Top 25 Greatest Black Actors

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  • 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
  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • Danny Glover
  • James Earl Jones
  • Don Cheadle
  • Jeffrey Wright

Idris Elba

English actor Idris Elba has shown that he can play characters from any background from Jamaican in One Love to African in Sometimes in April. But still it was his role as the West Baltimore drug CEO Stringer Bell on The Wire that was his most defining role. (Photo: Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)