Hollywood has produced many actors, some of whom are considered institutions in acting. Although the movie industry predominantly consisted of fair-skinned actors in the past, the recent years have seen the rise of many actors of African American descent. Many of these talented individuals have won the prestigious Golden Globe and Academy Awards for their impeccable performances. Morgan Freeman, Will Smith, Samuel L Jackson, Eddie Murphy, Denzel Washington and Jamie Fox are a few actors whom the world really adores. Samuel L Jackson’s portrayal of the character Jules, in Quentin Tarantino’s cult classic ‘Pulp Fiction’, was a treat to movie lovers and critics alike. Since then, the acclaimed actor has essayed memorable roles in several Hollywood blockbusters. Many movie buffs claim that Morgan Freeman’s epic voiceovers in the 1994 classic ‘Shawshank Redemption’ is an important reason why it is one of the world’s most loved films. Be it the role of a struggling father in ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ or an arrogant superhero in ‘Hancock’, Hollywood star Will Smith has proved that he can play just any character effortlessly. Many movie gurus are of the opinion that aspiring actors should watch the works of these actors to get better at their craft. If you aren’t aware of other eminent African American actors, you should probably scroll the list to know the names of the people who have made their community proud. It’s time we watch their films and appreciate their talent.