Top 25 Greatest Black Actors

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  • 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
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Laurence Fishburne
  • Sidney Poitier
  • Paul Robeson
  • Ossie Davis
  • Jamie Foxx

James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones trademark voice was used for Luke Sywalker's father, Darth Vader, and as Mufasa, Simba's father, in The Lion King. Jones also played Akeem's father in Coming to America and was nominated for an Oscar for his role in The Great White Hope.  (Photo: Marianna Massey/Getty Images)