Samuel was born on December 21, 1948 in Washington D.C. He has a beautiful wife LaTanya Richardson and a daughter Zoe. He was raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee by his no-nonsense mother and grandmother, Jackson took school seriously and was accepted at Atlanta's Morehouse College as an architecture student. Jackson, who had struggled with a stutter since childhood, followed a speech therapists advice and auditioned for a college musical. He landed a part, found he enjoyed performing enough to pursue further acting gig, and eventually switched his major drama. Jackson's family,however,remained unconvinced of the of the professional merits of his new vocation until a Southern fast-food chain, Krystal Hamburgers, cast him in a television commercial in which he smacked his lips while eating an onion burger. His first actors paycheck was in the bank. Jackson graduated from college in 1972 (despite a temporary expulsion for participating in a student demonstration), and moved to New York to play his craft in more serious projects.
        He as has been in such movies as Jackie Brown(1998), Pulp Fiction(1994), Mo' Better Blues(1990), Jurassic Park(1993), and Menace 2 Society(1993).

Excerpts  based on Mr. Showbiz,
submitted by Justin T. Perry