Samuel Leroy Jackson (born December 21, 1948) is an American film and television actor and film producer. After Jackson became involved with the Civil Rights Movement, he moved on to acting in theater at Morehouse College, and then films. He had several small roles such as in the filmGoodfellas, before meeting his mentor, Morgan Freeman, and the director Spike Lee. After gaining critical acclaim for his role in Jungle Fever in 1991, he appeared in films such as Patriot Games, Amos & Andrew, True Romance andJurassic Park. In 1994 he was cast as Jules Winnfield inPulp Fiction, and his performance received several award nominations and critical acclaim. He also starred as Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.