A gap between the teeth (diastema) is a sign of beauty. In Hollywood, actors with gapped teeth are common, and they embrace their dental imperfections with confidence and pride.
While the gap can be between the molars and incisors, most people have gaps in the front incisors.
But what causes the gap between the teeth?
Well, it can occur when the tissue connecting the gum to the lip is more extensive than usual, an extra tooth growing behind the front teeth, gum diseases, angled forward teeth, or the upper jaw growing quicker than the lower jaw.
Whatever the cause, we must admit that the gap in the teeth is a sign of uniqueness and character, especially among our beloved black actors.
Without further ado, let’s unveil the top 10 black actors with gapped teeth below:
1. Eddie Murphy
Edward Regan Murphy is one of the most successful black actors in Hollywood. He is famous for his versatile roles, charismatic personality, hilarious impression, and gapped teeth.
He has featured in countless movies, including The Golden Child, Coming to America, and The Nutty Professor. His gap isn’t just an imperfection but something he has embraced as part of him.
2. Anthony Anderson
Anthony Anderson is an American actor, game show host, and comedian. He featured in Blackish, The Departed and Me, Hoodwinked, Myself, and Irene, to name a few.
Apart from acting, Anderson hosts the Fox Game show, We Are Family and is a regular judge on Iron Chef America, a food network.
One thing that distinguishes Anthony from the rest is the gap between his teeth, which he is proud of and is a trademark of his identity.
3. Laurence Fishburne
Laurence John Fishburne III is a director, producer, and actor known for his roles in The Matrix Trilogy, Furious, and What’s Love Got to Do with It.
Laurence has also appeared in countless television shows and has won several nominations and awards, all thanks to his hard work. He has a gap between his teeth and smiles often to showcase it.
4. Samuel L Jackson
Samuel Leroy Jackson is another famous actor and film producer with gapped teeth.
Samuel has appeared in over 100 films like Star Wars, Vengeance, Die Hard, and Pulp Fiction, showing his talent and height in acting.
He is known for his charismatic presence, distinctive voice, and the natural gap between his teeth.
5. Michael Strahan
The former footballer, Television personality, and actor featured in Ice Age, Charlie’s Angels, and many more has a signature smile that he calls his gap power and isn’t ashamed of his gapped teeth.
As he says, he doesn’t want to be perfect, and the gap is here to stay, and that’s behind the reason he has confidently embraced his gapped teeth.
In April 2021, he had fooled many into thinking that he had fixed his teeth and that the gap was gone. He got mixed reactions but later said it was Fool’s Day, and he had no intentions of fixing his gap.
6. 50 Cent
Curtis James Jackson III, popularly known as 50 Cent, is an American rapper, businessman, producer, and actor who has won several awards.
He has appeared in the semi-autographical films Get Rich or Die Tryin, Home of the Brave, and Righteous Kill, among others.
His teeth were way apart when he rose to fame, but he fixed them, ensuring that his gap would remain physical, indicating how much he loved his gapped teeth.
7. Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman is a legendary American actor, director, and an incredible narrator known for his deep, distinctive voice and gapped teeth.
He has featured explicitly in roles not meant for black actors and thrived well. He has won several awards and acted in numerous films like Glory, Leon on Me, and Unforgiven, to name a few.
8. Keith David
Keith David is an American actor known for his screen presence and deep voice. He has featured in over 300 television, interactive media, and film industry roles.
David has starred in numerous films such as The Thing, Platoon, They Live, Dead Presidents, and Armageddon, to name a few.
Besides his countless achievements, Keith has a gap in his front teeth that he showcases with his beautiful smile.
Having the blessing of a deep voice, he has also voiced in several films like The Prince and The Frog, among others.
9. Anthony Mackie
Anthony Dwane Mackie is an American actor who made his film debut starring in The 8 Mile, a semi-biographical drama. Later, he was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award as the Best Actor for his leading role in the LGBT drama Brother to Brother 2004.
In the same year (2004), Mackie appeared in The Manchurian Universe and, most recently, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier in 2021.
Mackie doesn’t stop there! He will lead his film Captain America: Brave New World in 2024, which we are all looking forward to.
But why all these achievements? He is a sensational actor who doesn’t let his gapped teeth hinder him from achieving anything he wishes.
10. Tone Bell
Michael Anthony Bell II, professionally known as Tone Bell, is an American actor and stand-up comedian.
Tone has appeared in several TV shows, including Single Ladies, Love You, Mind of a Man, and Mean It with Whitney Cummings.
Apart from that, Bell hosts the Netflix reality show Drink Masters, and he stars as Khalil in the comedy series. In the film, he starred in Survival of the Thickest, among others.
Bell is not only a funny comedian and a sensational actor, but his tooth gap has made him bag outstanding achievements. He does not shy from it but embraces it as part of his identity without plans of closing it.
There is nothing to be ashamed of if you have gapped teeth. Above are ten top-notch black actors who have confidently embraced their gapped teeth. It signifies their natural beauty and resilience, which they are proud of.