Photos: Black Action Heroes

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

Fred Williamson and Jim Brown

These former NFL stars left the gridiron to break into movies in the late '60s. And both found themselves becoming super-bad leading men during the blaxploitation era. But the pinnacle of their action-packed stardom was when the two starred in Three the Hard Way, where they (along with Jim Kelly) save Black America from being poisoned to death by a racist scientist. 

(Photo: Allied Artists Pictures)

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