There was a time once African-American people living the US were slaves. They didn’t have any standing in society and were considered inferior to other races. After the American Revolution, slavery was abolished but it did take a long time for society to accept Black people into their fold. They proved to the world that racism is wrong and anyone can achieve anything.
The current era has proven that the world has changed drastically the prime example of which is Barack Obama becoming the President of United States of America. Many black actors have dazzled the world with their skills on the big screen and have achieved a top status in the society. The richest black actors in 2018 are:
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10. Eddie Murphy
Edward Murphy is among the best comedy stars in television and movie business. He was born on 3rd April, 1961. Eddie Murphy has attributed his success to his life in foster care, where he had to go with his brother because their father had died in an accident and their mother was severely ill so she was unable to take care of them. He achieved mainstream success after appearing on Saturday Night Live, he was brought to the show when it was at its worst point with low ratings and negligible viewership.
During his stint on the show which lasted for 4 years, he completely turned SNL around and brought it back to life with his hilarious acting skills. It also opened the door to his extremely prosperous acting career where he went on to work in some of the biggest blockbusters such as 48 Hrs, Trading Places, Beverly Hills Cop, and also Beverly Hills Cop 2, Shrek, Dr. Dolittle, Daddy Day Care.
9. LL Cool J
LL Cool J is an actor and rapper whose real name is James Todd Smith. His stage name LL Cool J actually stands for Ladies Love Cool James. He is one of the biggest hip-hop artists. Even at the age of 9, he knew he wanted to be a rap artist; he honed his skills after his grandfather bought him musical equipment. He achieved mainstream success after the release of his first album, and that helped in landing him many roles in television series which helped him have his own show named In the House. He also went on to appear in many famous movies such as Deep Blue Sea, Last Holiday, S.W.A.T. and Deliver Us from Eva.
8. Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx is one of the biggest Hollywood actors in the world. His real name is Eric Marlon Bishop and he was born on December 13th, 1967. His breakout role was in the comedy show In Living Color and from thereon he never looked back. He went on to act in many movies such as Jarhead, Dreamgirls, Miami Vice, Django Unchained, Annie, The American Spider-Man 2, and Collateral.
He also has a very successful musical career too with a Grammy award under his belt and his albums obtaining place in US Billboard 200 list. The extremely versatile actor has won BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Academy Award for Best Actor, Actor in a Leading Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor-Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor which just proves his talent on the film.
7. Ice Cube
Ice Cube whose real name is O’Shea Jackson started his career as a rapper. He was part of the controversial but extremely successful rap group N.W.A. They were the pioneer of the Gangsta Rap a genre of music originating on the West Coast. Even though the group achieved huge success Ice Cube left the group because of differences. He started his solo career in rap which earned him a name amid best lyricists of the generation. It led him to land many roles in various films alongside some of the biggest names in the movie industry. His biggest hits include Torque, 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street, Ride Along, Friday, Three Kings, Barbershop, and Are We There Yet?
6. Morgan Freeman
Morgan is a highly versatile and hugely successful actor. He started acting from a very young age, initially in theater and later in movie business. He had won drama competition at the little age of 12 which was held statewide. He joined United States Air Force and served the country for four years. Upon his return he focused all his energy on acting in various Broadway Shows at New York. His breakout role was in the film Street Smart alongside Christopher Reeves.
He snagged a nomination for Academy Award for Supporting Actor. After that he went on to star in many biggest movies of the generation such as Driving Miss Daisy, Million Dollar Baby, Shawshank Redemption, Invictus, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Bruce Almighty, Lego Movie and Now You See Me. He has been honored with many prestigious awards such Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award.
5. Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington is an American actor, producer and director. The actor has been counted in the top actors list and his acting skills are unmatchable. Known for his versatile acting and iconic roles Denzel Washington had never really thought about acting as a career. He was sent to Oakland Military Academy after he had gotten into serious trouble. He has said many times throughout his life that this was the turning point in his life and basically saved him.
As an organiser in a talent at a local YMCA, he enjoyed the experience a lot and that led him to think about acting. His major break was from medical television drama named St. Elsewhere. And After that his success and fame skyrocketed, some of his major films include Malcolm X, The Hurricane, Remember the Titans, The Great Debaters, American Gangster, Training Day and Glory. He has won 3 Golden Globe Awards, 2 Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor and a Tony Award.
4. Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel Leroy Jackson is rated amidst the top-earning actors in current time. He has achieved critical acclaim and eminence after his breakthrough film in Together for Days on 1972 but he got most famous after starring in Quentin Tarantino’s movie Pulp Fiction. After that acted in several blockbusters such as Jurassic Park, Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight, Jackie Brown. Die Hard with a Vengeance, Unbreakable, Star Wars Prequel Trilogy, and currently plays the role of Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He has also voiced many animated films, television series and video games biggest of them were The Incredibles, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. He has been nominated for Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, Black Reel Awards, and Golden Globe Awards and has won 4 NAACP Image Awards.
3. Will Smith
Will Smith is a household name all over the world. He is famous for taking highly diverse roles and his acting skills are a class apart. The American actor has also been producer, rapper, songwriter and comedian. His rapping name was The Fresh Prince and gained instant popularity after the hit television show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. After the show ended he step foot in Hollywood and went on to act in several hit films.
He starred in 8 consecutive films which grossed over $100 million and 11 which grossed over $150 internationally, the record is still unbeaten. He has acted in several big films such as Bad Boys, Independence Day, Hancock, Men in Black series, Hitch, I Robot, Ali and The Pursuit of Happiness. He was nominated for 5 Golden Globes, 2 Academy Awards and has won 4 Grammy Awards.
2. Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby is an American actor, stand-up comedian, musician, and author. He was born on 12th of July 1937. From an early age he showed signs of clowning thereby he started acting in various plays right from High School. He enlisted in Navy in 1965 at Marine Corps and served as Hospital Corpsman for 4 years. He worked on several other small-time jobs after it, till he realized his knack for comedy and humor.
His breakthrough role was in The Tonight Show on NBC which landed him a contract with Warner Bros. Records. He released many comedy concert albums which received huge acclaim and made him famous. The album Bill Cosby: Himself is considered to be the greatest comedy concert film ever, it also ushered in a revolutionary era of comedy television shows. Alongside his comedy career he also started acting in various television series and movies such as I Spy, The Cosby Show, Ghost Dad, Jack, and The Meteor Man.
1. Tyler Perry
Tyler Perry is undoubtedly the richest black actor in the world. He is an actor, filmmaker, writer, comedian, and songwriter. He is renowned for creating strong female characters; the inspiration comes from his mother and sister who had endured many hardships during their life. He has written many successful plays and created several iconic characters most prominent among them being that of Madea in the 2006 movie Madea’s Family Reunion.
The movie was a commercial success and received multiple sequels over the course of several years. He has also been creator of many famous shows such as Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, Love Thy Neighbor, The Haves and the Have Nots, and For Better or Worse. He has also been in many movies such as Star Trek (2009), Alex Cross and Precious and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. His estimated net worth is upward of $600 million.
These black actors have proved that even in the dominantly white society it doesn’t matter if you are black. They have faced many hardships but have managed to become some of the biggest stars in the movie industry. They are not only talented but also an inspiration for all the aspiring artists in the world.