Samuel L. Jackson
He is the coolest actor in Hollywood — at least that’s what a lot of people have thought ever since he played the character Jules in the 1994 film Pulp Fiction. Jackson told The New York Times that, after appearing in this role, many people told him he was the coolest man on the planet. “Why?” he asked. “I have no clue. I’m not like Jules. It’s called ‘being an actor.’”
There certainly wasn’t anything cool about Jackson’s childhood. Born in Washington, DC, he grew up in Tennessee in an era of segregation. His white neighbours often used the n-word when referring to him, and he went to segregated schools. While at an African-american college in Atlanta, Georgia, he became active in the civil-rights movement.
Jackson began his acting career in New York, often appearing in plays with a political or racial theme. He was very successful, but Pulp Fiction made him a global star. He has been in more than 100 films and is one of the highest-grossing actors of all time, worth about $220 million. Jackson’s latest film, Glass, comes to German cinemas in January 2019. The actor is 70 on 21 December.