Turning Point: When Actors Became Superstars

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  • Octavia Spencer
  • Queen Latifah
  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • Jada Pinkett Smith
  • Will Smith
  • Eddie Murphy
  • Nia Long
  • Michael B. Jordan
  • Halle Berry
  • Kevin Hart
  • Sanaa Lathan
  • Jaden Smith
  • Jennifer Hudson
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Rosie Perez
  • Denzel Washington

Samuel L. Jackson, Jungle Fever (1991)

A fairly successful stage actor with several Off-Broadway productions under his belt, Jackson's illustrious film career was kicked off with a supporting role in this Spike Lee joint. Jackson stole the show as drug-addicted Gator and won a top acting prize at the Cannes Film Festival — the 1991 film was also Halle Berry's movie debut.

(Photo: Universal Pictures)

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