Actors Who Dared to Play a Slave

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  • Lisa Gay Hamilton
  • Halle Berry
  • Denzel Washington
  • Oyafunmike Ogunlano
  • S. Epatha Merkerson
  • Hattie McDaniel
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor
  • LeVar Burton
  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • Kerry Washington

Denzel Washington in Glory (1989)

After getting his break on the television drama St. Elsewhere, Denzel Washington took the big screen by storm with his Academy Award-winning performance in Glory. Washington played Private Silas Trip of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry — the first all-Black infantry in the U.S. military — during the Civil War.

(Photo: TriStar Pictures)

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