The seasoned actor hardly needs an introduction, with his miles-long repertoire, his instantly recognizable voice, and his presence that brings about memories of one expletive-filled catchphrase from a mid-2000s B-movie about a certain reptile on a certain form of transportation.
A widely-known and widely-loved actor with an unshakable reputation, the full-name-always Samuel L. Jackson gained even more clout in the film world in his role as Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequels. From 1999 to 2005, Samuel L. Jackson (we weren't kidding — full name always) donned the space-age beige cloak and knee-high boots, along with a flashy purple lightsaber—one he requested series creator George Lucas let his character have, as a bonus for appearing in the films and to make Mace Windu that much more unique. Not only was Mace a powerful user of the Force, he was also cooler than cool, likely thanks to Samuel L. Jackson's effortless edge.
Flash forward to 2010, when the man popped up as Nick Fury in Iron Man 2. One of the main Marvel dudes, Fury directs the fictional law-enforcement organization Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division (S.H.I.E.L.D.), and assembles the much-adored team of Avengers. Since signing a nine-film contract to play Nick Fury, Samuel L. Jackson has moved into "the bad-ass zone" in later Marvel Cinematic Universe installments, like 2011's Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger, 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Staying true to his core, Samuel L. Jackson brings a lot of sharp wit and unwavering swagger to his roles in both Star Wars and the MCU. Dare we say, it's a Mace Win-Win-du. (We're done with the poorly-constructed puns, we promise.)