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Black actors that can pass for white

Inspired by the Is Wentworth Miller Black? thread.

Jennifer Beals

Kyle T. Heffner (also on "Flashdance" as Ritchie)

Wentworth Miller

Aaron Lohr ("Newsies", the Monkees TV movie as Mickey Dolenz)

Any others?

by Anonymousreply 14908/20/2014

Grace Kelly.

by Anonymousreply 210/04/2012

Carol Channing

by Anonymousreply 310/04/2012

Gabourey Sidibe

by Anonymousreply 410/04/2012

Michelle Obama.

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by Anonymousreply 810/04/2012

Oh dear!!!!!

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by Anonymousreply 1310/04/2012

Mariah Carey

by Anonymousreply 1410/04/2012

Nicole Brown Simpson.

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by Anonymousreply 1710/04/2012

We have a Passing for White Troll on datalounge. He is the same one who wanted to know about white actors with yellowish skin.

by Anonymousreply 1810/04/2012

Melissa Gorga (Real Housewives of New Jersey). Look at an old photo of her before she straightened her hair at link.

by Anonymousreply 2010/04/2012

Coby Bell

Stacey Dash

by Anonymousreply 2110/04/2012

Dinah Shore

by Anonymousreply 2210/04/2012

This actress that is on "Revenge".

by Anonymousreply 2310/04/2012

Prince Film - 'Under The Cherry Moon'

by Anonymousreply 2410/04/2012

Stacey Dash couldn't pass for white, but she's definitely mixed.

by Anonymousreply 2510/04/2012

Gosh, that young Pitt pic at R16 looks like the cover of a Chi Chi LaRue film.

by Anonymousreply 2610/04/2012

Goodness - most of the folks on this thread can pass for biracial (which they are) or latina, but definitely not white. However, Meghan Markle is a really good one. Also, I thought Jennifer Beals was Italian during her Flashdance days.

by Anonymousreply 2710/04/2012

Some of you are reaching.

No to Paula Patton and Rashida Jones.

Ashley Madekwe can't pass for white either.

by Anonymousreply 2810/04/2012

To add No to Coby Bell. You can tell he's definitely not white.

by Anonymousreply 2910/04/2012

Actually, R28, Rashida really could pass for white.

by Anonymousreply 3010/04/2012

Aaron Lohr as Mickey Dolenz in "Daydream Believer"

by Anonymousreply 3110/04/2012

Kyle Heffner? No way. He looks Italian!

by Anonymousreply 3210/04/2012

Don't you mean "blactors"?

by Anonymousreply 3410/04/2012

It must be awful to be R33.

by Anonymousreply 3510/04/2012

Isn't Italian white?

by Anonymousreply 3610/04/2012

Here is an example of Black People who could pass as white, not including the adult male.

by Anonymousreply 3710/04/2012


Enough said.

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by Anonymousreply 4010/04/2012

Actually, R37, the adult male could too.

by Anonymousreply 4110/04/2012

GREAT example R37. Victoria Rowell's daughter (on the left at link) is another example.

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by Anonymousreply 4310/04/2012

Not an actor per se, but Cash Warren (Jessica Alba's husband) could pass for white.

by Anonymousreply 4410/04/2012

Oops wrong link. Here's Victoria Rowell with daughter.

by Anonymousreply 4510/04/2012

I used to think Slash was totally white too. The hair was the one thing that lead me to believe otherwise.

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by Anonymousreply 4810/04/2012

I went to Northwestern with Kyle Heffner. if he is black, it was not common knowledge among the theatre folk there at the time ( there were few black theatre majors there then, so it would likely have been noted).

by Anonymousreply 4910/04/2012

Ugh - catching hell trying to paste that link. Just google it lol.

by Anonymousreply 5010/04/2012

None of those people are "black", they're bi- or multi-racial.

Would you call Jennifer Tilly or Keaunu Reeves "Asian"? Of course not. They're bi-racial.

by Anonymousreply 5110/04/2012

Tai Babilonia and son.

by Anonymousreply 5210/04/2012

Channing Tatum

by Anonymousreply 5310/04/2012

R51, didn't you get the memo? Obama is black u racist.

by Anonymousreply 5410/04/2012

[quote]I went to Northwestern with Kyle Heffner. if he is black, it was not common knowledge among the theatre folk there at the time ( there were few black theatre majors there then, so it would likely have been noted).

The reason I know is because he did an episode of, I believe it was Sally Jesse Raphael, back in the day, where the entire panel were people who are black but look white.

by Anonymousreply 5510/04/2012

Thanks, R51.

by Anonymousreply 5710/04/2012

R52, Tai is my cousin on my dad's side.

Just sharing.

by Anonymousreply 5810/04/2012

If you "look white" you likely are.

At least in part.

by Anonymousreply 5910/04/2012

What about Justin Guarini?

by Anonymousreply 6010/04/2012

R51, Most the Black women claim that their child or grandchildren is black and were raised identifying as black.

by Anonymousreply 6110/04/2012

Mikey Rourke

by Anonymousreply 6210/04/2012

Victoria Rowell's daughter Maya Fahey

by Anonymousreply 6310/04/2012

My Cuban-born mother is wonderful on this topic. This woman who didn't teach her children Spanish did teach us pride.

"Don't let them tell you you're not black," she tells me. "Don't let them tell you you're not Hispanic or not Cuban." And I don't. The fact that I work for CNN has fostered my commitment to telling great stories about people of color.

Soledad O'Brien explores Latino experience, mixed-race heritage.

by Anonymousreply 6410/04/2012

[quote]Mikey Rourke

Mikey? Is he Mickey's brother?

by Anonymousreply 6510/04/2012

President Obama is bi-racial. Is it wrong to call him black?

by Anonymousreply 6610/04/2012

I knew a girl who went to the prom with Soledad's brother. This girl, by the way, is Sri Lankan but could pass for white. So lots of passing.

by Anonymousreply 6710/04/2012

Oh! I just thought of: Maya Rudolph. If I didn't know Minnie Riperton (RIP) was her mother, I would never have figured it out. I mean, she has freckles, for God's sake (and no, I don't know any freckle-faced blacks, but am sure they exist.)

by Anonymousreply 6810/04/2012

Deborah Pratt and daughter Troian Bellisario.

by Anonymousreply 6910/04/2012

Yeah, Troian looks totally white. She and her mother both appeared in "Quantum Leap" episodes (Donald P. Bellisario is Troian's dad and Deboarah's husband).

And yes, Maya does look completely white. Although yes, R68, there are some freckle-faced blacks.

by Anonymousreply 7010/04/2012

Maya looks white in that one back and white photo upthread, but she does not look white otherwise. See many google images at link. Look at her coloring and facial features. She looks like a ligh-skinned black woman with freckles. Light does not equal white.

by Anonymousreply 7110/04/2012

so someone with white skin is black as long as theyve been raised to identify with it. ?? would that include MJ's kids? what if it came out that none of their bio parents were black? just wondering.

by Anonymousreply 7210/05/2012

Will people in this country at least admit that our sad tradition of calling a person black if they have "one drop" of African blood but appear completely white is patently racist?

Why do we treat people with African ancestry so differently? Contrast with people who are part Asian and part caucasian. They refer to themselves, for example, as "half Filipino, half Italian" or some such mixture.

by Anonymousreply 7310/05/2012

Lena Horn, I thought she was a well-tanned white lady when I saw her on talk shows growing up. I also remember my sister expressing shock that Mariah Carey is black (well a bit anyway.) I think Mariah's more identifiable though, especially since her music is R&B. That sister can be pretty clueless.

A high school friend was also surprised that Tina Turner is black. I can kinda see that since she was a big rock star on MTV at the time, the first black female rock star. And she dyes her hair blond, but she'd still have to be a really tanned white lady.

And I don't know what r23 is talking about, I can't imagine anyone mistaking her for white. It might occur to you she's probably mixed, but that's about it.

by Anonymousreply 7410/05/2012

Good question, R66?

by Anonymousreply 7510/05/2012

[quote][R51], Most the Black women claim that their child or grandchildren is black and were raised identifying as black.

What a ridiculous point.

Moms and grandmothers of all races often claim all kinds of stuff about their kids that the kids themselves disagree with. Do you define YOURSELF exactly the same way that your mom or grandmother does? You'd be a pretty pathetic individual if you did.

Besides, did it ever occur to you that these folks have at least one parent or a set of grandparents who aren't black? That maybe they're just as invested in and influential to these people? That is the point of the thread, isn't it? Why do only one set of elders get to define the child's racial identity, and why does that version of their identity supersede all other, equally apparent racial identities?

by Anonymousreply 7610/05/2012

Trevor Blumas,who was infamously rumored to be Hayden Christiansen's 'vibrant thang'

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Canadian born actress Jessica Parker Kennedy:

by Anonymousreply 7910/05/2012

Not an actor,but U.S Health Commissioner Margaret Hamburg:

by Anonymousreply 8010/05/2012

Annalynne McCord?

by Anonymousreply 8110/05/2012

Brad Pitt is part black (see r16)?

by Anonymousreply 8210/05/2012

Prince was so sexy including in Under the Cherry Moon.

by Anonymousreply 8310/05/2012

Vin Diesel?

by Anonymousreply 8410/06/2012

Vin? Maybe a little.

by Anonymousreply 8510/06/2012

r51 and r73 -- thank you both for making your point.

It's kills me how both black and white Americans apply the "one-drop" rule to only people with African blood. It's ridiculous and insulting.

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Sheena Easton

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try to cry out in the heat of the moment possessed by a fury that burns from inside

by Anonymousreply 8810/06/2012

R72, Only Blanket would be considered black because his mother is Prudence Solomon, the other two are white children.

by Anonymousreply 8910/08/2012

[quote]And she dyes her hair blond,

Hon, Tina Turner's blond hair was a wig.

by Anonymousreply 9010/08/2012

Well it is because we still live in a one-drop rule culture R86. If you are visibly black you are going to be treated in society like a black person is treated. You are not treated like a white person is treated in this society. Yes you can be just as "proud" of your other lineages but that is why most bi-racial people identify as black.

Barack Obama does not know what it feels like to be a white guy, he does know what it feels like to be a black guy.

by Anonymousreply 9110/08/2012

I don't think Dinah Shore was black but she was Jewish. Her real first name was Fanny. She went to high school with a friend of my mother's in Nashville or Memphis or somewhere.

by Anonymousreply 9210/08/2012

"Nashville or Memphis or somewhere"

Are you quite certain of that, R92?

by Anonymousreply 9310/08/2012

Many times it's a matter of life and death R86.

by Anonymousreply 9410/08/2012

Hume-Fogg High School, Nashville. Google (more precisely Wikipedia) is your friend.

by Anonymousreply 9510/08/2012

R95? Bettie Page, Dinah Shore? Why can't you just say what you mean?

by Anonymousreply 9610/08/2012

A little help for R45. Here's Victoria with both of her Children.

by Anonymousreply 9710/08/2012

[quote] don't think Dinah Shore was black but she was Jewish. Her real first name was Fanny. She went to high school with a friend of my mother's in Nashville or Memphis or somewhere.

When Shore died, People magazine said that her mother was an African-American housekeeper. They were not asked to print a retraction if I recall.

by Anonymousreply 9810/08/2012

r91, "visibly" black is one thing, but if I had a great great great great grandparent who was black in appearance and I was white in appearance, it makes no sense for me to be considered black.

I mean, I'm black and have two white great-grandparents, but it doesn't make me white. That is why the one-drop rule is stupid and antiquated.

by Anonymousreply 9910/08/2012

Carla brenari. She pretended e to be Italian but was black . Ended up in some small town in Pennsylvania working for a doctor .

by Anonymousreply 10010/09/2012

Both randi Rhodes and Gerald's Rivera claim to be black.

by Anonymousreply 10110/09/2012

I wouldn't describe any of those people listed (or the incumbent US president) as black. They're all mixed race.

I am mixed race, and would never describe myself as either black or white.

by Anonymousreply 10210/09/2012

Melissa from RHONJ.

by Anonymousreply 10310/09/2012

flag: [ww] [ff] [troll-dar] Ellen Holly the first black actress to pass for white.

by: Anonymoustreply 19t10/04/2012 @ 08:20P

Actually darling Ellen never tried to pass as white. I wish she had. She'd have worked more as an actress if she'd have been willing to play white characters. She either had to convince castingndirectorsmtomoetmher play white skinned black, or wear black makeup. Her off broadway debut was in a play where her character was an African woman. In those days there was no theatrical makeup for her to wear that would make her look black, so her father, a chemist, created one. Ironically, on One Life To Live, she played a black actress WHO DID pass for white. When she returned to the show after having been gone for a few years, she was wearing black makeup, which I thought was very strange. Gifted, gifted, gifted actress.

by Anonymousreply 10410/25/2012

Mary Pickford

Felicity Huffman

Lisa Whelchel

Jodie foster

by Anonymousreply 10510/25/2012

Merle Oberon's mother was supposed to have been native to India. Merle herself was said to have worn make up to cover a dusky complexion. He children, who were all adopted and one of her ex husbands deny this howmever. Anna Leonowens (the real life Anna whose books inspired The King and I) was the whitest Englishwoman who ever lived, but she went to great lengths to cover up her own Indian ancestry, I think it was a grandparent. She even cut off contact with her sister when she married an Indian. Their grandson btw was of all people, Boris Karloff. So he too was an actor who passed for white butnwasmof mixed ancestry. Really, what difference does it make? They were so stupid to,care about such things.

by Anonymousreply 10710/29/2012

What R105 said.

And I'll add Taylor Swift, Elijah Wood, Hugh Jackman, Jon Hamm and Brooke Shields.

by Anonymousreply 10810/30/2012

Taylor Swift? No way!

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by Anonymousreply 11001/20/2013

I am so dense than when Halle Berry won her Oscar and the talk was about an Oscar for a black woman, having never seen any of her films and had no idea she was black. I also did not know Susan Rice was black. Only when she got all the exposure could I see she was black. They tell me Mariah is black.

by Anonymousreply 11101/20/2013

Former NOLA mayor Moon Landrieu and his children, including US Senator Mary and current NO mayor Mitch.

by Anonymousreply 11201/20/2013

Pernell Roberts was rumored to have been black.

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Steve Martin

by Anonymousreply 11501/20/2013

Pernell was a gorgeous man in his youth. A touch of the "tar brush" clearly can be a good thing.

by Anonymousreply 11601/20/2013

Pernell Roberts was from Georgia, was outspoken about civil rights all his life, raised frequent Hell about the way Blacks and Native Americans were portrayed on television.

I realize all that proves nothing, but his passing for white was much discussed in The South when Bonanza went on the air, and some Southern stations threatened a boycott.

by Anonymousreply 11701/20/2013

"On "Suits" the actress Meghan Markle, playing paralegal "Rachel" is actually black;has a black - father, I think. Could not tell. At all!"

Ahhhhhh, most Black people can tell other Black's called "Blackdar" I think...

Except for my 72 year old mom who can't tell anymore...

by Anonymousreply 11801/20/2013

My mother's side of the family is black, but they all look practically white, it's very confusing to my non southern white friends who just don't get it. My Grandmother's sister moved to NYC in the 1950s and passed as white. She remained there until she was in her 70s when she brought her family 'back home' to discover who she really was. I was around 10 when this happened, but remember it so clearly.

by Anonymousreply 11901/20/2013

Sebastian LaCause

by Anonymousreply 12001/20/2013

I've heard rumors about Mae West, Joseph Cotten and Dinah Shore for years.

by Anonymousreply 12201/20/2013

Porn Star Matthew Rush

by Anonymousreply 12301/20/2013

I read an internet article that alleged that Faye Resnick pulled a Michael Jackson and had her nose done and made other alterations to her original appearance. It showed an alleged 'before' picture of a woman who was clearly African American.

Since it was an internet article I can't say it holds water.

by Anonymousreply 12401/21/2013

Broadway's Brian Stokes Mitchell

by Anonymousreply 12501/21/2013

I have met at least a handful of guys from Atlantis and they were all so rude and trashy. Is this cultural? Do you know any mermaid actors passing as human? I wish they'd all go back to the underwater city they came from.

by Anonymousreply 12601/21/2013

Faye was just addicted to tanning salons. Bad ones who took her money.

by Anonymousreply 12801/21/2013

[quote]When Shore died, People magazine said that her mother was an African-American housekeeper. They were not asked to print a retraction if I recall.

The [italic]People[/italic] obituary said only that she had a black nanny growing up.

by Anonymousreply 12901/21/2013

Dinah Shore was biracial.

by Anonymousreply 13001/21/2013

If they can pass for white they probably are (mostly).

by Anonymousreply 13101/21/2013

Samuel L Jackson

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Mark Salling from GLEE

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Kellan Lutz

Josh Duhamel

Brad Pitt

Chord Overstreet

by Anonymousreply 13501/21/2013

How is it that nobody has mentioned our beloved Carol Channing?

by Anonymousreply 13601/21/2013

Ellen Holly

by Anonymousreply 13701/21/2013

And why the eff does it matter? Do a DNA test - I did for ancestry - and you'll be surprised...

by Anonymousreply 13801/21/2013

Dorothy Lamour. Born in Louisiana (I think) she always claimed her "exotic coloring" was due to her French, Spanish & Irish ancestry, but I'm sure she was mostly Creole.

by Anonymousreply 13901/21/2013

Lillian Hayman

by Anonymousreply 14001/22/2013

Shirley Temple Black

by Anonymousreply 14101/22/2013

He's not an actor, but Martin Gore from Depeche Mode is biracial. Even he didn't know this until his thirties when his mother told him that his biological father is African American US soldier. Martin's girlfriend was pregnant and his mother decided to tell him the truth in case kid turned out to be black they'd know why.

by Anonymousreply 14201/24/2013

Yep, R142, Marin is indeed half black. I was totally shocked when I learned this some years back because you generally can't tell.

by Anonymousreply 14301/24/2013

Eminem and Justin Bieber

by Anonymousreply 14408/20/2014

This thread shows that there is no one concept of "race" in this country. And no "Latino" is not a race. It's barely an ethnicity.

by Anonymousreply 14508/20/2014

I've heard that Clark Gable passed for white,but I never believed them until I saw a few photos where he was carrying extra weight.

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[all posts by tedious, racist idiot removed.]

by Anonymousreply 14808/20/2014

Trolls are everywhere. Why can't we all get along?

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