Celebrities in Blackface

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  • Robert Downey, Jr.
  • John Slattery
  • Judy Garland
  • Tommy Davidson
  • Ted Danson
  • Dan Aykroyd
  • Bert Williams
  • Billy Crystal
  • Cyndi Lauper
  • Sarah Silverman

Robert Downey, Jr. in Tropic Thunder

Once considered acceptable stage make-up, blackface went the way of the N-word in terms of igniting controversy. Our list of actors who have ruffled feathers by appearing in blackface starts with Robert Downey, Jr.

In the spoof comedy Tropic Thunder, the A-lister played a dramatic actor so dedicated to his craft, that he donned dark makeup and a wooly wig to play a Black soldier in Vietnam. Though the film was a comedy, it definitely rubbed some folks the wrong way.

(Photo: DreamWorks)

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