Spike Lee at a news conference by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in New York announcing that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the league. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, FIle)
Filmmaker Spike Lee listens as New York Knicks new team president Phil Jackson addresses a news conference where he was introduced, at New York's Madison Square Garden, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
This Feb. 26, 2014 photo released by shows, from left, Spike Lee, Sidney Poitier, Tyler Perry and Malcolm Lee at a ceremony by Essence magazine honoring the achievements of African-American men in Hollywood, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Essence-Tyler Perry, George Burns)
File-This July 31, 2013, file photo shows filmmaker Spike Lee being interviewed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Lee has engaged in a brief and lively profanity-laced debate about gentrification of largely black New York City neighborhoods. He made his comments during a Black History Month speech at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. He says gentrification had little regard for people who “have a culture that’s been laid down for generations.” (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)