Success Was Not Overnight: 15 Stars Who Achieved Recognition Late In Life

Samuel L. Jackson

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Samuel L. Jackson transitioned from acting in plays during the 1970s to garnering minimal roles in films like Coming To America in the 1980s. Though his acting career began to yield financial results in the early 1990s thanks to bit roles in Goodfellas and Do The Right Thing, Jackson found an addiction to heroin and coke compromising his success. After a stint in rehab, the actor returned to work on Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever, ironically playing the role of a crack addict. His performance garnered a specially made Best Supporting Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival. This led to more substantial, small roles in Jurassic Park and True Romance, the latter of which inspired Quentin Tarantino to write a role for Jackson in Pulp Fiction. Jules Winfield became an iconic character in the actor’s oeuvre and made Jackson a Hollywood star at the age of 46.

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