October 27th, 2011
05:04 PM ET
Samuel L. Jackson’s many films have brought in more money than any other actor's, ever.
It may be somewhat surprising, but according to the Guinness Book of World Records, Jackson’s films have raked in $7.57 billion through 2010, according to a spokesperson for Guinness. His record's been in the book since 2007.
Since his 1991 debut in Spike Lee’s “Jungle Fever,” the busy actor has made more than 100 movies, many of them blockbusters.
According to the New York Daily News, the 63-year-old King of Cool is something of a workaholic, averaging three to four films a year. But Jackson didn’t hit his stride until middle age; he was 46 when his career took with 1994 hit “Pulp Fiction.”
That film is among Jackson’s top earners at $212 million worldwide, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. “Jurassic Park” ($914 million), and the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy ($2.4 billion) also made big bucks at the box office.
Recently, Jackson has appeared in “Iron Man 2,” “The Other Guys” and “Captain America.” Up next are animated movie “Zambezia,” crime drama “Meeting Evil” and thriller “The Samaritan” (among other films).
The actor attributes his drive to a strong family work ethic. "I grew up in a working class family," he told CBS News. "When I was a kid, all the adults in my house got up and went to work every day. I assumed that's what grown people do. That's what I do. I just happen to have a very interesting job that's kind of cool!"
Jackson doesn’t limit his work to movies – the actor is currently starring in Broadway’s “The Mountaintop” as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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