Samuel L. Jackson
Birth Name: Samuel Leroy Jackson
Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., U.S.
Date of Birth: December 21, 1948
Ethnicity: African-American, small amount of English
Samuel L. Jackson is an American actor and producer. One of the most prolific major actors of his time, his roles include the films School Daze, Coming to America, Do the Right Thing, Mo’ Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Juice, Menace II Society, True Romance, Fresh, Pulp Fiction, Die Hard with a Vengeance, A Time to Kill, Eve’s Bayou, Jackie Brown, the Star Wars universe, beginning with Episode I – The Phantom Menace; the latter-day Shaft films, Unbreakable, xXx, and its sequels; The Incredibles, and its sequel; Coach Carter, Snakes on a Plane, Django Unchained, Oldboy (2013), Kingsman: The Secret Service, Chi-Raq, The Hateful Eight, Kong: Skull Island, and Glass, as well as Nick Fury in the Marvel Universe, particularly the Iron Man and The Avengers films, as well as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Secret Invasion. He has also appeared on stage, where he began his career.
He is the son of Elizabeth (Montgomery), a supplies buyer at a mental institution, and Roy Henry Jackson. His parents were both African-American. He was raised by his mother and maternal grandparents in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Samuel is married to actress and producer LaTanya Richardson, with whom he has a daughter, producer Zoe Jackson.
According to a DNA test, he partly descends from the Benga people of Gabon. He has become a Gabonese citizen.
Samuel’s paternal grandfather was Roy Victor Jackson (the son of Albert Jackson and Rosetta Davis). Roy was born in Missouri.
Samuel’s paternal grandmother was Imer/Imellts Lee Watts (the daughter of Henry Jesse Watts and Allie/Ollie Bowen). Imer was born in Alabama.
Samuel’s maternal grandfather was Edgar Montgomery (the son of Miles Montgomery and Lilly/Lillie Branham). Edgar was born in Georgia. Miles was the son of Gibb/Gilbert/Gib Montgomery and Jane Harper. Lilly was the daughter of Arthur Branham and Malissa Fielder.
Samuel’s maternal grandmother was named Pearl Brown (the daughter of John Brown and Mary). Pearl was born in Tennessee.
A DNA test taken by the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012) stated that Samuel’s genetic ancestry is:
*2% Native American
On the show, it was hypothesized that Samuel’s great-great-great-grandmother, Matilda Branham, who was black, had children with Joel Branham, Jr., a caucasian man, with English ancestry. One of these children could have been Samuel’s great-great-grandfather, Arthur Branham.
Samuel’s maternal grandfather, Edgar Montgomery, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Samuel’s maternal grandmother, Pearl Brown, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Information on Samuel’s Branham line – http://www.genealogy-research-tools.com