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Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington

Actor, screenwriter, director, producer


Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. was born on December 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon , New York , USA . The boy was named after his priest father. Denzel was the middle of three children in a family, his mother Lennis "Lynn" (née Lowe, born in 1924 )was originally from Georgia . She worked in a beauty salon, and in his youth he, being an apprentice there, helped his mother . His father, Denzel Hayes Washington Sr. (1909-1991) , was a native of Buckingham County, Virginia , an ordained minister (Pentecostals ) and an employee of the New York City Water Department who also worked at the local S. Klein department store.

After school, he entered Fordham University in New York , where he first studied medicine, then biology, then became interested in journalism and, finally, became interested in theater, graduating in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. Washington then entered the American Conservatory of San Francisco . A year later, he moved to New York, began acting in television films and stopped studying at the conservatory .


In 1977, Washington received a small role in his first film, the sports drama Wilma . On the set of this film, he met his future wife, Pauletta Pearson. In 1981, Washington starred in the comedy Exact Copy , where he played one of the main roles. He gained fame among American viewers thanks to his role in the NBC television series St. Elswear , where he starred for 6 years.

In 1988, he was nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting role in Cry for Freedom by Richard Attenborough .

In 1990, the actor received his first Oscar for his performance in a supporting role in the Civil War film Glory by Edward Zwick .

In 1993, Washington was again nominated for an Oscar for his role as a religious figure in Spike Lee 's Malcolm X. Film critic Roger Ebert and director Martin Scorsese called the film one of the best films of the 1990s . Washington also starred in Lee's other films, Better Life Blues , His Game with Milla Jovovich , and Not Caught, Not a Thief with Clive Owen and Jodie Foster .

In 1993, he played the role of a homophobic lawyer in Philadelphia , opposite Tom Hanks and Antonio Banderas .

In 2000, Washington received the Golden Globe Award and the Best Actor Award at the 50th Berlin Film Festival for his performance as a boxer in the biopic The Hurricane .

In 2001, the film " Training Day " was released, in which the actor played a negative character for the first time in his career and received an Oscar for it.


December 28, 1954
Denzel Washington was born in Mount Vernon.


Further reading


'A Journal For Jordan' Heads To Christmas; Sony Also Dates Untitled Marvel Pics

Anthony D'Alessandro


October 22, 2021

'Magnificent Seven': How Antoine Fuqua Courted Denzel Washington | TIFF 2016

Rebecca Ford


September 8, 2016

'The Tragedy Of Macbeth' Teaser: Denzel Washington & Frances McDormand Take On Iconic Shakespeare Duo In Joel Coen Film

Valerie Complex, Valerie Complex


September 21, 2021

2010 Tony Award Nominations: Denzel Washington, Scarlett Johansson Earn Nods

Christopher John Farley


May 4, 2010

A Big-Name Brutus in a Caldron of Chaos

Ben Brantley


April 4, 2005


Documentaries, videos and podcasts


10 Best Denzel Washington Movies of All Time

March 16, 2022

4 Beautiful Women Denzel Washington has Dated (2021)

March 4, 2021

Action Movie 2021 - DEN OF THIEVES 2018 Full Movie HD - Best Action Movies Full Length English

January 26, 2021



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