Top 25 Greatest Black Actors

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  • Denzel Washington
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Laurence Fishburne
  • Sidney Poitier
  • Paul Robeson
  • Ossie Davis
  • Jamie Foxx
  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • Danny Glover
  • James Earl Jones
  • Don Cheadle
  • Jeffrey Wright
  • Will Smith
  • Eddie Murphy
  • Idris Elba
  • Wood Harris
  • Tupac Shakur
  • Larenz Tate
  • Anthony Mackie
  • Forrest Whitaker
  • Billie Dee Williams
  • Giancarlo Esposito
  • Terrence Howard
  • Ving Rhames
  • Omar Epps

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington has shown he can play historic icons like Malcolm X, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter and Steve Biko, regular people and even villains like his role in Training Day. Denzel is not only the best Black actor of his generation but the best actor flat out. Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images For People.com)