The Blacks have been told to take the last seat for quite some time now, but in the recent times they have been nothing less than influential and the entertainment world has been flourishing with the rise of Black actors. Movies like Selma and 12 Years a Slave stand as testaments that it is going to keep earning a place in the audience hearts for the ages to come. Hollywood is now a home to some of the greatest Black actors whose on-screen performance has changed the way cinema has been perceived in the previous years. Pacing back to the earliest pages of Hollywood, the Whites were usually seen pursuing acting as a way of appreciating art, or as an exploration of self. But for the Blacks, it had been a necessary distortion, as it was a matter of life and death since they looked it at as a means of survival. The African-American have seen stereotypical roles like that of maids and now most of them stand front as Academy-Award winners in no less than record-shattering movies. Famous Black actors like Morgan Freeman, Will Smith, Samuel L Jackson, and Denzel Washington have all made it big by being proud owners of Emmy, Oscars, and the Golden Globe Awards! Keep reading and you might be surprised by some of the unknown facts about these incredible Black actors!
Dwayne JohnsonDwayne Johnson
02 May 1972, American
Actor
Will SmithWill Smith
25 September 1968, American
Actor

Tupac ShakurTupac Shakur
16 June 1971, American
Rapper

Idris ElbaIdris Elba
06 September 1972, British
Actor

Denzel WashingtonDenzel Washington
28 December 1954, American
American actor

Jamie FoxxJamie Foxx
13 December 1967, American
Actor
Anthony MackieAnthony Mackie
23 September 1978, American
Actor

Tyler PerryTyler Perry
13 September 1969, American
Actor

Sean CombsSean Combs
04 November 1969, American
Rapper
Bill CosbyBill Cosby
12 July 1937, American
Comedian

Wesley SnipesWesley Snipes
31 July 1962, American
 
Sidney PoitierSidney Poitier
20 February 1927, Bahamian, American
 

Ice-TIce-T
16 February 1958, American
Rapper, Actor

Sammy Davis Jr.Sammy Davis Jr.
08 December 1925, American
singer

Danny GloverDanny Glover
22 July 1946, American
American actor

Carl WeathersCarl Weathers
14 January 1948, American
Actor
Andre BraugherAndre Braugher
01 July 1962, American
Actor

Wayne BradyWayne Brady
02 June 1972, American
Actor

Alfonso RibeiroAlfonso Ribeiro
21 September 1971, American
Actor

Richard T. JonesRichard T. Jones
16 January 1972, Japanese, American
Actor
Caleb McLaughlinCaleb McLaughlin
13 October 2001, American
Actor

Gregory HinesGregory Hines
14 February 1946, American
Dancer and Actor
Wood HarrisWood Harris
17 October 1969, American
Actor

Paul RobesonPaul Robeson
09 April 1898, American
Singer, Actor & Civil Rights Activist

Gary DourdanGary Dourdan
11 December 1966, American
Actor
Scatman CrothersScatman Crothers
23 May 1910, American
Actor, dancer, singer, musician

Todd BridgesTodd Bridges
27 May 1965, American
Actor
Bokeem WoodbineBokeem Woodbine
13 April 1973, American
Actor, Ventriloquist

Alisha BoeAlisha Boe
06 March 1997, American
Actress

Bill DukeBill Duke
26 February 1943, American
Actor
Gordon ParksGordon Parks
30 November 1912, American
Photographer

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Michael BlacksonMichael Blackson
28 November 1972, Ghanaian, American
Actor
Malik YobaMalik Yoba
17 September 1967, American
Singer, Actor, and Writer

Kyle MasseyKyle Massey
28 August 1991, American
Actor

Dorian MissickDorian Missick
15 January 1976, American
Actor

Henry SimmonsHenry Simmons
01 July 1970, American
Actor
Stepin FetchitStepin Fetchit
30 May 1902, American
Actor
Derek LukeDerek Luke
24 April 1974, American
Actor

Chosen JacobsChosen Jacobs
01 July 2001, American
Actor

Jamal WoolardJamal Woolard
08 July 1980, American
Actor, Comedian, Rapper

Karlous MillerKarlous Miller
02 April 1983, American
Comedian
K CampK Camp
27 April 1990, American
Rapper

A$AP FergA$AP Ferg
20 October 1988, American
Rapper

Keith StanfieldKeith Stanfield
12 August 1991, American
Actor, Rapper

Akai OseiAkai Osei
12 April 1999, British
Actor

Charles S DuttonCharles S Dutton
30 January 1951, American
Actor
Jordan PeeleJordan Peele
21 February 1979, American
Actor

Mehcad BrooksMehcad Brooks
25 October 1980, American
Actor
Omari HardwickOmari Hardwick
09 January 1974, American
Actor

William Jackson HarperWilliam Jackson Harper
08 February 1980, American
Actor

Harry BelafonteHarry Belafonte
01 March 1927, American
Singer, Actor, Stage actor
Brian Tyree HenryBrian Tyree Henry
31 March 1982, American
Actor

J. B. SmooveJ. B. Smoove
16 December 1965, American
Actor
Eva MarcilleEva Marcille
30 October 1984, American
Actress

Dulé HillDulé Hill
03 May 1975, American
Actor

Tommy DavidsonTommy Davidson
10 November 1963, American
Actor

David Alan GrierDavid Alan Grier
30 June 1956
actor, screenwriter, stage actor, television actor

Orlando JonesOrlando Jones
10 April 1968, American
Comedians
Leslie David BakerLeslie David Baker
19 February 1958, American
Actor

Richard RoundtreeRichard Roundtree
09 July 1942, American
Actor

Ahmed BestAhmed Best
19 August 1973, American
Actor

Christopher JudgeChristopher Judge
13 October 1964, American
Actor
Roger E. MosleyRoger E. Mosley
18 December 1938, American
Actor

Robert GuillaumeRobert Guillaume
30 November 1927, American
Actor
Danny John-JulesDanny John-Jules
16 September 1960, British
Actor

Clarke PetersClarke Peters
07 April 1952, American
Actor

Alfonso FreemanAlfonso Freeman
13 September 1959, American
Actor
Michael BeachMichael Beach
30 October 1963, American
Actor

Cory HardrictCory Hardrict
09 November 1979, American
Actor
Joseph MarcellJoseph Marcell
14 August 1948, Saint Lucian, British
Actor

Ivan DixonIvan Dixon
06 April 1931, American
Actor

Columbus ShortColumbus Short
19 September 1982, American
Choreographer
Duane MartinDuane Martin
11 August 1965, American
Actor

Ron GlassRon Glass
10 July 1945, American
Actor
Omar Benson MillerOmar Benson Miller
07 October 1978, American
Actor

Lloyd Avery IILloyd Avery II
21 June 1969, American
Actor

Fred WilliamsonFred Williamson
05 March 1938, American
Actor

Tyson BeckfordTyson Beckford
19 December 1970, American
Model
Nonso AnozieNonso Anozie
28 May 1979, British
Actor
Robin HarrisRobin Harris
30 August 1953, American
Comedian

Frankie FaisonFrankie Faison
10 June 1949, American
Actor

Colman DomingoColman Domingo
28 November 1969, American
Actor

Antonio FargasAntonio Fargas
14 August 1946, American
Actor
Jamie HectorJamie Hector
07 October 1975, American
Actor

Rockmond DunbarRockmond Dunbar
11 January 1973, American
Actor

Lavell CrawfordLavell Crawford
11 November 1968, American
Comedian

Nate ParkerNate Parker
18 November 1979, American
Actor

Bill NunnBill Nunn
20 October 1953, American
Actor
Bill CobbsBill Cobbs
16 June 1934, American
Actor

Lexington SteeleLexington Steele
28 November 1959, American
Actor
Damian HarrisDamian Harris
02 August 1958, American
Film director, Screenwriter

Brian J. WhiteBrian J. White
21 April 1975, American
Actor
Darren JamesDarren James
25 February 1964, American
Actor
Billy BlanksBilly Blanks
01 September 1955, American
Martial artist