Top 25 Greatest Black Actors

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  • 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
  • Laurence Fishburne

Ossie Davis

Actor Ossie Davis' career spans more than five decades beginning in the Sidney Poitier film No Way Out. Davis's most memorable roles would come in Spike Lee movies such as Jungle Fever and Do the Right Thing, which he starred in with his wife, Ruby Dee.  (Photo: Peter Kramer/Getty Images)