Othello in Othello (1965)
Portrayed by: Laurence Olivier
This case of Hollywood whitewashing remains one of the most infamous, as it earned actor Laurence Olivier an Oscar nod. And though his performance may have been great, the fact that he took a major role away from an African-American actor is just shameful—especially when you consider the fact that this film came out in 1965, during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. In fact, just two years prior, actor Sidney Poitier had become the first black man to ever with an Oscar for Best Actor.