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Top 20 African-American Actors

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The greatest African-American actors of the 20th and 21st centuries!

Rated 85 points - posted 7 years ago by ArtofWar11 in category Movies.
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Denzel Washington Report Abuse
A highly critically acclaimed actor especially well known for his portrayals of historical figures, including Malcom X, Rubin Carter, and Frank Lucas. He received an Academy Award for his role in Training Day and holds the record for the most nominations for a person of African descent.
500 points - added 7 years ago by ArtofWar11 - 2 comments
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You must mention that Denzel has 2 Oscars, that's historic. (Glory)
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You omitted some great actors. Paul Winfield one of the greatest black acors of all time., Mos Def (Something the Lord Made), and the often overlooked Andre Brauer,
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Sidney Poitier Report Abuse
The man who broke the acting racial barrier by being the first African-American to win the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Lillies of the Field. This achievement paved the way for everyone else on this list to become famous. He is considered one of the greatest male stars of all time, according to the American Film Institute.
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Lillies of the Field Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? To Sir, With Love A Raisin in the Sun In the Heat of the Night Few other actors have elevated so many movies from food to great.
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James Earl Jones Report Abuse
The man who lent his voice to one of the greatest villains in movie history, Darth Vader, as well as Mufasa in the Lion King. His deep basso voice is instantly recognizable to all.
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Morgan Freeman Report Abuse
An actor with a superbly authoritative speaking voice well-suited for narration, a talent which he put to use in March of the Penguins. He has received many Academy Award nominations, including one for his role in the Shawshank Redemption, and finally received an actual award for his role in Million Dollar Baby. Also well known for his roles in the new Batman movie series and as God in Bruce Almighty and Evan Almighty.
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Don Cheadle Report Abuse
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Will Smith Report Abuse
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not an oscar winner type of actor
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honestly though he's hot
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Halle Berry Report Abuse
The femme fatale of African American actresses, well known for her roles as Storm in the X-Men movies and her award-winning performance as Leticia Musgrove in Monster's Ball.
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Louis Gossett, Jr. Report Abuse
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LOUIS GOSSETT,JR SHOULD BE IN THE TOP 5.
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Chiwetel Ejiofor Report Abuse
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Bernie Mac Report Abuse
Sadly no longer with us
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Paul rRobeson Report Abuse
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*Robeson
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