Denzel Washington

BirthDay:

28 Dec 1954

BirthPlace:

Mount Vernon, New York, USA

BirthName:

Denzel Hayes Washington Jr.

Bio:

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.
Filmography

Actor ( 143 credits )

The Equalizer 2 (2018) Robert McCall
Fences (2016) Troy
The Magnificent Seven (2016)
Champs (2015) Himself
Els dies clau (2015)  Joe Miller (archive footage) (1 episode, 2015)
The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore (2015)  Pvt. Trip (archive footage) (1 episode, 2016)
Once in a Lifetime (2014) Frank Lucas (archive footage) (uncredited)
The Equalizer (2014) Robert McCall
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
2 Guns (2013) Bobby
Movie Guide (2013)  Bobby (1 episode, 2013)
Circus Halligalli (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
IMDb: What to Watch (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
The Queen Latifah Show (2013)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
Weekend Ticket (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
The Broadway.Com Show (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Revealed (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Flight (2012) Whip Whitaker
Safe House (2012) Tobin Frost
Katie (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Larry King Now (2012)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Face to Face with 'Weird Al' Yankovic (2012)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
Welcome to the Basement (2012)  Malcom X (archive footage) (1 episode, 2015)
The Jonathan Ross Show (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Unstoppable (2010) Frank
The Book of Eli (2010) Eli
Daybreak (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Ebert Presents: At the Movies (2010)  Himself - Best Actor in a Leading Role (1 episode, 201
Janela Indiscreta (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
The Start of Dreams (2010) Himself
I Am Love (2009) Joe Miller (archive footage) (uncredited)
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) Walter Garber
Cubed (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
The Jay Leno Show (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
The 7PM Project (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Live from Studio Five (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
ES.TV HD (2009)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
Entertainers with Byron Allen (2008)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
The Great Debaters (2007) Melvin B. Tolson
American Gangster (2007) Frank Lucas
The 100 Best Black Movies (Ever) (2007) Himself
For the Bible Tells Me So (2007) Coach Herman Boone (archive footage)
The Graham Norton Show (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2013)
Xposé (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (3 episodes, 2009-2010)
Deja Vu (2006) Doug Carlin
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters (2006) Alonzo (archive footage) (uncredited)
Inside Man (2006) Detective Keith Frazier
Close Up (2006)  Actor / ... (1 episode, 2011)
El hormiguero (2006)  Himself - Guest / ... (3 episodes, 2012-2013)
What It Takes (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Movie Rush (2006)  Himself
Attack of the Show! (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (4 episodes, 2010-2013)
Cinema mil (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Tvist (2005)  Dr. Philip Chandler (1 episode, 2005)
Mike & Mike (2005)  Himself - Telephone Interviewee (1 episode, 2010)
80s (2005)  Steve Biko (archive footage) (1 episode, 2005)
The Manchurian Candidate (2004) Ben Marco
Man on Fire (2004) Joyhn W. Creasy
Tavis Smiley (2004)  Himself (2 episodes, 2004-2008)
TV One on One (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Le grand journal de Canal+ (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Omg! Insider (2004)  Himself - The Equalizer (1 episode, 2014)
Out of Time (2003) Matt Lee Whitlock
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)  Himself (3 episodes, 2006-2012)
Shootout (2003)  Himself (3 episodes, 2004-2008)
Urban Style (2003)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2008)
Antwone Fisher (2002) Dr. Jerome Davenport
John Q (2002) John Quincy Archibald
Tinseltown TV (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Listen Up! Charles Barkley with Ernie Johnson (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Training Day (2001) Det. Alonzo Harris
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001)  Himself (2 episodes, 2006-2009)
Rank (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Remember the Titans (2000) Coach Herman Boone
Breakfast (2000)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2010)
The Hurricane (1999) Rubin Carter
The Bone Collector (1999) Lincoln Rhyme
The Early Show (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
The Siege (1998) Anthony 'Hub' Hubbard
He Got Game (1998) Jake Shuttlesworth
Fallen (1998) John Hobbes
Total Request Live (1998)  Himself (2 episodes, 2002-2004)
Celebrity Profile (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
Corazón de... (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
The Preacher's Wife (1996) Dudley
Courage Under Fire (1996) Nat Serling
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Himself (2 episodes, 1996-2000)
Mundo VIP (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 1998)
E! True Hollywood Story (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995) Ezekiel 'Easy' Rawlins
Virtuosity (1995) Lt. Parker Barnes
Crimson Tide (1995) Lt. Commander Ron Hunter
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1995)  Crooked Man / ... (2 episodes, 1995-1997)
A Century of Cinema (1994) Himself
Extra (1994)  Himself (2 episodes, 2004-2014)
Space Ghost Coast to Coast (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 1993)
The Pelican Brief (1993) Gray Grantham
Philadelphia (1993) Joe Miller
Much Ado About Nothing (1993) Don Pedro
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Himself - Guest / ... (9 episodes, 2004-2013)
Malcolm X (1992) Malcolm X
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (4 episodes, 2001-2007)
Gomorron (1992)  Himself / ... (5 episodes, 1995-2009)
Mississippi Masala (1991) Demetrius Williams
Ricochet (1991) Nick Styles
Días de cine (1991)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself - Guest / ... (7 episodes, 2000-2012)
The Making of 'Mo' Better Blues' (1990) Bleek Gilliam
Mo' Better Blues (1990) Bleek Gilliam
Heart Condition (1990) Napoleon Stone
Glory (1989) Pvt. Trip
The Mighty Quinn (1989) Xavier Quinn
The Arsenio Hall Show (1989)  Himself (1 episode, 1990)
For Queen & Country (1988) Reuben James
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself / ... (11 episodes, 2004-2014)
Inside Edition (1988)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2014)
Cry Freedom (1987) Steve Biko
Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater (1987)  Joe Miller (archive footage) (1 episode, 1995)
The Media Show (1987)  Himself (1 episode, 1989)
Power (1986) Arnold Billing
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)  Himself (4 episodes, 2000-2007)
American Masters (1985)  Himself - Actor (1 episode, 2000)
A Soldier's Story (1984) Private First Class Peterson
Cinema 3 (1984)  Himself (4 episodes, 1994-2014)
St. Elsewhere (1982)  Dr. Philip Chandler (137 episodes, 1982-1988)
Ebony/Jet Showcase (1982)  Himself (5 episodes, 1987-1993)
Carbon Copy (1981) Roger Porter
Wetten, dass..? (1981)  Himself (2 episodes, 2006-2010)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (31 episodes, 2006-2010)
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars (1980)  Himself (1 episode, 1989)
The Barbara Walters Summer Special (1976)  Himself (1 episode, 1993)
Good Morning America (1975)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Death Wish (1974) Alley Mugger #1 (uncredited)
Great Performances (1971)  Narrator (1 episode, 1992)
Parkinson (1971)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Film '72 (1971)  Himself (4 episodes, 1996-2006)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)  Himself (1 episode, 1990)
Today (1952)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Inner City (0) Roman J. Israel

Producer ( 6 credits )

Fences (2016) producer
The Equalizer (2014) producer
Safe House (2012) executive producer
The Book of Eli (2010) producer
Antwone Fisher (2002) producer
Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream (1995) executive producer

Director ( 3 credits )

Fences (2016)
The Great Debaters (2007)
Antwone Fisher (2002)