The Best Black Actors of all Time

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Morgan Freeman
With an authoritative voice and calm demeanor, this ever popular American actor has grown into one of the most respected figures in modern US cinema. Morgan was born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Mayme Edna (Revere), a teacher, and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, a barber. The young Freeman...
“ Favorites: Shawshank Redemption and Deep Impact. ” - EmmaWatson42
 
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Christopher Judge
Douglas Christopher Judge was born and raised in Los Angeles, and is of African-American and Cherokee ancestry. Judge always knew that he wanted to be an actor, wanting to invoke feelings in others that he was receiving from the shows. He realized quickly that sports would be the stepping stone to an acting career...
“ Favorites: Stargate SG-1 and A Dog's Breakfast. ” - EmmaWatson42
 
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Danny Glover
Actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover has been a commanding presence on screen, stage and television for more than 25 years. Glover was born in San Francisco, California, to Carrie (Hunley) and James Glover, postal workers who were also active in civil rights. Glover trained at the Black Actors' Workshop of the American Conservatory Theater...
“ Favorites: 2012 and Shooter. ” - EmmaWatson42
 
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Michael Clarke Duncan
Michael Clarke Duncan was born on December 10, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. Raised by his single mother, Jean, a house cleaner, on Chicago's South Side, Duncan grew up resisting drugs and alcohol, instead concentrating on school. He wanted to play football in high school, but his mother wouldn't let him, afraid that he would get hurt. He then turned to acting, dreaming of becoming a famous actor...
“ Favorites: Kung Fu Panda, Planet of the Apes, and Chuck. ” - EmmaWatson42
 
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“ Favorite: The Office. ” - EmmaWatson42
 
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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Born and raised in London, England, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje began his career as a model in Milan. He graduated with a masters degree in Law from London's prestigious Kings College, before moving to Los Angeles to make the transition to acting. Fluent in several languages, including English, Italian...
“ Favorites: G.I Joe and LOST. ” - EmmaWatson42
 
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“ Favorites: Chuck and Heroes. ” - EmmaWatson42
 
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“ Favorites: 24 and Kung Fu Panda 2. ” - EmmaWatson42
 
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Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson is an American actor and film producer. He achieved prominence and critical acclaim in the early 1990s with films such as Jungle Fever (1991), Patriot Games (1992), Amos & Andrew (1993), True Romance (1993), Jurassic Park (1993) and his collaborations with director Quentin Tarantino including Pulp Fiction (1994)...
“ Favorites: Star Wars 1, Incredibles, and Iron Man 2. ” - EmmaWatson42
 
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Carl Lumbly
Actor, Alias
From stage to screen, Carl Lumbly is an actor respected for his steadfast talent, versatility and class. His prolific career includes over 50 credits in television, film and the theatre and extensive critical acclaim. He portrayed CIA agent 'Marcus Dixon,' the gentle, mild-mannered field partner to agent 'Sydney Bristow' (Jennifer Garner) for five seasons on ABC's hit drama series, "Alias...
“ Favorites: Alias and Chuck. ” - EmmaWatson42
 
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Denzel Washington
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 (1989) and Best Actor for his role as a corrupt cop in the crime thriller Training Day (2001). Washington has received much critical acclaim for his film work since the 1990s...
“ Favorites: Unstoppable and Remember the Titans. ” - EmmaWatson42
 
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Cuba Gooding Jr.
Cuba Gooding Jr. was born on January 2, 1968, in The Bronx, New York. His mother, Shirley (Sullivan), was a backup singer for The Sweethearts. His father, Cuba Gooding, was the lead vocalist for the R&B group The Main Ingredient, which had a hit with the song "Everybody Plays The Fool". His paternal grandfather was from Barbados...
“ Favorites: Radio, Pearl Harbor, and Rat Race. ” - EmmaWatson42
 
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Terrence Howard
Actor, Iron Man
Terrence Howard was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Anita Jeanine Williams (née Hawkins) and Tyrone Howard. He was raised in Cleveland, Ohio. His love for acting came naturally, through summers spent with his great-grandmother, New York stage actress Minnie Gentry. He later began his acting career after being discovered on a New York City street by a casting director...
“ Favorites: Iron Man and August Rush. ” - EmmaWatson42
 
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“ Favorite: The Office. ” - EmmaWatson42
 
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Mr. T
Actor, The A-Team
Mr. T was born Laurence Tureaud on 21 May 1952, in the rough south side ghetto of Chicago. He is the second to youngest of twelve children (he has four sisters and seven brothers) and grew up in the housing projects. His father, Nathaniel Tureaud, left when Laurence was 5, and his mother raised the family on $87 a month welfare in a three-room apartment...
“ Favorite: The A-Team. ” - EmmaWatson42
 
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Tim Russ
Timothy Darrell Russ was born on June 22, 1956, in Washington, D.C., to Air Force officer Walt and his wife Josephine. He and his younger siblings Michael and Angela grew up on several military bases, including Niagara Falls, Elmendorf (Alaska) AFB, Omaha, Taiwan, Philippines and Turkey. During these moves around the world...
“ Favorites: Star Trek Voyager and Live Free or Die Hard. ” - EmmaWatson42
 
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“ Favorites: FlashForward and Heroes. ” - EmmaWatson42
 
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Brandon T. Jackson
Brandon Timothy Jackson was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Beverly Yvonne (Bozeman) and Wayne Timothy Jackson. His parents are both pastors, and his maternal grandfather was a Pentecostal child preacher. He credits his sense of humor to both his father and his life straddling the fence between suburbia and the inner city...
“ Favorites: Day the Earth Stood Still and Percy Jackson. ” - EmmaWatson42
 
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Will Smith
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...
“ Favorites: Independance Day and I, Robot. ” - EmmaWatson42
 
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“ Favorite: FlashForward. ” - EmmaWatson42
 
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Roger Cross
Actor, X2
“ Favorites: X2, 24, and Chuck. ” - EmmaWatson42
 
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D.B. Woodside
Actor, 24
“ Favorite: 24. ” - EmmaWatson42
 
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“ Favorite: Stargate Atlantis. ” - EmmaWatson42
 
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Djimon Hounsou
Actor, Gladiator
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 and Amistad by Steven Spielberg.
“ Favorites: Stargate, Gladiator, and Alias. ” - EmmaWatson42
 
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“ Favorite: Stargate Universe. ” - EmmaWatson42
 
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“ Favorites: Courageous and Fireproof. ” - EmmaWatson42
 
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Eddie Murphy
Edward Regan Murphy was born April 3, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York, to Lillian, a telephone operator, and Charles Edward Murphy, a transit police officer who was also an amateur comedian and actor. After his father died, his mother married Vernon Lynch, a foreman at a Breyer's Ice Cream plant. His siblings are Charlie Murphy and Vernon Lynch...
“ Favorite: Shrek. ” - EmmaWatson42
 
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Chris Rock
Christopher Julius Rock was born in Andrews, South Carolina and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York. He is the son of Rosalie (Tingman), a teacher and social worker for the mentally handicapped, and Julius Rock, a truck driver and newspaper deliveryman, whose own father was a preacher. Rock has been in stand-up comedy for several decades...
“ Favorites: Madagascar and Grown-Ups. ” - EmmaWatson42
 
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“ Favorite: LOST. ” - EmmaWatson42
 
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“ Favorite: The A-Team. ” - EmmaWatson42