THEN AND NOW: The cast of ‘Pulp Fiction’ 27 years later

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John Travolta starred in ‘Pulp Fiction.’ Miramax; Tony Forte/MediaPunch/IPX
  • The now-iconic Quentin Tarantino film “Pulp Fiction” premiered 27 years ago.
  • John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson were already popular actors before “Pulp Fiction.”
  • The movie served as the launchpad for Uma Thurman’s successful career.

John Travolta starred as Vincent Vega.
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John Travolta in ‘Pulp Fiction.’ Miramax
Before “Pulp Fiction,” John Travolta made it big starring on ABC’s “Welcome Back, Kotter” and went on to blockbuster hits like “Carrie,” “Saturday Night Fever,” and “Grease.”

The star had also appeared in the “Look Who’s Talking” film trilogy, “Urban Cowboy,” and “Staying Alive.”

Since “Pulp Fiction,” Travolta has gone on to star in a number of well-received films.
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John Travolta at the G’Day USA Standing Together event in 2020. Tony Forte/MediaPunch/IPX
After the success of “Pulp Fiction,” Travolta nabbed starring roles in films like “Get Shorty,” “Phenomenon,” “Face/Off,” “Primary Colors,” “The General’s Daughter,” and “Hairspray.”

The actor also returned to TV in 2016 to produce and star as Robert Shapiro on FX’s “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.”

In the past five years, he’s appeared in a number of smaller films, including “Gotti,” Trading Paint,” and “The Fanatic.”

Most recently, the actor was starring on the Quibi series “Die Hart.”

Samuel L. Jackson starred as Jules Winnfield.
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Samuel L. Jackson in ‘Pulp Fiction.’ Miramax
Samuel L. Jackson played a full range of characters before Jules Winnfield.

Throughout his early career, he appeared in “Ragtime,” “School Daze,” “Coming to America,” “Do the Right Thing,” and “Goodfellas,” before starring in Spike Lee’s “Jungle Fever” in 1991.

In the early 1990s, Jackson also acted in “Juice,” “Menace II Society,” “Jurassic Park,” “Fresh,” and “Hail Caesar.”

Jackson has starred in over 100 films and is now well known for his role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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Samuel L. Jackson at the premiere of ‘Captain Marvel.’ Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
After “Pulp Fiction,” Jackson went on to films like  “Losing Isaiah,” “Die Hard With a Vengeance,” “A Time to Kill,” “A Long Kiss Goodnight,” the “Star Wars” series, “Shaft,” ” Kill Bill: Volume 2,” the “Incredibles” series, and “Snakes on a Plane.”

Since 2008, he’s starred as Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing in films like the “Iron Man” series, “Thor,” the “Avengers” series, the “Captain America” series, and “Captain Marvel.”

Jackson also reunited with “Pulp Fiction” creator Tarantino for “Django Unchained” and “The Hateful Eight,” and he worked with another popular director, M. Night Shyamalan, for “Glass.”

The actor recently appeared in “Death to 2020,” “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard,” and “The Protege.” He also voiced Nick Fury on the Disney+ series “What If…?” 

Jackson is set to reprise his Marvel role on the upcoming Disney+ series “Secret Invasion” and in “The Marvels.”

Uma Thurman played Mia Wallace.
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Uma Thurman in ‘Pulp Fiction.’ Screenshot, Pulp Fiction
Uma Thurman began her career as a model at the age of 15, and it wasn’t until after gracing the covers of British Vogue in 1985 and 1986 that she turned her attention to acting.

She landed a role in 1987’s “Kiss Daddy Goodnight,” and went on to appear in “Dangerous Liaisons” alongside Glenn Close, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Keanu Reeves.

In the early 1990s, Thurman also nabbed roles in “Robin Hood,” “Dylan Thomas,” and “Mad Dog and Glory.”

Thurman has continued acting on the screen and also made her Broadway debut.
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Uma Thurman is now a Broadway actress. ANDREW KELLY/Reuters
Since her role in “Pulp Fiction,” Thurman has appeared in a number of box-office hits, such as “The Truth About Cats and Dogs,” “Batman and Robin,” “Les Misérables,” and the “Kill Bill” series — with Tarantino.

She later starred in “The Producers,” “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,” “The House That Jack Built,” and, most recently, “The War With Grandpa.”

Additionally, she’s appeared on NBC’s “Smash,” NBC’s  “The Slap,” Bravo’s “Imposters,” and Netflix’s “Chambers.”  

In 2017 and 2018, Thurman took her talents to Broadway in the play “The Parisian Woman.”

Additionally, the actress was also involved in the Seattle Rep’s virtual series “Plays in Process,” which goes behind the scenes of the theater’s upcoming projects. 

Bruce Willis appeared in “Pulp Fiction” as Butch Coolidge.
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Bruce Willis in ‘Pulp Fiction.’ Miramax
Bruce Willis’s role as Butch Coolidge helped his already rising career soar to new heights.

Prior to “Pulp Fiction,” he’d gained fame in the 1980s on the ABC dramedy “Moonlighting” and in “Die Hard,” “Look Who’s Talking,” “Die Hard 2,” “The Last Boy Scout,” “Color of Night,” and “Death Becomes Her.”

The famed actor has now appeared in over 90 films.
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Bruce Willis is still acting today. HENRY NICHOLLS/Reuters
After his role in the Tarantino film, Willis went on to “Die Hard With a Vengeance,” “12 Monkeys,” “The Fifth Element,” “Mercury Rising,” “Armageddon,” “The Sixth Sense,” “Unbreakable,” “Rugrats Go Wild,” “Live Free or Die Hard,” “RED,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” and “A Good Day to Die Hard.” 

He’s also appeared on shows such as Fox’s “Ally McBeal,” NBC’s “Mad About You,” and NBC’s “Friends.”

In 2015, he made his Broadway debut in the stage adaptation of Stephen King’s “Misery.”

Most recently, Willis appeared in “Survive the Night,” “Hard Kill,” and “Midnight in the Switchgrass,” and he’s currently working on a number of films.

Ving Rhames played Marsellus Wallace in the film.
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Ving Rhames in ‘Pulp Fiction.’ Miramax
Ving Rhames acted in several roles prior to his career-boosting part in “Pulp Fiction.” The now-famed actor studied at Julliard School of Drama and started his career on Broadway in the 1985 play “The Boys of Winter.”

Rhames went on to act in films such as “The Long Walk Home,” “Jacob’s Ladder,” “The People Under the Stairs,” and “The Saint of Fort Washington.” He also appeared on TV shows like NBC’s “Miami Vice” and “ER.”

Rhames is now well known for his role in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise.
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Ving Rhames plays Luther Stickell in the ‘Mission: Impossible’ series. Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Play Golf Designs Inc.
Shortly after “Pulp Fiction,” Rhames landed the role of Luther Stickell in “Mission: Impossible.” By 2000, he’d starred in several box-office hits, such as “Striptease,” “Con Air,” and “Entrapment.”

Throughout the early 2000s, the actor took on roles in the “Mission: Impossible” sequels, “Baby Boy,” “Lilo and Stitch,” “Idlewild,” “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry,” and many others.

He’s also continued to act on shows, including Fox’s “New York Undercover,” Disney Channel’s “The Proud Family,” CBS’ “The District,” Disney Channel’s “Lilo and Stitch: The Series,” CBS’ “Kojak,” and Starz’s “Gravity.”

In addition to voice acting in films and on TV shows, he’s also the famous voice behind the fast-food chain Arby’s commercials.

More recently, Rhames appeared in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and reprised his role in “Mission: Impossible – Fallout.” He’s currently set to return for the upcoming sequels “Mission: Impossible 7” and “Mission: Impossible 8.”

Maria de Medeiros took on the role of Fabienne.
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Maria de Medeiros in ‘Pulp Fiction.’ Miramax
“Pulp Fiction” became one of Portuguese actress Maria de Medeiros’ most memorable roles.

But before the 1994 hit, she’d acted in “Silvestre,” “1871,” and “Henry and June,” among other projects. 

De Medeiros is still acting and has also released a few albums.
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Maria de Medeiros is an actress and a singer. Foc Kan/WireImage/Getty Images
Through the years, De Medeiros has had a successful acting career in the US and abroad.

Some of her films after “Pulp Fiction” include “The Woman in the Moon,” “Porto of My Childhood,” “The Saddest Music in the World,” “The Killer,” “Moral Order,” and “In the Country of Last Things.”

Additionally, outside of acting, she’s released four albums to date — the most recent being 2016’s “The Piano’s Playing the Devil’s Tune” with Phoebe Killdeer and The Shift. 

Tim Roth played Ringo/Pumpkin in the film.
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Tim Roth in ‘Pulp Fiction.’ Miramax
Before “Pulp Fiction,” English actor Tim Roth made a name for himself in films like “A World Apart,” “The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover,” “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,” and “Reservoir Dogs.” 
Since his role in “Pulp Fiction,” Roth has gone on to star in a number of films and on television shows.
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Tim Roth is still acting today. Charley Gallay/Getty Images
Roth has gone on to a successful acting career over the last two and half decades, starring in films such as “Rob Roy,” “Gridlock’d,” “Planet of the Apes,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Selma,” and “The Hateful Eight.”

Additionally, the actor has taken on roles for the small screen, appearing on Fox’s “Lie to Me,” Showtime’s “Twin Peaks,” and Sky Atlantic’s “Tin Star.”

More recently, Roth acted in Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and appeared in “The Song of Names” and “The Misfits.” 

The actor is also set to reprise his villainous role on the upcoming Disney+ series “She-Hulk.”

Amanda Plummer took on the role of Yolanda/Honey Bunny.
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Amanda Plummer in ‘Pulp Fiction.’ Miramax
The daughter of late actor Christopher Plummer and American actress Tammy Grimes, Amanda Plummer began her acting career in the 1981 film “Cattle Annie and Little Britches.” She went on to success throughout the 1980s in “The World According to Garp,” “Daniel,” and “The Hotel New Hampshire.”

Leading up to her role as Yolanda/Honey Bunny, the actress also worked on Broadway in plays such as “A Taste of Honey” — which earned her a Tony nomination — and “The Glass Menagerie.”

Plummer has continued to act both on the screen and on the stage.
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Amanda Plummer has gone on to successful roles since ‘Pulp Fiction.’ Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images
Since her memorable role as Honey Bunny, Plummer has gone on to films such as “Hercules,” “A Simple Wish,” “Get a Clue,” “Mimic: Sentinel,” “Girlfriend,” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

Her television credits include USA’s “Duckman,” NBC’s “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,” SyFy’s “Battlestar Galactica,” Disney Channel’s “Phineas and Ferb,” NBC’s “Hannibal,” and NBC’s “The Blacklist.”

She has also taken on a number of stage roles, her most recent being “The Night of the Iguana” in 2017. 

In 2020, Plummer appeared on Netflix’s original drama “Ratched.”

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