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Actor Ben Vereen starred in Broadway's Jesus Christ Superstar and Pippin before appearing in the epic 1977 mini series Roots.
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Shortly after his release,
Vereen was the victim of a life-threatening automobile accident when he was struck by a car while walking along a Malibu highway. His critical injuries (including a broken leg) required him to undergo arduous physical rehabilitation in the ensuing months.Jelly's Last Jam (1993). He returned to feature films with a role in Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998), which starred Halle Berry. In 2001, he appeared in the drama The Painting and the TV miniseries Feast of All Saints.
Vereen had one son with his first wife, Andrea Townsley. He is currently married to Nancy Bruner, with whom he had four daughters.
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