Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington

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Birthday: 
28 December 1954, Mount Vernon, New York, USA
Birth Name: 
Denzel Hayes Washington Jr.
Height: 
185 cm
Denzel Washington is an American actor and filmmaker. He has received three Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award, and two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for the historical war drama film Glory (1989) and Best Actor for his role as a corrupt cop in the crime thriller Training Day (2001).Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. was born on December 28, 1954 ... Show more »
Denzel Washington is an American actor and filmmaker. He has received three Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award, and two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for the historical war drama film Glory (1989) and Best Actor for his role as a corrupt cop in the crime thriller Training Day (2001).Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. was born on December 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. He is the middle of three children of a beautician mother, Lennis (Lowe), from Georgia, and a Pentecostal minister father, Denzel Washington, Sr., from Virginia. After graduating from high school, Denzel enrolled at Fordham University, intent on a career in journalism. However, he caught the acting bug while appearing in student drama productions and, upon graduation, he moved to San Francisco and enrolled at the American Conservatory Theater. He left A.C.T. after only one year to seek work as an actor. His first paid acting role was in a summer stock theater stage production in St. Mary's City, Maryland. The play was "Wings of the Morning", which is about the founding of the colony of Maryland (now the state of Maryland) and the early days of the Maryland colonial assembly (a legislative body). He played the part of a real historical character, Mathias Da Sousa, although much of the dialogue was created. Afterwards he began to pursue screen roles in earnest. With his acting versatility and powerful sexual presence, he had no difficulty finding work in numerous television productions.He made his first big screen appearance in Carbon Copy (1981) with George Segal. Through the 1980s, he worked in both movies and television and was chosen for the plum role of Dr. Philip Chandler in NBC's hit medical series St. Elsewhere (1982), a role that he would play for six years. In 1989, his film career began to take precedence when he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Tripp, the runaway slave in Edward Zwick's powerful historical masterpiece Glory (1989).Washington has received much critical acclaim for his film work since the 1990s, including his portrayals of real-life figures such as South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko in Cry Freedom (1987), Muslim minister and human rights activist Malcolm X in Malcolm X (1992), boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter in The Hurricane (1999), football coach Herman Boone in Remember the Titans (2000), poet and educator Melvin B. Tolson in The Great Debaters (2007), and drug kingpin Frank Lucas in American Gangster (2007). Malcolm X and The Hurricane garnered him Oscar nominations for Best Actor, before he finally won that statuette in 2002 for his lead role in Training Day (2001).Through the 1990s, Denzel also co-starred in such big budget productions as The Pelican Brief (1993), Philadelphia (1993), Crimson Tide (1995), The Preacher's Wife (1996), and Courage Under Fire (1996), a role for which he was paid $10 million. He continued to define his onscreen persona as the tough, no-nonsense hero through the 2000s in films like Out of Time (2003), Man on Fire (2004), Inside Man (2006), and The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009). Cerebral and meticulous in his film work, he made his debut as a director with Antwone Fisher (2002); he also directed The Great Debaters (2007) and Fences (2016).In 2010, Washington headlined The Book of Eli (2010), a post-Apocalyptic drama. Later that year, he starred as a veteran railroad engineer in the action film Unstoppable (2010), about an unmanned, half-mile-long runaway freight train carrying dangerous cargo. The film was his fifth and final collaboration with director Tony Scott, following Crimson Tide (1995), Man on Fire (2004), Déjà Vu (2006) and The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3. He has also been a featured actor in the films produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and has been a frequent collaborator of director Spike Lee.In 2012, Washington starred in Flight (2012), for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. He co-starred with Ryan Reynolds in Safe House (2012), and prepared for his role by subjecting himself to a torture session that included waterboarding. In 2013, Washington starred in 2 Guns (2013), alongside Mark Walberg. In 2014, he starred in The Equalizer (2014), an action thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Richard Wenk, based on the television series of same name starring Edward Woodward. During this time period, he also took on the role of producer for some of his films, including The Book of Eli and Safe House.In 2016, he was selected as the recipient for the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards.He lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife, Pauletta Washington, and their four children. Show less «

Denzel Washington's FILMOGRAPHY

The Little Things

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The Graham Norton Show - Season 28

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The Graham Norton Show - Season 27

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The Tonight Show Fallon - Season 8

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Giving Voice

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The Jonathan Ross Show - Season 16

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The Graham Norton Show - Season 25

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The Tonight Show Fallon - Season 7

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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert - Season 5

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The Jonathan Ross Show - Season 15

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The Jonathan Ross Show - Season 14

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The Graham Norton Show - Season 24

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The Graham Norton Show - Season 23

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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert - Season 4

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The Equalizer 2

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The Jonathan Ross Show - Season 13

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The Oscars

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Roman J. Israel, Esq.

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The Jonathan Ross Show - Season 12

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Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary

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Fences

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The Magnificent Seven

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Champs

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Denzel Washington'S roles

Jake Shuttlesworth
Jake Shuttlesworth
Gray Grantham
Gray Grantham
Matt Lee Whitlock
Matt Lee Whitlock
John Hobbes
John Hobbes
Chisolm
Chisolm
Robert 'Bobby' Trench
Robert 'Bobby' Trench
Major Bennett Marco
Major Bennett Marco
Police Lt. Zachary Garber
Police Lt. Zachary Garber
Melvin B. Tolson
Melvin B. Tolson
Joe Miller
Joe Miller
Frank Lucas
Frank Lucas
Anthony 'Hub' Hubbard
Anthony 'Hub' Hubbard
Dudley
Dudley
Frank
Frank
Robert McCall
Robert McCall
Malcolm X
Malcolm X
Eli
Eli
Coach Herman Boone
Coach Herman Boone
Dr. Jerome Davenport
Dr. Jerome Davenport
Bleek Gilliam
Bleek Gilliam
John Quincy Archibald
John Quincy Archibald
Whip Whitaker
Whip Whitaker
Ezekiel 'Easy' Rawlins
Ezekiel 'Easy' Rawlins
Lincoln Rhyme
Lincoln Rhyme
Private First Class Peterson
Private First Class Peterson
Lt. Parker Barnes
Lt. Parker Barnes
Detective Keith Frazier
Detective Keith Frazier
John W. Creasy
John W. Creasy
Lt. Commander Ron Hunter
Lt. Commander Ron Hunter
Tobin Frost
Tobin Frost
Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter
Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter
Doug Carlin
Doug Carlin
Pvt. Trip
Pvt. Trip
Alonzo
Alonzo
Dr. Philip Chandler
Dr. Philip Chandler
Troy
Troy
Nat Serling
Nat Serling
Robert McCall
Robert McCall