Samuel L. Jackson is the most-bankable man in Tinseltown.
Sam’s starring roles in over 100 films since his uncredited debut in the 1988 comedy Coming to America — including cinema blockbusters like Jungle Fever and The Long Kiss Goodnight — has yielded nearly $7.5 billion for Hollywood, according to The Guinness Book of World Records. The sum also makes the Native New Yorker the highest-grossing actor of all-time. Jackson edged out Oscar nominees Leonardo DiCaprio and Will Smith for the coveted honor of “Box Office King.”
“Jackson’s Jurassic Park ($914 million), Pulp Fiction ($212 million) and the Star Wars prequels ($2.4 billion) are among his top earners,” The Hollywood Reporter writes.
Sam’s currently starring opposite Angela Bassett in Broadway’s The Mountaintop. It’s his first turn on the New York stage. He also has seven movies slated for release over the next three years, including the highly anticipated comic book flick The Avengers, opening next year.