Who Are Some Famous Black Actors?


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Famous black actors include Denzel Washington, Will Smith and Eddie Murphy. These actors have starred in film genres such as action, drama, comedy and science fiction.

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Who Are Some Famous Black Actors?
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Denzel Washington was born in 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. He has two siblings. His first paid role as an actor was in a stage production of "Wings of the Morning." He has since starred in films such as "Philadelphia," "Training Day," "The Book of Eli" and "Antwone Fisher."

Will Smith was born in 1968 in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As of 2015, he is married to Jada Pinkett Smith. They have two children together. In addition to acting, Smith is a notable producer, rapper and songwriter. In 2007, Newsweek named him the most powerful actor in Hollywood. Films he has starred in include "Men in Black 1,2 & 3," "Hancock" and "Seven Pounds."

Eddie Murphy was born in 1961 in Brooklyn, New York. His big break came when he was cast on "Saturday Night Live" in 1980. Before that, he worked as a stand-up comedian. As of 2015, Murphy is the fourth-highest grossing actor in the United States. He has starred in the film "Boomerang" with Halle Berry, "Daddy Day Care" with Adam Sandler, and as the voice of Donkey in "Shrek."

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