Top 25 Greatest Black Actors

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  • 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
  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • Danny Glover
  • James Earl Jones
  • Don Cheadle
  • Jeffrey Wright
  • Will Smith
  • Eddie Murphy

Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur may be mostly known for his music but he also had a storied acting career. After his career-making role as urban psychopath Bishop in Juice, he went on to play a sensitive mailman in Poetic Justice and a troubled drug addict in Gridlocked. (Photo: Ron Galella/WireImage)