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Incredible African American Celebrities Of Hollywood

Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman: The heavy command Voice, over an excellent personality, Morgan Freeman is one of the legends and iconic actors of Hollywood. He was born in June 1937 in Memphis. He served as a mechanic from 1955-1959 in US air force. His first appearance was in all African American production of the exuberant musical Hello, Dolly! Throughout 1970’s he worked as a stage artist, winning drama desk and Clarence Derwent awards and receiving a tony award nomination for his performance in the Mighty Gents in 1978.

He won 2 Obie awards for portraying Shakespearean-anti hero Coriolanus at the New York Shakespeare Festival. Won 3rd Obie in 1984 and his 4th Obie in 1990 by playing Hoke Coleburn in Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize winning play Driving Miss Daisy. His first appearance on TV was in 1971 playing several characters including: Easy Reader” “Count Dracula” and others. Gained even much more popularity after portraying Malcolm X‘s biography film, “Death of a Prophet”.

Freeman continued to contribute decent enough performances in films that were inconsistent in their quality. However, he really stood out, scoring an Oscar nomination as a merciless hoodlum in Street Smart (1987) and, then, he dazzled audiences and pulled a second Oscar nomination in the film version of Driving Miss Daisy (1989) opposite Jessica Tand. In 2009, he reunited with Eastwood to star in the director’s true-life drama Invictus (2009), on which Freeman also served as an executive producer. For his portrayal of Nelson Mandela in the film, Freeman garnered Oscar, Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Award nominations, and won the National Board of Review Award for Best Actor.

Recently, Freeman appeared in RED (2010), a surprise box-office hit; he narrated the Conan the Barbarian (2011) remake, starred in Rob Reiner’s The Magic of Belle Isle (2012); and capped the Batman trilogy with The Dark Knight Rises (2012). Freeman has worked several films that are recently released including the thriller Now You See Me (2013), under the direction of Louis Leterrier, and the science fiction Oblivion (2013), in which he stars with Tom Cruise.

Roles in Tent Poles and Indies followed; highlights include his role as a crime boss in Lucky Number Slevin (2006), a second go-round as God in Evan Almighty (2007) with Steve Carrel taking over for Jim Carrey, and a supporting role in Ben Affleck’s directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone (2007). He co-starred with Jack Nicholson in the breakout hit The Bucket List (2007) in 2007, and followed that up with another box-office success, Wanted (2008), then segued into the second Batman film, The Dark Knight (2008).

Eddie_Murphy

Eddie Murphy:

Edward Regan Murphy was born on April 3, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York. His father Charles Edward Murphy was a transit police officer who was an amateur comedian and actor. Murphy got his comic skills from his father. He was a bright kid grown up in New York, spent a huge amount of time on impressions and standup comedy routines rather than academics. His sense of humor made him stand out from the average kids at High school. Till the age of 15 Murphy worked as a standup comedian on the lower areas of New York, entertaining audiences with his dead –on impressions of celebrities and out looks on life.

At the age of 19, in early 80’s Murphy was offered a contract for the not-ready for prime time players of Saturday night live in 1975, his first feature was 48hrs co staring Nick Nolte. The very next year, Murphy gave another hit, co staring John Landis, who later became a frequent collaborator with Murphy in Coming to America in 1988. The film won the hearts of audience and critics and was announced a known and talented celebrity all across the globe. . Murphy’s performance as a young Detroit cop in pursuit of his friend’s murderers earned him a third consecutive Golden Globe nomination. On top of his game, Murphy was unfazed by his success, that is until his box office appeal and choices in scripts resulted into a spotty mix of hits and misses into the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Murphy was married to ‘Nicole Mitchell Murphy’ from 1993 to 2006 and has 8 children.

Movies include: The Golden Child, Beverly Hill cop II, Coming to America, Dr Doolittle, Harlem’s Night, Another 48hrs, Boomerang, and the most appreciated film of all time The Nutty professor, Shrek and many more.

 Danny Glover

Danny Glover: For more than 25 years, actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover have his commanding presence on television. Glover was born in San Francisco, California, to Carrie (Hunley) and James Glover, postal workers who were also active in civil rights.

Glover was trained at the Black Actor’s workshop of the American Conservatory Theater, His first Broadway debut in Fugard’s Master Harold and the boys, which brought him to national Recognition and led Director Robert Benton to cast Glover in his first venture and a leading role and had a best picture nomination. The following year, Glover starred in two more Best Picture nominees: Peter Weir’s Witness and Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple. In 1987, Glover partnered with Mel Gibson in the first Lethal Weapon film and went on to star in three hugely successful Lethal Weapon sequels. Glover has also invested his talents in more personal projects, , including the award-winning To Sleep With Anger, which he executive produced and for which he won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor; Bopha!; Manderlay; Missing in America; and the film version of Athol Fugard’s play Boesman and Lena. Glover won an Image Award and a Cable ACE Award and earned an Emmy nomination for his performance in the title role of the HBO movie Mandela. He has also received Emmy nominations for his work in the acclaimed miniseries Lonesome Dove and the telefilm Freedom Song. As a director, he earned a Daytime Emmy nomination for Showtime’s Just a Dream.

Glover gained respect for his act of activism and philanthropic efforts with a prominent emphasis on advocacy for economic justice and have an access to health care and education programs in US and Africa. Glover has served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program from 1998-2004, focusing on issues of poverty, disease, and economic development in Africa.

Sammy Davis Jr: Sammy Davis Jr. was often billed as the “greatest living entertainer in the world”.

Born in Harlem, Manhattan, a son of Dancer Elvera Davis and Vaudeville star Sammy Davis Sr. His Father was an African American as his mother was from a Puerto Rican ancestry. He was multi-talented, who could do almost any ting regarding the show business that would be, sing, dance, play instruments, act, do stand up and was also known for his ‘Self Deprecating Humor’.

His eyes were opened in the army, where he was treated badly and rudely from white soldiers and being black was his biggest disadvantage. It led him to do dirtiest jobs and often got beaten by them as he was BLACK. He helped break down racial barriers in show business in the 1950s and 1960s, especially in Las Vegas, where he often performed; when he started there in the early 1950s, he was not allowed to stay in the hotels he played in, as they refused to take blacks as customers. He also stirred up a large amount of controversy in the 1960s by openly dating, and ultimately marrying, blonde, blue-eyed, Swedish-born actress May Britt.

He starred in the Broadway Musical “Golden Boy” in the 1960’s. He died of throat cancer at the age of 64.

 

Will-Smith

Will Smith: Willard Carroll Smith, Jr. was born in West Philadelphia, to Willard Carroll Smith Sr, who owned a refrigeration company, a bright high school kid was started to be called as price, because of his charming personality who gets him out of trouble very easily. Pursuing his career in Music he met Jeffery A. Townes at a party and then they soon started performing together as DJ. Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince. After gaining much popularity, Will started spending his fortune on his house, cars, jewelry, etc which led him to his almost bankruptcy in his early twenties.

Pursuing music, he met Jeffrey A. Townes at a party and they soon began performing together as “D.J. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince”. When the duo took off in popularity, Smith made and spent a lot of money on a house, cars and jewelry, leading to his near-bankruptcy in his early twenties.

Will made his debut in 1989 when he met Benny Medina, who shared his idea for a sitcom based on his life in Beverly Hills. Smith appreciated the idea and the content and NBC. Will played himself , a street smart west Philly kid integrated to Beverly Hills, the series lasted for 6 years and during that time , he ventured in many other blockbuster movies, named “ Six Degrees of Separation “, Bad Boys, Independence day, Pursuit of happiness, Seven Pounds and many more .

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