Top Ten Black Actors

The Top Ten

1 Morgan Freeman 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. ...read 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.

I'm a Swede, and I've always said, "I wish that Morgan Freeman was my grandpa." His GENIUS transcends Race.

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2 Denzel Washington 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 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?

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

The absolute most versatile character Actor (Black or White). I have never seen him in a role I didn't like. He makes the movie

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3 Will Smith 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 lineup, Pursuit of Happyness, and After Earth. He is often referred ...read more.

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.

Crazy funny

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4 Samuel L. Jackson 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 ...read more.

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...

it is impossible to act snake on the plane

Hold onto your butts

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5 Laurence 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

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

Great,great actor.

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6 Eddie Murphy Eddie 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

My dad is called Eddie yay awesome

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7 Sidney Poitier Sidney 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.

I assume you mean comment quantity not quality. since I can type any old rubbish in here and as long as there's enough of it you're happy

This below Eddie Murphy? Is this a joke? - 445956

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8 Cuba Gooding Jr. 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 ...read 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

If you wanna be my Vegan, you gotta get with my vegan friends, make it all vegan, being vegan never ends! he is also ok I guess. I am vegan

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9 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

Amazing! he's so underrated! deserves more roles!

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10 Forest 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.

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

Just watch The Butler

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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.

My very favorite. he IS the character. I believe every word he says, its like I'm in the room with him. LOVE HIM he should have EVERY AWARD!

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12 Jamie Foxx 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.

Ray charles anyone

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13 James Earl Jones 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 ...read 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

My number two...behind Morgan Freeman

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14 Chris Rock Chris 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!

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

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15 Mario Van Peebles

Greatest actor of all time

Peables looks like morgan freeman cause of the black skin

Peebles. VEGAN

16 Kevin Hart 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 ...read more.

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

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

Kevin is truly an amazing comedian. And good actor.

Kevin Hart, my man...He just got it all

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17 Wesley Snipes 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

Should be better positioned.

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18 Idris Elba Idris 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

The next James Bond.

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19 Martin Lawrence 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.

Great funny actor

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20 Michael Clarke Duncan Michael Clarke Duncan

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

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.

I love all his movies and acting, very very WOW!

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22 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

23 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

Most underrated actor

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

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25 Kevin Michael Richardson 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 ...read more.
26 Chris Tucker 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

27 Dennis Haysbert
28 Michael Jai White

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

29 Dave Chappelle Dave Chappelle David Khari Webber "Dave" Chappelle is an African American stand-up comedian, screenwriter, producer, and actor.
30 Bernie Casey
31 Louis Gossett, Jr.,

Good actor and handsome man when young.

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

Great performance in Diggstown

32 Fred Williamson
33 Eamonn Walker
34 Djimon Hounsou Djimon Hounsou

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

35 Isaiah Washington 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!

36 Tyler Perry Tyler 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!

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

Come on, why is he even on the list?

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37 Woody Strode
38 Dwayne Johnson 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.

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?

39 Michael Jackson 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 ...read more.

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

40 Jim Brown Jim Brown
41 Tony Todd Tony Todd

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

42 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!

43 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

44 Tupac Shakur 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 ...read 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

A good man

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45 Ice Cube Ice Cube O'Shea Jackson, born June 15, 1969, 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, he built ...read 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

46 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.

47 Billy Dee Williams

Love in lady sing the blue

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

48 J. B. Smoove
49 Jeffrey Wright Jeffrey Wright

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

He deserves better recognition.

Great actor

50 Harry Belafonte
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