Last year, The Guinness Book of World Records named Samuel L. Jackson the highest-grossing actor of all time. The 63-year-old Washington, D.C. native has starred in over 100 films that have a combined box office gross of almost $8 billion. Thatâ€™s quite a feat for a man who nearly squandered his talent and life away due to a serious drug and alcohol addiction.
Since starting out in the theater in the â€™70s as a student at Morehouse College, Jackson has managed to build an estimated net worth of $150 million by appearing in some of Hollywoodâ€™s biggest blockbusters, like Captain America and Star Wars and low budget critical hits like Eveâ€™s Bayou. The always earnest, off-the-cuff actor has made a fortune playing stern, authoritative characters. His latest role and box office score was as Nick Fury in The Avengers, which broke domestic box office records, pulling in $200.3 million opening weekend. With the May 18th release of his new neo-noir thriller The Samaritan sure to add more zeros to Jacksonâ€™s bank account, BlackEnterprise.com decodes the hardest working actor in Hollywood. â€”Shydel James