Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller is an American actor, writer and director. He is the son of actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. After beginning his acting career with a play, Stiller wrote several mockumentaries and was offered his own show, titled The Ben Stiller Show, which he produced and hosted for its thirteen-episode run. Having acted in television, he began acting in films, he made his directorial debut with Reality Bites. Throughout his career he has written, starred in, directed, or produced more than 50 films including The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Cable Guy, There's Something About Mary, the Meet the Parents trilogy, DodgeBall, Tropic Thunder, the Madagascar series, the Night at the Museum trilogy, he has made numerous cameos in music videos, television shows, films. Stiller is a member of a group of comedic actors colloquially known as the Frat Pack, his films have grossed more than $2.6 billion in Canada and the United States, with an average of $79 million per film. Throughout his career, he has received multiple awards and honors, including an Emmy Award, multiple MTV Movie Awards, a Teen Choice Award.
Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller was born on November 30, 1965 in New York City and raised on the Upper West Side. His father and actor Jerry Stiller, is from a Jewish family that emigrated from Poland and Galicia in Central Europe, his mother and comedian Anne Meara, from an Irish Catholic background, converted to Reform Judaism after marrying his father. While the family was "never religious", they celebrated both Hanukkah and Christmas, Stiller had a Bar Mitzvah, his parents took him on the sets of their appearances, including The Mike Douglas Show when he was 6. He considered his childhood unusual, stating: "In some ways, it was a show-business upbringing—a lot of traveling, a lot of late nights—not what you'd call traditional." His elder sister, has appeared in many of his productions, including Reality Bites, DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, Zoolander. Stiller displayed an early interest in filmmaking and made Super 8 movies with his sister and friends. At age 9, Stiller made his acting debut as a guest on his mother's short-lived television series, Kate McShane.
In the late 1970s, he performed with the New York City troupe NYC's First All Children's Theater, playing several roles, including the title role in Clever Jack and the Magic Beanstalk. After being inspired by the television show Second City Television while in high school, Stiller realized that he wanted to get involved with sketch comedy. During his high school years, he was the drummer of the post-punk band Capital Punishment, which released the studio album Roadkill in 1982; the band's bassist, Peter Swann, went on to become an Arizona Court of Appeals Judge. Stiller attended The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine and graduated from the Calhoun School in New York in 1983, he started performing on the cabaret circuit as opening act to the cabaret siren Jadin Wong. Stiller enrolled as a film student at the University of California, Los Angeles. After nine months, Stiller left school to move back to New York City, he made his way through acting classes and trying to find an agent. When he was 15, Stiller obtained a small part with one line on the television soap opera Guiding Light, although in an interview he characterized his performance as poor.
He was cast in a role in the 1986 Broadway revival of John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves, alongside John Mahoney. During its run, Stiller produced a satirical mockumentary. Stiller's comedic work was well received by the cast and crew of the play, he followed up with a 10-minute short titled The Hustler of Money, a parody of the Martin Scorsese film The Color of Money; the film featured him in a send-up of Tom Cruise's character and Mahoney in the Paul Newman role, only this time as a bowling hustler instead of a pool shark. The short got the attention of Saturday Night Live, which aired it in 1987 and two years offered Stiller a spot as a writer. In the meantime, he had a bit role in Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun. In 1989, Stiller appeared on Saturday Night Live as a featured performer. However, since the show did not want him to make more short films, he left after four episodes, he put together Elvis Stories, a short film about a fictitious tabloid focused on recent sightings of Elvis Presley.
The film starred friends and co-stars John Cusack, Jeremy Piven, Mike Myers, Andy Dick, Jeff Kahn. The film was considered a success, led him to develop the short film Going Back to Brooklyn for MTV. Producers at MTV were so impressed with Back to Brooklyn that they offered Stiller a 13-episode show in the experimental "vid-com" format. Titled The Ben Stiller Show, this series mixed comedy sketches with music videos and parodied various television shows, music stars, films, it starred Stiller, along with main writer Jeff Khan and Harry O'Reilly, with his parents and sister making occasional appearances. Although the show was canceled after its first season, it led to another show titled The Ben Stiller Show, on the Fox Network in 1992; the series aired 12 episodes on Fox, with a 13th unaired episode broadcast by Comedy Central in a revival. Among the principal writers on The Ben Stiller Show were Stiller and Judd Apatow, with the show featuring the ensemble cast of Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, Andy Dick, Bob Odenkirk.
Both Denise Richards and Jeanne Tripplehorn appeared as extras in various episodes. Throughout
Black Swan (film)
Black Swan is a 2010 American psychological horror film directed by Darren Aronofsky. The screenplay was written by Mark Heyman, John McLaughlin, Andres Heinz, based on an original story by Heinz; the film stars Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder. The plot revolves around a production of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake ballet by the prestigious New York City Ballet company; the production requires a ballerina to play the innocent and fragile White Swan, for which the committed dancer Nina is a perfect fit, as well as the dark and sensual Black Swan, which are qualities better embodied by the new arrival Lily. Nina is overwhelmed by a feeling of immense pressure when she finds herself competing for the part, causing her to lose her tenuous grip on reality and descend into a living nightmare. Described as a psychological horror film, Black Swan can be interpreted as a metaphor for achieving artistic perfection, with all the psychological and physical challenges one might encounter, i.e. "the film can be perceived as a poetic metaphor for the birth of an artist, that is, as a visual representation of Nina's psychic odyssey toward achieving artistic perfection and of the price to be paid for it."Aronofsky conceived the premise by connecting his viewings of a production of Swan Lake with an unrealized screenplay about understudies and the notion of being haunted by a double, similar to the folklore surrounding doppelgängers.
Aronofsky cites Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The Double as another inspiration for the film. The director considered Black Swan a companion piece to his 2008 film The Wrestler, with both films involving demanding performances for different kinds of art, he and Portman first discussed the project in 2000, after a brief attachment to Universal Studios, Black Swan was produced in New York City in 2009 by Fox Searchlight Pictures. Portman and Kunis trained in ballet for several months prior to filming, notable figures from the ballet world helped with film production to shape the ballet presentation; the film premiered as the opening film for the 67th Venice International Film Festival on September 1, 2010. It had a limited release in the United States starting December 3, 2010 and opened in wide release on December 17; the film upon release was a commercial success. Critics praised Portman's performance and Aronofsky's direction, while the film grossed over $329 million worldwide, it received five nominations at the 83rd Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing and winning Best Actress.
Nina Sayers is a 28-year-old dancer in a New York City ballet company, preparing to open its new season with Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. With prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre being forced into retirement, artistic director Thomas Leroy announces he is looking for a new dancer to portray the dual role of the innocent White Swan and the sensual Black Swan. Nina auditions for the role and gives a flawless performance as the White Swan, but fails to embody the Black Swan; the following day, Nina asks Thomas to reconsider choosing her to play the role. When he forcibly kisses her, she bites him before running out of his office; that day, Nina sees the cast list and discovers, much to her surprise and that of her overprotective mother Erica, she will be portraying the lead. At a gala celebrating the new season, an intoxicated Beth confronts Nina, accusing her of sleeping with Thomas to get the role; the following day, Nina discovers that Beth was hit by a car while walking in the street and Thomas believes she did it on purpose.
During rehearsals, Thomas tells Nina to observe new dancer Lily, whom he describes as possessing an uninhibited quality that Nina lacks. Nina falls victim to several hallucinations of a doppelgänger following her wherever she goes and finds unexplained scratch marks on her back. One night, Nina accepts Lily's invitation to dinner despite Erica's objections. Over dinner, Lily offers Nina an ecstasy capsule to help her relax. Nina turns it down, but accepts a drink laced with ecstasy powder; the two return to Nina's apartment late. After fighting with her mother, Nina has sex with Lily; the following morning, Nina realizes she is late for the dress rehearsal. Upon arriving at Lincoln Center, she finds Lily dancing as the Black Swan and confronts her about their night together; when Lily doesn't recall, Nina realizes. After learning that Thomas has made Lily her alternative, Nina's hallucinations grow stronger to the point where Erica tries to prevent her from performing on opening night. Nina forces her way out of the apartment and arrives at Lincoln Center only to discover that Lily is set to take over.
She confronts Thomas. During the end of the play's second act, Nina becomes distracted by a hallucination, causing her partner to drop her, she finds Lily preparing to play the Black Swan. When Lily transforms into Nina's doppelgänger, the two engage in a fight that ends with Nina stabbing the doppelgänger with a shard of glass, only to reveal that it had been Lily, stabbed, she hides the corpse and returns to the stage, where she loses herself and gives a flawless performance as the Black Swan. Nina receives a standing ovation from the audience and, after surprising Thomas with a passionate kiss, returns to her dressing room. While changing, Nina hears a knock at the door and opens it to find Lily alive and congratulating her. Realizing the fight never occurred, yet the mirror is still broken, that she had stabbed herself, Nina quiet
Elizabeth Claire Kemper is an American actress and comedian. She played the receptionist Erin Hannon in the NBC comedy series The Office and the starring role in the Netflix comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, for which she has received two nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Kemper appeared in the films Bridesmaids and 21 Jump Street. In 2018 she published My Squirrel Days. Kemper was born in Kansas City, the second of four children of Dorothy "Dotty" Ann Jannarone and David Woods Kemper, a son of one of the wealthiest families in Missouri, her father was the chairman and chief executive officer of what is today Commerce Bancshares, a bank holding company founded by the Kemper family. She is the granddaughter of Mildred Lane Kemper, namesake of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis, great-great-granddaughter of banker, insurance man, railroad magnate William Thornton Kemper Sr, she is the older sister of television writer Carrie Kemper.
Kemper is of Italian, English and German ancestry. Kemper remains a practicing Roman Catholic, her family moved to St. Louis, she attended Conway Elementary School in the affluent suburb of Ladue and high school at John Burroughs School, where she developed an interest in theater and improvisational comedy. One of her teachers was actor Jon Hamm. In 1999, Kemper made her debut at the Veiled Prophet Ball, where she was named the Veiled Prophet Queen of Love and Beauty. Kemper graduated from Princeton University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. At Princeton, Kemper was a member of Quipfire, she played on the school's 1998 national championship field hockey team, maintaining she sat on the bench "roughly 97 percent" of the time before moving on in the following year to focus on theatre. She attended Worcester College, where she studied towards a graduate degree in English. Kemper continued her interest in improvisational comedy while at Princeton. Kemper participated in Quipfire!, Princeton's oldest improv comedy group, the Princeton Triangle Club, a touring musical comedy theater troupe.
She appeared in a radio spot for Dunkin' Donuts. Kemper earned her Screen Actors Guild card doing commercial advertising of a one-week sale of tents at Kmart; the commercial featured her camping with an onscreen husband, a shot in which a tarantula crawls across her face. She appeared in comedy sketches on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in the late 2000s, has made guest appearances on Important Things with Demetri Martin, E! Television's The Gastineau Girls, described as her "breakout role", she has appeared on Fuse TV's The P. A. In October 2008, Kemper appeared on The Colbert Report in a PSA for Teen Voter Abstinence. Kemper has written several sketch comedy shows many of them with her comedy partner Scott Eckert, a fellow Princeton grad. Kemper is a contributing writer for the national satirical newspaper The Onion, for McSweeney's, she is a contributor to The Huffington Post. Upon moving to New York City, Kemper participated in the People's Improv Theatre and the city troupe of Upright Citizens Brigade, an improvisational comedy and sketch comedy theater.
She has appeared in several shows for the Brigade, including Death and/or Despair, Listen Kid, Gang Bang and The Improvised Mystery. At the UCB, she fwand. At the People's Improv Theatre she performs with the house improv team Big Black Car. In August 2008, she auditioned for a spot on the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, but was not cast. In July 2009, Kemper was named one of Variety magazine's "10 Comics To Watch". In 2007, she appeared in How to Kick People, a performance combining comedy and literary performances. In March 2008, she wrote and performed in the one-woman show "Dumb Girls" through the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, she performed in the one-woman show "Feeling Sad/Mad with Ellie Kemper" and has appeared in comedy sketches on Funny or Die, the comedy website started by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's production company, Gary Sanchez Productions. Kemper gained some Internet fame in August 2007 for her part in "Blowjob Girl", a humor video on the sketch comedy site Derrick Comedy.
The video, circulated on the popular site CollegeHumor, was a two-minute close-up of Kemper offering to perform oral sex on her boyfriend, but startling him by promising to bite and smash his genitals, which she seems to believe is arousing. Kemper said of the video in an April 2010 interview with The A. V. Club: "I don't like that video, I wish that I hadn't done it though I know that it's a joke. I hate that it got sort of big, because I don't think that it's that funny and I don't want that to be the epitome of my work. It's just one video in a sea of many, but it has made me conscious of not wanting to do a video like that again." Kemper has contributed an article to CollegeHumor entitled "Regarding Our Decision Never to See Me Again". She had a minor role in the 2009 film Mystery Team. Kemper starred in a fake iPhone commercial on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in January 2007, six months before the first iPhone was released. Kemper appeared in the Sofia Coppola comedy-drama Somewhere in 2010.
She appeared in Bridesmaids in 2011. On April 3, 2013, it was announced that Kemper would be voicing a character in an episode of the animated sitcom American Dad!. Kemper auditioned for a role in Parks and Recreation, an NBC comedy series started in 2009 by Michael Schur and Greg Daniels, creator of the
Eric Marlon Bishop, known professionally as Jamie Foxx, is an American actor, songwriter, record producer, comedian. For his portrayal of Ray Charles in the 2004 biographical film Ray, he won an Academy Award for Best Actor, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy; that same year, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the crime film Collateral. Since spring 2017, Foxx has served as the host and executive producer of the Fox game show Beat Shazam. Other acting roles include Staff Sergeant Sykes in Jarhead, record executive Curtis Taylor, Jr. in Dreamgirls, Detective Ricardo Tubbs in the 2006 film adaptation of TV series Miami Vice, the title role in the film Django Unchained, the supervillain Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Will Stacks in Annie, gangster Bats / Leon Jefferson III in Baby Driver. Foxx starred in the sketch comedy show In Living Color and his own television sitcom The Jamie Foxx Show, in which he played Jamie King, Jr. Foxx is a Grammy Award-winning musician, producing four albums, which have charted in the top ten of the U.
S. Billboard 200: Unpredictable, which topped the chart, Best Night of My Life, Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses. Eric Marlon Bishop was born in Terrell, Texas on December 13, 1967, he is the son of Darrell Bishop, who sometimes worked as a stockbroker, Louise Annette Talley Dixon. Shortly after his birth, Foxx was adopted and raised by his mother's adoptive parents, Esther Marie, a domestic worker and nursery operator, Mark Talley, a yard worker, he has had little contact with his birth parents. Foxx was raised in the black quarter of Terrell, which at the time was a racially segregated community, he has acknowledged his grandmother's influence in his life as one of the greatest reasons for his success. Foxx began playing the piano, he had a strict Baptist upbringing, as a teenager he was a part-time pianist and choir leader in Terrell's New Hope Baptist Church. His natural talent for telling jokes was in evidence as a third grader, when his teacher would use him as a reward: if the class behaved, Foxx would tell them jokes.
Foxx attended Terrell High School, where he played basketball and football. His ambition was to play for the Dallas Cowboys, he was the first player in the school's history to pass for more than 1,000 yards, he sang in a band called Leather and Lace. After completing high school, Foxx received a scholarship to United States International University, where he studied musical and performing arts composition. Foxx first told jokes at a comedy club's open mic night in 1989, after accepting a girlfriend's dare; when he found that female comedians were called first to perform, he changed his name to Jamie Foxx, feeling that it was a name ambiguous enough to disallow any biases. He chose his surname as a tribute to the black comedian Redd Foxx. Foxx joined the cast of In Living Color in 1991, where his recurrent character Wanda shared a name with Redd's friend and co-worker, LaWanda Page. Following a recurring role in the comedy-drama sitcom Roc, Foxx went on to star in his own sitcom The Jamie Foxx Show, from 1996 to 2001.
Foxx made his film debut in the 1992 comedy Toys. His first dramatic role came in Oliver Stone's 1999 film Any Given Sunday, where he was cast as a hard-partying American football player because of his own football background. In 2001, Foxx starred opposite Will Smith in Michael Mann's biographical drama Ali. Three years Foxx played taxi driver Max Durocher in the film Collateral alongside Tom Cruise, for which he received outstanding reviews and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. In 1994, Foxx released an album entitled Peep This, not commercially successful. In 2003, Foxx made a cameo in Benzino's music video for "Would You", which features LisaRaye McCoy and Mario Winans. In 2003, Foxx featured on the rapper Twista's song, "Slow Jamz", together with Kanye West, which reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and #3 on the UK Singles chart, his second collaboration with Kanye West, "Gold Digger," in which Foxx sang the Ray Charles-influenced "I Got a Woman" hook went straight to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, remaining there for 10 weeks.
In 2005, Foxx featured on the single "Georgia" by Atlanta rappers Ludacris and Field Mob, which sampled Ray Charles' hit "Georgia on My Mind". Foxx would portray Ray Charles in the biographical film Ray, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor and the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Foxx is the third male in history to receive two acting Oscar nominations in the same year for two different movies and Ray. In 2005, Foxx was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Foxx released his second studio album, Unpredictable, in December 2005, it debuted at #2, selling 598,000 copies in its first week, rising to #1 the following week and selling an additional 200,000 copies. To date, the album has sold 1.98 million copies in the United States, was certified double Platinum by the RIAA. The album charted on the UK Albums Chart, where it peaked at #9. Foxx became the fourth artist to have both won an Academy Award for an acting role and to have achieved a #1 album in the U.
S, joining Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Barbra Streisand. Foxx's first single from the album, the title track "Unpredictable" (f
Betty Marion White Ludden is an American actress and comedian, with the longest television career of any female entertainer, spanning 80 years. Regarded as a pioneer of television, she is one of the first women to have control both in front of and behind the camera and is recognized as the first woman to produce a sitcom, which contributed to her receiving the honorary title Mayor of Hollywood in 1955, she is known for her award-winning roles as Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls – the Writers Guild of America has included both sitcoms in its list of the 101 Best Written TV Series of All Time – and Elka Ostrovsky on Hot in Cleveland. A staple guest of many American game shows such as Password, Match Game, The $25,000 Pyramid, White has been dubbed the'First Lady of Game Shows' and became the first woman to receive an Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host in 1983 for the show Just Men! She is known for her appearances on Boston Legal, Mama's Family, Saturday Night Live.
In a career that has spanned 80 years, she has received eight Emmy Awards in various categories, three American Comedy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Grammy Award. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, is a Television Hall of Fame inductee, a Disney Legend. Betty Marion White was born in Oak Park, Illinois, on January 17, 1922, she has stated. She is the only child of Christine Tess, a homemaker, Horace Logan White, a lighting company executive, her paternal grandfather was Danish and her maternal grandfather was Greek, with her other roots being English and Welsh. White's family moved to Alhambra, California and to Los Angeles, during the Great Depression. To make extra money, her father would sell them wherever he could. Since it was the height of the Depression, hardly anyone had a sizable income, he would trade the radios in exchange for other goods, including dogs on some occasions, she attended Horace Mann School Beverly Hills and Beverly Hills High School, famously used as a filming location for popular titles such as Clueless and It's a Wonderful Life, where she was a member of the 1939 graduating class.
Her interest in wildlife was sparked by family vacations to the High Sierras. She aspired to become a forest ranger, but was unable to accomplish this dream because women were not allowed to serve as rangers. Instead, White pursued an interest in writing, she wrote and played the lead in a graduation play at Horace Mann School and discovered her interest in performing. Inspired by her idols, Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, she decided to pursue a career as an actress. White began her television career in 1939, three months after high school graduation, when she and a classmate sang songs from The Merry Widow on an experimental Los Angeles channel. White found work modeling, her first professional acting job was at the Bliss Hayden Little Theatre; when World War II broke out, she put her career on hold and volunteered for the American Women's Voluntary Services. Her assignment included the transportation of military supplies through California, she participated in events for troops before they were deployed overseas.
After the war, White made rounds to movie studios looking for work, but was always turned down because she was "unphotogenic". So she started to look for radio jobs where being photogenic did not matter, her first radio jobs included reading commercials and playing bit parts, sometimes doing crowd noises. She made about five dollars a show, she would do just about anything, like singing on a show for no money, or making an appearance on the local game show. She appeared on shows such as Blondie, The Great Gildersleeve, This is Your FBI, she got her own radio show, called The Betty White Show. In 1949, she began appearing as co-host with Al Jarvis on his daily live television variety show Hollywood on Television called Al Jarvis' Make-Believe Ballroom on KFWB radio and on KLAC-TV in Los Angeles. White began hosting the show by herself in 1952 after Jarvis' departure, spanning five and a half hours of live ad-lib television six days per week over a contiguous four-year span altogether. In all of her various variety series over the years, White would sing at least a couple of songs during each broadcast.
In 1951, she was nominated for her first Emmy Award as "Best Actress" on television, competing with such legendary stars as Judith Anderson, Helen Hayes, Imogene Coca. This was the first award and category in the new Emmy history designated for women on television. In 1952, the same year that she began hosting Hollywood on Television, White co-founded Bandy Productions with writer George Tibbles and Don Fedderson, a producer; the trio worked to create new shows using existing characters from sketches shown on Hollywood on Television. White and Tibbles created the television comedy Life with Elizabeth, with White portraying the title role; the show was a live production on KLAC-TV in 1951, won White a Regional Los Angeles Emmy in 1952. Life with Elizabeth was nationally syndicated from 1952 to 1955, allowing White to become one of the few women in television with full creative control in front of and behind the camera; the show was unusual for a sitcom in the 1950s because it was co-produced and owned by a twenty-eight-year-old woman who still lived with her parents.
White said they didn't worry about relevance in those days, that the incidents were based on real life situations that happened to her, the a
Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel Leroy Jackson is an American actor and film producer. A recipient of critical acclaim and numerous accolades and awards, Jackson is the actor whose films have made the highest total gross revenue, he came to prominence in the early 1990s with films such as Goodfellas, Jungle Fever, Patriot Games, Amos & Andrew, True Romance, Jurassic Park and his collaborations with director Quentin Tarantino including Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight. He is a prolific actor, having appeared in over 100 films, including Die Hard with a Vengeance, A Time to Kill, The Long Kiss Goodnight, The Negotiator, Deep Blue Sea, Shaft, XXX, Snakes on a Plane, Kong: Skull Island and the Star Wars prequel trilogy. With Jackson's permission, his likeness was used for the Ultimate version of the Marvel Comics character Nick Fury, he has subsequently played Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, Captain Marvel and will reprise his role in Spider-Man: Far From Home, as well as the TV show Marvel's Agents of S.
H. I. E. L. D. Jackson has provided his voice to several animated films, television series and video games, including the roles of Lucius Best / Frozone in Pixar Animation Studios' films The Incredibles and Incredibles 2, Mace Windu in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Whiplash in Turbo, Afro Samurai in the anime television series Afro Samurai, Frank Tenpenny in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Jackson is married to LaTanya Richardson, with whom he has Zoe. Jackson is ranked as the highest all-time box office star with over $5.15 billion total US box office gross, an average of $70.5 million per film. The worldwide box office total of his films is over $12 billion, he became the top-grossing actor in October 2011. Jackson was born in Washington, D. C. the son of Elizabeth and Roy Henry Jackson. He grew up as an only child in Tennessee, his father lived away from the family in Kansas City and died from alcoholism. Jackson met his father only twice during his life. Jackson was raised by his mother, a factory worker and a supplies buyer for a mental institution, by his maternal grandparents and extended family.
According to DNA tests, Jackson descends from the Benga people of Gabon. Jackson graduated from Riverside High School in Chattanooga. Between the third and 12th grades, he trumpet in the school orchestra. Jackson played the flute and piccolo. During childhood, he had a stuttering problem. While he learned to "pretend to be other people who didn't stutter" and use the curse word motherfucker as an affirmation word, he still has days where he stutters. Intent on pursuing a degree in marine biology, he attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. After joining a local acting group to earn extra points in a class, Jackson found an interest in acting and switched his major. Before graduating in 1972, he co-founded the "Just Us Theatre". After the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Jackson attended the funeral in Atlanta as one of the ushers. Jackson flew to Memphis to join an equal rights protest march. In a Parade interview Jackson revealed: "I was angry about the assassination, but I wasn't shocked by it.
I knew that change was going to take something different – not sit-ins, not peaceful coexistence."In 1969, Jackson and several other students held members of the Morehouse College board of trustees hostage on the campus, demanding reform in the school's curriculum and governance. The college agreed to change its policy, but Jackson was charged with and convicted of unlawful confinement, a second-degree felony. Jackson was suspended for two years for his criminal record and his actions, he would return to the college to earn his Bachelor of Arts in Drama in 1972. While he was suspended, Jackson was employed as a social worker in Los Angeles. Jackson decided to return to Atlanta, where he met with Stokely Carmichael, H. Rap Brown, others active in the Black Power movement. Jackson revealed in the same Parade interview that he began to feel empowered with his involvement in the movement when the group began buying guns. However, before Jackson could become involved with any significant armed confrontation, his mother sent him to Los Angeles after the FBI told her that he would die within a year if he remained with the Black Power movement.
In a 2018 interview with Vogue he denied having been a member of the Black Panther Party. Jackson majored in marine biology at Morehouse College before switching to architecture, he settled on drama after taking a public speaking class and appearing in a version of The Threepenny Opera. Jackson began acting in multiple plays, including A Soldier's Play, he appeared in several television films, made his feature film debut in the blaxploitation independent film Together for Days. After these initial roles, Jackson moved from Atlanta to New York City in 1976 and spent the next decade appearing in stage plays, including the premiers of The Piano Lesson and Two Trains Running at the Yale Repertory Theater. Jackson developed addictions to alcohol and cocaine, which prevented him from procee
Zombieland is a 2009 American post-apocalyptic zombie comedy film directed by Ruben Fleischer and written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The film stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin as survivors of a zombie apocalypse; the film follows a geeky college kid making his way through the zombie apocalypse, meeting three strangers along the way and together taking an extended road trip across the Southwestern United States in an attempt to find a sanctuary free from zombies. The film premiered at Fantastic Fest on September 25, 2009, was theatrically released on October 2, 2009, in the United States by Columbia Pictures. Zombieland was a critical and commercial success, grossing more than $60.8 million in 17 days and surpassing the 2004 film Dawn of the Dead as the top-grossing zombie film in the United States until World War Z in 2013. A sequel, Zombieland: Double Tap, is set to be released on October 11, 2019. Two months have passed since a strain of mad cow disease mutated into "mad person disease" that became "mad zombie disease" which overran the entire United States, turning American people into vicious zombies.
Survivors of the zombie epidemic have learned that it is best not to grow attached to other survivors because they could die at any moment, so many have taken to using their city of origin as nicknames. Unaffected college student Columbus is making his way from his college dorm in Austin, Texas, to Columbus, Ohio, to see whether his parents are still alive, he encounters Tallahassee, another survivor, violent in killing zombies. Though he doesn't appear to be sociable, Tallahassee reluctantly allows Columbus to travel with him. Tallahassee mentions he misses his puppy, killed by zombies, as well as his affinity for Twinkies, which he tries to find; the pair meets her younger sister Little Rock in a grocery store. The sisters are con artists, trick Tallahassee and Columbus into handing over their weapons by pretending that Little Rock is infected by the disease steal their Escalade; the two men find a yellow Hummer H2 go after the sisters. However, the girls spring another take them hostage. Tallahassee steals his gun back and has a stand-off with Wichita, until Columbus lashes out in anger that they have bigger problems to worry about, resulting in an uneasy truce between them.
The sisters reveal that they are going to the Pacific Playland amusement park in Los Angeles, an area free of zombies. After learning his hometown has been destroyed, his parents killed, Columbus decides to accompany the others to California. Along the trip, Columbus persists in trying to woo Wichita; when the group reaches Hollywood, Tallahassee directs them to Bill Murray's mansion. Tallahassee and Wichita meet Murray himself, uninfected but disguised as a zombie so he can walk safely around town. Murray is killed when Columbus shoots him, mistaking him for a real zombie during a practical joke while watching Ghostbusters with Little Rock. Columbus realizes during a game of Monopoly that Tallahassee has not been grieving for his puppy, but rather for his young son. Wichita becomes attracted to Columbus, Tallahassee bonds with Little Rock, with whom he was at odds. Despite Wichita's attraction to Columbus, she fears attachment and leaves with Little Rock for Pacific Playland the next morning.
Columbus convinces Tallahassee to join him. At Pacific Playland, the sisters activate all the rides and lights and began to enjoy the park, but not without unwittingly drawing the attention of all the zombies in the surrounding area. A chase ensues, just as the sisters are trapped on a drop tower ride called Blast Off and Columbus arrive. Tallahassee lures the zombies away from the tower, creating a distraction for Columbus to get to the tower ride. Tallahassee locks himself in a game booth, shooting zombies as they arrive. Columbus evades and shoots through several zombies to reach the tower and help the girls down, but not before changing one of his rules for survival to conquer his fear of clowns by facing off against a clown zombie. In thanks, Wichita kisses reveals her real name: Krista; as the group leaves Pacific Playland, Columbus realizes that without relating to other people, you might as well be a zombie and that he now has what he's always wanted: a family. Woody Harrelson as Tallahassee, a man who comes from the west who joins Columbus and Little Rock during the apocalypse.
Jesse Eisenberg as Columbus, a young man who lives by himself in a beat up apartment, he is one of the few survivors of the zombie apocalypse. Emma Stone as Wichita, Little Rock's older sister and Columbus's love interest, she is one of the few survivors of the zombie apocalypse. Her real name is Krista. Abigail Breslin as Little Rock, Wichita's twelve-year-old sister, sweet, but not that innocent and has grown up quickly because of the apocalypse. Bill Murray as a fictionalized version of himself, still living in his Los Angeles home and disguising himself as a zombie to travel around the area, he wasn't the first choice. His role was written for Patrick Swayze, but he was battling pancreatic cancer at the time and was too sick to make it to set, died in September 2009. Other casting considerations included Sylvester Stallone, The Rock, Matthew McConaughey, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Joe Pesci, Mark Hamill, Kevin Bacon and Dustin Hoffman. Amber Heard as Columbus's ill-fated neighbor; the main characters do not use each other's real names, but identify themselves using place names that relate to them.