Samuel L. Jackson Decoded: Hollywood’s Hardest Working Man

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After 15 years doing Off Broadway productions and travelling tours, Jackson landed the part of crack addict Gator Purify in Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever. The role earned him a Best Supporting Actor award from the Cannes Film Festival, and opened the floodgates to a record-breaking film career. Having built up his cachet in Hollywood with an Oscar nominated turn in the cult classic Pulp Fiction ($212 million), Jackson began working non-stop, averaging four movies a year since 1994, including fail-proof franchises such as Die Hard ($430 million), Jurassic Park ($914 million) and the Star Wars prequel trilogy (over $2 billion). His 2000 remake of Shaft netted Jackson a $10 million payday. That same year, he took home $7 million for his work in M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable. In 2009, he signed a multi-million dollar deal with Marvel Studios to reprise the role of Nick Fury in nine movies. With The Avengers poised to cross the $1 billion mark and a sequel already in the works, Jackson is likely to achieve a career global box office tally of $10 billion. He also collects $300,000 in residuals every year from his films that air on television.

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After 15 years doing Off Broadway productions and travelling tours, Jackson landed the part…

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