10 Best Black Hollywood Actors

Sunday, March 13 by Shawn Lealos

These 10 best black Hollywood actors deliver some of the best performances in all of cinema. These men are A-list stars and genre favorites, earning awards and accolades while helping draw box office totals based on their name and talent alone.

  1. Denzel Washington – Denzel Washington is a two-time Oscar winner, making him one of the best black Hollywood actors working today. Washington has played a number of historical roles in his career including Malcolm X and Frank Lucas. He has a total of five Oscar nominations over his career.
  2. Morgan Freeman – Morgan Freeman began acting at the age of 27 and has become one of the best black Hollywood actors since then. Freeman has received five Oscar nominations, winning for “Million Dollar Baby.” Freeman also portrayed Nelson Mandela in the movie “Invictus.”
  3. Samuel L. Jackson – One of the best Hollywood actors is Sam Jackson, a performer who appears in a number of fan friendly genre movies. Jackson starred in cult classics like “Pulp Fiction” and “Iron Man” as well as critically acclaimed movies like “Black Snake Moan” and “Do the Right Thing.”
  4. Will Smith – Will Smith began his career as The Fresh Prince, a rap musician. He soon parlayed his popularity into acting and, after a successful television series, became one of the best black Hollywood actors. While not an Oscar winning actor, he has appeared in many successful Hollywood blockbusters.
  5. Lawrence FishburneLaurence Fishburne began his career on television, including appearances on the soap opera “One Life to Live” and the kid’s show “Pee Wee’s Playhouse.” He has since become one of the best black Hollywood actors, appearing in the “Matrix” trilogy before returning to television for “CSI.”
  6. Forest Whitaker – One of the best black Hollywood actors, Forest Whitaker won an Oscar for his portrayal of real-life Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. Whitaker got his start in the teen comedy “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” before working for working with directors like Oliver Stone, Neil Jordan, Jim Jarmusch and David Fincher.
  7. Danny Glover –  While Danny Glover will always be known for the line “I’m too old for this” from the “Lethal Weapon” film series but remains one of the best black Hollywood actors. He has since starred in movies directed by men like Wes Anderson, Fernando Meirelles and Bill Condon.
  8. Dwayne Johnson – The man formerly known in the WWE as The Rock has become one of the best black Hollywood actors working today. Johnson began his film career as an action star before moving on to more family friendly fare like “The Game Plan” and “Tooth Fairy.”
  9. Terrance Howard – Terrance Howard received an Oscar nomination for his role in the urban drama “Hustle & Flow.” One of the best black Hollywood actors working today, he has also appeared in movies as varied as “Iron Man,” “Ray” and “Fou Brothers.”
  10. Chiwetel Ejiofor – Despite being one of the best black Hollywood actors working today, Ejiofor remains one of the least known. The versatile actor has earned three Golden Globe nominations in his career. His resume includes movies like “Children of Men,” “Red Belt” and “American Gangster.”
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