GBM: Gorgeous Black Menby PeggyFromMannix | created - 17 Nov 2011 | updated - 30 Nov 2011 | Public
A 70's Child cites her favorite 'GBM'
1. Idris Elba
Actor | Beasts of No Nation
An only child, Idrissa Akuna Elba was born and raised in London, England. His father, Winston, is from Sierra Leone and worked at Ford Dagenham; his mother, Eve, is from Ghana and had a clerical duty. Idris attended school in Canning Town, where he first became involved in acting, before he dropped...
Actor | Under Siege 2: Dark Territory
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 (1991), a role where he played a high school running back using his football...
Actor | Mr 3000
Veteran TV actor Dondré T. Whitfield has been called up to the majors during his summer hiatus, taking a swing at the baseball film, Mr 3000 (2004), starring Bernie Mac and Angela Bassett. A former semi-pro baseball player, Dondré portrays one of Mac's teammates in the movie. Dondré wasted no time ...
Actor | Kick-Ass
Born "Omari Latif Hardwick," he grew up in Decatur, Georgia. Hardwick's parents gave him a name to set a precedent, "Omari" meaning "most high," and "Latif" meaning "gentle." He shares, "I in no way believe that I am the highest or most high, but I feel like my name gives me something to strive for...
6. Malik Yoba
Actor | Cool Runnings
Malik Yoba was born on September 17, 1967 in Bronx, New York, USA as Abdul-Malik Yoba. He is an actor and writer, known for Cool Runnings (1993), New York Undercover (1994) and Cop Land (1997). He has been married to Cat Wilson since December 21, 2003. He was previously married to Trisha Mann.
7. Elimu Nelson
Actor | Love Don't Cost a Thing
Born in Orange, New Jersey, Elimu (pronounced E-lee-moo meaning knowledge and education in Swahili) was destined for success from the very beginning. Raised in Milton, Massachusetts, the eldest of two excelled in baseball and soccer at an early age. He received numerous scholarship offers while in ...
Actor | Black Dynamite
Michael Jai White is an American actor and martial artist who has appeared in numerous films and television series. He is the first African American to portray a major comic book superhero in a major motion picture, having starred as Al Simmons, the protagonist in the 1997 film Spawn. White ...
Actor | Fences
Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. was born on December 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. He is the middle of three children of a beautician mother, Lennis, from Georgia, and a Pentecostal minister father, Denzel Washington, Sr., from Virginia. After graduating from high school, Denzel enrolled at ...
10. Chiwetel Ejiofor
Actor | 12 Years a Slave
English actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is renowned for his portrayal of Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave (2013), for which he received Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations, along with the BAFTA Award for Best Actor. He is also known for playing Okwe in Dirty Pretty Things (2002), the ...
11. Boris Kodjoe
Actor | Resident Evil: Afterlife
Boris Frederic Cecil Tay-Natey Ofuatey-Kodjoe, better known as Boris Kodjoe, is a German actor known for his roles as Jason in the 2000 film Love & Basketball (2000), and the sports-courier agent Damon Carter on the Showtime drama series Soul Food (2000).
Kodjoe was born in Vienna, Austria, the ...
13. Terrell Tilford
Actor | Switched at Birth
Terrell Tilford was born on July 22, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Terrell Dusean Tilford. He is an actor and producer, known for Switched at Birth (2011), Single Ladies (2011) and The Protector (2011). He has been married to Victoria Gabrielle Platt since September 29, 2001.
14. Jason George
Actor | Fallen
Jason George was born on February 9, 1972 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA as Jason Winston George. He is an actor and producer, known for Fallen (1998), Sunset Beach (1997) and Stargate SG-1 (1997). He has been married to Vandana Khanna since July 10, 1999. They have three children.
Actor | Grey's Anatomy
Isaiah Washington was born on August 3, 1963 in Houston, Texas, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Grey's Anatomy (2005), Exit Wounds (2001) and Hollywood Homicide (2003). He has been married to Jenisa Marie Garland since February 14, 1996. They have three children.
16. Lance Gross
Actor | House of Payne
Lance Gross was born on July 8, 1981 in Oakland, California, USA as Lance Darnell Gross. He is an actor and producer, known for House of Payne (2006), Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (2013) and Our Family Wedding (2010). He has been married to Rebecca Jefferson since May 23, 2015. ...
18. Taye Diggs
Actor | Chicago
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 ...
19. Jesse Williams
Actor | The Cabin in the Woods
Jesse Wesley Williams born August 5, 1981 is an American actor, model, and activist, best known for his role as Dr. Jackson Avery on the ABC Television series Grey's Anatomy. He also appears in the hit 2013 film Lee Daniels' The Butler as real life civil rights leader Rev. James Lawson. Previous ...
20. Gary Dourdan
Actor | CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Gary Dourdan was born on December 11, 1966 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Gary Robert Durdin. He is an actor, known for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000), Alien: Resurrection (1997) and Thursday (1998). He was previously married to Roshumba Williams.
21. Jason Olive
Actor | Raising Helen
Jason Lawrence Olive was born in Los Angeles, CA. where, as a child, he studied drama under legendary actress Jane Fonda and members of the Steppenwolf theatre. Jason became an athlete and attended the University of Hawai'i at Manoa on a full volleyball scholarship. There, under the mentor-ship of ...
22. Charles Divins
Actor | Passions
A native Texan, Charles got his first big break landing the a contract role and spending over 5 years on the NBC daytime drama Passions. An accomplished photographer he switched sides of the lens after a having a successful modeling career.He modeled for Tommy Hilfiger in magazines like GQ, Glamour...
26. Shemar Moore
Actor | Criminal Minds
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 ...
27. Rockmond Dunbar
Actor | Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Rockmond Dunbar was born on January 11, 1973 in Berkeley, California, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), The Family That Preys (2008) and Sons of Anarchy (2008). He has been married to Maya Dunbar since June 8, 2013. They have two children. He was previously ...
28. Damon Wayans
Writer | My Wife and Kids
An outrageous cueball-domed comedian of film and television satire, fortified by a dazzling, sly smile, New York-born Damon Wayans is the third of ten children of Elvira Alethia (Green), a social worker and singer, and Howell Wayans, a supermarket manager. He grew up humbly in the Fulton Housing ...
31. Coby Bell
Actor | Burn Notice
Coby Bell was born on May 11, 1975 in Orange County, California, USA as Coby Scott Bell. He is an actor and producer, known for Burn Notice (2007), Third Watch (1999) and The Gifted (2017). He has been married to Aviss Pinkney-Bell since June 9, 2001. They have four children.
32. Hosea Chanchez
Actor | The Game
Chanchez was born in Montgomery, Alabama, and spent the majority of his childhood in Atlanta. He was raised by a loving family who recognized his talents and encouraged him to pursue his dreams. From the moment he sang along to his grandmother's records, Chanchez displayed an inherent knack for ...
Actor | Wanted
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,...
Soundtrack | Sex Tape
Ginuwine is a Washington, DC-based contemporary soul artist who released his debut album, "Ginuwine: The Bachelor'' on 8th Oct 1996 to great acclaim. It had hit song "Pony". 100% Ginuwine followed on 16 March 1999 generating the hits "So Anxious", " None Of Ur Friends Business", and "Same Ol G". ...
Actor | The Young and the Restless
Kristoff made his television debut at age 8 in the sit-com series "That's My Mama". Now, 39 years later, he is one of the stars on CBS-TV's "The Young and The Restless", the number one rated drama for the past 25 years on daytime television, playing the popular character of Neil Winters. Is it just...
Actor | The Cosby Show
Emmy-nominated actor and director Malcolm-Jamal Warner was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He was named after Malcolm X and legendary jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal.
Warner first rose to national prominence by starring on the celebrated and long-running classic television series "The Cosby Show." His ...
39. Brian White
Actor | The Family Stone
Brian White was born on April 21, 1975 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Brian Joseph White. He is an actor and producer, known for The Family Stone (2005), Brick (2005) and The Cabin in the Woods (2012). He has been married to Paula Da Silva since August 28, 2010. They have one child.
40. Columbus Short
Actor | The Losers
Born in Kansas City, Missouri on September 19, 1982, Columbus Keith Short, Jr., started entertaining at the age of three, by putting on shows for his folks' enjoyment. Whether impersonating relatives, dancing or just making people laugh, everyone sensed something special about the boy. Fortunately,...
41. Hill Harper
Actor | CSI: NY
Hill Harper, an accomplished film, television and stage actor, stars in the hit CBS drama series, CSI: NY (2004). 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 ...
43. Michael Ealy
Actor | Barbershop
Known for his charming looks and deep personality, Michael Ealy blessed the movie screen with his role in Barbershop (2002). 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 ...
44. Will Smith
Music_department | The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
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 ...
46. Tyrese Gibson
Actor | Baby Boy
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 ...
47. Terrence Howard
Actor | Hustle & Flow
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 ...
49. Lamman Rucker
Actor | Why Did I Get Married?
Born in Pittsburgh, his mother had a dance company (the Pittsburgh Black Theater Dance Ensemble) and his father was a drummer, so entertaining is in his blood. His first acting role was as Martin Luther King in the 4th grade. He was in the drama club in 7th grade and then attended high school at ...
50. Blair Underwood
Actor | Deep Impact
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...
51. Henry Simmons
Actor | NYPD Blue
Henry Simmons was born in Stamford, Connecticut, one of three children to Aurelia, a school teacher, and Henry Simmons, Sr., an IRS agent. One of his sisters is his twin. Simmons earned a basketball scholarship at Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire. He graduated with a business degree and ...
52. Jesse L. Martin
Actor | Rent
Jesse Martin was born Jesse Lamont Watkins in Virginia's Blue Ridge mountain range. His mother, Virginia Price, was a college career counselor. His father, Jesse Reed Watkins, was a truck driver. His parents divorced when he was very young. His mother then moved his family to Buffalo, New York. He ...
53. LL Cool J
Actor | Deep Blue Sea
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...
Actor | Heartbreak Ridge
Mario Van Peebles is a highly regarded director, actor, producer and writer. His directorial skills can be seen in the retelling of the epic mini-series "Roots" starring Forest Whitaker and Matthew Goode. Van Pebbles has directed award-winning shows such as the recent hit "Empire" and "The Last ...
55. Mekhi Phifer
Actor | Honey
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's Clockers (1995) and was selected for the leading role. Working alongside Harvey Keitel and Delroy ...
56. Mehcad Brooks
Actor | Desperate Housewives
Mehcad Brooks continues to rise as one of Hollywood's most promising stars. Brooks was in USA's new drama Necessary Roughness (2011), in which he portrayed Terrence "TK" King, the star wide receiver for the Hawks who is becoming notorious for his frequent fumbles -- not to mention his regular ...
Actor | Tekken
Biography April 2017
Darrin Henson is a three - time award nominated , one time award nominated author and MTV choreography award winner. Henson won the coveted MTV choreography award for NSYNC's "Bye Bye Bye."
Best known for his role on the hit TV series SOUL FOOD, where Henson plays the street ...
58. Laz Alonso
Actor | Avatar
Born and raised in Washington DC, Laz always knew he wanted to be an actor. He remembers at a very early age entertaining his family by imitating relatives and family friends. He graduated from the prestigious Howard University School of Business, earning a Bachelors Degree in Business ...
60. Duane Martin
Actor | Scream 2
Duane Martin is a triple threat in Hollywood and has proven himself as a true maverick with a career that expands beyond Hollywood. Not only do his good looks and impeccable comedic timing earn him respect in the acting arena, but he is an accomplished writer and producer.
Duane was last seen ...
61. Wood Harris
Actor | Remember the Titans
Harris was born Sherwin David Harris in Chicago, Illinois, to John and Mattie Harris. However, he works under his nickname, "Wood". Attended New York University Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School. Has performed in many films and various stage productions including plays by August Wilson, ...
Actor | Lost
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, ...
63. RonReaco Lee
Actor | Guess Who
RonReaco Lee was born August 27, 1976 in Decatur Illinois. He is an actor who has appeared in Glory (1989), Guess who (2005), Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail (2009), Sister, Sister (1994-1999), Survivor's Remorse (2014), and Moesha (1996-2001). He has been married since 2010 to Sheana Freeman and ...
64. James Lesure
Actor | Crimson Tide
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Lesure served in the Air Force Academy before attending the University of Southern California, where he received his bachelor's degree in theater. During his time at USC, he also studied abroad at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. While there, he ...
67. Rocky Carroll
Actor | Crimson Tide
A classically-trained actor with a deeply-rooted seed in theatre, Rocky Carroll has solidified his career in cinema, stage and television with varied and impressive performances. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, as Roscoe Carroll, he attended the prestigious School for Creative and Performing Arts, ...
69. Colin Salmon
Actor | Resident Evil
Colin Salmon is one of Britain's most renowned actors. With a bold voice and posture, Colin makes his characters a favorite among audiences for every role he plays. He made his feature debut as Sgt. Robert Oswald in the British mega-hit mini-series Prime Suspect 2 (1992), which gave him much ...
71. Chad L. Coleman
Actor | Left 4 Dead 2
Delivered a fantastic performance of a reformed street 'hitter' on the HBO show 'The Wire' from Series 3 to Series 5 with varied screen time. The character reflected the possibility of reformed criminals into positive characters of society; as with Coleman's character starting a boxing gym for the ...
72. Richard Lawson
Actor | For Colored Girls
Richard Lawson was born on March 7, 1947 in Loma Linda, California, USA as Rickey Lee Lawson. He is an actor, known for For Colored Girls (2010), Poltergeist (1982) and How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998). He has been married to Tina Knowles since April 12, 2015. He was previously married to ...
76. Jeffrey Wright
Actor | Broken Flowers
Quite possibly the most underrated and underexposed actor of his caliber and generation, Jeffrey Wright's undeniable talent and ability to successfully bring to life any role he undertakes is on a par with the most praised and revered A-list actors in the business. Born and raised in Washington DC,...
77. Alimi Ballard
Actor | Fast Five
Alimi ("Ali - Me") can be seen as Dr. Robert Dubois on the acclaimed original drama series QUEEN SUGAR from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker creator/executive producer Ava DuVernay and executive producer Oprah Winfrey on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
Ballard recently dazzled on the screen as the ...
78. Vin Diesel
Actor | Guardians of the Galaxy
Vin Diesel was born Mark Sinclair in Alameda County, California, along with his fraternal twin brother, Paul Vincent. He was raised by his astrologer/psychologist mother, Delora Sherleen (Sinclair), and adoptive father, Irving H. Vincent, an acting instructor and theater manager, in an artists' ...
Actor | Behind Enemy Lines
Whitfield has starred in dozens of prime-time shows and feature films, but one of his proudest professional moments so far is his leading role in the Emmy-winning mini-series, "The Temptations." Nominated for an NAACP Image Award for his portrayal of Otis Williams, Whitfield says people still ...
Actor | Grey's Anatomy
James Pickens Jr. was born October 26, 1954 in Cleveland, Ohio. While attending college at Bowling Green State University, Pickens began pursuing an interest in acting. He graduated from BGSU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1976. Afterwards, Pickens began work on the stage at the Roundabout Theatre...
82. David Ramsey
Actor | Pay It Forward
David Ramsey stars as former United States Army Special Forces soldier, John Diggle, on the CW's People's Choice Award winning show "Arrow," based on the DC Comics superhero.
Created by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg, "Arrow" follows presumed-dead billionaire playboy Oliver ...