Samuel L Jackson is a prolific American actor to say the the least. He has appeared in over a hundred movies, a good number of which are blockbusters. The veteran actor is also a film producer and his outstanding contributions to Hollywood as well as other endeavors brings his net worth to an estimated $170 million. Here’s a look at his show business journey thus far.
Samuel L Jackson Net Worth: Brief History
Samuel Leroy Jackson was born on December 21, 1948 in Washington, D.C and raised by his mother and grandparents in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Born in the era when racial inequality was dominant, Jackson attended a number of segregated schools before graduating from Riverside High School in Chattanooga. In High school, Jackson was part of the school orchestra where he played the French horn.
After high school graduation, he enrolled at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia where he initially majored in marine biology and then architecture before changing his mind yet again to drama. Obviously drama wasn’t why he chose to attend college but Jackson developed a passion for theater after joining a local acting group. Jackson graduated from college in 1972.
Samuel L Jackson Net Worth: Movie Career Beginnings
Jackson began acting in stage plays right after college. In search of mainstream roles, he left Atlanta in 1976 and moved to New York where he began acting in off-Broadway productions including “The Mighty Gents” and “Home”. For over a couple of years, Jackson stood in for Bill Cosby on his The Bill Cosby Show. While acting in “A Soldier’s Play” in 1981, Jackson met Morgan Freeman who became his friend and mentor and later filmmaker Spike Lee who at the time was a film student at New York University.
Jackson then began starring in Spike Lee’s early movies including School Daze (1988), and Do the Right Thing (1989). Jackson’s acting became the talking point of critics following his portrayal of a drug addict in the 1991 Spike Lee film “Jungle Fever”. His role was rewarded with a Cannes Film Festival Award for Best “Supporting Actor”, a category that was created solely for him thanks to the incredible portrayal of his role.
The movie turned out to be the turning point for Jackson as his success only soared since then. Another turning point in his career came in 1994 when he was chosen to star in 1994 movie Pulp Fiction, this would be his 13th movie. His acting as well as the success of the movie gained Jackson more prominence.
Samuel L Jackson Net Worth: Movie Successes
Samuel L Jackson has starred in over 100 movies a good number of which are blockbusters. About 14 of the movies he has starred as the lead have grossed over $100 million domestically. Some of his commercially successful as well as critically acclaimed movies include;
“XXX” (2002) – $277.4 million
“The Incredibles” (2004) – $633 million (In the years 2002 and 2003 Jackson’s earnings were calculated at $64 million)
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005) – $848.8 million
“Iron Man 2” (2010) – $623.9 million
“The Other Guys” (2010) – $170.4 million
“Django Unchained” (2012) – $425.4 million
“The Avengers” (2012) – $1.52 billion
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (2014) – $714.4 million
“Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)” – $414.4 million
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – $1.405 billion
Among the aforementioned, the highest grossing is “The Avengers” (2012) which grossed $1.5 billion at the global box office, and the second highest grossing with a small margin is Avengers: Age of Ultron which grossed $1.4 billion. Jackson was the highest grossing actor of all time until he was surpassed by Harrison Ford. 68 of Jackson’s movies have grossed a combined $4.7 billion that is an average of $68 million per film while 41 of Ford’s has grossed $4.8 billion.
Jackson’s most successful movie contract is with Marvel Cinematic Universe. Since making his debut in Iron Man 2008, he has played the role of Nick Furry, a character that was created in his likeness following his approval. Jackson signed a 9-film contract with Marvel to reprise the role, although he has stated that he would love to work with Marvel beyond the contract. Well, the reason is obvious, Marvel movies are box office darlings. Apart from the Marvel big screen movies, Jackson also played Nick Furry in the TV series Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.
Samuel L Jackson Net Worth: Other Endeavors And Property
Being such a successful actor makes you a highly sought after candidate for product and brand endorsement and Jackson has landed his fair share. One of such and perhaps the most lucrative is an advertising gig for Capital One bank credit cards which first aired in 2013.
As a way of giving back to society, Jackson is actively involved in several non-profit organizations like “One For The Boys” which aims at creating an awareness of cancer among men.
Jackson owns a couple of jaw dropping real estate properties. After selling his Los Angeles house in 2002 for an estimated $2 million, Jackson and his family moved into a 6 bedroom, 8 bathroom Beverly Hills mansion which he bought from comedian Roseanne Barr for $8 million. The 11,738 square feet house also includes a tennis court and a pool house. Jackson also owns a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment in SoHo New York worth $4.35 million.
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