Samuel L. Jackson turns 73 on Tuesday, December 21st, and to celebrate the actor’s birthday, fans from all over the world have taken to Twitter to look back on his most iconic roles in films and TV.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
The great Samuel L. Jackson is tuning 73 today.
As Jules Winfield with John Travolta as Vincent Vega in the “Foot Massage” scene. pic.twitter.com/GZ1wy4hJ9l
— Boston Radio Watch, Part 2 (@bostonradio2) December 21, 2021
SAMUEL L. JACKSON celebrates his 73rd birthday today. Working in movies since the early 80s, Jackson came to prominence in the 90s after his blistering turn in PULP FICTION (1994). He is now the highest grossing actor of all time. pic.twitter.com/MNYeeEII2E
— All The Right Movies (@ATRightMovies) December 21, 2021
Jackson was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1995 for his role as Jules Winnfeld in Pulp Fiction. Quentin Tarantino, the director and writer of the comedy-crime movie, created the role for Laurence Fishburne, who turned it down. Jackson’s first audition for the role didn’t go well as he had assumed that the audition was merely a reading. Then Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein convinced Jackson to audition for a second time, and his performance of the final diner scene won over Tarantino.
Hard Eight (1996)
— Samuel J. May (@sjmay92) December 21, 2021
Jackson portrayed the role of Jimmy in the critically acclaimed crime film Hard Eight, which was written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Jackson’s well-applauded performance in the movie earned him a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the 1998 Film Independent Spirit Awards.
Jurassic Park (1993)
— Jurassic World (@JurassicWorld) December 21, 2021
Jackson appeared as John Raymond “Ray” Arnold in the first-ever Jurassic Park movie. Ray worked as the chief engineer of the titular theme park of cloned dinosaurs. And even though he was ultimately killed by a Velociraptor, the character was remembered by many because of his catchphrase “Hold onto your butts,” which he said twice in the film. To celebrate Jackson’s 73rd birthday, the official Twitter account of Jurassic World shared a remix of “Hold onto your butts” for everyone to enjoy.
Star Wars Prequel Trilogy (1999, 2002, 2005)
Happy Birthday Samuel L. Jackson!🎂🎉 May The Force Be With You. pic.twitter.com/gpwIFRkTzv
— RykerBlaze (@TRykerblaze) December 21, 2021
In the Star Wars franchise, Jackson played Mace Windu, a revered Jedi Master and member of the Jedi High Council during the last years of the Galactic Republic. Jackson made his debut as Mace in the 1999 movie Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, and reprise his role in 2002’s Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones and 2005’s Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. He also voiced the character in the 2008 animated movie Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Marvel Cinematic Universe (2008 – present)
Happy birthday to the fantastic Samuel L. Jackson, the actor who plays Nick Fury in the MCU ❤️ pic.twitter.com/uDzft9woYz
— Assemble! (@WeAreMarvel_) December 21, 2021
Happy Birthday Samuel L. Jackson
Looking forward to continuing Nick Fury's journey in 'Secret Invasion' next year 👽 pic.twitter.com/qHvOFj0OjN
— Fandom (@getFANDOM) December 21, 2021
Jackson is Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) Nick Fury. He made his first appearance as the character in the 2008 movie Iron Man. Since then, he has gone on to reprise the role in 10 more MCU films, at least as of December 2021. These movies are Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Captain Marvel (2019), Avengers: Endgame (2019), Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019).
Jackson’s Nick Fury will be next seen in the upcoming Disney+ series Secret Invasion and the movie The Marvels, which are both scheduled to premiere next year.
— The Sting (@TSting18) December 21, 2021
Longtime fans of Jackson know the actor’s affinity with the term “motherf—er,” so some people have been sharing the above video to mark the actor’s 73rd birthday.
“I embrace it. It is what it is, and I don’t mind if I’m linked with that word,” Jackson said of his connection with the curse word at the Shaft premiere in New York back in June 2019. “I don’t run away from it. I step into it. When I read a script and it’s on the page, I don’t think about it. For me, it’s really just another word; it’s another piece of dialogue, and it’s something that I know that I can work with. I don’t have to think about how to say it. It naturally comes out. Sometimes there’s no better word than ‘motherf—er’ to describe someone or a situation. It’s an all-encompassing word, so yelling it out is the way you say it, and it feels good.”
Outside of the MCU, Jackson will be next seen in the upcoming Apple TV+ drama miniseries The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. He will also appear in the Apple TV+ spy film Argylle, which also stars Henry Cavill and Sam Rockwell, among many others. He’s also part of the voice cast of the animated movie Blazing Samurai, which is scheduled to be released sometime next year.