Black Actors and Actresses of the 1980s
Several Black actors and actresses gained national recognition when they starred in a variety of dramas and sitcoms during the 80s. Do you know them?
1. Actress Holly Robinson-Peete played "Judy Hoffs" in this late 80s/early 90s television drama about agroup of undercover police officers.
"21 Jump Street"
2. This Black actress played a housekeeper and surrogate mother to her best friends' police chief husband and his three daughters in “Gimme A Break”
Vanessa Bell Calloway
3. Starring in "A-Team", his trademark mohawk hairstyle and numerous gold neck-chains made him a household name:
Michael Clarke Duncan
4. Jester Hairston played "Rolly Forbes" in this comedy series about the deacon of a church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
"Touched By An Angel"
"Highway to Heaven"
5. The iconic comedy series "A Different World" allowed Kadeem Hardison to make flip-up sunglasses and this character, famous:
6. Roger E. Mosley starred alongside Tom Selleck in this 80s hit about a self-employed private investigator who also worked for a wealthy author:
"War of the Worlds"
"Murder She Wrote"
7. Before his roles in “Sex in the City” and "Dirty Sexy Money", this 80s heart-throb gained national recognition in this law drama:
Blair Underwood - "LA Law"
Malik Yoba - "New York Undercover"
Don Cheadle - "Hill Street Blues"
Carl Weathers - ""Tour of Duty"
8. She's played Adele Webber in "Grey's Anatomy", but starred as "Stevie" in "A Different World" during the late 80s:
Anna Maria Horsford
9. This high-flying actor starred in “Fame”, a series about the faculty and the students at the New York City High School for the Performing Arts.
Gene Anthony Ray
10. This actor's real name and television name, “Webster” - often became interchangeable after he starred as an orphan to a retired football player:
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