In no particular order, this list is solely based on the physical attributes of Black Male Actors. I like to call it "Easiest on the Eyes". In an interesting side note on the film industry, though the actors are all different from comedy to drama to indie and span decades, they are all connected in some way or another (I couldn't get more than six degrees from any of them). The acting community is small but it seems the acting community for the minority actor is minuscule at best.
Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, comedian, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He has enjoyed success in television, film, and music. In April 2007, Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood". Smith has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards...
At the top of the pack, Will Smith
is that rare box office star, like Tom Cruise
, that crosses racial boundaries. Multi talented with a sure finger on what his own strengths are and also what the public wants he has been on a winning streak that, with the exception of Cruise, is unmatched in the industry. ”
Larenz Tate was born on the west side of Chicago to Larry and Peggy Tate, the youngest of three brothers. His brothers are actors Larron Tate
and Lahmard J. Tate
. In 1984, Larenz and his family moved to California. It was while living in California that Larenz's parents got him and his brothers involved in a drama program at the Inner City Cultural Center...
Still attractive, Larenz Tate
is still looking for that elusive role that will separate him from the pack. A strong work ethic and pure talent have kept him in the public eye for over two decades. ”
Cobin Bleu was born Corbin Bleu Reivers on February 21, 1989 in Brooklyn, New York City, to Martha (Callari) and David Reivers
, an actor. His mother is of Italian descent and his father is Jamaican. Corbin began appearing in television commercials at the age two, for products such as Life cereal...
While the High School Musical
franchise thrust Corbin Bleu
into the spotlight, the jury is still out on the depth of his talent or his career intentions. While the rest of the world was fawning over Zac Efron
, Bleu, in what may have seemed like a good idea at the time, concentrated on his musical career. Making matters worse is a slew of new sure footed talent that has swooped in and isn't afraid of taking those sexuality questionable roles. An ill fated turn in The Beautiful Life: TBL
did little damage to his reputation which to his credit is still scandal free. ”
If ever there was entertainment royalty, Evan Ross
is in that line. Diana Ross
is considered to be and is one of the most successful entertainers ever. Evan has her looks, her style and so far has shown that he inherited her talent also. Exhibiting a class that only his mother could have given him Ross is in the position to pick and choose the roles he wants. A slew of projects seem to be on his plate but the one everyone seems to be waiting for is his role in Prep School directed by none other than Jerome Elston Scott (also on this list). The status of that project is unknown but if Scott can get half the performance out of Evan that he got out of Michael Warren in Anderson's Cross
, Ross may be following his mother into Oscar nomination territory. ”
Actor, writer, director seems to be the path young black actors have to take but few have debuted so strongly. An African American from the Judd Apatow
stable(!) Jerome Elston Scott
demonstrated a knack for storytelling, and directing with his debut film Anderson's Cross
. While simultaneously pulling career defining performances from such veteran actors as Michael Warren
and Joanna Cassidy
, Scott also showed a knowing restraint in his self directed turn as Nick Anderson. His understated award winning performance in that film has many hoping that, unlike some, he will stay in front of the camera as well as behind. ”
LL Cool J
L.L. Cool J was born James Todd Smith on January 14, 1968, in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York, the son of Ondrea Griffith and James Louis Smith, Jr. Todd, as he was called, did not have a very happy childhood. At the age of four, he saw his mother and grandfather shot by his own father. After they recovered from their injuries...
Denzel Washington is an American actor and filmmaker. He has received three Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award, and two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for the historical war drama film Glory
and Best Actor for his role as a corrupt cop in the crime thriller Training Day
. Denzel Hayes Washington...
Shemar Franklin Moore (born April 20, 1970) is an American actor and former fashion model. His notable roles are that of Malcolm Winters on The Young and the Restless from 1994 to 2005, Derek Morgan on CBS's Criminal Minds from 2005 to 2016, and as the third permanent host of Soul Train from 1999 to 2003.
Djimon Hounsou was born in Cotonou, Benin, West Africa, to Albertine and Pierre Hounsou, a cook. He moved to Lyon, France, when he was 13. Hounsou has graced the catwalks of Paris and London as a popular male model. He has since left his modeling career and has worked on Gladiator
by Ridley Scott
by Steven Spielberg
Smart, confident, eloquent, exceptionally handsome African-American actor Blair Underwood was born in Tacoma, Washington in 1964, the son of Marilyn Ann, an interior decorator, and Frank Eugene Underwood, Sr., an army colonel. With his family, he lived all over the world. Trained in musical theater at Carnegie-Mellon...
Jaden Smith is a movie actor, known for The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), The Karate Kid (2010) and After Earth (2013). In addition to being an actor he is also a dancer, songwriter and rapper who won an MTV award for his performance in The Pursuit of Happyness. He co-starred with his father Will Smith in both The Pursuit of Happyness and in the 2013 science fiction film After Earth...
First known as a rapper who became one of the more prominent voices in hip-hop's new millennium renaissance, Common later transitioned into acting. He was born in Chicago, and is the son of educator Dr. Mahalia Ann Hines and Lonnie Lynn, an ABA basketball player turned youth counselor. On October 6...
Rick Gonzalez was born on June 30th 1979 in New York City and raised in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn. He attended the "Fame" High School of performing arts where he studied Acting. Graduating in 1997 to pursue a career, Rick briefly worked in New York and later moved to Los Angeles to continue work...
Lee Thompson Young
Lee Thompson Young was born as the son of Velma Love and Tommy Scott Young. When he was in second grade his parents split up and he went to live with his mother. At age ten, he portrayed Dr. Martin Luther King
in a play called "A Night of Stars and Dreams". That's when Lee decided he wanted to be an actor...
As the song states, "The Stars at Night are big and bright ... Deep in the Heart of Texas!" That's what Texas Battle has, heart. A heart and desire for acting. This young man is taking Hollywood by storm the past couple years! He will now be one of Daytime's hottest hunks as he just started a three year contract role on The Bold and the Beautiful
Tyrese Darnell Gibson was born December 30, 1978 in Watts, Los Angeles, California, where he was raised. He is an R&B singer, songwriter, actor, author, television producer and model. He is well known for his actor role as Roman Pearce in the The Fast and Furious movie franchise. Other popular movies Tyrese has acted in are Death Race...
Known for his charming looks and deep personality, Michael Ealy blessed the movie screen with his role in Barbershop
. When he left Silver Spring, Maryland, with a degree in English, he headed off to New York. From there he performed in several stage productions, including the Off-Broadway hits "Joe Fearless" and "Whoa-Jack"...
An only child, Idris Elba was born and raised in Hackney, London, England. His father, Winston, is from Sierra Leone and worked at a Ford motor factory. His mother, Eve, is from Ghana and had a clerical duty. Idris attended school in Canning Town, where he first became involved in acting. He gained a place in the National Youth Music Theatre - thanks to a £1,500 Prince's Trust grant...
Taye Diggs was born in Newark, New Jersey, and was raised in Rochester, New York. He is the son of Marcia (Berry), a teacher and actress, and Andre Young, a visual artist. When he was a child, his mother married Jeffries Diggs, whose surname Taye took. He received a BFA degree in musical theater from Syracuse University...
Hill Harper, an accomplished film, television and stage actor, stars in the hit CBS drama series, CSI: NY
. He portrays "Dr. Sheldon Hawkes", a reclusive coroner who walked away from a promising surgical career after the traumatic loss of two patients. This February, he will star in the HBO movie...
Dulé Hill (whose first name is pronounced due-LAY) was born in East Brunswick, New Jersey; raised in Sayreville; and is the younger of two sons born to his Jamaican parents. His father is an entrepreneur and his mother is an educator. He began attending Marie Wildey School of Dance in East Orange, NJ...
Mekhi Phifer was born in Harlem, Manhattan, and was raised by his mother, Rhoda, a high school teacher. Phifer's acting career began when he auditioned at an open casting call for director Spike Lee
and was selected for the leading role. Working alongside Harvey Keitel
and Delroy Lindo
A tall, handsome, and versatile American actor, Morris Chestnut was born in Cerritos, California, to Shirley (Wynn) and Morris Chestnut, Sr. He first came to be recognized by moviegoers starring as Ricky in Boyz n the Hood
, a role where he played a high school running back using his football skills to escape the violent surroundings of his South Central Los Angeles neighborhood...
A native of Cat Island, The Bahamas (though born in Miami during a mainland visit by his parents), Poitier grew up in poverty as the son of farmers Evelyn (Outten) and Reginald James Poitier, who also drove a cab. He had little formal education and at the age of 15 was sent to Miami to live with his brother...