Top 25 Greatest Black Actors

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  • 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
  • Wood Harris
  • Tupac Shakur

Forrest Whitaker

Forrest Whitaker won an Oscar for his portrayal of African dictator Idi Amin in the film The Last King of Scotland. He also played an urban samurai in the movie Ghost Dog, a gullible country boy in Rage in Harlem and a dedicated Internal Affairs agent on the TV show The Shield.
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