Highest-grossing actor ever? Samuel L. Jackson
October 27th, 2011
05:04 PM ET

Highest-grossing actor ever? Samuel L. Jackson

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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    July 30, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. I Hate Haters

    It's not surprising at all. He's an amazing actor. What is surprising is CNN's attempt at blogging and their racist readers.

    October 30, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Brandt Hardin

    All that cash won’t buy Sam a ticket out of Zombie Apocalypse… he’s worm-food at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/10/01-countdown-to-halloween-samuel-l.html as we count down to Halloween with The Zombie Walk of Fame! Stop by and feel the great vengeance and furious anger of Zombie Samuel L Jackson!

    October 30, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ron

    Toes, Too bad, take a look at yourself, you got nothing going on..

    October 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. toes

    All he does is munch on whatamellon and drink malt liquor and people think he he is fabulous for doing this. Any monkee can eat fried chicken. He isnt so special.

    October 28, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Lindsey La La

      You're the special one....Non Freakin Factor!

      October 28, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • NorEaster TC 6


      Do us all a favor set your whites sheets and hood on fire with you in it !!!

      You filthy animal

      October 29, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tAKE tHAT

    Are you ppl serious he is the WORST actor ever!! Remember Snakes on a Plane!!!! ** Deep Eye Roll**
    But it pays to just take any roll that comes you way, crappy or not!!

    October 28, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tijuan Muhammad

    Umm Jungle Fever was not his first Spike Lee Joint!...Fact Check It should
    have been School Daze!...

    October 28, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  8. toocy

    Travolta didn't win the Oscar that year. Tom Hanks did. I do agree Jackson is a fantastic actor.

    October 27, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • BDog

      You are both wrong. Martin Landau won BSA for his role in Ed Wood.

      October 28, 2011 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
    • tAKE tHAT

      You clearly have not seen Snakes on a Plane or the one where he was a crazy neighbour who terrorized ppl.
      THE WORST!!!!

      October 28, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. Grape soda

    NBA players cant swim.

    October 27, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dawn

    He deserves every penny he has made. Not the greatest actor, but he's watchable!!!

    October 27, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Evel Knievel

    That'll buy a lot of Kool Aid and Newports.

    October 27, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Eddie Mo

    Sam should have easily won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Pulp Fiction over Travolta..

    October 27, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. TJ

    But this article doesn't say how much Samuel gets for each movie. I guarantee you it's no where near what Brad Pitt or George Clooney makes for a film. He big makes money for the studios. Also, his early films were nothing but him cursing and raising his voice..."mad black man". Don't get me wrong, he's one of my favorite actors but I like to see him in another leading man role like his role in "Eve's Bayou". He was great in that movie!!!

    October 27, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • YJ

      I meant to say "he makes big money for the studios".

      October 27, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • ccc

      How much he make is not important stupid. Since he makes four or more a year he most likely makes more than the actors you mentioned, you crazy racist.

      October 30, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. @blog poll

    No I havnt I will try any thing onec

    October 27, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. CHURCH


    October 27, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      You're a liberal stooge. Shut up.

      October 27, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • infinitidoug


      October 28, 2011 at 4:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Duni

      Wait, the article tells you that he makes 2 or more films a year and he does extra work on the side, including voice overs and speaking engagements and you still call him lazy... Does a person HAVE to do manual labor for you to consider it an "honest days work"?
      How about you re-read the article and realize he is one of the hardest working actors and then comment on his work ethic. Ya ninny.

      October 28, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Pee Wee Morris

      Observer: How do you know he's a liberal? Can't you leave politics out of it for once? You must be a hoot to be around considering you belittle those that don't share your politcal beliefs. No, I'm not a liberal but you give all conversatives a bad name, bashing others that don't share your views is what's wrong with this country. Go to the political stories and post.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • c

      DO NOT step into a church, you DEVIL.

      October 30, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Duni

    Here here. I can't be upset with that.

    October 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |

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