Samuel L Jackson, Will Smith and Morgan Freeman are a few notable African American actors

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.
Dwayne JohnsonDwayne Johnson
(Actor)

02 May 1972

American

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson
(Singer)

29 August 1958

American

Will SmithWill Smith
(Actor)

25 September 1968

American

Denzel WashingtonDenzel Washington
(American actor)

28 December 1954

American

Eddie MurphyEddie Murphy
(Actor)

03 April 1961

American

Ice CubeIce Cube
(American rapper)

15 June 1969

American

Jamie FoxxJamie Foxx

13 December 1967

American

Samuel L. JacksonSamuel L. Jackson
(Actor)

21 December 1948

American

Chadwick BosemanChadwick Boseman
(Actor)

29 November 1976

American

Morgan FreemanMorgan Freeman

01 June 1937

American

Lenny KravitzLenny Kravitz

26 May 1964

American

Ice-TIce-T
(Rapper, Actor)

16 February 1958

American

Dave ChappelleDave Chappelle

24 August 1973

American

Spike LeeSpike Lee

20 March 1957

American

Bernie MacBernie Mac
(Actor, Comedian)

05 October 1957

American

Tyler PerryTyler Perry
(Actor)

13 September 1969

American

James Earl JonesJames Earl Jones
(Actor)

17 January 1931

American

Wesley SnipesWesley Snipes

31 July 1962

American

Danny GloverDanny Glover
(American actor)

22 July 1946

American

Shemar MooreShemar Moore

20 April 1970

American

LL Cool JLL Cool J
(Rapper, Actor)

14 January 1968

American

Damon WayansDamon Wayans
(Actor)

04 September 1960

American

Brandy NorwoodBrandy Norwood
(Singer-songwriter, Composer, Actor, Record producer)

11 February 1979

American

Sidney PoitierSidney Poitier

20 February 1927

Bahamian,American

Sammy Davis Jr.Sammy Davis Jr.
(singer)

08 December 1925

American

Martin LawrenceMartin Lawrence
(Actor, Comedian)

16 April 1965

American

Anthony AndersonAnthony Anderson
(Actor)

15 August 1970

American

Keith DavidKeith David
(Actor)

04 June 1956

American

Katt WilliamsKatt Williams
(Stand-up Comedian, Actor)

02 September 1971

American

Tyler James WilliamsTyler James Williams
(Actor)

09 October 1992

American

Mike EppsMike Epps
(Stand-up Comedian)

18 November 1970

American

Tahj MowryTahj Mowry
(Actor)

17 May 1986

American

Gregory HinesGregory Hines
(Dancer and Actor)

14 February 1946

American

Cab CallowayCab Calloway
(Singer)

25 December 1907

American

Paul RobesonPaul Robeson
(Singer, Actor & Civil Rights Activist)

09 April 1898

American

Flip WilsonFlip Wilson
(Comedian & Actor)

08 December 1933

American

Paul WinfieldPaul Winfield
(Actor)

22 May 1939

American

Mandela Van PeeblesMandela Van Peebles
(Rapper, Actor)

04 June 1994

American

Orlando BrownOrlando Brown
(Actor, Voice Actor, Singer)

04 December 1987

American

Derek LukeDerek Luke
(Actor)

24 April 1974

American

Myles TruittMyles Truitt
(TV Actor)

01 February 2002

American

Steve HarveySteve Harvey
(Actor, Radio personality, Television actor)

17 January 1957

American

David Alan GrierDavid Alan Grier
(actor, screenwriter, stage actor, television actor)

30 June 1956

Jill ScottJill Scott
(Singer, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Poet, Jazz musician, Television actor)

04 April 1972

American

Lamorne MorrisLamorne Morris
(actor, film actor, television actor)

14 August 1983

American

Jay PharoahJay Pharoah
(American actor)

14 October 1987

American

Bill RobinsonBill Robinson
(Film actor, Stage actor)

25 May 1878

American

Elijah KelleyElijah Kelley
(Actor, Film actor, Singer, Television actor)

01 August 1986

American

Louis JordanLouis Jordan
(Singer, Actor, Saxophonist, Jazz musician)

08 July 1908

American

Bert WilliamsBert Williams
(Actor, Screenwriter, Stage actor)

12 November 1874

American

D.L. HughleyD.L. Hughley
(Television Actor, Comedian)

1963 AD

American