Can’t Knock The Hustle: Black Faces That Seemed To Be In Every Black Movie And Show Back In The Day

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July 9, 2013 ‐ By Clarke Gail Baines

Actors
Have you ever watched a black film or TV show and thought to yourself, “Dang! He/she stays in a movie!”? It’s not that they’re the greatest actors of all time, but these people were just very good at getting in where they could fit in for a check. Whether they’re playing an aunt, a mom, a dad, an ogled over love interest or a shady character, these people have had some type of role, big or small in most of the movies we’ve tuned in to over the years. I dare you to look at this list and say you don’t agree.

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  • Vanessa Sarges

    Jenifer Lewis is in so many films because she is just… awesome. Same with Samuel Jackson. And Richard Jones is gorgeous and a decent actor too.

  • original*ijs

    RIP bernic mac you are missed!!! i love samuel l jackson lol he is like your funny drunk uncle who says what the h3ll he wants lol love him

    • Dee

      Gator in the house – doing his Soul Train dances! And the McDowell’s robber in Coming to America – Who da HELL is you? Eff YU. I love me some SamU-EL!!!! Jackie Brown with that slick axx pony tail. That dude in Long Kiss Goodnight. Dutdadda dotdot: Got my keys in my right hand. Dutdadda dotdot. LOL.
      I miss Bernie though. I cried when he passed.

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  • Christian Sistah

    Clifton Powell is that DUDE!!! much respect is due to his acting abilities

    • VP22

      My son and I always do Clifton Powell sightings. It’s a running joke with us. I even saw him on the cover of a romance novel at the library. He is everywhere.

  • Kimberley246

    I love Samuel L Jackson but no hustler list [black or white] period could not be completed without Morgan Freeman he is the ultimate and a great actor

    • Kimberley246

      Now You See Me

      Oblivion

      Olympus Has Fallen

      The Dark Knight Rises

      Conan the Barbarian

      Red

      Invictus

      as Nelson Mandela

      The Dark Knight

      Wanted

      A Raisin in the Sun
      (TV movie)

      Narrator

      The Bucket List

      Gone Baby Gone

      Evan Almighty

      The Contract

      Lucky Number Slevin

      Edison

      War of the Worlds

      Batman Begins

      Slavery and the Making of America


      The Downward Spiral
      (2005)

      Narrator


      Liberty in the Air
      (2005)

      Narrator


      Seeds of Destruction
      (2005)

      Narrator


      The Challenge of Freedom
      (2005)

      Narrator

      Unleashed

      Million Dollar Baby

      Bruce Almighty

      Dreamcatcher
      Freedom: A History of Us
      (TV series documentary)

      Frederick Douglass

      /
      Ernest Green

      /
      Langston Hughes

      / …


      A Fatal Contradiction
      (2003)

      Frederick Douglass


      A War to End Slavery
      (2003)

      Frederick Douglass


      Becoming Free
      (2003)

      Langston Hughes


      Democracy and Struggles
      (2003)

      Thurgood Marshall


      Let Freedom Ring
      (2003)

      Ernest Green

      See all 6 episodes »

      The Sum of All Fears

      High Crimes

      Along Came a Spider

      Deep Impact

      Amistad

      Se7en

      Outbreak

      The Shawshank Redemption

      Unforgiven

      The Power of One

      Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

      The Bonfire of the Vanities

      1990

      The Civil War
      (TV mini-series documentary)

      Frederick Douglass


      The Better Angels of Our Nature (1865)
      (1990)

      Frederick Douglass
      (voice)


      War Is All Hell (1865)
      (1990)

      Frederick Douglass
      (voice)


      Most Hallowed Ground (1864)
      (1990)

      Frederick Douglass
      (voice)


      Valley of the Shadow of Death (1864)
      (1990)

      Frederick Douglass
      (voice)


      Simply Murder (1863)
      (1990)

      Frederick Douglass
      (voice)Glory

      Driving Miss Daisy

      Lean on Me

      The Twilight Zone

      Death of a Prophet

  • mlw1924

    btw rest in paradise bernie mac, chitown’s finest!!

  • mlw1924

    dnt forget jennifer lewis on girlfriends as toni childs mom. Tht women is hilarious..

  • ThaVoiceoftheVoiceless

    Damn, I miss seeing Bernie Mac on tv and in movies.

  • DaisyDuke

    One day scrolled through all of the movie channels on my digital cable, and of all of the movies that were on, at least 10 of them has Samuel L. Jackson in it. Not joking.

  • thatonegirl

    There was a time where I would count how many times Jennifer Lewis played someone’s mom, lol. I see I’m not the only one that noticed. My favorite is when she played Toni’s mom on Girlfriends.