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.
Michael JacksonMichael Jackson
(Singer)

29 August 1958

25 June 2009

Gary

American

Virgo

Dwayne JohnsonDwayne Johnson
(Actor)

02 May 1972

Hayward

American

Taurus

Ice CubeIce Cube
(American rapper)

15 June 1969

Los Angeles

American

Gemini

Will SmithWill Smith
(Actor)

25 September 1968

West Philadelphia

American

Libra

Bernie MacBernie Mac
(Actor, Comedian)

05 October 1957

09 August 2008

Chicago, Illinois, United States

American

Libra

Eddie MurphyEddie Murphy
(Actor)

03 April 1961

Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

American

Aries

Samuel L. JacksonSamuel L. Jackson
(Actor)

21 December 1948

Washington, D.C., United States

American

Sagittarius

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

11 February 1979

McComb, Mississippi, United States

American

Aquarius

James Earl JonesJames Earl Jones
(Actor)

17 January 1931

Arkabutla

American

Capricorn

Morgan FreemanMorgan Freeman

01 June 1937

Memphis

American

Gemini

Jamie FoxxJamie Foxx

13 December 1967

Terrell

American

Sagittarius

Denzel WashingtonDenzel Washington
(American actor)

28 December 1954

Mount Vernon, New York, U.S

American

Capricorn

Ice-TIce-T
(Rapper, Actor)

16 February 1958

Newark, New Jersey, United States

American

Aquarius

Katt WilliamsKatt Williams
(Stand-up Comedian, Actor)

02 September 1971

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

American

Virgo

Wesley SnipesWesley Snipes

31 July 1962

Orlando, Florida, United States

American

Leo

Spike LeeSpike Lee

20 March 1957

Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

American

Pisces

Lenny KravitzLenny Kravitz

26 May 1964

New York City

American

Gemini

Dave ChappelleDave Chappelle

24 August 1973

Washington, D.C.

American

Virgo

LL Cool JLL Cool J
(Rapper, Actor)

14 January 1968

Bay Shore, New York

American

Capricorn

Tyler PerryTyler Perry

13 September 1969

New Orleans

American

Virgo

Sidney PoitierSidney Poitier

20 February 1927

Miami, Florida, U.S.

Bahamian,American

Pisces

Keith DavidKeith David
(Actor)

04 June 1956

Harlem, New York, U.S

American

Gemini

Danny GloverDanny Glover
(American actor)

22 July 1946

San Francisco, California, U.S.

American

Cancer

Anthony AndersonAnthony Anderson
(Actor)

15 August 1970

Compton

American

Leo

Shemar MooreShemar Moore

20 April 1970

Oakland, California, United States

American

Aries

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

09 April 1898

23 January 1976

Princeton, New Jersey, U.S

American

Aries

Mike EppsMike Epps
(Stand-up Comedian)

18 November 1970

Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.

American

Scorpio

Cab CallowayCab Calloway
(Singer)

25 December 1907

18 November 1994

Rochester

American

Capricorn

Sammy Davis, Jr.Sammy Davis, Jr.
(singer)

08 December 1925

16 May 1990

Harlem, New York City, New York, USA

American

Sagittarius

Gregory HinesGregory Hines
(Dancer and Actor)

14 February 1946

09 August 2003

New York City

American

Aquarius

Flip WilsonFlip Wilson
(Comedian & Actor)

08 December 1933

25 November 1998

Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S

American

Sagittarius

Paul WinfieldPaul Winfield
(Actor)

22 May 1939

07 March 2004

Los Angeles, California, United States

American

Gemini

Tyler James WilliamsTyler James Williams
(Actor)

09 October 1992

Westchester County, New York, United States

American

Libra

Damon WayansDamon Wayans
(Actor)

04 September 1960

Harlem, New York City, New York, United States

American

Virgo

Derek LukeDerek Luke
(Actor)

24 April 1974

Jersey City, New Jersey, United States

American

Taurus

Tahj MowryTahj Mowry
(Actor)

17 May 1986

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

American

Taurus

Martin LawrenceMartin Lawrence
(American comedian)

16 April 1965

Frankfurt, Germany

German

Aries

Chadwick BosemanChadwick Boseman
(screenwriter, actor, playwright, film actor, television actor)

29 November 1976

Anderson

American

Sagittarius

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

17 January 1957

Welch

American

Capricorn

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

30 June 1956

Detroit

Cancer

Jay PharoahJay Pharoah
(American actor)

14 October 1987

Chesapeake, Virginia, United States

American

Libra

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

04 April 1972

Philadelphia

American

Aries

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

01 August 1986

LaGrange

American

Leo

Bill RobinsonBill Robinson
(Film actor, Stage actor)

25 May 1878

25 November 1949

Richmond

American

Gemini

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

08 July 1908

04 February 1975

Arkansas

American

Cancer

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

14 August 1983

Chicago

American

Leo

Bert WilliamsBert Williams
(Actor, Screenwriter, Stage actor)

12 November 1874

04 March 1922

Nassau

American

Scorpio

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

1963 AD

American

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