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What are some facts about Samuel L. Jackson?

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Some facts about Samuel L. Jackson are that he attended Martin Luther King’s funeral as an usher, and he worked as a camera stand-in for Bill Cosby. It wasn’t until his role in "Pulp Fiction," for which he received an Academy Award nomination, that Jackson became a major film star at the age of 46. The film became his 30th film role, and he has since appeared in over 100 films, as of 2015.

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Another fact about Jackson is that his character in "Star Wars" is the only character to have a purple lightsaber. Jackson claims that George Lucas tried to explain to him that lightsabers aren’t purple, but Jackson insisted on having one in the film. Jackson further explained that he wanted to find himself in a big "Star Wars" battle scene by using the purple lightsaber.

Samuel Jackson was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Being raised by his mother and grandparents during his childhood, Jackson only met his father twice before the latter died from alcoholism. Early in his career, Jackson struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction. After completing rehab for cocaine, he starred in Spike Lee’s "Jungle Fever" as a cocaine addict, which he claims also helped him recover from his addiction. As of 2015, Jackson is considered one of the wealthiest actors, with an average earning of over $4 billion in total box office gross.

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