The Hollywood Industry has many promising young, black male actors under 40. Many of whom are fast-rising and doing excellently well in the largest movie industry in the world. In this article, we will examine the 5 best black male actors under 40 in the movie scene.
5 best black male actors under 40
Donald McKinley Glover was born in 1983, and this places him at a current age of 37. Donald became prominent through a series of roles in various television roles and movies. He wrote for the hit sitcom “30 Rock” and played the role of “Troy Barnes” in Community, both owned by NBC. He has since been featured in other movies like The Lazarus Effect, Magic Mike XXL, The Lion King, and Atlanta.
The actor won some awards for his work in Atlanta, including the Primetime Emmy awards for outstanding directing in a comedy series, which he happens to be the first black person to win.
Donald has an equally successful music career under the name “Childish Gambino”, and after multiple Grammy and Emmy awards, his net worth currently sits at $35 Million.
Michael B. Jordan
Michael Bakari Jordan is a Black American actor, a director, and a producer. The 33-year-old was born in 1973 and has carved a niche for himself in the Hollywood Industry since he began his acting career in 1999.
His first leading role was as “Oscar Grant” in the movie Fruitvale Station, and since then, Michael B. Jordan has starred in popular films like the Fantastic Four, Chronicle, Black Panther, and Creed.
The actor currently has a net worth of $25 Million and has several awards to his name in the movie industry. Some of them are the BET award for Best Actor (2016, 2019, and 2020) and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, which he won for his role in the movies; Just Mercy and Creed.
Kaluuya is another British actor and writer below 40, who continues to make his mark in the Hollywood movie industry. Born in 1989 and at the current age of 31 years, Daniel started his acting career as a teenager in improvisational theatre.
Since starting his acting career in 2006, Daniel has featured in popular movies including the series, Skins, The Fades, Black Mirror, Kickass 2, Sicario, Get Out, Black Panther, and the heist film, Widows. He is best known for his role in “Get Out”, which earned him several nominations and won him the African American Film Critics association Best Actor (2017) award.
He also won the British Academy Film Rising Star award and the Evening Stand award for Outstanding Newcomer (2010) for his role in Sucker Punch.
Daniel Kaluuya’s net worth currently sits at an estimated $15 Million.
If you have watched The Black Panther, then you would know the Tobagonian-American actor who played the role of “M’baku.”
Winston Duke was born in 1986 and is currently 34 years old. Since he came on to the acting scene in 2014, Duke has also starred in Avengers; Infinity War, and the Avengers; Endgame. He featured alongside Lupita Nyong’o in Jordan Peele’s horror movie titled “The US” and recently, with Mark Wahlberg in Netflix Thriller, Spenser Confidential.
Duke has been nominated for a couple of awards, some of which he has emerged as the winner. He won the Screen actors Guild awards (2019) for his role in the Black Panther and the Excellence in Acting Award at the Denver International Film Festival for his role in a recent movie, Nine Days. His net worth currently sits at an estimated figure of $7 Million.
Nigerian-American John Bamidele Adegboyega, popularly known as John Boyega is indeed one of the most talented and fast-rising black male actors under 40.
Born in 1992 in Peckham London, the 28-year-old stepped into the international limelight with his role as “Finn” in the Star Wars sequel trilogy films. But Boyega had risen into prominence in his native Britain for the role of “Moses” which he played in the comedy sci-fi, Attack the Block.
John Boyega’s net worth currently ranks at $6 Million, and so far, he has raked in the BAFTA rising star award (2016) and the Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer for his role in Star Wars, also in 2016.
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While there are a lot more also making waves in their various capacities, these black male actors under 40 are definitely a delight to watch and seem to have a promising, bright future ahead in their career.