George and Noble Johnson
These two brothas were actually brothers who made an indelible mark on the history of black cinema. Noble Johnson was small-time actor and George Johnson was a post office employee, but they were determined to form a company that would to produce movies for black audiences. They founded the Lincoln Motion Picture Company in Omaha and released their first feature film, The Realization of a Negro’s Ambition, in 1916. In all, the Lincoln Motion Picture Company produced 5 films before it was closed in 1921. Noble Johnson went on to have a long acting career, appearing in 144 films playing an extraordinary range of characters.