Film/TV

Black actors, directors, producers, and writers within the industry.

Actor Ron Glass born


Ron Glass

*Ron Glass was born on this date in 1945. He was an African American actor.

Ken Sibanda born


Ken Sibanda

*Ken Sibanda was born on this date in 1975. He is an African American constitutional attorney, writer and film director.

Actor Ben Powers born


Ben Powers

*Ben Powers born on this date in 1949. He was an African American actor.

Melvin Van Peebles born


Melvin Van Peebles

*Melvin Van Peebles was born on this date in 1932. He is an African American artist, author, film actor, director and producer.

Actor Lou Myers born


Lou Myers

*Lou Myers was born on this date in 1935. He was an African American actor.

Lou Leabengula Myers was born in Chesapeake, West Virginia, the son of Dorothy Jeffries Brown. Myers guest starred on a variety of TV shows, from "NYPD Blue" to "Touched by an Angel," but he was best known for his five-season stint on the "Cosby Show" spinoff as Vernon Gaines, owner of The Pit and curmudgeonly father figure to the students of Hillman College where he played restaurant owner Mr. Gaines on "A Different World."

Actor Don Mitchell born


Don Mitchell

*Don Mitchell was born on this date in 1943. He was an African American actor.

Robert Chew, actor of Urban America


Robert Chew

*Robert F. Chew was born on this date in 1960. He was an African American actor and acting coach.

From Baltimore, Maryland, he graduated from Patterson Park High School and then studied music at Morgan State University. Chew acted in plays all over the country and taught young actors for many years. Known best for playing drug kingpin Proposition Joe on the HBO crime saga “The Wire,” Chew also appeared on "Homicide" and "The Corner," as well as teaching and mentoring young actors at Baltimore's Arena Players Youth Theatre.

Edna Mae Harris born


Edna Mae Harris

*Edna Mae Harris was born on this date in 1914. She was an African American actress.

Harris was born in Harlem, New York, to Sam and Mary Harris. Her father was a boxer and customs inspector and her mother worked as a maid for gay 90s pin-up Lillian Russell. Harris’ family was among the first African American families to migrate to Harlem. They settled near the Lafayette Theater. After the relocation, Harris was encouraged to pursue a career in show business by performers Ethel Waters and Maud Russell who frequently dined at the Harris household.

Filmmaker Haile Gerima born


Halle Gerima

*Haile Gerima was born on this date in 1946. He is an Ethiopian American filmmaker.

Born in Gondor, Ethiopia in 1946, Gerima is the fourth child of ten children. His father was a writer and his mother a teacher. As a youth Gerima performed in his father's theater troupe, which presented original and often historical drama, always submersed in the genuine culture of Ethiopia.   Gerima came to the U.S. in 1967 to study at the Goodman School of Drama. He slowly realized that "with cinema I could control many more things than n the theatre."

TV Exe. Dennis Johnson born


Dennis Johnson

*Dennis Johnson was born this date in 1945. He was an African American Television producer and director.

From Kenbridge, Va., and attended Temple University and UCLA. While studying at UCLA in the 1970s, Johnson began working at NBC as a page, for the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. He then climbed the production ladder as an associate producer before moving into the programming department.