Samuel L. Jackson
Most recent projects: Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), The Avengers (2012), Django Unchained (2012)
Prognosis: Is anyone surprised to learn, or be reminded of the fact that, Samuel L. Jackson? Dude was in pretty much every black movie throughout the late '80s and early '90s, mostly in one-memorable-scene roles, like his Coming to America appearance as a robber.
As for what the baddest motherfucker in Hollywood has been up to in the 25 years since, you already know—Nick Fury in all of the blockbuster Marvel movies, a scene-stealers in multiple Quentin Tarantino movies, and co-star of more flicks than probably all of Coming to America's cast, minus Eddie Murphy and James Earl Jones, combined. Who would've thought—Coming to America's token "black criminal" would go on to become the film's biggest actor. Perhaps crime does pay.