With more than 100 movies under his belt, Jackson's films have earned almost $10 billion at the box office. "I've been fortunate," he said. "Movies that I'd done have made the kind of money that allows me to continue to work, that people see me as viable as a box office draw to people."
Growing up in Chattanooga, Tenn., Jackson attended Morehouse College in Atlanta. He told CBS News' Russ Mitchell he originally wanted to be a marine biologist: "I wanted to be the black Jacques Cousteau. I wanted to hang out in the water and look at fish and figure out a way to feed the world from the ocean."
But he changed course after auditioning for a play his junior year: "The night I showed up, all the girls, they were doing photos," he recalled. "And all the girls were sitting around in corsets and garter belts. Okay," he laughed, "this might be all right! And I got in the play and kind of been doing it ever since."
The role came after Jackson had overcome his own substance abuse issues. "I was like the life of the party when I was an addict - you know, hung out with people, I made 'em laugh and we got high. So I wanted Gator to be that guy, you know, who could charm his mom. He could charm his brother, and get what he needed and be very manipulative."
JULES WINNFIELD (Jackson)
There's a passage I got memorized, seems appropriate for this situation: Ezekiel 25:17. "The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you."
Those are the last words Winnfield's prey ever hear.
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in the upcoming Marvel Comics action film, “The Avengers.”