Top 25 Greatest Black Actors

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  • 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
  • Morgan Freeman

Paul Robeson

Singer and actor Paul Robeson was not only an activist, opera singer and athlete, he was also a very distinguished actor. He appeared in several movies including the politically charged Song of Freedom, the musical Showboat and the mining saga The Proud Valley(Photo: H. F. Davis/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)