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Samuel L. Jackson reveals the favorite character he ever played

Actor, producer and famous Atlanta Falcons fan Samuel L. Jackson gained renowned fame in the early 1990s with iconic roles in movies such as “Goodfellas” and “Jungle Fever.”

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Recently, The Undefeated asked Jackson to rank his top 20 of 111 roles, a list that may “spark arguments from die-hard fans— pun not entirely unintended.”

Jackson’s all-time favorite character: Mitch Henessey from the 1996 feature film, “The Long Kiss Goodnight.”

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“I just loved Mitch because he’s got such a big heart. He’s a fun-loving, kind of profane guy that wants to be this thing that he’s not,” the Morehouse alum told The Undefeated. “But he’s not afraid to step into the space for somebody that he cares about.”

Jackson’s 20 favorite roles, ranked:

  1. Mitch Henessey, “The Long Kiss Goodnight” (1996)
  2. Jules Winnfield, “Pulp Fiction” (1994)
  3. Mace Windu, “Star Wars” (1999-2005)
  4. Frozone/Lucius Best, “The Incredibles” (2004, 2018)
  5. Nick Fury in Marvel Universe films (2008-2019)
  6. Gator Purify, “Jungle Fever” (1991)
  7. Elijah Price, “Unbreakable” (2000)
  8. John Shaft, “Shaft” and “Son of Shaft” (2000)
  9. Richmond Valentine, “Kingsman: Secret Service” (2014)
  10. Zeus Carver, “Die Hard with a Vengeance” (1995)
  11. Stephen, “Django Unchained” (2012)
  12. Mr. Barron, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” (2016)
  13. Carl Lee Hailey, “A Time to Kill” (1996)
  14. Ken Carter, “Coach Carter” (2005)
  15. Ordell Robbie, “Jackie Brown” (1997)
  16. Darius Kincaid, “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” (2017)
  17. Major Marquis Warren, “The Hateful Eight” (2015)
  18. Elmo Mcelroy, “Formula 51” (2001)
  19. Charles Morritz, “The Red Violin” (1998)
  20. Lazarus Red, “Black Snake Moan” (2006)

Read more about the stories behind Jackson’s picks at

About the Author

Fiza Pirani is a web producer and writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She is also currently investigating immigrant and refugee mental health stigma and health care access as a recipient of the Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism.

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