The Hollywood entertainment scene has numerous male actors whose acting talent and prowess cannot be disputed. They are all extraordinarily gifted, and some have been in the industry for many decades. Take a look at some of Hollywood's most well-known black male actors.
Black actors have persevered and demonstrated that they possess the requisite qualities and skills to thrive in the industry. This list of black male actors includes actors from a variety of countries who have reached distinct milestones in various genres and decades of film and television shows.
Who are the top 40 famous black male actors?
These top African American actors are among the best, with several of them also being among the best living performers today. Furthermore, some have received multiple honours over the years
Black actors over 60
Even though some of these famous celebrities are in their later years, they continue to feature in films and television shows. The following is a list of famous black actors above the age of 60.
10. James Earl Jones (90 years)
Born on 17 January 193, James Earl Jones has been renowned as one of the best actors in American history. He made his debut on screen in 1952 when he appeared as Dr Jim Frazier in the series Guiding Light.
During his career, James has won 28 different awards. In 2019, he voiced Mufasa in The Lion King's hit animated film.
9. Morgan Freeman (84 years)
However, he is best known for his appearances in many well-regarded motion pictures, including Driving Miss Daisy, Lean on Me, and Glory. He has won 64 different awards and one Oscar award.
8. Bill Cosby (84 years)
Bill Cosby is a legendary American stand-up comedian that doubles up as an actor and author. Bill is globally famous for the NBC sitcom television series The Bill Cosby Show that ran for 8 seasons (1984-1992).
The 84-year-old celebrity made his debut in 1965, Spy Espionage. He also ventured into singing, producing his Silver Throat: Bill Cosby Sings. Bill Cosby is considered one of the most famous old black actors in the industry.
7. Danny Glover (75 years)
Danny Glover is a 75-year-old film director and political activist. He is widely known for his lead role as Roger Murtaugh in the Lethal Weapon film series.
He also had leading roles in films such as Beyond the Lights (2014), Sorry to Bother You (2018), The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019), The Dead Don't Die (2019) and Jumanji: The Next Level (2019).
6. Samuel L. Jackson (73 years)
Samuel Jackson is among the most famous black movie stars who have been in the industry for 50 decades now. He has appeared in most popular films and series like Coming to America (1988), S.W.A.T. (2003) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).
5. Denzel Washington (67 years)
He has won a Tony Award, three Golden Globes, seventeen NAACP Image Awards, and Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor.
4. Dennis Haysbert (67 years)
Dennis Haysbert is one of the most talented voice actors in Hollywood. His excellence and deep, resonant voice are witnessed in numerous films, stages, and TV productions.
He has starred as a secret service agent, Tim Collin in Absolute Power, Sergeant Major Jonas Blane in The Unit, and President David Palmer in 24 (the first five seasons).
3. Laurence Fishburne (60 years)
Laurence John Fishburne has been critically hailed for his films' forceful, militant, and authoritative characters. He has appeared in films and series like Black-ish, History's Greatest Mysteries, and Year Million, where he was the narrator.
2. Forest Whitaker (60 years)
Forest Whitaker's first acting role was in 1982 in the television series Making the Grade. Since his debut, he has appeared in more than 100 films and TV series. His recent roles include August Bolo in Extrapolations, Ellsworth 'Bumpy' Johnson in Godfather of Harlem, and C. L. Franklin in Respect.
1. Eddie Murphy (60 years)
Eddie rose to fame on the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, for which he was a regular cast member from 1980 to 1984.
At age 21, Murphy co-starred with Nick Nolte in 48 Hours, and he went on to star in Beverly Hills Cop, Coming to America, The Nutty Professor, and Shrek.
Black actors in their 50's and 40's
Below are actors who are in their 50's and 40's and still impress their fans with their acting skills.
20. Wesley Snipes (59 years)
Wesley is an American actor, film producer, and martial artist. His prominent film roles include New Jack City (1991), White Men Can't Jump (1992), and The Expendables 3 (2014). He has appeared in a total of 70 films and series.
19. Andre Braugher (59 years)
Andre Braugher is best known for his current role as the stoic Captain Raymond Holt on the Brooklyn Nine-Nine television show.
He made his acting debut in the 1989 movie Glory. Andre has acted alongside stars such as Denzel Washington and Matthew Broderick.
18. Djimon Hounsou (57 years)
Djimon Gaston Hounsou is a Beninese-American actor and model. He began his career appearing in music videos. He made his film debut in Without You I'm Nothing (1990) and earned widespread recognition for his role as Cinqué in the Steven Spielberg film Amistad (1997).
17. Don Cheadle (57 years)
Besides acting, Don Cheadle is also a producer, director, and writer best known for his performance in Crash, Hotel Rwanda and Iron Man 2. He made his debut on the big screen in the comedy film Moving Violations in 1985.
16. Martin Lawrence (56 years)
Martin Lawrence came to fame during the 1990s, establishing a Hollywood career as a leading actor. He got his start playing Maurice Warfield in What's Happening Now!! (1987–1988). After that, he starred in various films and series like Big Momma's House and A Thin Line Between Love and Hate.
15. Chris Rock (56 years)
Chris Rock began his career as a stand-up comedian and progressed into acting and producing. He has shared screen space with several celebrated Hollywood actors and actresses. He has appeared in at least 68 films and 43 TV shows.
14. Cuba Gooding, Jr. (54 years)
Cuba began acting in 1986 in the TV series Better Days as Bully. He went on to appear in other several series like Hill Street Blues, The Bronx Zoo and Coming to America.
13. Jamie Foxx (54 years)
Born Eric Marlon Bishop, Jamie has been in the entertainment industry since 1990. He is also an established comedian and singer with 84 acting credits under his name. His notable roles include Spider-Man: No Way Home, White Famous and Baby Driver.
12. Morris Chestnut (53 years)
Morris Chestnut, whose full name is Morris Lamont Chestnut, is an actor and producer born on 1st January 1969 in Cerritos, California, U.S. He has starred in several TV series and films like Our Kind of People (2021), The Resident (2019-2021), and Being Mary Jane (2019).
11. Will Smith (53 years)
Will Smith is one of the most celebrities around the globe. He has appeared in iconic movies, which made him famous.
His breakout role was in the comedy-drama Six Degrees of Separation in 1993. Ever since his debut, Will Smith has appeared in numerous films and TV shows, displaying great talent in all.
10. Bernie Mac (51 years)
Bernie Mac was an American actor and comedian. He rose to prominence as a stand-up comedian and appeared in films and television shows such as Mo Money, Booty Call, Friday, The Players Club among others.
Mac Bernie died on August 9th, 2008, due to pneumonia complications. He also had sarcoidosis, an inflammatory illness of uncertain origin that causes tissue inflammation.
9. Chris Tucker (50 years)
Chris Tucker is also known as Christopher Tucker. He is a comedian born in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. Chris made his debut as a stand-up performer in the 1990s when he appeared in Friday, The Fifth Element, Money Talks, and Jackie Brown.
8. Idris Elba (49 years)
Idrissa Elba is among the most famous black actors from England. He is also a producer and musician. He is known for his role as Stringer Bell in the HBO series The Wire, DCI John Luther in the BBC One series Luther, and Nelson Mandela in the biographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
7. Omari Hardwick (48 years)
Besides acting Omari Hardwick is also a poet, rapper, producer, and podcaster. He is best known for his starring role as James "Ghost" St. Patrick, the protagonist of Starz's Power.
He is also known for his roles in Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls (2010) and as Andre in Being Mary Jane.
6. Michael Ealy (48 years)
Michael Brown, commonly known as Michael Ealy, was born on the 3rd August 1973 in Washington, D.C., United States of America. Before his breakthrough in the film industry, Ealy was a waiter.
He later joined the theatre in off-Broadway productions, where he appeared in various stage plays. Since his debut, Ealy has appeared in various films and series, currently boasting 57 acting credits under his name.
5. Omar Epps (48 years)
Omar Epps, whose full name is Omar Hashim Epps, was born on 20th July 1973 in Brooklyn, New York, United States.
Omar has appeared in films and TV series like Power Book III: Raising Kanan, This Is Us, Almost Christmas and Love & Basketball.
4. Sterling K. Brown (45 years)
Sterling K. Brown was born on 5th April 1976, inSt. Louis, Missouri, U.S. Sterling is famous for appearing in films such as This Is Us, I Am Athlete and Black Panther.
He currently has 66 acting credits according to his IMDb.
3. Tyrese Gibson (43 years)
Tyrese Gibson is a successful songwriter, singer, and model. His first media debut was a Coca-Cola advertisement in 1994. After that, he worked as a model and acted on various TV shows.
However, he is mostly known for his recurring role in two of the highest-grossing film series: Fast & Furious and Transformers.
2. Chadwick Boseman (43 years)
Chadwick Aaron Boseman was an American actor, writer, and director best known for his role as T`Challa in Black Panther. He also played roles such as Jackie Robinson in the movie 42 and the R&B singer James Brown in Get on Up.
Chadwick was born in Anderson, South Carolina, to Carolyn and Leroy Boseman on November 29, 1976. His dad was an entrepreneur, while his mother worked as a nurse. At the time of his death on 28 August 2020, he had appeared in 34 films and TV shows.
1. Kevin Hart (42 years)
Kevin Hart is among the most popular black actors, producers, and comedians. His stand-up shows are often awe-inspiring and can only be described as breathtaking.
Hart is a household name in many countries, some of which he has visited on his numerous comedy tours. In addition, he boasts 100 acting credits.
Black actors under 40
Below is a list of actors that are under 40 years old.
5. Donald Glover (38 years)
Donald Glover, known by his stage name Childish Gambino, is a rapper, actor, singer, writer, comedian, director, and producer.
Donald rose to fame when he portrayed college student Troy Bames on the television sitcom Community. He has also starred in several films such as The Lazurus Effect, The Martian, and The Lion King as Simba.
4. Michael B. Jordan (34 years)
Jordan is among the fast-rising actors in the entertainment industry. He is known for his film roles as shooting victim Oscar Grant in the drama Fruitvale Station (2013), Boxer Donnie Creed in Creed (2015), and Erik Killmonger in Black Panther (2018).
3. Tyler James Williams (29 years)
Tyler James Williams is an American actor and rapper best known for playing the Chris on Everybody Hates Chris, and Noah on AMC's The Walking Dead.
Tyler began acting in 2000 when he appeared in the TV series Sesame Street. Since then Tyler has appeared in more films and series boasting 37 acting credits.
2. Kelvin Harrison Jr. (27 years)
Kelvin Harrison Jr. is an American actor who began acting with minor roles in the 2013 films Ender’s Game and 12 Years a Slave.
Harrison has starred in several roles, with Luce and Waves's films bringing him widespread attention. He has also been cast in TV shows such as StartUp, Godfather of Harlem, and Shots Fired.
1. Trevor Jackson (25 years)
Trevor Howard Lawrence Jackson is an American actor, singer, and songwriter. He is among the most handsome black actors best known for portraying Aaron Jackson on Freeform original series Grown-ish. He has also appeared in Let It Shine, Cold Case, Eureka and Austin & Ally.
Young black male actors
When it comes to acting talent, young black male actors have not been left behind. Some of them have won prestigious prizes and have appeared in a variety of films and television shows. Some of these actors include:
5. Marcus Scribner (22 years)
Marcus Scribner was born on 7th January 2000 in Los Angeles, California. At the age of 13, Marcus became famous for starring Andre Johnson Jr. on the sitcom television series Black-ish where he appeared in 165 episodes from 2014 to 2022.
He has also appeared in Dragons: The Nine Realms, Grown-ish and Mixed-ish.
4. Michael Rainey Jr. (21 years)
Michael Rainey Jr. is a young American actor who started his career by appearing in Un Altro Mondo. He has also appeared on reality TV shows such as The Real, Tamron Hall and Made in Hollywood. However, he is popular mostly due to his role on the Starz show Power.
3. McLaughlin (20 years)
Caleb gained popularity after his role as Lucas Sinclair in the Netflix series Stranger Things. He started acting as a child, with his first-ever role being in an Opera.
He then went on to Broadway, where he played the role of Young Simba in the Lion King. He has been an active actor since 2012 and has featured in several films and television series.
2. Miles Brown (17 years)
Miles Brown is among the popular young black male actors who have captured the attention of many from his onscreen talent. He was born on 28th October 2004 in Los Angeles. Mile began his career in 2012 when he appeared in the film Battlefield America as Little Rascals Intro Battle Crew.
He is best known for his role in the series Black-ish as Jack Johnson. Miles Brown has also appeared in Drunk History, Goldie and Bear and Mixed-ish.
1. Issac Ryan Brown (16 years)
Issac Ryan Brown was born on 12th July 2005 in Detroit, Michigan. Issac first appeared on screen in 2013 as Kip in the series Sam & Cat. He is one of the young black actors to appear in many films and television shows.
He currently has 48 acting credits to his name and some of his recent roles include Gus in the series The Owl House.
The success of the Hollywood film industry is credited to its talented filmmakers, scriptwriters, producers, directors, costume designers, make-up artists, and much more. The list could go on and on, but the following 40 black male actors are among the best in the industry. They have all done a fantastic job in all of the films and series in which they have appeared.
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