Hollywood’s Highest Paid Black Male Actors: Foxx, Smith & More

July 1, 2011  |  

In recent years it seems that Hollywood has finally started to recognize not just the amazing talent of some of today’s top Black actors, but also their bank-ability at the box office. Black male leads have started to command big bucks in the entertainment industry, and it looks as if they will only become more powerful as mainstream audiences continue showing them big love. These heavy hitters are starring in some of the silver screen’s hottest blockbusters, grabbing the most desired roles, and flexing their talents all the way to the bank. Check out the industry’s highest paid Black leading men, who are lighting up Tinseltown while happily stuffing their pockets.


The All-Round Entertainer: Jamie Foxx
This triple-threat has been on the entertainment scene for over 20 years, starting off his career as a comedian on TV shows like “Roc” and “In Living Color” in the early ’90s. Since then, Foxx has starred in several films and become a box office success, solidifying his A-List status with his 2004 Academy Award win for the lead in “Ray.” Foxx is now a strong Hollywood contender, gaining impressive salaries like the $10 million pay out he snagged for 2006’s “Miami Vice.” Jamie has also recently beat out actors Will Smith, Idris Elba, and Chris Tucker to win the coveted lead role of ‘Django’ in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Western flick, “Django Unchained.” To top it all off, this top black male actor is also an accomplished R&B singer. Foxx is worth an estimated $80 million — definitely something to sing about.

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  • Ms Unique

    I think they all deserve every bit of it! They are all wonderful actors & entertain us all! Bravo!!!! Keep doin’ it big brothas!

  • Well earned, guys!

  • Ebony

    Don Cheadle IS a fabulous actor, right up there with Denzel; so why is he not paid more money?

  • MzGoodBadGirl

    And jamie didnt beat out will smith for that role. quentin asked will and he said NO. Get you all facts straight

  • SallyinCHicago

    I doubt very much that Cuba Gooding Jr. is worth the money you state. He hasn't appeared in anything worthwhile for years.

  • Lisa

    GREAT Article!!

  • ragg

    No way Snipes net worth is just a million…

  • I love, love this list! Even though he is number 12, I'm glad Wesley is on there. I think in a few years Tyrese Gibson will be on this list too. He's steadily been working and I respect that guy. He's no Don Cheadle or Denzel, but he's consistent, and I like that. I'm really sad Don got paid only $1mil for Iron Man, thats daylight robbery, seriously, and its disrespectful. I know Robert D is the lead, but how can Robert make $15mil and Don makes $1 mil? Come on now. Maybe that's why Terence Howard got canned from the movie. Marvel is really stingy and disrespectful of black actors. Hey, why isn't Terence Howard on this list???