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Samuel L. Jackson Still Played Memorable Characters In These Lesser-Known Roles

Actor Samuel L. Jackson rose to fame in the 90s by playing gritty, sometimes menacing, but always memorable characters in movies like Pulp Fiction and A Time to Kill. But The Avengers star - who turns 68 today - has also appeared in smaller roles in a number of TV shows and movies that you might've missed over the years. Here's a sampling of some of his lesser-known roles.

1. Stan, Together For Days

Samuel L. Jackson's first film credit was the role of Stan in the 1972 independent, blaxploitation movie Together for Days. The movie explored reactions to an inter-racial couple - much like Spike Lee's Jungle Fever, which Jackson appeared in nearly 20 years later. Unfortunately, clips of "Together for Days" are hard to find, but we did stumble upon this video of Jackson analyzing the action subgenre that launched his film career.

2. Gang Member No. 2, Ragtime

Jackson's first role in a major motion picture was director Miloš Forman's historical drama Ragtime (1975). Jackson played one of the unnamed gangsters involved in an armed standoff with police at the Pierpoint Morgan Library in Manhattan. 

3. Hold Up Man, Coming To America

The romantic comedy Coming to America (1988) stars Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall as African nobles who decide to give up their lives of luxury and make their own way in the world by moving to New York City. Jackson has a 90-second cameo as a robber trying to hold up the burger joint, but he quickly gets taken down by Murphy and Arsenio. 

And after disarming Jackson, Arsenio says one of his most memorable lines from the film, "Freeze, you diseased rhinoceros pizzle." 

4.Reggie Jenkins

Jackson is best known for playing menacing characters on screen. But he's also appeared in family friendly entertainment like the 90s kid show Ghostwriter -- about a group of kids that solve mysteries with the help of a mysterious phantom. Jackson appeared in a handful of episodes as the father of Jamal -- one of the crime-fighting kids.

Here he is confronting his fictional son in the street (fortunately, the scene doesn't end with Jackson reciting Ezekiel 25:17).

5. Sergeant Wes Luger, Loaded Weapon

In National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon I (1993), Jackson showed off his comic chops by spoofing Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, 48 Hrs. and other action movies of the era. And he does an impressive job of staying deadpan while fighting crime - and dandruff - in one scene.

But later on, he gets into the movie's goofiness by headbanging to Bohemian Rhapsody - just like Wayne and Garth.

6. Boy Meets World

No, Jackson wasn't on the 90s family sitcom. But he did perform a spoken-word ode to Boy Meets World on The Tonight Show in 2014.



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