Hollywood has begun celebrating diversity more and more in the recent years. Last year, movies like Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians proved that diverse casts could easily become big blockbusters and with Black Panther even getting an Oscar nomination for big picture, it is clear that diversity has a big impact in Hollywood. But it’s not all recent. There are many African-American actors who have made it big in Hollywood with their long careers. Here are some of the best African-American actors in film:
Since his debut in 1977 with a TV movie, Denzel Washington has been in over 50 productions. He has been nominated for eight Oscars and won 2 – one for playing the lead in the 2001 film Training Day and one for the supporting role in the 1989 film Glory.
Samuel L. Jackson
One of the most prolific actors in Hollywood with over 150 credits to his name, he remains one of the most popular Hollywood celebrities. From Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction to Nick Fury in the MCU, he has played many iconic roles.
Morgan Freeman is another well-respected actor in Hollywood. He has played God in the Jim Carrey film Bruce Almighty, the prisoner Red in Shawshank Redemption, and the detective Somerset in Se7en – all with ease.
Gaining recognition through his role in the series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Will Smith went on to make a great career in Hollywood with his most iconic role being that in Men in Black. He even dabbles as a YouTuber and will be next seen as Genie in the live-action remake of Aladdin.
Jamie Foxx is a versatile actor who can play a dramatic role as well as comedic one and appear as a badass in both of them. From being a formidable lead in Django Unchained to a untrustworthy thug in Horrible Bosses or a crazy criminal in Baby Driver – he has played many memorable roles.
These are just some of the many talented African-American actors in Hollywood and each of them have contributed greatly to cinema.