Top 10 Richest black actors in USA
Film industry is changing and with this, many young black actors are becoming stars each day. Some of these names are truly amazing performers for decades, and on the other hand, many of them are the newcomers who took the whole film industry by storm. In this article, we decided to honor the legacy of famous black actors by creating a top 20 list to help you discover the true entertainers of all time.
Sidney Poitier was well known black British actors, directors, and diplomats. Sidney was the first Afro-Bahamian Black male actor to receive an Oscar for Best Actor in 1964. Later in 2009, he earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He has worked in several notable Hollywood films, including ‘Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner’ and ‘The Greatest Story Ever Told.’ Also, after his death, many documentaries were based on him, such as Sidney Poitier, an Outsider in Hollywood.
Morgan Freeman is one of the old black actors and directors, best known for his brilliant performances in movies like ‘Million Dollar Baby,’ ‘Street Smart,’ and ‘Driving Miss Daisy.’
In a career of over half a century, he has received various accolades, including an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. Moreover, besides his acting career, he advocates environmental causes.
Danny Glover career has spanned more than four decades. Apart from being an actor and director, he has had a significant impact as an activist. And he has made his presence in countries like Brazil, Iraq, Venezuela, Israel, and many other African countries.
He is famous for his well-played role in several Hollywood comedy, horror, and action films, such as ‘The Colour Purple’ and ‘Witness.’ Moreover, Danny Glover has won many awards for his artistic acting and directing skills. They include the Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor and the NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Film.
Will Smith was a successful rapper in his early days. But he had a successful transition into film and television that soon made Smith a successful artist. And with huge income, he has also secured himself in the list of highest-paid actors in the world.
Bernie Mac was famous for being listed in Rolling Stone magazine’s 50 Best Stand-Up Comics of All Time list back in 2017. Moreover, Bernie is still remembered for his exceptional acting skills in Hollywood comedy and action films.
Denzel Hayes Washington is a famous American actor, director, and producer. Known for his performances on the screen and stage, he has been described as an actor who reconfigured “the concept of classic movie stardom”. Denzel is also known for his collaborations with directors Spike Lee, Antoine Fuqua, and Tony Scott.
Throughout his career spanning over 4 decades, Denzel has received many accolades, including a Tony Award, two Academy Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards.In 2016,Denzel Washington received the Cecil B DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2020, The New York Times named Denzel Washington as the greatest actor of the 21st century.
Nicholas Cannon, better known as Nick Cannon, is one of the famous black comedian actors, rapper, and television host. ‘The Nick Cannon Show,’ ‘America’s Got Talent,’ and ‘The Masked Singer’ are some of Nick Cannon’s well-known television shows. Also, Nick Cannon has acted in films like ‘Drumline’ and ‘Love Don’t Cost a Thing.’
Anthony Macki earned international recognition after playing the role of Sam Wilson Falcon in a series of superheroes that Marvel Studios produced. Anthony Macki is a self-made man who acquired his degree from the Juilliard School and worked hard day and night to prove himself in the American film and television industry.
LaKeith Stanfield, is an American African-based professional artist and comedian famous for playing real-life personalities like Snoop Dogg and Jimmie Lee Jackson in biographical films.
For playing the role of rapper Snoop Dogg in Straight Outta Compton, LaKeith Stanfield won the Breakthrough Performer award at the Hamptons International Film Festival United States.
Michael Jai White:
Michael Jai White is an American-based martial artist and actor. When he played the role of Al Simmons in the famous film Spawn’ Michael became one of the first black actors to play a major comic book superhero in the history of the Hollywood film industry. And as of now, Michael Jai White is one of the most handsome black actors present in the Hollywood film industry.
Michael K. Williams:
Michael k Williams is among the most popular black actors today. Michael is well known for his role in several Hollywood films, such as ‘The Wire.’ Michael K. Williams has also starred in many international movies, such as ’12 Years a Slave,’ ‘Bessie,’ ‘The Road, and The Night Of.’
Djimon Hounsou is one of the famous black bald actors who have won a lot of awards for his performance in many well-known Hollywood films, such as ‘Blood Diamond,’ ‘In America,’ ‘Furious 7,’ and ‘Gladiator.’
Also, Djimon Hounsou has won many other awards, including the Black Reel Awards for Best Supporting Actor twice and the NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor.
Ving Rhames is one of the American African-based black actors under 40 and a director famous for playing the role of Villain in several Hollywood films, such as Con Air and Pulp Fiction. In addition, for his well-played role in Con Air and Pulp Fiction, Ving Rhames has won the Golden Globe Award.
Ving Rhames has played the role of a boxer for filming a documentary on Don King in Don King: Only in America. And as of now, he is one of the most followed black male actors in the Hollywood industry.
Martin Lawrence is a famous German-born-American actor and comedian. Well, apart from being traumatized after his parents’ sudden divorce at the age of eight, Lawrence went on to succeed as a comedian and later as a leading actor in the Hollywood film industry.
Moreover, after a problematic 1990s, which included arrests, lawsuits, and health problems, Martin Lawrence came back with many hit films.Perhaps, Martin Lawrence can be said to be the most successful black actor in the world.
James Earl Jones:
James Earl Jones is one of the finest actors alive in the Hollywood film industry. His booming loud voice and excellent acting and comedy skills are everything an action film needs.
James Earl Jones started his career when he was just a kid. And as of now, James Earl Jones has a career spanning over nine decades. James Earl Jones is 91 years old at this moment.
Considering one of the greatest stand-up comedians of all time, Richard Pryor. Richard Pryor has entertained his audience and influenced many generations of stand-up comedians with his pointed and skillful art of storytelling.
Richard Pryor began his career by performing at nightclubs. And later, he gained tremendous fame with his third comedy album titled ‘That Nigger’s Crazy.’ Moreover, after that, he became an actor and an award-winning writer.
Scott Leo ‘Taye’ Digg, better known as Taye Diggs, is an actor, comedian, producer, and director famous for directing and working in several Hollywood films, such as ‘All American’ and ‘Rent.’
Moreover, Taye Diggs is well known in the Hollywood film industry for his co-produced films, including ‘Set It Up’ and ‘Murder In The First.’ And as of now, he is still working as an actor, director, comedian, and producer for the Hollywood industry.
Samuel L Jackson:
Samuel L Jackson is widely famous actor who has appeared in more than 150 films and is especially well-known for his well-played roles in ‘Quentin Tarantino’ films. He has voiced for several animated Hollywood films, television series, and video games.
Moreover, Samuel L Jackson is the winner of the UN’s Global Goals awards and supports peace-building initiatives and programs that help war victims.
Jammie Foxx is an American-based actor, comedian, and singer. Jammie is famous for joining the cast as a featured player in the sketch comedy show ‘In Living Color’ until the show ends. Jammie Foxx is also a comedian and actor who has appeared in several Hollywood films, such as ‘Just Mercy’ and ‘Robin Hood.’
A versatile actor and an inspiration for a generation of black youths, Chadwick Boseman is best remembered for performing many notable real-life roles of black figures, such as Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, and James Brown in their biographies.
Shad Gregory Moss, better known by Bow Wow and Shad Moss, is an American-based rapper and actor. His career began when rapper Snoop Dogg discovered him in the late 1990s.
After that, Shad Moss started his singing career. And later, Shad Moss joined the Hollywood film industry.