Top Ten Black Actors

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The Top Ten

1
Denzel Washington
Mr. Washington's body of work speaks for itself, has paved the way for the next generation as did Mr. Poitier. The quality of product that he puts out. The countless times he was passed over for an Oscar. Jeffery Wright, James Earl Jones, Eddie Murphy, why are these name not mentioned when we are speaking of talent?
The Great Debaters, American Gangster, Deja Vu, Inside Man, The Manchurian Candidate, Man on Fire, Out of Time, Antwone Fisher, John Q, Training Day, Remember the Titans, The Hurricane, The Bone Collector, The Siege, He Got Game, Fallen, The Preacher's Wife, Courage Under Fire, Devil in a Blue Dress, Crimson Tide, Philadelphia, The Pelican Brief, even Much Ado About Nothing, the best I think - Malcolm X, Ricochet, Mo' Better Blues, Glory, The Mighty Quinn... plus some others which I haven't watched, each performance just as awesome I would expect.

Dig this, the man is on a whole different level from these guys or any other actor hands down!

Dania0671

Will Smith is great, but I'm not sure he's the best yet. Hard to top Denzel. Here's my list:
1. Denzel Washington
2. Sidney Poitier
3. Morgan Freeman/Will Smith
5. Samuel L. Jackson
6. Cuba Gooding Jr. (who got snubbed on this list)
7. Don Cheadle (great actor, but needs to do more)
8. Forest Whitaker
9. Laurenece Fishburne
10. Terrence Howard

ryguys9

[Newest]That Equalizer movie, and the Book of Eli... Awesome!

2Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman is not only the best black actor but also the best actor in hollywood. Take a look at his resume-The Shawshank Redemption, Bruce Almighty, Million Dollar Baby, The Dark Knight etc..
First let me start by asking how the hell did Cuba Gooding Jr. Get in the top ten of this list? And also Morgan Freeman is the #1 reason why I can believe God is black.
Morgan Freeman is by far the greatest person on earth, hands down.
[Newest]"They used to call me crazy Joe now they call me batman! "... Classic!


3Will Smith
Will Smith is my man. so sexy and I like him in the movie "Pursuit to happiness" and "ALI".. Denzel Washington is my Idol when it comes to acting he deserve his oscars. I like him in Philadelphia. Morgan Freeman is a good example for"No small rule to a Great Actor"; Samuel L. Jackson is the perfect guy for either drama or action very versatile; Sidney Poitier- this is the man that started all. an Oscar the first African -American who won the Oscar my respect to him 100%. Forest Whitaker- of course Forest is fine actor of his time really good when it comes to acting. ; Cuba Gooding Jr. who forgot Cuba the guy who will take everything in the name of Arts. ; Jamie Foxx of course the oscar earner best example of great and fine acting... this are my best actors at no ranking they are all number to me...
"The best actor alive, he has the best success on the box office and people love watching him. BEST ACTOR ALIVE PERIOD... "
Will Smith is not just the best black actor he is the best actor. He has been my favorite since he came out. I'd have to say his best movies would be I Am Legend, Independence day, The Pursuit of Happyness, and Wild Wild West. The only movie that I didn't find absolutely amazing was his newest one, seven pounds. Will Smith is incredible.
[Newest]He started off as the fresh prince which made a big name for him back in the day and then he went on to his big blockbuster films and slowly worked himself up to being one of the greatest actors of all time, at least that's what I think. His movies are inspirational, funny, moving and fun to watch. He is my inspiration


4Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson is the Man!

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His acting ability is brilliant and when he speaks seems poetry. Watch meany of his movies.. Snakes on the plane, Pulp Fiction, The Negotiator, etc...
it is impossible to act snake on the plane
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Samuel is totally the best actor if his age and type

5Forest Whitaker
He's just an amazing actor - after Vantage Point, Last King of Scotland, the Colour of Money... he is undoubtedly one of the best actors out there!
This is one of the most under rated actors in the world. He can really get into a role. I would like to see him picked to play a top role in a movie. He can bring it.
He doesn't get the attention he should. He is a great actor. Mr. Whitaker is right up there with Morgon Freeman & Denzel Washinton.
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He really is UNDER RATED. I can't think of one bad movie that he stared in. One of my FAVORITES!

6Laurence Fishburne
After seing Mr. fishburne in the play of Thourgood Marshall I don't know if Denzel or anyone in this top 10 can do better!
Incredible actor my favorite actor than anyone I think he should be number 1 great actor
Loves golf! Good enough for me

7Danny Glover
Awesome and underrated, Strong actor

Should have had more roles over the years
Predator 2, lethal weapon series and saw proved that he is the best.

tawhabinnasir

This actor has GREAT range, glad to see him near the top. Loved him in Grand Canyon, a gem of a movie.

8Eddie Murphy
EDDIE MURPHY IS AWESOME! AND FUNNY! HE SHOULD BE NUMBER 3 OR 5. HE DESERVES THAT POSITION SO GIVE IT TO HIM.
For god's sake this is ridiculous, eddie murphy is amazing, he should be in the top 5!
Eddie Murphy is a top character and far more talented than 11

9Mario Van Peebles
Peables looks like morgan freeman cause of the black skin
Greatest actor of all time

10Cuba Gooding Jr.
He not only plays diverse parts but, he also makes you believe them. I wish there were more clean cut, wonderful actors as he. Thank him for giving me so many happy hours. When can we see more of his acting ability? He is in the top percentage of all actors.
Great guy, I hope he continues to be blessed and successful in all his endeavors. I love everything about this man.
I love everything he play in and he could play different characters, not the same ol thing all the time.
[Newest]Love him. On my list of should I would I could i

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11Wesley Snipes
I love Wesley Snipes. Great and beautiful actor. My favorite black actor. Loved him in The Fugitive. Great smile and great body.
Damn he has excelent acting skills and I like his attitude. He has a body to die for and ooh did I mention his super bass?

12Martin Lawrence
great funny actor, all the movies he did are funny and serious at the same time I like him so much but he better play again with will smith
He CRAY doe! He funny as hell.
Martin is a great actor

13Don Cheadle
Great actor. Love him in Devil in a Blue dress and he should have won and award for his roll in Rawanda.
Great actor. He plays diverse roles. He is one of those actors that one would watch a movie just because he's in it.
Cheadle is cool and allsided. Everything about him is so down to earth and he speaks really intelligently. He's played everything from a Brooklyn gangster to a hotel owner in Rwanda.

nonofyall

[Newest]I think Don Cheadle is a very under rated actor, he' s in a class by himself. Put him in any role and becomes his own. Great actor.

14Jamie Foxx
Largely under rated anybody who has seen the soloist or django knows he is the best out of last couple of years!
HE is an amazing actor! Just watch Collateral or Django unchained and you will share my opinion... He should be at least tenth in my opinion...
He outshines Will Smith in Ali. Should be top 5

15James Earl Jones
Thank you so much for all of your dedicated work
Between James Earl Jones & Morgan Freeman there will never be any actors that can come close to compare
Deserves better than 14th too
[Newest]Deserves in the top 10

16Sidney Poitier
Without a doubt one of the greatest actor ever to be on the silver screen, what he did for black actor is amazing, the younger people will vote for the will smith's and other actor, but if they knew what this great man injured to make life, easier for all black actor today, they need to watch this man and be amazed by his ability
I love his morals and values. He is a man's man... Or should be in my opinion.

His book, "Measure of a man"... Was a wonderful read. I would read another book by Sidney Poitier anytime.

I believe all men should aspire to have the same morals and values as Sidney Poitier himself.
How hard he must have worked to be the ground-breaking non-token black actor. RESPECT
[Newest]One of the all time greatest

17Chris Rock

18Michael Clarke Duncan
R.I.P. michael Clarke Duncan. He was exceptional in The Green Mile

19Clarence Williams III

20Terrence Howard
Definitely belongs on this list. Awesome job in August Rush and a great job in Iron Man. A truly profound actor.

Freak_Show1

He makes you believe in his character. He is intellegent as well as handsome. However his heart is in his acting look at the movie August Rush. What a movie.
Who is Mario Van Peeble anyway? Makes so sense why he is above such a dynamic actor. I have never even heard of him.

21Ving Rhames
I think he is one of the greatest actors ever! He can be mean and ruthless so much make you scared to leave your house because you forget it's a movie; he can be the sweetest fatherly type that just brings tears to your eyes! Now here's my other reason he is fine and sexy and can play that role in all the above movies, therefore he should without a doubt be ranked right up there with the best, not way down here he is in my "top 10" maybe people don't get the name with the actor, as it is kinda different!
I think he should move up the rating ladder. He has had roles in many of the movies I've watched.
He's one of the best black actors ever, not sure why he's down here in the list. I hope soon he will be up there with the other good ones.

22Bill Cosby
He's a great actor and trail breaker. He led the way so than many more could follow. He started out as a comedian, so unique and so talented.
This man is one of the best... Should be further up top!

23Clifton Powell

24Bernie Casey

25Dennis Haysbert

26Idris Elba
Idris Elba is one of the most outstanding actors to come along in quite some time. Check out BBC's "Luther" or "The Wire" sometime and see for yourself.
Most commanding black actor since Denzel first burst on to the screen. 34th... Really?
An absolutely fantastic actor with versatility.
You are the best Idris

27Tupac Shakur
Juice is one of the best early 90s movie created

28Fred Williamson

29Michael Jai White

30Djimon Hounsou

31Woody Strode

32Louis Gossett, Jr.,
Good actor and handsome man when young.
Great performance in Diggstown

33Eamonn Walker

34Jim Brown

35Chris Tucker
Hilarious underrated actor. Should definitely be in more movies. The rush hour series was amazing and friday too they should stuff him in more now before he gets too old!
He's great needs to make more movies

36Tyler Perry
I think he's a great actor. What I like most about Tyler Perry is that he gives life to his characters, whether he's playing Madea or some other character actor that person come across as a real person, a person we can all relate to. He has taken us to another level. We see casts we wouldn't normally see and I'm loving it. Thanks Tyler.
He is a AWESOME actor!
Now you all know this man is the best. Hands down at what he do and I have seen anyon come close to showcasing a craft like this mam tyler perry
[Newest]Love this man... Especially love Madea... Needs to be up top!

37Robert Guillaume
See: Lean On Me and the show Sports Night
Also vote for Morgan Freeman and Will Smith
Also see "Soap" ^^ "Benson" Fantastic actor! Very underrated!

38Michael Jackson

39Tony Todd

40Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs

41Andre Braugher
How is he this low on the list? One of the most underrated, talented men on the small screen, ever. His portrayal as Frank Pembleton on Homicide: Life on The Streets was complex and powerful.

42Harry Belafonte

43J. B. Smoove

44Billy Dee Williams

45Richard Roundtree

46Dave Chappelle

47Jeffrey Wright
What else does he have to do to get on the list Wow!
He deserves better recognition.

48Anthony Mackie

49Glynn Turman
One of the best & forever a great person!

50Calvin Lockhart

51Tyrese Gibson

52Kevin Hart

53Paul Winfield
He is my all time favorite actor. He passed away in March 2004. Mr. Winfiels was such a prolific actor. No other actor could have potrayed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as Mr. Winfield did in the 1978; miniseries, King. Sounder was another movie I loved Mr. Winfield in. He was an outstanding actor. Loved his voice on City Confidential.

54Ice Cube

55David Oyelowo
From MI-5 to the Butler, he has shown an unbelievable range of emotions. One kick-ass actor.

56Kevin Michael Richardson

57Mr T

58Isaiah Washington
I love his presence on camera and acting. I wish he had not been blacklisted. He should be in more films and honing his craft. I hope to see him higher on the list soon!

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