Samuel Leroy Jackson is an American actor and film producer. He achieved prominence and critical acclaim in the early 1990s. With Jackson's permission, his likeness was used for the Ultimate version of the Marvel Comics character Nick Fury.
Jackson was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Elizabeth and Roy Henry Jackson. He grew up as an only child in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Jackson attended several segregated schools and graduated from Riverside High School in Chattanooga. Jackson initially majored in marine biology at Morehouse College before switching to architecture. He later settled on drama.
He is married to LaTanya Richardson, with whom he has a daughter, Zoe. In 2009, they started their own charitable organization to help support education.
In June 2013, Jackson launched a joint campaign with the charity Prizeo in an effort to raise money to fight Alzheimer's disease. In August 2013, he started a vegan diet for health reasons, explaining that he is "just trying to live forever".
~Selected items from Wikipedia