Samuel L. Jackson: Kong: Skull Island actor
We all acknowledge that Samuel L. Jackson gives Hollywood a whole new face and if it were not for him in the movies that the actor stars in, they would be a little interesting. That’s why Hollywood producers are trying to put him in almost every movie and fans and critics describe him as the “Black Man in Every Movie.” And when we thought Jackson could do no more, the actor created a YouTube channel where he summarized “Game of Thrones” to those fans of the show who were either lazy to watch the whole of it or had no time to do so. Samuel L. Jackson is not only an actor but also a film producer. Jackson first set foot in the film industry back in 1972, but he gained prominence in the early 1990s and since then, Jackson has landed hundreds of roles and it seems he won’t be stopping any time soon. The 69-year-old Samuel L. Jackson was born in Washington D.C. and he is the son of Roy Henry Jackson and Elizabeth Montgomery Jackson. The actor grew up as the only child in their home and was raised up in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Jackson’s father lived away from them and was based in Kansas City, Missouri where he died from alcoholism. Jackson talked about his life when he was growing up and one of the things he said was that he met his father only twice in his entire life. The actor was raised by his mother who worked in a factory and later on became a supplies buyer for a mental institution as well as his maternal grandparents. According to DNA tests, Jackson is a descendant of the Benga community which lives in Gabon, Africa. Jackson attended several schools, but he graduated from Riverside High School in Chattanooga. The actor used to pay the French horn and trumpet while in the school orchestra. While growing up, Samuel L. Jackson had a stuttering problem. He later learned how to pretend to be the other people who didn’t stutter and to use that curse word you always hear him shout, “motherfucker,” but you can hear him stutter at times. Jackson joined Morehouse College, in Atlanta, to pursue a degree in marine biology but after joining a local acting group to earn more points in class, he got interested in the art and changed his major. By the time he was graduating in 1972, he had co-founded the “Just Us Theatre.” Jackson was involved with civil right movements when he was in college and he would have died if he would have remained the Black Power movement. The actor has starred in movies like “The Incredibles 2”, “Captain Marvel”, “Pulp Fiction”, “The Avengers”, “Django Unchained”, “Jurassic Park”, “Kong: Skull Island”, and many more.
Samuel L. Jackson was an usher once!
Jackson attended the 50th anniversary of Luther’s assassination and the actor spoke on how the assassination of the civil rights leader encouraged him to be an activist and also what made him stage a lock-in in college to and got him expelled. At the time Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, on April 4, 1968, Samuel L. Jackson was a sophomore at Morehouse College, and he continued to share King’s ideologies by participating in a march in Memphis four day later in support of garbage workers’ rights. Jackson also served as an usher at King’s funeral on April 9. The actor joined campus politics and in the spring of 1969, he and his group held the trustees of his college and that got him expelled for two years. Speaking about the events when Luther King Jr. got shot, Samuel L. Jackson said that he was in a liquor store buying some beer because it was a campus movie night. The cashier told him that “Dr. King got shot and Jackson asked him if he was dead and he told him not yet. Jackson went to the movie which was titled “John Goldfarb, Please Come Home” and the only reason Jackson remembers the movie is because a guy came in the middle of it and broke the news the Dr. King was dead and they had to do something. Jackson recalled that everyone left and when he went to his dorm, he didn’t find anybody including his roommate. He found that he was already on the streets with other people tearing up and burning up the neighborhood. Days afterward, Jackson was told that Robert Culp and Bill Cosby needed them to get on a plane and fly to Memphis to march with the garbage workers. In the entire flight, there was a lot of anger and nobody knew what awaited them in Memphis. Everyone thought it would be physical even though the National Guard was present. Culp and Cosby instructed everyone to do according to King’s dream of nonviolence. Jackson felt it was cool for the movement to take them to Memphis and foot the bill for it. He was just glad that he would do something better than burning, looting and destroying his own neighborhood. The flew back that same night and went ahead to view Dr.King’s body in Sisters Chapel at Spelman College. The next day was his funeral and since they needed volunteers to show the mourners around, Jackson became an usher. He described the funeral as a blur.
Samuel L. Jackson and Judge Judy are BFFs
Take your attention away from Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift. Their friendship has not even lasted more than Jackson’s and Judge Judy’s. Samuel L. Jackson and Judge Judy really give us some serious #BFFGoals. The two stars were seen in Los Angeles two weeks ago and they are still the talk on the web. “The Incredibles 2”, “Captain Marvel”, “Pulp Fiction”, “The Avengers”, “Django Unchained”, “Jurassic Park”, and “Kong: Skull Island” actor was having dinner with the judge and that reminded most of us on how friendship was vital. Samuel L. Jackson shared a candid photo of him and his pal Judith Sheindlin and got many fans in Wow moment. Many of his followers commented on the photo while some wondered where the friendship came from and also what they were talking about. Well. Jackson spoke about their friendship in “Watch What Happens Live” and said that he and Judy had mutual friends and they met through the actor’s agent, Toni Howard. They also knew one another through Jackson’s lawyer. According to Jackson, they met at Howard’s house and used to smoke cigarettes together. They would sit in Toni’s backyard and smoke, and when Judy stopped quit smoking, Jackson did so as well. Judy sent Jackson to her doctor who treated him with sodium pentothal and he stopped smoking, but still, Judy would wake up in the middle of the night and smoke. The host of the show, Andy Cohen, asked Jackson if the judge was intimidating and he replied that she was actually impressive. He revealed that he has had tea with her at the Dorchester in London, hanged out and flown together but she is usually busy most of the time making dollars. That’s so true because according to Forbes, he has a net worth of over 4300 million. In 2017, “Judge Judy” became the most watched syndicated TV show for a fourth year consecutively and broke records left, right, and center. Jackson told Today that his contracts have a satellite TV included so that he can watch Judge Judy all day while he works.
Facts about the actor and his net worth
He is the second-highest grossing movie star of all time
Jackson never has any problem landing roles and he bargains for quite an awesome pay before signing his contracts. The producers prefer to pay him higher to just have him aboard. There was a time Samuel L. Jackson was the highest-grossing actor of all time before he lost that title to Harrison Ford. According to Mojo statistics, the 68 major movies that the actor has starred have collectively made $4.6 billion worldwide. Ford has made $4.8 billion in just 41 movies but it’s because he starred in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and you know how they gross. Some of the movies that have helped Jackson take that title are “The Incredibles 2”, “Captain Marvel”, “Pulp Fiction”, “The Avengers”, “Django Unchained”, “Jurassic Park”, and “Kong: Skull Island.” The actor has been the main actor in 14 films that have grossed over $100 million domestically.
Jackson battled drug problems
The actor struggled to get his career kickstarted and at the time, he was battling drug problems. Before 1990, Samuel L. Jackson was addicted to cocaine until his wife was really tired of it and booked him a place in the rehab. Ironically, he finished his time in the rehab two weeks before portraying a drug addict in “Jungle Fever.” Jackson never looked back on fighting addiction for the sake of his profession and to remain sober as he undertook his duties.
The actor is the face for Capital One credit cards
Samuel L. Jackson is not just in movies. No! You can also find him in commercials, one of them being in Capital One credit cards. His first commercial aired in 2013. One of the commercials attracted attention after Jackson said that capital Ones offered rewards “every damn day” and even though that was nothing compared to his movies, it still ruffled feathers. The American Banker, Capital One replaced the ad with ‘every single day.” The advert was meant to draw attention to the new campaign, and somehow, the scored it. They had chosen a humorous way of advertising the superiority of Quicksilver.
His net worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Samuel L. Jackson has managed to build a net worth of $220 million. The actor has built his net worth from endorsements, commercials and roles in movies such as “The Incredibles 2”, “Captain Marvel”, “Pulp Fiction”, “The Avengers”, “Django Unchained”, “Jurassic Park”, and “Kong: Skull Island.”
To wrap up
Nobody wants to think of a day when Samuel L. Jackson will retire because there is no any other actor who has proved to be so much entertaining. He remains to be one of the best actors you would watch tirelessly.