Top 25 Greatest Black Actors

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  • 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
  • Anthony Mackie
  • Forrest Whitaker
  • Billie Dee Williams
  • Giancarlo Esposito
  • Terrence Howard
  • Ving Rhames
  • Omar Epps

Morgan Freeman

Actor Morgan Freeman has played God, the president, Nelson Mandela, a high school principal and a Civil War soldier. Acting since the '60s, it wasn't until he was in his 50s that he came into prominence, adding wisdom and dignity to every role.  (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)