Top Ten Black Actors

The Top Ten Black Actors

1 Morgan Freeman Morgan Freeman (born June 1, 1937) is an American actor and narrator. Freeman won an Academy Award in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor with Million Dollar Baby (2004), and he has received Oscar nominations for his performances in Street Smart (1987), Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption and Invictus. more.

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.

We don't care whether Morgan Freeman is Black or White or Tan... All we care about, is his Phenomenal Acting, his Great Personality & his Masculine Charisma. That's why we respect him as a Great Human being... He deserves the number 1 Spot in this List...

Long Live Sir, Morgan Freeman! - Nirmal1991USA

2 Denzel Washington Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. is an American actor and filmmaker. He has received three Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award, and two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for the historical war drama film Glory and Best Actor for his role as a corrupt cop in the crime thriller Training Day.

The succesor to Billy Dee. Suave smooth sophisticated The Earth Wind and Fire of Actors.

I am new to him, immediately I liked him... He is too sexy... Great actor... His face is so good that insurance person cannot put any value on it.

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

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?

3 Will Smith Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. is an American actor, comedian, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He is best known for his acting career overall. He has been in many popular movies, These include, but are not limited to, the Men in Black franchise, The Pursuit of Happyness, and After Earth. He is more.

Will Smith can ACT, from comedy , drama and Action.. he has the BIG IT factor. Perhaps the most talented artist sense Bill Cosby. Must be a Philly thing. The Will Smith of Actors

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.

4 Samuel L. Jackson Samuel Leroy Jackson is an American actor and film producer. He achieved prominence and critical acclaim in the early 1990s with films such as Jungle Fever, Patriot Games, Amos & Andrew, True Romance, Jurassic Park and his collaborations with director Quentin Tarantino including Pulp Fiction, Jackie more.

Original. Intense, captivating. He has a flare all his own. The Kool and the Gang of Actors.

Samuel L. Jackson is simply incredible with his amazing performances in Pulp Fiction, The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained, Avengers and many more. - guccigangkid69

Samuel L. Jackson is the Man! - ThisSiteSucks

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...

5 Laurence Fishburne Laurence John Fishburne III is an American actor, playwright, producer, screenwriter, and film director.

All ways fills the screen. He has an enormance stage presence. The John Coltarne of Actors

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

Please watch "Hoodlum" and you'll agree he's such a great actor.

6 Eddie Murphy Edward Regan "Eddie" Murphy is an American comedian, actor, writer, singer, and producer. Murphy was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1980 to 1984.


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

Really and truly an amazing actor. Give credit were credit is due. Hollywood doesn't appreciate true talent. Put him back on the silver screen.

7 Sidney Poitier Sir Sidney Poitier is a Bahamian-American actor, film director, author, and diplomat. In 1964, Poitier became the first Bahamian and first black actor to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role in Lilies of the Field.

Sidney Poitier has class and he is a marvelous actor. He should be number one. Morgan Freeman has class and is an amazing actor. In my mind they are tied for first place. Laurence Fishburne and Samuel Jackson are both excellent and in my book they are tied for second place. I am white but who cares! An actor is excellent because of the way he has honed his craft. I love and enjoy them all! Each has amazing skills, Sidney and Morgan have been around longer so they are more experienced at their craft.

The Best that ever did it. Especially considering the era he performed in.. would of loved to see Sammy Davis Jr on this list. Guess who's coming to dinner, to sir with love helped change race relations in America. The Miles Davis of Actors

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.

8 Forest Whitaker Forest Steven Whitaker III is an American actor, producer and director who has earned a reputation for intensive character study work for films such as Bird, The Crying Game, Platoon, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, The Great Debaters, The Butler and Arrival.He has also appeared in blockbusters such more.

His screen presence is captivating, He knocked the role of Charlie Parker out the Park. He is Yard Bird

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.

I appreciate his name as it is Forest and in the forest you can find vegetation and other vegan material. I am vegan so this makes him my number one. He is the best around, nothing is gonna ever keep him down. I am vegan

9 Cuba Gooding Jr. Cuba Gooding Jr. is an American actor. He is best known for his breakthrough role as Tre Styles in Boyz n the Hood, his role in Tuskegee Airmen, TheThe Tuskegee Airmen', 'his Academy Award–winning role as Rod Tidwell in Cameron Crowe's Jerry Maguire, his role in the epic Pearl Harbor as historical more.

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

One of the most diverse and complete actors of our time!

10 Danny 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. - tawhabinnasir

He can do anything on screen, The Al Green of Actors

The Contenders

11 Don 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.

He should be number one - such a versatile actor with perfect character portrayals in diverse dramas and comedies. Brilliant and very under rated.

12 Jamie Foxx Eric Marlon Bishop, known professionally by his stage name Jamie Foxx, is an American actor, singer, songwriter and comedian.

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.

Jamie Foxx is truly a great actor. I would like to see more of him. Make a role for him. He is truly amazing.

A great actor, a great singer, a great entertainer. I LOVE HIM

13 James Earl Jones James Earl Jones is an American actor who in a career spanning more than 60 years has become known as "one of America's most distinguished and versatile" actors and "one of the greatest actors in American history." Since his Broadway debut in 1957, Jones has won many awards, including a Tony Award and more.

Between James Earl Jones & Morgan Freeman there will never be any actors that can come close to compare

Thank you so much for all of your dedicated work

Deserves better than 14th too

Been around longer than Cuba.

14 Michael Clarke Duncan Michael Clarke Duncan was an American actor, best known for his breakout role as John Coffey in The Green Mile, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and various similar honors.

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

My mate thinks you are martin Lawrence, I am vegan

R.I.P, I am vegan

15 Martin Lawrence Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence is an American stand-up comedian, actor, producer, writer, and voice actor.

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

Talented comedian. His characters are funny and original. He should a movie with all the " Martin " characters in it.

He CRAY doe! He funny as hell.

Martin is a great actor

16 Chris Rock Christopher Julius Rock III is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director. After working as a standup comic and appearing in small film roles, Rock came to wider prominence as a cast member of Saturday Night Live in the early 1990s.

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!

Chris Rock is a fantastic actor. He has chivalry. Chivalry is not dead.

He's cool, not acting that good, though - NjakDjak

Your funny from Michelle

17 Idris Elba Idrissa Akuna "Idris" Elba OBE is an English actor, producer, musician and DJ known for playing drug trafficker Stringer Bell on the HBO series The Wire, DCI John Luther on the BBC One series Luther and Nelson Mandela in the biographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

He is one among the great personality handsome guy in this planet

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

18 Kevin Hart Kevin Darnell Hart is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Hart began his career by winning several amateur comedy competitions at clubs throughout New England, culminating in his first real break in 2000 when he was cast by Judd Apatow for more.

He is the best actor I've seen I love his acting very much I hope he becomes a very very famous actor

He's too funny
I watched central intelligence 4 times and he made me laugh every time

Too bad he's not number one I guess the time of him being number one was short get it because he's short

Kevin is truly an amazing comedian. And good actor.

19 Mario Van Peebles

Peables looks like morgan freeman cause of the black skin

Peebles. VEGAN

20 Wesley Snipes

I love Wesley Snipes. Great and beautiful actor. My favorite black actor. Loved him in The Fugitive. Great smile and great body.

My favorite. Versatile, energetic and fine. I'm waiting for Blade 4. Love me some Wesley. Too far down on the list.

He avoided tax, but did not avoid the vegan void in his heart. JOIN THE VEGAN ARMY. I am also a vegan

Presently am watching his movie, the expendables 3 and he is a legend.

21 Ving 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.

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

22 Terrence 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.

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

Love him in all characters good and bad

23 Clarence Williams III

Highly underrated in my opinion. He has been around such a long time, and he should really be up there with all the greats.

... vegan

24 Bill Cosby William Henry "Bill" Cosby, Jr., is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and author. more.

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!

Good actor


25 Terry Crews Terry Alan Crews is an American actor and former American football player. He is known for playing Julius on the UPN/CW sitcom Everybody Hates Chris and for his appearances in Old Spice commercials, as well as films such as Friday After Next, Idiocracy, White Chicks and The Expendables series.

His one buff lol his good

26 Kevin Michael Richardson Kevin Michael Richardson is an American actor and voice actor who has portrayed a multitude of characters in various animated series and video games. He is known for his extremely deep voice and has been playing a wide variety of characters since the early 1990s, often villains. For voicing Joker in more.
27 Isaiah Washington Isaiah Washington IV is an American actor. A veteran of several Spike Lee films, Washington is best known for his role as Dr.

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!

28 Louis Gossett, Jr.,

Good actor and handsome man when young.

He should be higher on the list with the greats...

Oscar Winner. How do you get to the top?

Great performance in Diggstown

29 Dennis Haysbert
30 Michael Jai White

Loovvee himm! He was good on blood and bones and the why did I get marrieds

31 Bernie Casey
32 Djimon Hounsou

Djimon Hounsou is probably my favorite black actor but that's just my opinion

33 Fred Williamson
34 Dwayne Johnson Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known by his ring name The Rock, is an American and Canadian actor, producer and semi-retired professional wrestler, signed with WWE.

I am watching one of his movies right now
That shows he is the best

Everyone loves Dwayne

Ya this is really hard finding people who we have seen a lot of on T.V. I'm trying to remember a film with Nicolase Cage from the 80 and associated it with a famous African American actor, can't find the movie or this guy, but they have Michael Jackson on here, what.

Rank 50... what?

35 Eamonn Walker
36 Woody Strode
37 Tyler Perry Tyler Perry is an American actor, playwright, and filmmaker. In 2011, Forbes listed him as the highest paid man in entertainment, earning $130 million USD between May 2010 and 2011.

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!

Love this man... Especially love Madea... Needs to be up top!

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

38 Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under more.

He's the best Singer of all time and I like hon in the role from men in black

Great singer and dancer

39 Chris Tucker Christopher "Chris" Tucker is an American actor and stand-up comedian. He is known for playing the role of Smokey in Friday and as Detective James Carter in the Rush Hour film series.

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

40 Tony Todd

The coroner from the final destination movies, candy man, and Reverend zombie from hatchet 1 and 2

41 Tupac Shakur Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known as 2Pac, was an American rapper and actor born on June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, New York. Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide and has been referred to in multiple major publications such as Rolling Stone as one of the greatest music artists of all time. 2Pac was more.

No one will ever be that good he was ahead of his time the BEST THE VERY BEST AHEAD OF HIS TIME!

That dude was the BEST

Juice is one of the best early 90s movie created


42 Ice Cube O'Shea Jackson, born June 15, 1969 in Baldwin Hills, CA, known by his stage name Ice Cube, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and filmmaker. He began his career as a member of the hip-hop group C.I.A and later joined the seminal gangster rap group N.W.A. After leaving N.W.A in December 1989, more.

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!

Love this mans grill

43 Jim Brown James Nathaniel Brown is a former professional American football player and actor. He was a running back for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League from 1957 through 1965.
44 Billy Dee Williams

BDW was the KING in his day, Before Denzell there was Billy Dee, smooth as silk, cool as ice with skills imitated but never duplicated from Playing Gale Sayers in Brian's song He influenced a generation, we were all so proud to black. We talked about it the entire school year. Fast forward to Star wars, He should be unforgetable.
The Luther Vandros of Actors

Love in lady sing the blue

I Lkie Billy de Williams he's Good Man of All

Tf you mean 46? This ni🅱️🅱️a is a GOD and deserves to be in the top 5 at LEAST.

45 Robert 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!

46 Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs

I watch him every week end I think he is so funny! he made the show him and john

I like him welcome back kotter

47 Dave Chappelle David Khari Webber "Dave" Chappelle is an African American stand-up comedian, screenwriter, producer, and actor.
48 Harry Belafonte
49 Andre 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.

50 Clifton Powell
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