Hollywood is a huge industry and considered one of the most progressives one. But the fact remains that it is not above the socio-political things that go around in the world. During early years of the industry in the 20th century, black actors were considerably less in number compared to the white actors. They were not given roles and even if they were it was a significantly insignificant one. It is recently in the last few decades that they have been getting lead roles and have played a very important role in the entertainment industry. Their contribution cannot and should not go unappreciated.
There have been many superb roles and performances by the black actors throughout the time in the history of Hollywood, all may not be included in the list but here is the list of top 16 greatest black actors ever.
16. Mahershala Ali
Relatively a newcomer in the industry, Mahershala Ali has earned his name in the industry in the last decade. His first major release was David Fincher’s ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ (2008). Since then, he has played significant roles in movies like the ‘Hunger Games’, ‘Predators’, ‘Hidden Figures’ and ‘Moonlight’. He received an Academy award for the best supporting actor for his role in ‘Moonlight’ (2016) and also got several nominations for this role in different awards like BAFTA and Golden Globes. He played an important supporting role in Netflix’s ‘House of Cards’ and was the main antagonist in ‘Marvels Luke Cage’ TV series.