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Denzel Washington

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).Through the 1990s, Denzel 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. His work in critically-acclaimed films continued simultaneously, with roles in Malcolm X (1992) and The Hurricane (1999) garnering him Oscar nominations for Best Actor, before he finally won that statuette in 2002 for his lead role in Training Day (2001). He continued to define his onscreen persona as the tough, no-nonsense hero through the 2000s in films like Inside Man (2006), The Book of Eli (2010), The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) and Safe House (2012). 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). During this time period, he also took on the role of producer for some of his films, including The Book of Eli (2010) and Safe House (2012).He lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife, Pauletta Washington, and their four children.


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Born:
Dec 28, 1954 In Mount Vernon, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
10
First Appeared:
In the series St. Elsewhere 1982-10-26
Latest Project:
Series The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014-02-17

Won 2 Oscars. Another 70 wins & 89 nominations.

Known For
Poster of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Poster of The Queen Latifah Show
Poster of The Jonathan Ross Show
Poster of Space Ghost Coast to Coast
Filmography
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Unknown 2014-02-17
The Queen Latifah Show Unknown 2013
The Jonathan Ross Show Unknown 2011-09-03
Pioneers of Television Unknown 2008-01-02
The Graham Norton Show Unknown 2007-02-22
Space Ghost Coast to Coast Unknown 1994-04-15
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
The Oprah Winfrey Show Unknown 1986-01-07
American Masters Unknown 1986-06-22
St. Elsewhere Dr. Philip Chandler 137 episodes, 1982-1988 1982-10-26