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Samuel L. Jackson Net Worth

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Net Worth$7,200,000,000
Full NameSamuel Leroy Jackson
Date of Birth/AgeDecember 21, 1948 (age 70)
Source of wealthActor, Film Producer
Country of originU.S
State/City of originWashington, D.C.
Last Updated2019

Net Worth

Samuel L. Jackson’s net worth is $7.2 billion.

How Much Does Samuel L. Jackson Make a Year?

He makes an estimated $220 million a year. Most of his money comes from his three most commercially successful films: Pulp Fiction Jurassic Park and Star Wars.

How Does Samuel L. Jackson Make His Money?

He is an actor who has starred in over 100 films. Jackson is a hardworking actor who is apparently up for any role. It is not uncommon for him to appear in two or more films in the same year. He has worked in theater, independent movies, cult classics and blockbusters. His cool, tough-guy manner has made him a favorite among fans and directors.


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In 2011, Jackson was listed as highest-paid actor in the world for that year. Samuel L Jackson net worth is one of the highest in Hollywood.

Jackson has lent his name and support to several organizations that pursue civil rights and other social justice issues.

Early Life

Jackson was born in Washington, D.C., in 1948, to Roy Henry and Elizabeth Jackson.


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His father was an alcoholic who abandoned the family. Jackson reached out to his father later in life, but only spoke to him twice before Roy Henry died from alcohol-related complications.

Jackson and his mother moved to Tennessee, where he was raised by his grandparents and his extended family. He graduated from high school there. He attended segregated schools. Jackson was accepted to Morehouse College in Atlanta.

Personal Life

Jackson and LaTanya have one daughter named Zoe.


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The family lives in California.
While Jackson was a student at Morehouse College, he met LaTanya Richard. They were both actors who were prominent in their college theater group. They married in 1980 and are still married today.


Early Career

As a student at Morehouse, Jackson became interested in acting. He and LaTanya founded the theater group Just Us Theatre, which performed at the college and locally. He also appeared in the independent student film Together for Days during this time.

In 1976, Jackson and LaTanya moved to New York City. Jackson appeared in a number of off-Broadway productions and the Yale Repertory Theater. He received critical acclaim for his roles in The Piano Lesson and Two Trains Running.


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Unfortunately, when these two plays were set to open on Broadway, Jackson was in the grip of a serious alcohol and heroin addiction. His addiction made it impossible for him to appear on Broadway, and the roles went to other actors. This was one of the first times that Jackson sought help for his addictions. It would not be the last.

In 1980, Jackson met and befriended the actor Morgan Freeman, who encouraged him to continue acting and to land some film roles. Freeman helped Jackson get small roles in movies that included Coming to America.

The Start of Success

In 1981, Spike Lee saw Jackson in a performance of A Soldier’s Story. Lee contacted Jackson and the two became friends. Later, Lee cast him in School Daze in 1988 and Do the Right Thing in 1989. This was followed by a small role in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas in 1990.


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After appearing in the two Spike Lee films, Jackson once again found himself battling his addictions. He entered treatment again. When he came out of rehab, he starred as a drug addict in Lee’s Jungle Fever.

Jackson has stated that portraying a drug addict in the movie was cathartic and allowed him to finally let go of his own addiction for good.

Major Milestones

Jackson’s first movie role was in Together for Days, an independent movie produced in 1972. Jackson continued to appear in independent movies and in theater productions.

His first major Hollywood role was in Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever in 1991. Jackson was awarded a

best supporting

actor award from the Cannes Film Festival and another from the New York Film Critics Circle.


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After years of working steadily but not achieving stardom, Jackson finally got his breakthrough role when he was cast as the paid killer Winnfield in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. The 1994 movie made a breakout star of Jackson, who won an Academy Award for his now-iconic performance.

In 2000, Jackson starred alongside Bruce Willis in M. Night Shyamalan’s UnbreakableRules of Engagement and Shaft. In 2006, Jackson starred in the independent movie Black Snake Moan and in Snakes on a Plane.

Current Status

Jackson has continued to work hard, pumping out role after role while also continuing his work with charities and political organizations. Jackson has been prominent as a as an advocate and fundraiser for Alzheimer’s research. He also supported the presidential campaign of Barack Obama.


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In 2015, he reunited with two of his former directors, starring in Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight and Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq. In 2019, he teamed up with Bruce Willis again in Glass, M. Night Shyamalan’s sequel to Unbreakable.

Interesting Facts


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  • He was born on Dec 21, 1948, in Washington, D.C.
  • The L stands for “Leroy.”
  • Jackson is known for his work with various civil rights groups.
  • Jackson is 6 foot 3 inches tall and weighs 225 pounds.
  • He goes by the nicknames Mr. Cool and King of Cool.
  • He has a degree in marine biology from Morehouse College.
  • Jackson stuttered as a child.
  • Jackson played a drug addict in Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever less than a week after completing rehab for his own drug addiction.
  • Jackson launched a public awareness campaign called One for the Boys, which encourages men to get themselves checked for prostate cancer.
  • Jackson collects action figures of his characters.

Favorite Quotes

“I’m a good son, a good father, a good husband. I’ve been married to the same woman for 30 years. I’m a good friend. I finished college, I have my education, I donate money anonymously. So when people criticize the kind of characters that I play on screen, I go, ‘You know, that’s part of history.'”

“Lifelong readers continue to read, finding in books the means to enjoy life or to endure it.”

“People know about the Klan and the overt racism, but the killing of one’s soul little by little, day after day, is a lot worse than someone coming in your house and lynching you.”


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Tips for Succes from Samuel L. Jackson

“Take a stand for what’s right. Raise a ruckus and make a change. You may not always be popular, but you’ll be part of something larger and bigger and greater than yourself. Besides, making history is extremely cool.” 

“Everybody has to learn that the world works in very specific ways, and you’re not in charge of it.” 

“Anyone who tells you money can’t buy happiness never had any.” 

“The best advice that was given to me was that I had to be 10 times smarter, braver and more polite to be equal. So I did.”