The Best Black African-American Actors in Hollywood
The Best Black African-American Actors in Hollywood
The Best African-American actors in Hollywood
There are many African-American actors in Hollywood and they are all great in their own rights. In this article, I will pay a tribute to most of them like :
- Forest Whitaker
- Denzel Washington
- Morgan Freeman
- Will Smith
- Sidney Poitier
- Jamie Foxx
The heritage of black African-American actors are rich and they integrate well into Hollywood films. There are well known artists, directors and members of the film industry who excel on their own chosen field.
And they are in the major stream of Hollywood films.
There are many others Black African-American actors and if you have suggestions, feel free to comment and suggest.
Best African-American actors in Hollywood 1 -- Forest Whitaker captured my attention when he played the role of General Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland in 2006. He won an Oscars for that role.
He is an American actor, producer and director, a very talented actor indeed. He won other awards for his roles in different films from Globe and BAFTA. He became the fourth African American to win an Academy Award for Best actor, following in the footsteps of Sidney Poitier, Denzel Washington and Jamie Foxx.
His acting in the films The Bird and the Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai are awesome too.
Best African-American actors in Hollywood 2 -- Morgan Freeman is an actor, narrator and film director. He is noted for his reserved demeanor and authoritative speaking voice.Freeman received Academy award nominations for his performances in Street Smart, Driving Miss Daisy and the Shawshank Redemption. He won an award to his role in "Million Dollar Baby".
He appeared in many films such as Deep Impact, Unforgiven glory, The Sum of all fears, Almighty, Batman Begins, The Bucket List, Evan Almighty, Wanted and the Dark Knight.
Best African-American actors in Hollywood 3 -- Denzel Washington is an American producer actor, screen writer. He received acting awards three times for Golden Globe and two Academy awards for his acting. I like him in the film “Training day“.
He has garnered praises for his acting since 1990s for his portrayals of Steve Biko, Malcolm X, Rubin Carter, Melvin B. Tolson, Frank Lucas and Herman Boone. In 1993, he portrays the role of a homophobic lawyer of a homosexual man with AIDS in the movie “Philadelphia” starring Tom Hanks. He became a renowned Hollywood leading man, starring in several successful thrillers, including The Pelican Brief, and Crimson Tide also in the comedy Much Ado About Nothing” and alongside brilliant singer Whitney Houston in the romantic drama The Preachers Wife“.
Best African-American actors in Hollywood 4 -- Will Smith is a versatile actor, rapper, producer of record and film plus a darling of the television, and started his career in 1985. I followed through his television career in The Prince of Bel-Aire which ended in May 1996. He became a solo artist afterwards.
Smith began a successful solo music career while simultaneously starring in a series of films. He starred first in two films, the “Men in Black I and II” and Independence Day in 1996 and 1997 respectively. He was praised for his acting in the latter. I like him in the movie "The Hitch” , Bad Boys II and I, Robot.He turned down the role of Neo in “The Matrix“ which went to Keanu Reeves. He has one hit theme song with the movie the Men in Black movie “Getting Jiggy with It“, Just the two of us, Big Willie style, and “Willennium“.
He turned down the role of Neo in “The Matrix“ which went to Keanu Reeves.
Best African-American actors in Hollywood 5 -- Sidney Poitier is an American-Bahamian actor producer, film director , author and diplomat.
In 2001, Poitier received an Academy Honorary Award for his overall contribution to American cinema. He is the first African American to win in the Oscars. In August 2009, Poitier received the Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama too.
In 1999, the American Film Institute named Poitier one of the Greatest Male Stars of All Time. He is also the Bahamian ambassador to Japan since 1997. It was in 2002, when he was chosen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive an honorary award that says "To Sidney Poitier in recognition of his remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human being”.
He broke through as a star in acclaimed performances in American films and plays, which, by consciously defying racial stereotyping, gave a new dramatic credibility for black actors to mainstream film audiences in the Western world.
He starred in the film “Lilies of the Field“, “To Sir with love“, In the heat of the night“, and “Guess who’s coming to dinner”.
Best African-American actors in Hollywood 6 -- Jamie Foxx is an actor, singer and stand up comedian who won best actor at the Oscars and BAFTA for his portrayal for the film “Ray“.He told people that he got his name Jamie because of a dare from a girlfriend, and during his first careers he noticed that female stand up comedians were called first, so he chose a neutral name, he got his surname as a tribute to actor “Redd Foxx“.
He has also won a Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a musical/comedy and has been nominated for several Grammy Awards. I like him personally because he always acknowledge his grandmother every time he has a chance to speak about her. He also plays football as quarterback in his high school years. I like him most in the film Ray. He got a scholarship and pursued music composition in college.
From 1996 to 2001, Foxx starred in his own sitcom The Jamie Foxx show, and in 1992 he made his film debut. His first dramatic role came in Oliver Stones' 1999 film Any Given Sunday, where he portrayed a hard-partying American football player
Foxx has a role of a taxi drive in the film Collateral which earned him best supporting actor nomination. He also appeared in the films Miami Vice, Jarhead and Dreamgirls too and the Kingdom. He was awarded Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007 and he said that It was one of the most amazing days of his life.
There are lot of other noted African-American actor like Chris Tucker, Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, Bill Cosby among others.
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