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Samuel Leroy Jackson has appeared in over a hundred films in his brilliant career. Although he didn’t gain international recognition until his early forties, Jackson has been acting for well over four decades. Having been a part of several major blockbuster franchises (Star Wars, Die Hard, Jurassic Park, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe), he has the second highest box office total of all time, averaging nearly $70 million dollars per film.

Here are a few facts you might not know about one of the most badass actors on the planet.


33. Parental Leave

Born in Washington, Jackson was abandoned by his father and subsequently raised by his grandparents in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His mother stayed in Washington until he was nine and only visited him at Christmas and during the summer holidays.


32. Ghost Dad

In his entire life, Jackson only ever met his father twice.

31. Turning a Curse into a Blessing

Jackson had a stuttering problem during childhood which he overcome by using the curse word “motherf***er.” He’s been saying it his whole life, which explains why he’s so gosh darn good at it.

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30. How Does That Make You Feel?

Jackson was employed as a social worker in Los Angeles. I can’t help but think about him, arms crossed, staring at me and saying, “Now tell me about your mother f**ing problems.”

29. The Sea Was Angry That Day

Jackson attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia where his intent was to become a marine biologist which, obviously, he didn’t do. It’s just as well, because if the film “Deep Blue Sea” was any indication, he would likely have been eaten by a shark.

28. Art Vandelay

Actually, after quitting his pursuit of marine biology, he decided to try his hand at architecture instead. Samuel L. Jackson almost became all the professions that George Costanza pretended to be.

27. We Shall Overcome

Jackson attended the 1968 funeral of Martin Luther King as one of the ushers and then flew to Memphis to join an equal rights protest march. “I was angry about the assassination,” he said, “but I wasn’t shocked by it.”

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