Iconic Roles is a look at some of the best performances by actors and actresses in film and television.

Samuel L. Jackson is one of Hollywood’s most popular actors. The 73-year-old actor has built a career with talkative killers, who often drop F-bombs to spice up dialogue. Over the years he has worked with esteemed directors such as Spike Lee and Quentin Tarantino. Now he returns as the voice of Jimbo, a cat who used to be a samurai Paws of Rage: The Legend of Hank.

Here are five examples of Samuel L. Jackson’s best film performances.

Jungle Fever (1991)

The fourth collaboration between Lee and Jackson led to the actor’s breakthrough role. After portraying unpredictable crack addict Gator Purify, Jackson caught everyone’s attention in Hollywood. jungle fever also some future big stars including Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra, Lee, Ossie Davis and Halle Berry to name a few. Jackson won the Best Supporting Actor award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Lee and Jackson also worked together in school daze (1988), do the right thing (1989), Mo’ Better Blues (1990), old boy (2013) and Chi Raq (2015).

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Jackson and Tarantino matched from the first time they worked together. In Tarantino’s masterpiece, Jackson portrayed deadly assassin Jules Winnfield, Vincent Vegas’ accomplice. Thanks to its peculiar narrative structure and unforgettable characters, the film is regarded as an absolute long-running hit. Jules’ monologue, which begins with “The Way of the Just,” is still considered one of the best scenes in film history. The ensemble cast consisted of John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Tim Roth as well as Ving Rhames and Uma Thurman. pulp fiction took home seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. Jackson also received his first and only Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Incredibly, the film only won one for Best Original Screenplay.

Jackie Brown (1997)

In his third film, Tarantino adapted Elmore Leonard’s novel about a flight attendant who smuggles money into the United States. The task of portraying dangerous Los Angeles gun smuggler Ordell Robbie was entrusted to Jackson, who put in a performance that earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture. Tarantino and Jackson also worked together Django Unchained (2012) and The Hateful Eight (2015). The actor came in Kill Bill: Volume 2 as organist Rufus in addition to narrating Inglorious Basterds (2009).

The Star Wars Prequel Trilogy (1999–2005)

One of the most unexpected and welcome surprises of the war of stars In the prequel trilogy, Jackson landed a role as Jedi Master Mace Windu. It’s hard to decide which of the three parts better starred Windu, who got quite a bit of screen time despite the trilogy starring the likes of Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, and Ian McDiarmid, among others. The prequel trilogy was a box office success, with all episodes grossing over $1 billion. Among other impressive feats, Windu came very close to defeating Palpatine once and for all. The only regret fans have is that due to the PG-13 nature of the project, Jackson was unable to drop any of his well-known F-bombs.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Over the past several years, Jackson has poured a lot of energy into bringing SHIELD General Nick Fury to life. The character first appeared on the post-credit scene in 2008 iron man, and it has been better explored in subsequent episodes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One of Jackson’s best performances as Fury was Anthony and Joe Russo’s second Captain America Movie. In the story, Fury helps the titular hero Black Widow and Falcon defeat the mysterious Winter Soldier. Jackson’s resume includes 11 MCU credits in addition to a few appearances on ABC Agents of SHIELD The actor will return as Fury in the upcoming Disney+ series Secret invasionin addition to other long-term projects.

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