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Samuel L. Jackson

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(2) Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson studied architecture and marine biology before deciding own acting after appearing in a production of “The Threepenny Opera.” In fact, Jackson’s acting career took a backseat to a short alcohol and cocaine addiction. Then, Jackson was cast in a film called “Jungle Fever.” In 1997, Jackson landed a major role in “Pulp Fiction,” which made him a staple name overnight. Now, Jackson is one of the major names on the list when a director wants to work with a major African American actor.

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