Top 25 Greatest Black Actors

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  • Wood Harris
  • Tupac Shakur
  • Larenz Tate
  • Anthony Mackie
  • Forrest Whitaker
  • Billie Dee Williams
  • Giancarlo Esposito
  • Terrence Howard
  • Ving Rhames
  • Omar Epps
  • 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

Larenz Tate

Larenz Tate has been acting for almost 30 years but most of his memorable roles came in the 1990s, including his role as psychopath O Dog in Menace II Society and Vietnam veteran turned bank robber in Dead Presidents. He also played a troubled nerd in the Inkwell and a bohemian photographer in Love Jones. (Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)