Top 25 Greatest Black Actors

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  • 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

Sidney Poitier

Perhaps the first major African-American actor, Sidney Poitier used excellent acting ability to provide a positive representation of African-Americans. Poitier excelled in movies such as The Heat of the Night and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and showed his comedy skills in the two movies he did with Bill Cosby.