African American Actors Then and Now

After happening apon a website that had created a “100 Actors Then and Now” list and perusing through it, the only African American person on it was Pam Grier at number 50. That’s when African American Movie Site decided to create the “African American Actors Then and Now” list. This list is for African American actors and we will follow this list up with African American actresses. So stay tuned.

Will Smith

Will Smith as the Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Will Smith as the Fresh Prince of Bel Air back in the early ’90s

Will Smith  now
Will Smith now

Wesley Snipes

Wesley Snipes "New Jack City" 1991
Wesley Snipes “New Jack City” 1991

Wesley Snipes 2015
Wesley Snipes now

Ving Rhames

ving rhames then
Ving Rhames then

Ving Rhames now
Ving Rhames now

Vin Diesel

Vin Diesel then
Vin Diesel then

Vin Diesel now according to some reports
Vin Diesel now according to some reports

Vin Diesel now according to Vin Diesel
Vin Diesel now according to Vin Diesel

Tyrese Gibson

Tyrese Gibson in a Coca Cola commercial early 1990's
Tyrese Gibson in a Coca Cola commercial early 1990’s

Tyrese Gibson now
Tyrese Gibson now

Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry then
Tyler Perry then

Tyler Perry now . . . We're just goofing around.
Tyler Perry now . . . we’re just goofing around.

Tyler Perry now
Tyler Perry now

Tracey Morgan

Tracey Morgan then
Tracey Morgan then

Tracey Morgan now . . . we're glad to see he's recovered from his accident
Tracey Morgan now . . . we’re glad to see he’s recovered from his accident

Terry Crews

Terry Crews during his days as a pro football player
Terry Crews during his days as a pro football player

Terry Crews now
Terry Crews now

Terrance Howard

Terrance Howard 1996 in the movie Sunset Park
Terrance Howard 1996 in the movie Sunset Park

Terrance Howard in Empire now
Terrance Howard in Empire now

Taye Diggs

Taye Diggs 1998
Taye Diggs 1998

Taye Diggs now
Taye Diggs now

Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier then
Sidney Poitier then

Sidney Poitier now
Sidney Poitier now

Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore then
Shemar Moore then

Shemar Moore now
Shemar Moore now

Sean Patrick Thomas

Sean Patrick Thomas in "Save the Last Dance" 2001
Sean Patrick Thomas in “Save the Last Dance” 2001

Sean Patrick Thomas now
Sean Patrick Thomas now

Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson in  "Jungle Fever" 1991
Samuel L. Jackson in “Jungle Fever” 1991

Samuel L. Jackson now
Samuel L. Jackson now

Richard Roundtree

Richard Roundtree in "Shaft" 1971
Richard Roundtree in “Shaft” 1971

Richard Roundtree now
Richard Roundtree now

Omari Hardwich

Omari Hardwick then
Omari Hardwick then

Omari Hardwich with his co-star on "Power" now
Omari Hardwich with his co-star on “Power” now

Omar Epps

Omar Epps in "Juice" 1992
Omar Epps in “Juice” 1992

Omar Epps now
Omar Epps now

Nick Cannon

Nick Cannon then
Nick Cannon then

Nick Cannon now
Nick Cannon now

Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman then
Morgan Freeman then

Morgan Freeman now
Morgan Freeman now

Michael Ealy

Michael Ealy then
Michael Ealy then

Michael Ealy now
Michael Ealy now

Martin Lawrence

Martin Lawrence then
Martin Lawrence then

Martin Lawrence now
Martin Lawrence now

Louis Gosset jr

Lou Gosset jr in "A Officer and a Gentlemen" 1982
Lou Gosset jr in “A Officer and a Gentlemen” 1982

Louis Gosset jr now
Louis Gosset jr now

LL Cool J

LL Cool J then
LL Cool J then

LL Cool J now
LL Cool J now

Lawrence Fishburne

Lawrence Fishburne in "Apocalypse Now" 1979
Lawrence Fishburne in “Apocalypse Now” 1979

Lawrence Fishburne now
Lawrence Fishburne now

Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart (on left) in "Paper Soldiers" 2002
Kevin Hart (on left) in “Paper Soldiers” 2002

Kevin Hart now
Kevin Hart now

Kadeem Hardison

Kadeem Hardison in "A Different World" then
Kadeem Hardison in “A Different World” then

Kadeem Hardison now
Kadeem Hardison now

Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx in "In Living Color" 1992
Jamie Foxx in “In Living Color” 1992

Jamie Foxx now
Jamie Foxx now

James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones om "Sesame Street" then
James Earl Jones on “Sesame Street” then

James Earl Jones now
James Earl Jones now

Idris Elba

Idris Elba then
Idris Elba then

Idris Elba now
Idris Elba now

Ice Cube

Ice Cube in "Boyz N The Hood" 1991
Ice Cube in “Boyz N The Hood” 1991

Ice Cube now with his son O' Shea Jackson jr on his right
Ice Cube now with his son O’ Shea Jackson jr on his right

Gary Dourdan

Gary Dourdan then
Gary Dourdan then

Gary Dourdan now
Gary Dourdan now

Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" 1982
Forest Whitaker in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” 1982

Forest Whitaker now
Forest Whitaker now

Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy in "Beverly Hills Cop" 1984
Eddie Murphy in “Beverly Hills Cop” 1984

Eddie Murphy now recording his Reggae album
Eddie Murphy now recording his Reggae album

Don Cheadle

Don Cheadle (far left) in  "Colors" 1988
Don Cheadle (far left) in “Colors” 1988

Don Cheadle now
Don Cheadle now

Djimon Hounsou

Djimon Hounsou as a Calvin Klein model then
Djimon Hounsou as a Calvin Klein model then

Djimon Hounsou now
Djimon Hounsou now

Derek Luke

Derek Luke in "Biker Boyz" 2003
Derek Luke in “Biker Boyz” 2003

Derek Luke now
Derek Luke now

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington in "Carbon Copy" 1981
Denzel Washington in “Carbon Copy” 1981

Denzel Washington now
Denzel Washington now

Dennis Haysbert

Dennis Haysbert in "Major League" 1997
Dennis Haysbert in “Major League” 1997

Dennis Haysbert now
Dennis Haysbert now

Danny Glover

Danny Glover in "The Color Purple" 1985
Danny Glover in “The Color Purple” 1985

Danny Glover now
Danny Glover now

Cuba Gooding jr

Cuba Gooding jr in "Boyz N The Hood" 1991
Cuba Gooding jr in “Boyz N The Hood” 1991

Cuba Gooding jr now
Cuba Gooding jr now

Chris Tucker

Chris Tucker then
Chris Tucker then

Chris Tucker now
Chris Tucker now

Chris Rock

Chris Rock in "CB4" 1993
Chris Rock in “CB4” 1993

Chris Rock now
Chris Rock now

Boris Kodjoe

Boris Kodjoe then
Boris Kodjoe then

Boris Kodjoe now
Boris Kodjoe now

Blair Underwood

Blair Underwood in "LA Law" 1997
Blair Underwood in “LA Law” 1997

Blair Underwood now
Blair Underwood now

Bill Duke

Bill Duke in "bird On A Wire" 1990
Bill Duke in “bird On A Wire” 1990

Bill Duke now
Bill Duke now

Anthony Mackie

Anthony Mackie then
Anthony Mackie then

Anthony Mackie now
Anthony Mackie now

Anthony Anderson

Anthony Anderson in "Hang Time" 1996
Anthony Anderson in “Hang Time” 1996

Anthony Anderson now in "Black-ish" after losing 46 pounds
Anthony Anderson now in “Black-ish” after losing 46 pounds

Morris Chestnut

Morris Chestnut then
Morris Chestnut then

Morris Chestnut now
Morris Chestnut now

Billy Dee Williams

Billy Dee Williams then
Billy Dee Williams then

Billy Dee Williams now
Billy Dee Williams now

Larenz Tate

Larenz Tate with Jada Pinkett-Smith then
Larenz Tate with Jada Pinkett-Smith then

Larenz Tate now
Larenz Tate now

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