Black actors are among the best-paid professionals in Hollywood today. They are guaranteed to bring in the money for the films that they create. The following list is a presentation of some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Each person on this list represents black America and their achievements on television, stage and the big screen. Here is a presentation of the top 10 black actors of all time. (And here’s a huge list of African-American film directors, too.)
10. Will Smith
Actor Will Smith is a huge box office draw. He is a guaranteed bankable film star that can earn millions of dollars when he is on screen. While all of his movies might not have been critically acclaimed pictures or big time money makers; people find Smith exciting enough to attend his showings. Smith is a great actor who makes a lot of decent movies about comedy and life in modern times. Even his fantasy and sci-fi films have this type of appeal. His biggest movie to date is Independence Day, Ali, Pursuit of Happyness, Bad Boys and Suicide Squad.
9. Chris Rock
Kris Rock’s career began back in 1985 with Krush Groove, and since that time he made well over 45 films. Best remembered for Tookie role in New Jack City. Rock is also known for his narration on the Everybody Hates Chris which aired from 2005 to 2009. Rock is a comedian, and many of roles are not to be taken seriously. However, he has been featured in some prominent roles that have helped his career. Rock is genuinely funny, and his work should be taken seriously for a comedian.
8. Charles S. Dutton
Charles S. Dutton has been acting for a very long time. He has appeared in various films such as Alien 3 and Rudy. He had his show titled Roc which ran from 1991 to 1994. He also appeared in numerous films such as Gothika, Menace II Society and on shows such as Oz. Dutton is a great actor who has a lot of experience in front of the camera and on stage. He is truly one of the greats.
7. Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis has been performing for a while. This man was born in 1917 and has been playing in films since the 50’s. Davis was married to Ruby Dee and often appeared in many films with her. Ossie appeared in many of Spike Lee’s films. Some of his notable appearances included Do the Right Thing as Da Mayor and in Jungle Fever as the Good Reverend Doctor Purify. He also appeared in Get on the But and 4 Little Girls. Davis was also a poet, playwright, civil rights activist and a director.
6. Louis Gossett Jr.
Louis Gossett Jr. is an acting pro that has built up a good reputation as an actor. He has been in the business for many years. He is best remembered for his role as Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley in the 80’s film An Officer and a Gentleman. He is also remembered for his role Roots. Gossett has been acting for many years, and the highlight of his career took place during the 80s. Gossett is a great actor who plays a lot of unique roles. He is a solid performer who makes great films.
5. Danny Glover
Danny Glover is a very well respected performer in Hollywood. He has been performing for many years on film and television. He is probably most remembered for his role as Harpo in the Color Purple. Glover has appeared in many movies such as Saw, Shooter, Beyond the Lights, Death at a Funeral and Silverado. Danny Glover is also an actor, film director, and political activist. He is a great man who can entertain the masses and to keep audiences coming back for more. The characters that he plays are likable and fit him well as a performer.
4. Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker is an actor’s actor. He is the kind of guy that brings his unique brand of talent and skill to the big screen that makes people want to see his films. Whitaker is a marketable star that has a lot to offer to the public. He has a great presence on film, and the roles that he selects are truly up to his level as a performer. Whitaker also has played roles on television as well. His part in the films the Butler and the Last King of Scotland are considered a great achievement.
In 2016 he was chosen to play in Star Wars Rogue One. This is an honor for this actor since Star Wars films help to put people over the top regarding popularity. This is another testament to how great this actor truly is.
3. Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson has been acting for a very long time. He has been acting in various films such as Jurassic Park, Jungle Fever, Amos and Andrew, Pulp Fiction, the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy, the Hateful Eight and in other films such as Jungle Fever, Unbreakable, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Jackson’s success has to do with his ability to draw audiences in with his quick wit and sophisticated humor. He is a great actor who knows how to make some great films, and he is an interesting character to watch. He has even done voice overs for some video games.
2. Denzel Washington
Carbon Copy was the first film to start Washington’s career back 1981, and since, that time he made numerous films. Washington did not play a lot of roles on television and did not have to. He does theater, but film is where he shines the most. Movies such as Malcolm X, The Hurricane, The Great Debaters, the Preacher’s Wife and Flight has shown the world just how good of an actor he is. Washington can command the screen with his presence and good ability to interact with the characters that he is filmed with. He is a great actor who always plays leading man roles and is magnificent at what he does.
1. Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman is just considered one of the great actors because of his personality, poise, and command of the screen. He has a well-reserved acting style that can transcend any one generation and to appeal to the masses. Since his days on the Electric Company, Morgan has always found a way to tame the camera and get people to hone in on who he is as a person. His talent is undeniably great, and films such as Bruce Almighty, The Sum of All Fears, Mandela, Million Dollar Baby and Driving Miss Daisy has helped to push this actor into greatness. He is truly one of the best black actors of all time.
All of these black actors are among the best in the business, and they make it a point to showcase their talent on screen, television, and theater. They are truly notable actors that cannot be easily overlooked.