Top Ten Black Actors

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The Top Ten

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!


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


[Newest]He's is very handsome.

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]Anyone who plays God, and does it as convincingly as Freeman, deserves a number one spot.

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!


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
[Newest]Samuel is totally the best actor if his age and type

5Laurence 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
He is great actor who doesn't get the props due to his race

6Forest 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 really is UNDER RATED. I can't think of one bad movie that he stared in. One of my FAVORITES!

7Eddie Murphy
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

8Danny Glover
Awesome and underrated, Strong actor

Should have had more roles over the years
This actor has GREAT range, glad to see him near the top. Loved him in Grand Canyon, a gem of a movie.
Predator 2, lethal weapon series and saw proved that he is the best.


9Cuba 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.
Everybody should know that he is a very good actor, he deserves stay in this list
[Newest]Love him. On my list of should I would I could i

10Mario Van Peebles
Greatest actor of all time
Peables looks like morgan freeman cause of the black skin

The Contenders

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?

12Don 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.
Don Cheadle is the most underestimated actor in Hollywood. His naturalness, versatility, intimacy, and power make him unforgettable! I hope he goes on the make many more movies.
[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.

13Sidney 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

14Martin 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

15Jamie 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...
Jamie Foxx is a rabid racist and should be drummed out of acting for his vitriolic, foaming at the mouth, anti-White racism.
He outshines Will Smith in Ali. Should be top 5

16Chris Rock
Chris Rock plays the role in every movie just like he named one of them, which was,"DOWN TO EARTH". He's a really cool actor, not to mention; loving father, and a really handsome guy. Keep up the good work, Chris... Love ya!

17James 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

18Clarence Williams III

19Dave Chappelle

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


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.
I love him and like him a lot! Crazy for him

21Michael Clarke Duncan
R.I.P. michael Clarke Duncan. He was exceptional in The Green Mile

22Chris 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

23Bill 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!

24Ving 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!
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.
I think he should move up the rating ladder. He has had roles in many of the movies I've watched.

25Clifton Powell

26Mr T

27Idris 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

28Bernie Casey

29Dennis Haysbert

30Fred Williamson

31Michael Jai White

32Tupac Shakur
Juice is one of the best early 90s movie created

33Djimon Hounsou

34Louis Gossett, Jr.,
Good actor and handsome man when young.
Great performance in Diggstown

35Woody Strode

36Eamonn Walker

37Jim Brown

38Michael Jackson

39Tyler 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!

40Robert 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!

41Tony Todd

42Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs

43Andre 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.

44Billy Dee Williams

45Harry Belafonte

46J. B. Smoove

47Richard Roundtree

48Jeffrey Wright
What else does he have to do to get on the list Wow!
He deserves better recognition.

49Kevin Hart

50Tyrese Gibson

51Ice Cube
Even though he is a rapper, ICE-CUBE is definitely a real talented actor. Not to mention; is really good in every role he play. Especially when he, and Mike Epps get together in acting. Those two negros are fools, and they will keep you laughing!

52Anthony Mackie

53Glynn Turman
One of the best & forever a great person!

54Calvin Lockhart

55Paul 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.

56David Oyelowo
From MI-5 to the Butler, he has shown an unbelievable range of emotions. One kick-ass actor.

57Terry Crews

58Delroy Lindo

59Kevin Michael Richardson

60Isaiah 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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