At 34, Harrison Ford played Han Solo and earned $10,000, along with fame and glory. The original Star Wars trilogy went on to earn $1.06 billion.
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Magnum, P.I.’s Tom Selleck pulled out of the Indiana Jones role. Ford to the rescue! The hit movie, plus three sequels, raked in $939 million.
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At 42, fresh out of drug rehab, Samuel L. Jackson (pictured above with Ruby Dee) got attention for portraying an addict in Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever,which brought in $32 million at the box office.
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Jackson won the part of hit man Jules Winnfield and worked alongside John Travolta (above) in Pulp Fiction — box office: $108 million. Plus, he developed a collaborative rapport with director Quentin Tarantino.