Samuel L. Jackson Celebrates Birthday on December 21: Reasons He Should Be Happy in 2012

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Samuel L. Jackson Celebrates Birthday on December 21: Reasons He Should Be Happy in 2012
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Actor Samuel L. Jackson is turning 64 on December 21. The outspoken star, who is the highest grossing actor in history according to the Guinness Book of World Records, will actually be pretty busy for his birthday this year. He is preparing for the Christmas release of "Django Unchained," his latest collaboration with director Quentin Tarantino. The highly-anticipated flick, which also features Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio, is just one big thing for Sam to celebrate. Here are a few other 2012 highlights that should make the actor smile as he celebrates his big day.

He starred in the year's biggest movie

With the massive success of "Marvel's The Avengers," Samuel added to his already remarkable box office clout. He had a big role as Nick Fury, a character that he had previously played in several superhero movies. The film earned more than $623 million at the domestic box office, easily the most of any movie in 2012. Sam isn't done with the tough-guy character either. He will reprise the role in the upcoming "Captain America" sequel, as well as the follow-up to "The Avengers."

He's excited about a possible "Star Wars" return

After playing a major role in the last three "Star Wars" films, Sam is excited about the possibility of returning for the upcoming trilogy. Even though his character Mace Windu died in the Episode III, the actor is campaigning to reprise his role in the new movies. "I can come back as one-armed or a one-handed Jedi that's still around that didn't actually die," he recently said. "I could do that or be a ghost hologram. I don't care!" The next "Star Wars" movie doesn't come out until 2015, so there is plenty of time for the writers to find a way to work in Sam's return.

He appeared in one of the year's best political ads

As one of the biggest faces in Hollywood, it's no surprise that Sam was actively involved in the Presidential campaign. As was the case in 2008, the actor threw his support behind Barack Obama. This year, he starred in a long commercial that parodied his intense movie persona. The commercial became a viral sensation, in large part because of the actor's work. "My hopes are that the video helps remind people of Obama's accomplishments and the stakes of this election, "said Adam Mansbach, who wrote the script for the ad.

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