10 Things You Didn’t Know About Samuel L. Jackson
8. Early Life
Samuel Leroy Jackson was born on December 21, 1948, in Washington D.C. to Elizabeth and Roy Henry Jackson. Jackson was an only child and grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and was raised by his mother and his maternal grandparents. The actor revealed his father lived in Kansas City and he only met his father twice in his whole life before he died from complications due to alcoholism. Growing up, Jackson struggled with a stutter and the word “motherf–ker” is what helped him overcome the speech impediment. According to Jackson, it still helps him control his stutter which comes back on random days. “I do that. Every day I say it and it helps, like even if I just say it to myself, under my breath. I don’t stutter when I say that word.”
7. Getting Started
At first, Jackson had no interest in acting and switched his major twice before settling on drama. He quickly found his passion for acting and began his career in plays before moving into TV films and made his feature film debut in 1972’s Together for Days. Despite getting into on-screen acting, he once again moved to New York in 1976 and returned to starring in mostly stage plays. He slowly built up small roles in major films until landing his personal breakout role in 1994’s Pulp Fiction.