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Top 3 Most Famous African American Actors In The History Of Hollywood


Hollywood is a big industry which has employed thousands of talented actors and actresses. For a long time, the industry has been overwhelmed with racial prejudice, as white actors have ruled the silver screen while black actors were given minor roles and frequently suffered the stigma of being inferior.

As time elapsed, the desire for blacks to get equal rights in the society was heard, and they were eventually allowed to acquire white collar jobs. In the last few years, African Americans have prevailed and managed to record outstanding success in every aspect of life.

In the acting industry, aspiring black actors have managed to find sanctuary in Hollywood through demonstrating their creativity, determination, sheer talents, and skills. This has resulted in the emergence of talented performers who have ultimately become stellar actors in the film industry.

This article will reveal three of the greatest African-American actors whose prodigious input has left all viewers with nothing but to remain mesmerized.

Morgan Freeman

Born on June 1, 1937, in Memphis, Tennessee, Morgan grew with an outstanding talent for acting. He began his acting career at the age of nine where he played a role in a school play. After appearing several times in various stage shows and television series, Morgan established himself as an esteemed actor through playing prominent movies such as; “Robin Hood”, “Prince of Thieves”, “The Shawshank Redemption”, “Million Dollar Baby”, “RED”, “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Match Of The Penguins”. Due to his breathtaking performance at the center stage, Morgan Freeman has won numerous accolades and awards such as; the Obie Award, Oscar Award, lifetime achievement award and Golden Globe Award among much more.

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington is another African American actor who took the entire Hollywood by storm through his incredible talent in acting. Born on 28th December 1954, Denzel Washington Jr. Pursued a career in acting in Lincoln Centre campus. He made his acting debut in 1977 and managed to appear in numerous films and television series such as; “Wilma Purple,” “St Elsewhere,” “Mighty Quinn,” “Glory,” “Malcolm X,” “Flight,” “The Hurricane” and “Philadelphia” among others.

Samuel L. Jackson

Another big name in the list of the greatest African American actors is Samuel Leroy Jackson. Born on 21stDecember 1948, Samuel is recognized for his diverse roles in the acting arena. The 67 years old actor wished to pursue Marine Biology but decided to take acting instead. His career is brimmed with stunning performances through releasing hundreds of great movies such as; “True Romance,” “Jurassic Park,” “Jackie Brown” and “The Star Wars” Trilogy. Samuel has received a little share of fame for his role as Nick Furry in the Marvel Universe (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2”, “Thor,” “Captain America” and “Avengers”).

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