Samuel Leroy Jackson (born December 21, 1948) is an American actor. One of the most widely recognized actors of his generation

Jackson made his professional theatre debut in Mother Courage and her Children in 1980 at The Public Theatre

The films in which he has appeared have collectively grossed over $27 billion worldwide, making him the second-highest-grossing actor of all time

In 1980, Jackson married actress and producer LaTanya Richardson, whom he met while attending Morehouse College

The couple have a daughter named Zoe (born 1982)

On June 13, 2000, Jackson was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7018 Hollywood Blvd.

Jackson has received various awards for his performances on film. At the 44th Cannes Film Festival he received the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor for his performance in Spike Lee's Jungle Fever (1991)

He also gained widespread recognition as the Jedi Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999–2005), and Nick Fury in 11 Marvel Cinematic Universe films, beginning with Iron Man (2008),

Throughout the 1990s, A.C. Neilson E.C.I., a box office–tracking company, determined that Jackson appeared in more films than any other actor who grossed $1.7 billion domestically

In 2009, he again worked with Quentin Tarantino when he narrated several scenes in the World War II film Inglourious Basterds