Some of Samuel L. Jackson's most acclaimed performances have come in films directed by Quentin Tarantino, including "Pulp Fiction," "Jackie Brown" and "Django Unchained." Samuel L. Jackson has also played notable roles in "Coming to America," "Do the Right Thing," "Jungle Fever" and "The Avengers."
Jackson played hitman Jules Winnfield in "Pulp Fiction" in 1994. Jackson's recital of Ezekiel 25:17 before he executes his victims is still referenced in pop culture. This performance earned Jackson his only Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor as of 2015.
Jackson plays black-market gun runner Ordell Robbie in the 1997 film, "Jackie Brown." This performance earned Jackson a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. Jackson plays a loyal house slave in "Django Unchained" in 2012.
Jackson's first role in a mainstream movie was in the 1988 Eddie Murphy vehicle "Coming to America," where he plays a hold-up man. Jackson plays a DJ in the Spike Lee-directed film, "Do the Right Thing," in 1989. Jackson plays a drug addict in "Jungle Fever," a 1991 film also directed by Spike Lee. Jackson's performance in "Jungle Fever" was so impressive that the Cannes Film Festival instituted a one-time Best Supporting Actor category and awarded it to him.
Jackson first played the character of Nick Fury in the 2008 movie, "Iron Man." He later played the same role in other films sponsored by Marvel, including "The Avengers," "Captain America: The First Avenger," "Iron Man 2" and "Thor."