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TV Stars Who Made a Successful Jump to Movies

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1. Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt’s acting credits are numerous but several of his early roles were small parts in TV series in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Before he starred in movies like “Fight Club” and “Inglorious Bаsterds,” he made brief appearances on such TV shows as “Dallas,” “21 Jump Street,” and “Growing Pains.” At the same time, he took small uncredited roles in several films before his breakout role in “Thelma & Louise” in 1991.

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2. Bruce Willis

Before the “Die Hard” series, “6th Sense,” and many, many others, Bruce Willis played brief parts in the TV shows “Miami Vice” and “The Twilight Zone” and starred in “Moonlighting” with Cybill Shepherd. Willis has continued to work hard over the years, pumping out movies even to this day; currently, he has nearly 10 films in post-production.

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3. Diego Luna

The Mexican actor got his start in several Spanish language TV shows in the early 90s. He eventually transitioned to the big screen and started to make movies in both Spanish and English. Luna played important roles in the films “Milk, “The Terminal,” and “Rogue One,” and established a film production company in Mexico. More recently, he returned to television, starring in “Narcos: Mexico” as real-life drug lord Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo.

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4. Goldie Hawn

Born in 1945, Goldie Hawn got her start in the late 1960s on the show “Good Morning World.” She then rose to fame on NBC sketch comedy show “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” where she held a role from 1968 to 1970. During this time her career in film started to take off and she captured an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 1969’s “Cactus Flower,” co-starring with Walter Matthau and Ingrid Bergman. She went on to become one of Hollywood’s biggest stars for several decades.

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5. Jamie Foxx

Jamie Fox began his acting career on sketch comedy show “In Living Color.” He stayed on from 1991 until 1994 and then created his own sitcom, “The Jamie Foxx Show.” The show ran from 1996 to 2001 and received high ratings from critics. Foxx first moved to the big screen with a role in “Toys” (1992), later earning an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for “Collateral” and winning an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Ray Charles in “Ray.”

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