Best Black Action Stars

by muybueno16 | created - 05 Jan 2014 | updated - 7 hours ago | Public

The best of the best in one complete list!

1. Wesley Snipes

Actor | Blade

Wesley Trent Snipes was born in Orlando, Florida, to Marian (Long), a teacher's assistant, and SMSGT Wesley Rudolph Snipes, an aircraft engineer. He grew up on the streets of the South Bronx in New York City, where he very early decided that dance and the theatre were to be his career. He attended ...

2. Michael Jai White

Actor | Black Dynamite

Michael Jai White is an American actor and martial artist who has appeared in numerous films and television series. He is the first African American to portray a major comic book superhero in a major motion picture, having starred as Al Simmons, the protagonist in the 1997 film Spawn. White ...

3. Billy Dee Williams

Actor | Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Billy Dee Williams was born William December Williams on April 6, 1937 in New York City. Billy Dee has notched up an impressive array of film and television appearances over the past 50+ years. He is easily best known to international film audiences as the roguish Lando Calrissian in the last two ...

4. Idris Elba

Actor | Beasts of No Nation

An only child, Idrissa Akuna Elba was born and raised in London, England. His father, Winston, is from Sierra Leone and worked at Ford Dagenham; his mother, Eve, is from Ghana and had a clerical duty. Idris attended school in Canning Town, where he first became involved in acting, before he dropped...

5. Terry Crews

Actor | Idiocracy

Terry Crews was born in Flint, Michigan, to Patricia and Terry Crews Sr. He earned an art excellence scholarship to attend Western Michigan University and also earned a full-ride athletic scholarship to play football. Crews was an All-Conference defensive end, and was a major contributor on the ...

6. Ice-T

Actor | New Jack City

The legendary gangsta hip-hop emcee Ice-T was born Tracy Marrow on February 16, 1958, in Newark, New Jersey. He moved to Los Angeles, California, to live with his paternal aunt after the death of his father while he was in the sixth grade; his mother had died earlier when he was in the third grade....

7. Lateef Crowder

Actor | Tekken

Lateef Crowder was born on November 23, 1977 in San Jose, California, USA as Lateef Crowder Dos Santos. He is known for his work on Tekken (2010), Wonder Woman (2017) and Furious 7 (2015).

8. T.J. Storm

Actor | Punisher: War Zone

Born in Indiana, raised in Hawaii, Storm is a world class martial artist who has trained in various styles for over 19 years. Storm holds belts in Arashi-Ryu Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Ninjitsu, Jujitsu and Northern Shaolin Kung Fu.

If you ask three time "Martial Art Masters Hall of Fame" inductee Storm ...

9. Dennis Haysbert

Actor | 24

Dennis Haysbert was born on June 2, 1954 in San Mateo, California, USA as Dennis Dexter Haysbert. He is an actor and producer, known for 24 (2001), Far from Heaven (2002) and Heat (1995). He was previously married to Lynn Griffith and Elena Simms.

10. Seth Gilliam

Actor | Starship Troopers

Seth Gilliam was born on November 5, 1968 in New York, USA. He is known for his work on Starship Troopers (1997), Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009) and Courage Under Fire (1996). He is married to Leah Gardiner. They have one child.

11. Cloyse Caruthers

Actor | The Task

Cloyse Caruthers is known for his work on The Task (2016) and The Suicide Squad: A Typical Tuesday (2015).

12. Brandon Henry

Actor | The Suicide Squad: A Typical Tuesday

Brandon Henry is an actor and producer, known for The Suicide Squad: A Typical Tuesday (2015), The Task (2016) and Area 57: Project 24.

13. Kerry McCormick

Actress | I Can Only Imagine

Disciplined in various acting techniques including Meisner, Stanislavsky, Stunt Performance and short/long form improv, Kerry has had a broad spectrum of roles. Her repertoire includes award-winning short and feature films, commercials, web series, local theater productions and an improv troupe.

Her...

14. Tony Dotson

Actor | The Task

Tony Dotson is an actor and producer, known for The Task (2016) and The Suicide Squad: A Typical Tuesday (2015).

15. Fabian

Actor | Strait & Narrow

Fabian XIV is an American actor, from the DFW. He was born in Fort Worth, Tx to African American actress/model/songwriter, Helen Parker and Mexican brewery worker, Antonio Lopez Navarro. As a child, Fabian was always the life of the party; doing impressions of family members, telling jokes and ...

16. Brandon Craig

Actor | Strait & Narrow

Brandon Craig, the son of an oil refinery worker and a teacher, was born in Beaumont, Texas. In high school he caught the acting bug while appearing in student drama productions. After graduating high school he went on to move out to Dallas, Texas in search of success as an actor. He auditioned for...

17. Draper Wynston

Actor | Desperate Chocolate: Chanel's Story

Draper Wynston, started with one step show in Arlington, Texas, is where he began to find his passion for entertaining the world. He has been seen in several national commercials and print ads. Be began his acting career with a stage play called "G meets G. Has starred in "Unexceptional Love". ...

18. Khalid Beard

Stunts | Texas Voodoo Zombies

Khalid Beard is known for his work on Texas Voodoo Zombies (2016), Crave: Roots of Evil (2020) and Blind Blood.

19. Jesse L. Martin

Actor | Rent

Jesse Martin was born Jesse Lamont Watkins in Virginia's Blue Ridge mountain range. His mother, Virginia Price, was a college career counselor. His father, Jesse Reed Watkins, was a truck driver. His parents divorced when he was very young. His mother then moved his family to Buffalo, New York. He ...

20. Isaiah Washington

Actor | Grey's Anatomy

Isaiah Washington was born on August 3, 1963 in Houston, Texas, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Grey's Anatomy (2005), Exit Wounds (2001) and Hollywood Homicide (2003). He has been married to Jenisa Marie Garland since February 14, 1996. They have three children.

21. D.B. Woodside

Actor | Lucifer

D.B. Woodside was born on July 25, 1969 in Jamaica, Queens, New York City, New York, USA as David Bryan Woodside. He is an actor and director, known for Lucifer (2015), 24 (2001) and Romeo Must Die (2000).

22. Mark Hicks

Stunts | Rush Hour 2

Mark Hicks is known for his work on Rush Hour 2 (2001), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Swordfish (2001).

23. Laurence Fishburne

Actor | The Matrix

One of Hollywood's most talented and versatile performers and the recipient of a truckload of NAACP Image awards, Laurence John Fishburne III was born in Augusta, Georgia on July 30, 1961, to Hattie Bell (Crawford), a teacher, and Laurence John Fishburne, Jr., a juvenile corrections officer.

His ...

24. Malik Yoba

Actor | Cool Runnings

Malik Yoba was born on September 17, 1967 in Bronx, New York, USA as Abdul-Malik Yoba. He is an actor and writer, known for Cool Runnings (1993), New York Undercover (1994) and Cop Land (1997). He has been married to Cat Wilson since December 21, 2003. He was previously married to Trisha Mann.

25. Will Smith

Music_department | The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, comedian, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He has enjoyed success in television, film, and music. In April 2007, Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood". Smith has been nominated for five Golden ...

26. Anthony Mackie

Actor | The Hurt Locker

Anthony Mackie is an American actor. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Martha (Gordon) and Willie Mackie, Sr., who owned a business, Mackie Roofing. Anthony has been featured in feature films, television series and Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, including Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, ...

27. Pam Grier

Actress | Jackie Brown

Pam Grier was born in Winston-Salem, NC, one of four children of Gwendolyn Sylvia (Samuels), a nurse, and Clarence Ransom Grier Jr., an Air Force mechanic. Pam has been a major African-American star from the early 1970s. Her career started in 1971, when Roger Corman of New World Pictures launched ...

28. Tessa Thompson

Actress | Creed

The actress Tessa Lynn Thompson was born on October 3, 1983 in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of singer-songwriter Marc Anthony Thompson and the granddaughter of actor-musician Bobby Ramos. She was raised in Los Angeles before moving to Brooklyn, New York. Her father is of ...

29. Fred Williamson

Actor | From Dusk Till Dawn

Former Oakland Raiders/Kansas City Chiefs football star who rose to prominence as one of the first African-American male action stars of the "blaxploitation" genre of the early 1970s, who has since gone on to a long and illustrious career as an actor, director, writer, and producer! Burly, yet ...

30. Jim Brown

Actor | Mars Attacks!

Often mentioned as the greatest player in NFL history, this ruggedly handsome African American fullback for the Cleveland Browns first appeared on movie screens in the western Rio Conchos (1964), followed by a strong supporting role as convict commando "Jefferson" in the terrific WW2 action film ...

31. Bernie Casey

Actor | Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Bernie Casey was born on June 8, 1939 in Wyco, West Virginia, USA as Bernard Terry Casey. He was an actor and director, known for Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989), Revenge of the Nerds (1984) and Never Say Never Again (1983). He was married to Paula. He died on September 19, 2017 in Los ...

32. Wood Harris

Actor | Remember the Titans

Harris was born Sherwin David Harris in Chicago, Illinois, to John and Mattie Harris. However, he works under his nickname, "Wood". Attended New York University Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School. Has performed in many films and various stage productions including plays by August Wilson, ...

33. Courtney B. Vance

Actor | The Hunt for Red October

Courtney B. Vance was born on March 12, 1960 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Courtney Bernard Vance. He is an actor and producer, known for The Hunt for Red October (1990), Space Cowboys (2000) and Dangerous Minds (1995). He has been married to Angela Bassett since October 12, 1997. They have two ...

34. Joe Morton

Actor | Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Joe Morton was born on October 18, 1947 in New York, New York, USA. He is a television, film, and theater actor, best known for The Brother from Another Planet (1984), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Eureka (2006), and Scandal (2012). He also writes and directs, and is a singer/songwriter.

35. Hassan Johnson

Actor | Brooklyn's Finest

Hassan Johnson is an actor and producer, known for Brooklyn's Finest (2009), The Devil's Own (1997) and Ovum (2015).

36. Richard Roundtree

Actor | Shaft

Richard Roundtree's iconic career began while attending Southern Illinois University where he was on a football scholarship. After being spotted Richard signed with Johnson Publications to model in their Ebony Fashion Fair, touring 79 cities in 90 days. But rather than returning to school, ...

37. DMX

Soundtrack | Exit Wounds

DMX was born on December 18, 1970 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Earl Simmons. He was previously married to Tashera Simmons.

38. Shaquille O'Neal

Actor | Steel

Shaquille O'Neal is regarded as one of the most dominant athletes and arguably the most gregarious personality in sports history. He wrote an autobiography (Shaq Talks Back), preserves an online presence for his fan base and produced a number of albums (Biological Didn't Bother, Shaq-Fu: Da Return,...

39. Christopher Judge

Actor | Stargate SG-1

Douglas Christopher Judge was born and raised in Los Angeles, and is of African-American and Cherokee ancestry.

Judge always knew that he wanted to be an actor, wanting to invoke feelings in others that he was receiving from the shows. He realized quickly that sports would be the stepping stone to ...

40. Avery Brooks

Actor | American History X

Avery Franklin Brooks was born on October 2, 1948 in Evansville, Indiana to a musically talented family. His maternal grandfather, Samuel Travis Crawford, was a tenor who graduated from Tougaloo College in Mississippi in 1901. Crawford toured the country singing with the Delta Rhythm Boys in the ...

41. Kurupt

Actor | Hollywood Homicide

Kurupt was born Ricardo Brown in Philadelphia, Pa. He moved to Long Beach, California, where he met and befriended such rappers as Snoop Dogg and Daz Dillinger. He worked as a rapper on "Death Row Records" (Label run by Marion 'Suge' Knight), releasing one album with Daz Dillinger titled "Tha Dogg ...

42. Richard Biggs

Actor | Babylon 5

Richard Biggs had a somewhat unsettled childhood as he travelled between Air Force bases where his father was stationed. Because of his itinerant lifestyle he made few friends and changed schools often. When he was seventeen, and living at a missile base in North Dakota, he decided to change his ...

43. Derrick Simmons

Actor | Paid in Full

The acting career of Derrick Simmons began at the early age of 10. He attended Harbor JHS of Performing Arts in Harlem, New York. And attended Talent Unlimited where he majored in drama. An agent saw him in a showcase and sent him out on his first audition. He was booked opposite Stacey Dash in a ...

44. 50 Cent

Soundtrack | Get Rich or Die Tryin'

Born in the South Jamaica section of Queens, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson has lived in New York City all his life. He was raised by his grandparents after his father ran out and his mother was shot when he was only eight. Growing up, the Queens rapper originally wanted to be a heavyweight boxer, but ...

45. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Actor | Lost

Born and raised in London, England, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje began his career as a model in Milan. He graduated with a masters degree in Law from London's prestigious Kings College, before moving to Los Angeles to make the transition to acting. Fluent in several languages, including English, ...

46. Eamonn Walker

Actor | Lord of War

Eamonn Walker was born on June 12, 1962 in London, England as Eamonn Roderique Walker. He is an actor, known for Lord of War (2005), Unbreakable (2000) and Oz (1997). He is married to Sandra Walker. They have three children.

47. Hakeem Kae-Kazim

Actor | 24

From Blockbusters to the prime time small screen, Hakeem Kae-Kazim has made his impact in the world of entertainment and has worked alongside many industry greats. This talented actor gained international notoriety for his wonderful portrayal of George Rutugunda in the Oscar-nominated film Hotel ...

48. Roger Cross

Actor | The Chronicles of Riddick

Roger Cross was born on October 19, 1969 in Christiana, Jamaica. He is an actor, known for The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), Continuum (2012) and The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008).

49. Austin Priester

Stunts | Jurassic World

Austin Priester is a multifaceted award winning screenwriter, actor and stuntman. After attaining a degree in Structural Engineering and serving in the military as an Airborne Ranger, he moved to Los Angeles to chase his dream of becoming a filmmaker. To this day he has over 150 credits in film and...

50. Vin Diesel

Actor | Guardians of the Galaxy

Vin Diesel was born Mark Sinclair in Alameda County, California, along with his fraternal twin brother, Paul Vincent. He was raised by his astrologer/psychologist mother, Delora Sherleen (Sinclair), and adoptive father, Irving H. Vincent, an acting instructor and theatre manager, in an artists' ...

51. Tommy Europe

Stunts | Deadpool

Tommy Europe is known for his work on Deadpool (2016), The Predator (2018) and Skyscraper (2018).

52. Tom Wright

Actor | Marked for Death

Tom Wright was born on November 29, 1952 in Englewood, New Jersey, USA as Harold Thomas Wright. He is known for his work on Marked for Death (1990), Barbershop (2002) and Seinfeld (1989). He has been married to Leigh Johnson since June 13, 1988. They have two children.

53. James Black

Actor | Soldier

A onetime professional football player for the Cleveland Browns, James has always had a passion for the arts and pursued his passion even while playing for the Browns for two years as a running back. He also played for the Canadian team, The Ottawa Rough Riders.

Many recall James as the security ...

54. Shemar Moore

Actor | Criminal Minds

Shemar Franklin Moore (born April 20, 1970) is an American actor and former fashion model. His notable roles are that of Malcolm Winters on The Young and the Restless from 1994 to 2005, Derek Morgan on CBS's Criminal Minds from 2005 to 2016, and as the third permanent host of Soul Train from 1999 ...

55. Bob Minor

Actor | Commando

Big, brawny and imposing actor and stuntman Bob Minor was born on January 1st in 1944 in Birmingham, Alabama. The 6' 2" onetime champion bodybuilder (he's a former Mr. Los Angeles bodybuilding title holder) made his debut as a stuntman doubling for James Iglehart in Russ Meyer's delightfully ...

56. Neil Brown Jr.

Actor | SEAL Team

Born in a rough neighborhood to strict, but loving parents. Neil Brown, Jr, who was a gifted martial artist and self proclaimed "knucklehead ", received his first role in film purely by chance, when a producer Patty Thomas Robinson walked into his karate Dojo looking for a kid to be in the TV ...

57. Wayne Brady

Actor | Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Wayne Brady was born in Columbus, Georgia and lived in Orlando, Florida. At 16, Brady had already decided on a career in the military. Little did he know that a chance performance in a high school play would garner him not only rave reviews but also permanently alter his long-range plans. Soon, he ...

58. LL Cool J

Actor | Deep Blue Sea

L.L. Cool J was born James Todd Smith on January 14, 1968, in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York, the son of Ondrea Griffith and James Louis Smith, Jr. Todd, as he was called, did not have a very happy childhood. At the age of four, he saw his mother and grandfather shot by his own father. After they...

59. Samuel L. Jackson

Actor | Pulp Fiction

Samuel L. Jackson is an American producer and highly prolific actor, having appeared in over 100 films, including Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), Unbreakable (2000), Shaft (2000), Formula 51 (2001), Black Snake Moan (2006), Snakes on a Plane (2006), and the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999-2005), ...

60. Denzel Washington

Actor | Fences

Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. was born on December 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. He is the middle of three children of a beautician mother, Lennis, from Georgia, and a Pentecostal minister father, Denzel Washington, Sr., from Virginia. After graduating from high school, Denzel enrolled at ...

61. Forest Whitaker

Actor | The Last King of Scotland

Forest Steven Whitaker has packaged a king-size talent into his hulking 6' 2", 220 lb. frame. He won an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the film The Last King of Scotland (2006), and has also won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. He is the fourth African-American male to...

62. Morgan Freeman

Actor | Se7en

With an authoritative voice and calm demeanor, this ever popular American actor has grown into one of the most respected figures in modern US cinema. Morgan was born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Mayme Edna (Revere), a teacher, and Morgan Porterfield Freeman, a barber. The young Freeman...

63. Danny Glover

Actor | Lethal Weapon

Actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover has been a commanding presence on screen, stage and television for more than 35 years.

Glover was born in San Francisco, California, to Carrie (Hunley) and James Glover, postal workers who were also active in civil rights. Glover trained at the Black ...

64. Common

Actor | Wanted

First known as a rapper who became one of the more prominent voices in hip-hop's new millennium renaissance, Common later transitioned into acting. He was born in Chicago, and is the son of educator Dr. Mahalia Ann Hines and Lonnie Lynn, an ABA basketball player turned youth counselor.

On October 6,...

65. Mark Rhino Smith

Actor | Argo

Mark was born in London however he has a hugely colorful heritage - Jamaican, Cherokee Indian, Ghanian, White and Chinese. This mix along with his Green eyes has given him a very distinctive look. Mark first catapulted onto our screens as Rhino in the massive ITV series, GLADIATORS where he reigned...

66. Samuel J. Paul

Stunts | Black Panther

Samuel J. Paul is known for his work on Black Panther (2018), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) and Ready Player One (2018).

67. Corey Hawkins

Actor | Straight Outta Compton

Corey Hawkins was born on October 22, 1988 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Corey Antonio Hawkins. He is an actor, known for Straight Outta Compton (2015), Kong: Skull Island (2017) and BlacKkKlansman (2018).

68. Ernie Hudson

Actor | Ghostbusters

As a child growing up in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Ernie Hudson wrote short stories, poems and songs, always thinking that his words might one day come to life on stage. After a short stint in the Marine Corps, he moved to Detroit where he became the resident playwright at Concept East, the oldest ...

69. Chadwick Boseman

Actor | Black Panther

Chadwick Boseman is an American actor. He is known for his portrayal of T'Challa / Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (since 2016), particularly in Black Panther (2018), and for his starring roles in as Jackie Robinson in 42 (2013), James Brown in Get on Up (2014), and Thurgood Marshall...

70. Marjean Holden

Actress | Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

Actress, stunt woman, and martial artist Marjean Holden was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and raised in Vail, Colorado. She started acting from the age of 9, well being from the family of entertainers, she already knew her profession. As a youngster, she showed multiple skills in her school plays,...

71. Tyrese Gibson

Actor | Baby Boy

Tyrese Darnell Gibson was born December 30, 1978 in Watts, Los Angeles, California, where he was raised. He is an R&B singer, songwriter, actor, author, television producer and model. He is well known for his actor role as Roman Pearce in the The Fast and Furious movie franchise. Other popular ...

72. Ousaun Elam

Stunts | The Matrix Reloaded

Ousaun Elam was born in 1970. He is known for his work on The Matrix Reloaded (2003), Rush Hour 3 (2007) and Broken Arrow (1996).

73. Richard T. Jones

Actor | Event Horizon

Richard T. Jones was born on January 16, 1972 in Japan as Richard Timothy Jones. He is an actor and producer, known for Event Horizon (1997), Vantage Point (2008) and Collateral (2004). He has been married to Nancy Jones since October 1996.

74. Kiante Elam

Stunts | Ant-Man and the Wasp

Kiante Elam was born in 1972. He is known for his work on Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), The Other Guys (2010) and Deep Blue Sea (1999).

75. Kofi Elam

Stunts | Black Panther

Kofi is an award-winning Stuntman and Stunt Coordinator who has appeared in 100s of top A-List Blockbuster Films grossing billions of dollars.

Kofi is a Screen Actors Guild and Aftra member and has been a member of the elite Stuntmen's Association since 1999. What's more, Kofi got his first stunt ...

76. Barbara Eve Harris

Actress | The Amazing Spider-Man

Barbara Eve Harris was born in Trinidad and Tobago of Jamaican parents, and moved to Canada at the age of 6 with her family. Raised and educated in Ottawa, the national capital, she graduated from the University of Ottawa with a B.A. (concentration in Theatre and Philosophy). The initial plan was ...

77. Rockmond Dunbar

Actor | Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Rockmond Dunbar was born on January 11, 1973 in Berkeley, California, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), Sons of Anarchy (2008) and The Family That Preys (2008). He has been married to Maya Dunbar since June 8, 2013. They have two children. He was previously ...

78. Robert Wisdom

Actor | The Dark Knight Rises

Robert Wisdom graces each of his diverse screen roles with a powerful, profound and cool presence-- from his commercial hits to his bold and proactive performances in a variety of new features. He starred on HBO's The Wire, generating wide critical praise. Wisdom appeared in The Hawk is Dying at ...

79. S. Epatha Merkerson

Actress | Law & Order

A native of Michigan, S. Epatha Merkerson earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Wayne State University. In 1978, she moved to New York City to apply her craft on stage. Although best known since 1993 as the smart and shrewd Lieutenant Anita Van Buren on the long-running TV crime drama Law &...

80. Rosario Dawson

Actress | Rent

This stunning and resourceful actress has been primarily a film player thus far. Only recently has she been opening herself up more to doing television (the series Gemini Division (2008), which she executive-produced), and animated voice-overs. Dawson's powerhouse talent stands out the most in edgy...

81. Henry Simmons

Actor | No Good Deed

Henry Simmons was born in Stamford, Connecticut, one of three children to Aurelia, a school teacher, and Henry Simmons, Sr., an IRS agent. One of his sisters is his twin. Simmons earned a basketball scholarship at Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire. He graduated with a business degree and ...

82. James McDaniel

Actor | NYPD Blue

For seven seasons, acclaimed stage, screen and television actor James McDaniel portrayed Lt. Arthur Fancy on legendary television series NYPD Blue (1993). McDaniel recently completed shooting The Battle for Bunker Hill (2008), with director Kevin Willmott (CSA: Confederate States of America). ...

83. Gbenga Akinnagbe

Actor | The Taking of Pelham 123

Gbenga Akinnagbe was born on December 12, 1978 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009), Edge of Darkness (2010) and The Savages (2007).

84. Taraji P. Henson

Actress | The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Taraji P. Henson was born on September 11, 1970 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Taraji Penda Henson. She is an actress and producer, known for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Hidden Figures (2016) and Hustle & Flow (2005).

85. Keith Woulard

Stunts | Iron Man

Keith Woulard is known for his work on Iron Man (2008), G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) and The Kingdom (2007).

86. Jalil Jay Lynch

Stunts | Black Panther

Jalil Jay Lynch is known for his work on Black Panther (2018), The Fate of the Furious (2017) and Captain America: Civil War (2016).

87. Angela Meryl

Stunts | Skyfall

Veteran stunt woman and actor. Year after year, Meryl reaps rewards of acknowledgment including a historical two-time, Taurus Award nomination for her performance in the opening scene of Quentin Turentino's blockbuster-- Kill Bill; A Taurus Award for "Best Overall Stunt By A Woman," for the movie ...

88. Jada Pinkett Smith

Actress | The Matrix Revolutions

Jada Koren Pinkett Smith was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Robsol Grant Pinkett, Jr., a contractor, and Adrienne Banfield-Jones, a nurse. They divorced after only a few months of marriage. Her father is of African-American descent and her mother is of Afro-Caribbean ancestry (from Barbados and ...

89. Jeffrey Wright

Actor | Shaft

Born and raised in Washington DC, Wright graduated from Amherst College in 1987. Although he studied Political Science while at Amherst, Wright left the school with a love for acting. Shortly after graduating he won an acting scholarship to NYU, but dropped out after only two months to pursue ...

90. Steve James

Actor | To Live and Die in L.A.

Steve James was often cast in action movies as the hero's sidekick, despite usually being a better actor and fighter than the star. James was raised in New York City, attended C.W. Post College as an Arts and Film major, and upon graduating, became involved in stage work and TV commercials. He ...

91. Tommy 'Tiny' Lister

Actor | Friday

If you ever want a 6' 6", musclebound, broad-shouldered, shaved-head actor to play a terrifying bodyguard, a soldier of fortune or a fearsome gangster, then Tommy "Tiny" Lister Jr. is the man you want. This African-American basketball player turned actor first popped up in minor roles such as a ...

92. Andre Braugher

Actor | Homicide: Life on the Street

Andre Braugher was born on July 1, 1962 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Andre Keith Braugher. He is an actor and producer, known for Homicide: Life on the Street (1993), Frequency (2000) and The Mist (2007). He has been married to Ami Brabson since December 28, 1991. They have three children.

93. Mykelti Williamson

Actor | Forrest Gump

Perhaps best remembered for his touching performance as "Bubba" opposite Tom Hanks in the Academy Award-winning Forrest Gump (1994), Mykelti Williamson is one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood, who has been steadily honing his craft since he first began acting professionally at the age ...

94. Mykel Shannon Jenkins

Actor | Undisputed III: Redemption

Mykel Shannon Jenkins, born in Biloxi, Mississippi, to an officer in the United States Air Force, traveled with his family across the United States. With his parents and two siblings, Mykel finally settled in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he graduated from Bonnabel High School and, thereafter, ...

95. Ice Cube

Soundtrack | Friday

Ice Cube was born in South Central Los Angeles, to Doris (Benjamin), a custodian and hospital clerk, and Hosea Jackson, a UCLA groundskeeper. He first came to public notice as a singer and songwriter with the controversial and influential band N.W.A. His compositions with that group included many ...

96. RZA

Soundtrack | The Man with the Iron Fists

RZA was born on July 5, 1969 in Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Robert Fitzgerald Diggs. He has been married to Talani Rabb since August 29, 2009. He was previously married to Eboni Mills.

97. Aldis Hodge

Actor | Hidden Figures

Aldis Hodge is a SAG Award winning actor, who has built a dynamic career as a versatile performer shining in roles in both film and television. Hodge is perhaps best known for his role as 'Noah' in the WGN hit series "Underground," starring alongside Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Christopher Meloni. "...

98. Michael Clarke Duncan

Actor | The Green Mile

Michael Clarke Duncan was born on December 10, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. Raised by his single mother, Jean, a house cleaner, on Chicago's South Side, Duncan grew up resisting drugs and alcohol, instead concentrating on school. He wanted to play football in high school, but his mother wouldn't let ...

99. Eddie Murphy

Actor | The Nutty Professor

Edward Regan Murphy was born April 3, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York, to Lillian Lynch (born: Lillian Laney), a telephone operator, and Charles Edward Murphy, a transit police officer who was also an amateur comedian and actor. After his father died, his mother married Vernon Lynch, a foreman at a ...

100. Chuck Jeffreys

Stunts | Twelve Monkeys

Born William Charles Jeffreys (III) on July 23, 1958 in Washington, D.C., Chuck Jeffreys found his interest in the martial arts at the age of 8 and started training in Western Boxing and Tae Kwon Do. He began training in Northern (Tien Shan Pai) Shaolin Kung fu in the early 70s. He was well known ...



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