We all know that Samuel L. Jackson, aka Nick Fury & bka Jules Winnfield, is one of the best actors of our time. Everyone likes him -- except certain somebodies. The likelyhood of Samuel L. Jackson's character making it out of a movie alive has always been slim, but with this list of Oscar winning and nominated directors, Sammy has a better chance of surviving a zombie Apocalypse.
Here's a list of every Oscar recognized director who murdered Samuel L. Jackson's character on the big screen.
Martin Scorsese has 9 Oscar Nominations and 1 victory to his name. There's a consensus among my generation that his face is definitely on the Mount Rushmore of "Most Influential Directors of All Time". He's a true trendsetter and he was killing off Samuel L. Jackson characters before it was cool. Here's a look at Scorsese giving him the ax in 1990's Goodfellas.
Spike is best known for his films that examine race relations in the colorism in the black community, his 2 Oscar Nominations, and he's one of the primary reasons the Knicks will never ever win another NBA Championship (ask Reggie Miller). One of the best to ever do it, the director had no problem in dealing a low blow to his close friend Mr. Jackson in 1991's Jungle Fever.
Steven Spieldberg is considered one of the founding pioneers of the New Hollywood era. Spieldberg has 11 Oscar nominations, 2 victories and even has an Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award aka an honorary Oscar. When he made 1993’s Jurassic Park, you either laughed or cried depending on your age group, but one thing’s for sure, it was not a laughing matter when the awarding winning director chose to give Jackson’s character the ax before the ending credits.
You could argue that the name Samuel L. Jackson wouldn’t be a household name if it wasn’t for the guy above. One of Jackson’s most iconic roles is none other than Jules Winnfield from Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. With that being said, I think we could forgive the 2 time Oscar winner, when he penned the 1993 True Romance script that killed Sammy and when he killed off Sam’s character in 2012’s Django Unchained.
I’m not sure what Samuel L. Jackson ever did to piss off Paul Thomas Anderson in real life, but it seems like the 4 time Oscar nominated director had a score to settle because the way Sammy went out in the movie Hard Eight -- talk about overkill.
Next up, Phillip Kauffman is primarily known for his writing on the blockbuster film Indiana Jones, but he was also nominated by the academy for his screenplay The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Nonetheless, I’m positive Mr. Jackson best remembers him for the death scene he directed in Twisted.
Last but not least, from the guy that bought you Star Wars, which FYI got him a nomination and is probably the biggest reason he got the same honorary award as his buddy Stephen Spielberg, comes one of the most memorable moments from the Star Wars prequels where Samuel L. Jackson’s character gives a literal arm and a leg to defend the Jedi Order.
What is your favorite Samuel L. Jackson death? Also, do you think he'll catch a break in The Hateful Eight?