Black Actorsby d_osborn | created - 29 Sep 2014 | updated - 23 Dec 2015 | Public
102. Isaiah Washington
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.
103. Harold Perrineau
Actor | Romeo + Juliet
Harold Perrineau was born on August 7, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Harold Williams. He is an actor and producer, known for Romeo + Juliet (1996), The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Edge (1997). He has been married to Brittany Perrineau since August 27, 2002. They have three children.
106. Michael B. Jordan
Actor | Black Panther
Michael B. Jordan, the middle of three children, was born in Santa Ana, California and raised in Newark, New Jersey. He is the son of Donna (Davis), a high school counselor, and Michael A. Jordan. His middle name, Bakari, means "noble promise" in Swahili. (He is not related to, or named after, ...
107. Gary Dourdan
Actor | CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
From the time he was a young lad, Gary Dourdan knew that he wanted to be an actor. Despite a myriad of interests, which included music, athletics and even break dancing, Dourdan focused much of his passion centered on acting. His determination, of course, eventually paid off - after an increasing ...
108. 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 ...
109. Wesley Jonathan
Actor | What I Like About You
Born in Los Angeles, Jonathan spent four years living in Germany as a youth and still speaks some German. He first became interested in show business when his cousin Crystal brought him along on her acting auditions. At age nine, he asked his cousin to let him audition, and within six months got ...
110. Dondré T. Whitfield
Actor | The Event
A three-time Emmy nominee, Dondré Whitfield's career has spanned over a quarter century and has seen him work with such industry heavyweights as John Travolta, Helen Mirren, David Oyelowo, Michael B. Jordan and Kevin Hart to name a few. Dondré has stood toe to toe with the likes of some of the ...
111. Christian Keyes
Actor | The Boys
Born July 24, 1975 in Detroit, MI but raised in Flint, MI, Christian got his start in the entertainment industry by appearing in stage plays having since graduated to television and film. Since his introduction as an actor he has added singer, author and producer to his resume. He describes his ...
112. Sinqua Walls
Actor | Shark Night 3D
Originally from Louisiana, Sinqua moved to Los Angeles with his Family and Attended Beverly Hills High School. He is a Graduate of the University of San Francisco arts program where he studied Theater and Film. He is also of French, and Native American Descent. When not acting, Sinqua is a ...
Christopher is from Colorado Springs, Colorado. He received his B.F.A. in Acting from The University of Colorado, Boulder. He also worked with The Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Additional theatre credits include "The Old Settler" at The Pasadena Playhouse for which he received an Ovation award ...
Actor | The Originals
Charles Michael Davis is an American actor, director, model and photographer from Dayton, Ohio.. He was born on December 1st, 1984 to an African American father and Filipino mother. Charles got his start with the talent agency Actors, Models, and Talent for Christ (AMTC). As an actor, he is best ...
116. Paul Taylor
Actor | Christmas with the Kranks
Originally from Columbia, Missouri Paul attended Northeast Missouri State University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Following college, Taylor spent time in Los Angeles acting primarily in primetime episodic and sitcom television. During which time, he used his college athletics ...
117. Romany Malco
Actor | Weeds
The first American-born member of his West Indian family, Brooklyn-bred Romany Malco began his career at the age of seven, when he picked up a microphone and started rapping. As a teen he moved to Texas and formed the rap group R.M.G., and upon relocating to Los Angeles, the crew signed a deal to ...
119. Arlen Escarpeta
Actor | The Oath
Arlen Escarpeta was born in Belize, Central America as Arlen Alexander Escarpeta. He is known for his work on Whitney (TV Movie) (2015), Final Destination 5 (2011), Into the Storm (2014) and Friday the 13th (2009). He currently resides in Los Angeles, California and has been able to make a name for...
121. Henderson Wade
Actor | Extant
Henderson Wade is a proud native of Washington, DC and graduate of Syracuse University. Next he can be seen regularly as "Matt Cable" on DC Universe's "Swamp Thing" and most recently he appeared as "Hunter" on ABC's "A Million Little Things". His other credits include "Riverdale" (The CW), "The ...
122. Harry Lennix
Actor | Man of Steel
Harry Lennix is an accomplished film, television, and stage actor. His recent credits include Warner Bros.' "Man of Steel", The CW's "Emily Owens, M.D.", Fox's "Dollhouse," HBO's "Little Britain," as well as the critically acclaimed series "24" as Walid Al-Rezani.
Harry Joseph Lennix III was born ...
123. Bill Bellamy
Actor | A Dark Foe
1 brother (deceased) - per TV series "UnSung Hollywood - Bill Bellamy" (S3 Ep7)
Recently aired on TVOne as a repeat on 11/16/2016, It's a Documentary show which details archival film footage and personal, revealing interviews, about the lives and careers of some of the world's most highly talented ...
124. Neil Brown Jr.
Actor | SEAL Team
Born in a rough neighborhood to strict, but loving parents. Neil Brown, Jr, who was a gifted martial artist and self proclaimed "knucklehead ", received his first role in film purely by chance, when a producer Patty Thomas Robinson walked into his karate Dojo looking for a kid to be in the TV ...
125. Courtney B. Vance
Actor | The Hunt for Red October
From studying history at Harvard, and acting at Yale Drama School, to making history in Hollywood, Courtney B. Vance has carefully cultivated an exceptional career that showcases his passion, talent, and intellect. His penchant for successfully finding the dignity and honor in each character ...
126. Obba Babatundé
Actor | Life
Obba Babatundé is an actor, singer, dancer, director, writer and producer. Obba's breadth of work is known worldwide by audiences of all ages, and his face is one of the most recognizable in the entertainment industry. His career spans over 4 decades and he is a unique breed in today's industry as ...
128. Donald Faison
Actor | Scrubs
Donald Faison was born on June 22, 1974 in New York City, New York, USA as Donald Adeosun Faison. He is known for his work on Scrubs (2001), Clueless (1995) and Skyline (2010). He has been married to Cacee Cobb since December 15, 2012. They have two children. He was previously married to Lisa Askey.
131. Mike Colter
Actor | Luke Cage
Mike was born to Mr. & Mrs. Eddie Lee Colter Sr. He attended Benedict College where he was mentored and groomed his drama professor Scott Blanks. After transferring to the University of South Carolina where he attained a B.A. degree in theater, Mike went on to study at Mason Gross School of the ...
132. Lamorne Morris
Actor | New Girl
Lamorne Morris is an American actor, comedian and television personality. He is best known for playing Winston in the Fox sitcom New Girl. As a game show host, he hosted the Cartoon Network game show BrainRush. He also worked for BET in the past. He is Originally from Chicago, before wanting to ...
133. Donald Glover
Actor | Solo: A Star Wars Story
The multi-talented Donald Glover is a writer, actor, musician, comedian, producer and director, who performs under the stage names Childish Gambino and mcDJ. He was born Donald McKinley Glover at Edwards Air Force Base, California, and was raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia. His mother, Beverly (...
135. Dulé Hill
Actor | Psych
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, ...
136. Nadji Jeter
Actor | The 5th Wave
While living in Atlanta, Georgia, Nadji's family discovered that he had a talent for dancing, acting, and music. Nadji's talents caught the eye of several A-list entertainers, giving him the opportunity to perform for Usher's New Look Foundation Gala in New York City in 2005. In 2010 Nadji was ...
138. Phil Morris
Phillip Morris is an African-American actor from Ohio who is known for playing Jackie Chiles from Seinfeld. He is also known for playing Dr. Joshua Sweet from Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Merc from Ratchet: Deadlocked, Martian Manhunter from Smallville, Silas Stone from Doom Patrol, Vandal Savage ...
140. Kent Faulcon
Actor | For Better or Worse
Kent Faulcon, an actor-writer-director who appears regularly in leading and supporting television and film roles, enjoys a career that provides him with the best of all worlds: the opportunity to work with highly renowned actors and directors in some of the biggest films and TV shows in the ...
141. 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 ...
142. Aldis Hodge
Actor | Hidden Figures
Aldis Hodge is a SAG Award-winning actor, who has built a dynamic career as a versatile performer shining in roles in both film and television. Hodge is perhaps best known for his role as Noah in the WGN hit series Underground (2016), starring alongside Jurnee Smollett and Christopher Meloni. ...
143. Terry Crews
Actor | Idiocracy
Terry Crews was born in Flint, Michigan, to Patricia and Terry Crews Sr. He earned an art excellence scholarship to attend Western Michigan University and also earned a full-ride athletic scholarship to play football. Crews was an All-Conference defensive end, and was a major contributor on the ...
144. Malcolm Goodwin
Actor | American Gangster
Malcolm Goodwin was born November 28, 1982 in Brooklyn, New York. Malcolm studied with the Julia Richman Talent Unlimited Program in New York City, later training at SUNY Purchase College Acting Conservatory, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts and Film. In 2011 he appeared in the ...
146. Corey Reynolds
Actor | The Closer
Corey Reynolds is one of the most versatile performers working in the business today. He currently can be seen playing Sgt. David Gabriel opposite Emmy Award winning actress Kyra Sedgwick on TNT's The Closer (2005), the highest rated show in cable television history. His performance on the show has ...
149. Nelsan Ellis
Actor | The Butler
Nelsan Ellis was an award-winning American film and television actor and playwright, perhaps best known as Lafayette Reynolds on HBO's True Blood (2008).
Nelsan was born on November 30, 1977, in Harvey, Illinois, the son of Jackie Ellis and Tommie Lee Thompson. Following his parents' divorce, Ellis ...
150. Sharif Atkins
Actor | ER
Sharif Atkins was born on January 29, 1975 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Sharif is an actor and director, known for ER (1994), The Open House (2018) and Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). Sharif has been married to Bethany Hotchkiss since September 1, 2014. They have one child.
151. Damon Wayans
Writer | My Wife and Kids
A tall (6'2"), sly, cueball-domed comedian of film and television satire, Damon Wayans hit outrageous 90's TV stardom playing various wise guys and streetwise slick characters on older brother Keenen Ivory Wayans' landmark, black-oriented TV sketch comedy In Living Color (1990). The show was pretty...
152. Keenen Ivory Wayans
Writer | White Chicks
The trail-blazing linchpin of a sprawling family dynasty of comic entertainers, it was multi-talented writer/director/producer Keenen Ivory Wayans (born June 8, 1958, in New York City) who led the familial pack and was the first to achieve national prominence when he successfully created, launched,...
153. Mike Epps
Actor | Resident Evil: Apocalypse
Mike Epps was born on November 18, 1970 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA as Michael Elliot Epps. He is an actor and producer, known for Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) and Friday After Next (2002). He has been married to Kyra Robinson since June 23, 2019. They have ...
154. Chris Tucker
Actor | Rush Hour 2
At one point in time, Chris Tucker was the highest paid actor in Hollywood.
Tucker was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Mary Louise (Bryant) and Norris Tucker, who owned a janitorial service. After graduating from high school, Tucker made a change to move to Hollywood from Georgia to pursue a career in ...
156. Guy Torry
Actor | American History X
Guy Torry is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. Known as "Torry" by college friends, Guy attended Southeast Missouri State University, the alma mater of fellow comedian and St. Louisan, Cedric The Entertainer. His comic genius was evident to fellow students during these college years. Guy often held ...
158. Sean Patrick Thomas
Actor | Save the Last Dance
Sean Patrick Thomas was born on December 17, 1970 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Save the Last Dance (2001), Barbershop (2002) and Cruel Intentions (1999). He has been married to Aonika Laurent since April 22, 2006. They have two children.
161. Malcolm-Jamal Warner
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 ...
162. Jason Weaver
Actor | The Jacksons: An American Dream
Born on July 18, 1979 in Chicago, Illinois, Jason Weaver has always been surrounded by the world of entertainment. His mother Kitty Haywood, a legendary studio singer, was a staple in his young life and encouraged his pursuit of singing as well as acting. In being surrounded by the some of the best...
164. Donn Swaby
Actor | Passions
Donn Swaby is an American actor, born on August 20th, 1973 and raised in Queens, New York by Donald Sr. and Nesline Swaby, both immigrants from the island of Jamaica.
Donn attended Boston University's School of Theatre Arts. Whileat B.U., Donn began his professional career at the encouragement of ...
166. D.L. Hughley
Actor | Inspector Gadget
Hughley is the second of four children. His father was an airline maintenance worker and his mother was a homemaker.
He grew up in L.A.'s South Central where he was a member of the Bloods gang after getting kicked out of high school. However, he turned his life around after a cousin was shot. He ...
168. Terrell Owens
Actor | Any Given Sunday
Terrell Owens was born on December 7, 1973 in Alexander City, Alabama, USA as Terrell Eldorado Owens. He is an actor and producer, known for Any Given Sunday (1999), Dysfunctional Friends (2012) and Lap Dance (2014). He has been married to Rachel Snider since January 23, 2014.
Actor | The Faculty
Usher Raymond IV was born in Dallas, Texas, to Jonetta Patton (née O'Neal) and Usher Raymond III. He began singing when he was six years old, joining the local church choir at the behest of his mother who acted as choir director. Jonetta, a single mom, raised Usher and his younger brother, James, ...
171. Wayne Brady
Self | Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Wayne Brady was born in Columbus, Georgia and lived in Orlando, Florida. At 16, Brady had already decided on a career in the military. Little did he know that a chance performance in a high school play would garner him not only rave reviews but also permanently alter his long-range plans. Soon, he ...
172. Reggie Rolle
Actor | Power Rangers Lost Galaxy
Born Reginald Larentes Rolle in St. Paul, Minnesota, entertainment is in Reggie's namesake; his middle name, inspired by legendary director Dino de Laurentiis, foreshadowed his future in the industry. After attending the University of Minnesota, where he studied marketing and theater, Reggie moved ...
176. Alex Désert
Actor | Swingers
"Born and raised in New York City, the acting bug hit a young Alex Desert early, with two incidents forever changing his trajectory. First, while perusing the audio section of the Donell Public Library, our young hero happened upon a record which would forever impact him - Paul Williams' soundtrack...
177. Keith D. Robinson
Actor | Dreamgirls
Keith Robinson was born in Kentucky and grew up in Greenville, South Carolina. He later moved to Augusta and graduated from Lakeside High School. He attended the University of Georgia and, while there, signed a recording contract with Motown Records, but that label never issued any of his material.
179. Aaron J. Nelson
Actor | The Breaks
Aaron J. Nelson's passion for acting has led him to roles on the biggest stages on both Broadway and Television. Currently, he is the star of the Highest Grossing Broadway musical in history, Disney's The Lion King, playing the role of Adult Simba. In 2012, Aaron made his network television debut ...
180. James A. Pierce III
Actor | Wellness Inc.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania James A. Pierce, III is an AUDELCO Award Winning Actor, Singer, Dancer. He's a classically trained singer and dancer and has maintained a diverse and successful career.
Pierce began performing at the age of six training at La Cher Tari Dance Studio. He ...
181. 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. They have ...
182. Allen Maldonado
Actor | Heels
Allen Maldonado is one of young Hollywood's busiest stars on the rise. The multi-talented actor, writer and entrepreneur, not only co-stars on the award-winning sitcom, Black-ish (ABC), he has also finished his second season as a full time writer on the hit Starz series, Survivors Remorse, has ...
183. Forest Whitaker
Actor | The Last King of Scotland
Forest Steven Whitaker has packaged a king-size talent into his hulking 6' 2", 220 lb. frame. He won an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the film The Last King of Scotland (2006), and has also won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. He is the fourth African-American male to...
184. Tahj Mowry
Actor | Smart Guy
Tahj Mowry, born in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, is known for playing the young prodigy on the Disney sitcom, Smart Guy (1997). He is the son of Darlene Renee (Flowers), who eventually ended up managing the siblings' early career, and Timothy John Mowry, a police officer and a veteran of the war. His ...
Actor | Farming
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, ...
186. Billy Dee Williams
Billy Dee Williams was born William December Williams on April 6, 1937 in New York City. Billy Dee has notched up an impressive array of film and television appearances over the past 50+ years. He is easily best known to international film audiences as the roguish Lando Calrissian in the last two ...
189. Jaden Smith
Actor | The Karate Kid
Jaden Smith is an 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 ...
190. Lance Reddick
Actor | John Wick
Lance Reddick was born on June 7, 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Lance Solomon Reddick. He is an actor and producer, known for John Wick (2014), John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) and White House Down (2013). He has been married to Stephanie Diane Day since June 2011. He was previously married to ...
Actor | The Green Mile
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 ...
192. Morgan Freeman
Actor | Se7en
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...
193. Tony Todd
Actor | Candyman
Perhaps best known for his chilling performance as "Candyman", the charismatic 6' 5" actor Tony Todd has consistently turned in compelling performances since his debut in the fantasy film Sleepwalk (1986). Born in Washington, D.C., Todd spent two years on a scholarship at the University of ...
194. David Ramsey
Actor | Arrow
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 ...
195. Ving Rhames
Actor | Pulp Fiction
Strikingly featured and muscular American actor Ving Rhames was born Irving Rameses Rhames in Harlem, New York, to Reather, a homemaker, and Ernest Rhames, an auto mechanic. A good student, Ving entered the New York High School of Performing Arts, where he discovered his love of acting. He studied ...
196. David Alan Grier
Actor | Joe Pickett
David Alan Grier was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Aretas Ruth (Dudley), a schoolteacher, and William Henry Grier, a psychiatrist and writer. He trained in Shakespeare at Yale University, where he received an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.
Grier began his professional career on Broadway as ...
198. Courtney Burrell
Actor | Too Close to Home
Courtney T. Burrell Jr. was born on August 20, in North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the oldest child of mother in the Pharmaceutical industry , Betty, from Philadelphia, and an Iron worker father, Courtney Sr., also from Philadelphia. After being exposed to music, sports, and entertainment ...