Top 25 Greatest Black Actors

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  • 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
  • Larenz Tate

Billie Dee Williams

Billy Dee Williams came of age in the '70s with starring roles in the romance Mahogany, the Billie Holiday biopic Lady Sings the Blues and the Scott Joplin biopic. But it wasn't until the '80s when he played the role of rogue space hustler turned rebel Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars series that Billy Dee had his most memorable role. (Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)