Samuel Fuller's influence is seen in the works of many filmmakers, from French New Wave directors Jean-Luc Godard and Robert Besson to independent filmmakers Quentin Tarantino and Jim Jarmusch.
Fuller started his career in newspaper journalism at the age of 12 as a copyboy. By the time he was 17, he had worked his way up to crime reporter for the New York Evening Graphic. After volunteering for and serving in the First Infantry during World War II, he began writing pulp novels and eventually ghostwriting screenplays.
Although Fuller's films border on exploitation, his core values always come through. He was a man who believed in equality, integrity, and freedom for all, regardless of gender, race, or religion. By keeping his budgets low and his productions independent, he was able to discuss issues that were ignored by the mainstream.