Checking out our list, we guarantee that you will be intrigued and enthralled by the amount of diverse talent we have placed before you. From drama, to romance to comedies, these men can handle it all, and then some. Whether you are on the lookout for the next ‘big thing’ in talent, or wish to check out what’s happening, our list is sure to please fans everywhere.
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Check out our list of the top 10 best and most absolutely finest black actors for 2017!
10. Nathan Owens
In 2014 Nathan Owens was involved in one of the most important campaigns, the NOH8 campaign, where he and his cast mates from Day’s of Our Lives, banded together to try to make a dent in the hatred of the world. Nathan Owens was born on March 9, 1984 in San Francisco California and has worked as a model and actor. He is most famous for his roles in the soap opera, “Days of Our Lives” and television series “Devious Maids”. His hobbies include hiking, sports and playing the guitar. In 2011 he produced the short film “Silence Isn’t All That I Am” and 2013 Played Chris in the film “The Audition”.
9. Morris Chestnut
Morris Chestnut found his fame with the 1991 film, “Boyz in the Hood”, written and directed by John Singleton and starring Ice Cube and Cuba Gooding, Jr. Born Morris Lamont Chestnut, Jr. on January 1, 1969 in Cerritos, California, Morris has enjoyed a variety of entertainment projects, including playing the role of pathologist Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr. in the Fox TV series, “Rosewood”. Morris is a versatile performer his film roster includes such films as: G.I. Jane (1997), “The Best Man” (1999). Morris believes it is important to be seen as an actor who knows his craft well, “I’m getting to the point where they see me as a good actor, rather than just a good guy who can act”. He also stated that he was not “going to take my shirt off in every movie”. Serious about his craft, and dedicated to his roles, Morris continues to increase his fan base and integrity as an actor.
8. Damon Wayans, Jr.
According IMDB, Daman states that he was always the class clown, and often found himself getting tossed out of class for disturbing the other classmates. Damon Kyle Wayans, Jr. was born on November 18, 1982 in Huntington, Virginia, U.S.A. and works primarily as an actor and stand up comic. He is a member of the very talented Wayans family, and the son of actor, Damon Wayans. Damon’s first taste of acting for the big screen was in his father’s production of “Blankman”. He is most famous for his role as Brad Williams in the series, “Happy Endings”, and “New Girl”. His latest film was “How To Be Single” (2016), playing the character David Stone. In between acting gigs, Damon enjoys doing stand up in comedy clubs throughout the U.S.
7. Terrence J
Television personality, author, model and actor, Terrance J, was born Terrence Jenkins on April 21, 1982 in Queens, New York. Terrence received his degree in communications from North Carolina’s A & T State University in 2004. He worked as a host for BET’s music video countdown show, “106 & Park” which lasted from 2006 to 2012. After which he co-anchored the show, “E! News” from 2012 to 2015. His filmography includes 2007’s “Stomp the Yard, Stomp the Yard: Homecoming”, and the film “Burlesque” with Cher and Christina Aguilera. Outside of entertainment he is involved in the McDonald’s “African American Future Achievers Scholarship Campaign.
6. Luke James
Luke James is an American singer/songwriter, rapper, actor who garnered a Grammy nomination for his song, “I Want You” in 2012, as well as composing songs for other artists such as Britney spears and Justin Bieber. His music genres include Alternative R & B, soul, funk, experimental, electronic, and blues. He is an accomplished musician and vocalist and expresses himself via the piano, keyboards, guitar and sax. His first album, “Luke James” was released on September 23, 2014. Luke confidently held his own starring as R & B singer, Johnny Gill in BET’s “The New Edition Story”. He won the Soul Train Music Awards Centric Award in 2013, and starred in the film “Black Nativity” as Jo Jo in 2013.
5. Jay Ellis
Jay Ellis into a military family, and spent much of his youth traveling. He graduated from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon with a Suma Cum Laude, and proceeded to head toward Hollywood to seek fame and fortune in the entertainment industry. His first major role was in the BET show, “The Game”, then was involved in “Masters of Sex, Grace and Frankie”, “How I Met Your Mother”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, and “NCIS”. As an added bit of trivia, he modeled for Air Jordan, The Gap and Abercrombie & Fitch, and was president of the student body government in college.
4. Michael B. Johnson
Michael Bakari Jordan was born on February 9, 1987 in Santa Ana, California, and is an award winning actor in film, television and video games. In 1999 Jordan began his film career in 2001 playing opposite the multi talented Keanu Reeves in the film, “Hardball” as Jamal. His career portfolio includes playing Reggie Porter Montgomery in “All My Children” from 2003 to 2006, episodes of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, “Cold Case”, “Bones”, and “House” among others. He is the recipient of various awards, such as 2013 Gotham Awards Breakthrough Actor, 2013 Satellite Awards Breakthrough Award Performance, 2015 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture. He is currently filming the film “Black Panther” as Erik Killmonger.
3. Taye Diggs
Taye Diggs is an American actor and singer from Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A. His mother was a teacher and actress, and his father an artist. Growing up, he was encouraged to explore his creative side, was a performer at Busch Gardens, Virginia, and later attended Syracuse University, earning a BFA in musical theater. He was married to vocalist Idina Menzel and has one child. One of his most early and memorable roles was as Winston Shakespeare in the 1998 film, “How Stella Got Her Groove Back”. He is currently working on the children’s film, “My Little Pony: The Movie”, voicing a character in the film.
2. Idris Elba
Idrissa Akuna Elba was born on September 6, 1972 in Hackney, London, England and currently resides in Los Angeles, California. Idris is an accomplished actor, musician and DJ. At the age of 19, he worked the night clubs as DJ Big Driis. In his early 20’s he began his journey into the film and television world by auditioning for small roles. Early roles included parts in the 1997 soap opera “Family Affairs” and television series, “Ultraviolet” in 1998. His breakout role came with the HBO series “The Wire” in 2002 where he played a drug baron, Russell “Stringer” Bell. His film roster includes 2007’s “American Gangster”, 2012’s “Prometheus” and 2013’s “Pacific Rim”. He also played SFC “Truck” in the 2011 video game, “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3”.
February, 2017 the highly anticipated sequel, to “John Wick” is back, in “John Wick: Chapter 2”, starring Keanu Reeves and Common. Born Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr. on March 13, 1972 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., Common is a multi talented vocalist, rapper, actor, author and film producer. His preferred musical style is hip hop. During the early 2000’s, Common made appearances in a variety of sitcoms and television series such as “Girlfriends”, “One on One” and “Scrubs”. His film debut was as Sir Ivy in “Mob Enforcer”, and “American Gangster” starring opposite Russell Crowe. Common is a die hard fan of the Chicago bulls and Bears.
When the smoke clears, when its all said and done, you are left with some of the hottest talent on the planet. Suave, sophisticated, and sometimes sassy, the men on our list exhibit the best in work ethics and devotion to their craft of acting.