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Denzel Washington ACTOR


Denzel Washington was born on December 28th, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York to parents Lennis 'Lynne' and Reverend Denzel H. Washington.  He went to elementary school at Penningon-Grimes until his parents separated and then his mother sent him to study at Oakland Military Academy in New Windsor, New York which was a good move as he was beginning to get involved with the wrong crowd.  He went on to graduate from Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, Florida and after graduating he earned a college degree in Drama and Journalism from Fordham University.  After a brief summer counselor position his students recommended he give acting a try after seeing him perform in the camp talent shows.
He earned a masters degree from the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, California and then returned back to New York and decided it was time to now pursue a career as an actor.
He first found work in summer stock in Maryland and also managed to get cast in a commercial for Fruit of the Loom.  Soon he was being cast in such television movies as, "Wilma" (1977) and then in the feature film, "Carbon Copy" (1981) starring George Segal, Susan Saint James, Jack Warden and Paul Winfield.  His big break was in the television drama series, "St. Elsewhere" (1982-1988) playing Dr. Phillip Chandler.  This series aired on NBC and he became one of the only African American actors to appear on the series for the whole six year run.
His career was now heading in the right direction with roles in, "A Soldier's Story" (1984) starring Howard E. Rollins Jr., "Hard Lessons" (1986), "Power" (1986) and "Cry Freedom" (1987) co-starring Kevin Kline, Penelope Wilton and Kevin McNally, for which he earned a Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.  He did not win for this film but he did take home the award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film, "Glory" (1989) also starring starring Matthew Broderick, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman.
Challenging and successful film roles kept coming his direction such as on the film, "The Mighty Quinn" (1989) followed by roles in, "Mo' Better Blues' (1990), "Mississippi Masala" (1992) and Spike Lee's "Malcolm X" (1992) starring with Angela Bassett, Albert Hall, Al Freeman Jr. and Christopher Plummer, earning another Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
He was on top of his game, had earned a huge fan base and was adored by film critics.  In the film, "Philadelphia" (1993) he portrayed a homosexual man who had contracted AIDS and continued to take on roles in top feature films such as, "The Pelican Brief" (1993) starring alongside Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard, Hume Cronyn, Stanley Tucci, John Heard, John Lithgow, Tony Goldwyn, James Sikking, William Atherton and Robert Culp, "Crimson Tide" (1995) with Gene Hackman, "Much Ado About Nothing" (1993) and "The Preacher's Wife" (1996).
Some of his latest film roles have been in, "He Got Game" (1998), "The Hurricane' (1999), "Remember the Titans" (2000) and "Training Day" (2001) for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor.
Throughout his career he holds the record for most Oscar nominations by an a Actor of African descent totaling five so far.  Nothing slowed Denzel Washington down, as he continued to take on a number of roles all that continued to challenge him as an actor.  He starred in, "Out of Time" (2003), "Man on Fire" (2004), "The Manchurian Candidate" (2004) co-starring Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight and Meryl Streep, "Inside Man" (2006), "American Gangster" (2007) and then he went on to not only star in but also direct, "The Great Debaters" (2007).
Washington did not limit his talent in acting to films alone he would occasionally return to the stage and won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for his role in the production, "Fences" (2010).
He has married only once to Pauletta Washington on June 25th, 1983 and they remain married today and gave four children together, John David, Katia and twins Olivia and Malcolm.
Denzel Washington remains very religious and still sometimes talks of changing careers and becoming a preacher.  He donated 2.5 million dollars to help build a church in West Los Angeles.  He also volunteers as a spokesperson for Boys & Girls Clubs of America and continues to reside in Los Angeles with his wife.  He has been known to say, "Acting is just a way of making a living, the family is life".


2012 Flight
2012 Safe House
2010 Cubed
2010 Unstoppable
2010 The Book of Eli
2009 The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
2007 The Great Debaters
2007 American Gangster
2006 Deja Vu
2006 Inside Man 
2004 The Manchurian Candidate
2004 Man on Fire 
2003 Out of Time
2002 Antwone Fisher
2002 John Q
2001 Training Day
2000 Remember the Titans 
1999 The Hurricane
1999 The Bone Collector
1998 The Siege 
1998 He Got Game 
1998 Fallen 
1997 Mother Goose: A Rappin' and Rhymin' Special
1995-1997 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child 
1996 The Preacher's Wife 
1996 Courage Under Fire
1995 Devil in a Blue Dress 
1995 Virtuosity 
1995 Crimson Tide 
1993 Philadelphia 
1993 The Pelican Brief 
1993 Much Ado About Nothing 
1992 Malcolm X 
1992 Great Performances 
1991 Ricochet 
1991 Mississippi Masala 
1990 Mo' Better Blues
1990 Heart Condition
1989 Glory 
1989 The Mighty Quinn 
1982-1988 St. Elsewhere
1988 For Queen & Country 
1987 Cry Freedom
1986 The George McKenna Story
1986 Power 
1984 A Soldier's Story 
1984 License to Kill 
1981 Carbon Copy
1979 Flesh & Blood
1979 Coriolanus
1977 Wilma
1974 Death Wish 

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