Top Ten Black Actors

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The Top Ten

Morgan 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.
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2Denzel Washington
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!


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?
First, He's his own peron. He's a smart thinker. Hollywood doesn't own him, nor control his moves in his choice of movies. He does't put his personal business out to make news. He seem to have married a very secure, smart, and spiritual woman, which is a super plus for any man. He represents well.
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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... "
Starred in a lot of great films such as: Men in Black, I, Robot, I Am Legend and was originally meant to play Neo in The Matrix


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4Danny 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.


5Samuel 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
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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 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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7Mario Van Peebles
Peables looks like morgan freeman cause of the black skin
Greatest actor of all time

8Don 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.
Voting for him because Shaun Mixon, Jeffery Wright, and John G. Smith were excluded. But Shaun Mixon would be my top pick. He's top notch, handsome action star from Champion Road: Arena the movie, and also Touye Pwen the series.
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9Laurence 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!
Loves golf! Good enough for me

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.
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The Contenders

11Eddie 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
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12Sidney 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 don't know a lot about Sidney as a person, but after watching some great black actors and some FANTASIC films he was in a time when things was not so easy. He was one of those on the stepping stone of life pathed the way for others be you colour or working class, or white or any colour
he give you massive inspiration 2nd barr none respect
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.
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13Wesley Snipes
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?
I love Wesley Snipes. Great and beautiful actor. My favorite black actor. Loved him in The Fugitive. Great smile and great body.

14James Earl Jones
Thank you so much for all of your dedicated work
Deserves better than 14th too
J.E.J. eserves better than 18th
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15Martin 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

16Chris Rock

17Michael Clarke Duncan
R.I.P. michael Clarke Duncan. He was exceptional in The Green Mile

18Jamie 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

19Clarence Williams III

20Terrence Howard

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.

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


21Bill 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.

22Ving Rhames
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.
Great actor-Handsome too-forgive me for saying this-He can come and knock on my door anytime!

23Isaiah Washington

24Bernie Casey

25Dennis Haysbert

26Idris Elba
Most commanding black actor since Denzel first burst on to the screen. 34th... Really?
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.
An absolutely fantastic actor with versatility.
You are the best Idris
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27Fred Williamson

28Michael Jai White

29Djimon Hounsou

30Woody Strode

31Eamonn Walker

32Jim Brown

33Louis Gossett, Jr.,
Good actor and handsome man when young.
Great performance in Diggstown

34Chris 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

35Tyler Perry
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
He is a AWESOME actor!

36Robert Guillaume

Also see "Soap" ^^ "Benson" Fantastic actor! Very underrated!

See: Lean On Me and the show Sports Night
Also vote for Morgan Freeman and Will Smith

37Michael Jackson

38Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs

39Tony Todd

40Andre 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.

41Harry Belafonte

42Tupac Shakur

43J. B. Smoove

44Billy Dee Williams

45Richard Roundtree

46Dave Chappelle

47Anthony Mackie

48Jeffrey Wright

What else does he have to do to get on the list Wow!

49Glynn Turman

50Calvin Lockhart

51Clifton Powell

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