Photos: Black Action Heroes

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  • Zoe Saldana
  • Richard Roundtree
  • Pam Grier
  • Carl Weathers
  • Vin Diesel
  • Dwayne Johnson
  • Fred Williamson, Jim Brown
  • Tamara Dobson
  • Jim Kelly
  • Wesley Snipes
  • Will Smith

Pam Grier

Before famed white action film sheroes like Sigourney Weaver, Angelina Jolie or Uma Thurman there was Pam Grier, who could be credited as America's first female action star. During the hey-day of blaxploitation, the actress terrorized drug kingpins in the hit films Coffy (1973) and Foxy Brown (1974). 

(Photo: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios)

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