December 28, 1954
66 years old
6 ft 1 in | 185 cm
80 kg | 176 lbs
11 US | 45 EU
Denzel Hayes Washington was born in Mount Vernon, New York, U.S., on December 28, 1954, is an American actor and director.
Young Denzel Washington first started acting during his years at the Lincoln Center in Washington, in productions of "The Emperor Jones" and "Othello".
He began his professional acting career in summer stock theater in St. Mary's City, Maryland, in a play "Wings of the Morning" (1976) in role as Mathias Da Sousa.
He landed his Broadway debut in a play "Checkmates", (1988) in role as Sylvester Williams, at 46th Street Theatre.
He made his big screen debut in comedy drama movie Carbon Copy (1981) in role as Roger Porter.
He got his television debut in NBC movie The Wilma Rudolph Story (1977) in role as Robert Eldridge, at the age of 18.
Denzel's breakthrough performance came as Dr. Phillip Chandler in NBC hospital drama series St. Elsewhere (1982-1988).
He made his directorial debut with biographical drama film Antwone Fisher (2002), he also starred in role as LCDR Dr. Jerome Davenport.
Macbeth (2021) drama in role as Lord Macbeth, opposite Frances McDormand and Brendan Gleeson
The Little Things (2021) thriller with Jared Leto and Rami Malek
The Equalizer 2 (2018) action thriller in role as Robert McCall, with Marton Csokas and Chloë Grace Moretz
He won the Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Private Silas Trip in war movie Glory (1989).
He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Detective Alonzo Harris in crime movie Training Day (2001).
He was nominated for the Academy Awards and a Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor for his roles in films:
Malcolm X (1992) epic biographical drama in role as Malcolm X
The Hurricane (1999) biographical sports drama in role as Rubin "The Hurricane" Carter, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor
Flight (2012) drama thriller in role as William "Whip" Whitaker, Sr.
Fences (2016) drama in role as Troy Maxson, which he also directed and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture
Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) drama crime in role as Roman J. Israel, Esq.
He was nominated for the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Steve Biko in epic drama film Cry Freedom (1987).
The Pelican Brief (1993) political thriller opposite Julia Roberts and Sam Shepard
He Got Game (1998) sports drama opposite Milla Jovovich and Rosario Dawson
Philadelphia (1993) drama opposite Tom Hanks and Antonio Banderas
The Siege (1998) action thriller with Annette Bening and Bruce Willis
The Bone Collector (1999) horror psychological thriller with Angelina Jolie and Queen Latifah
The Manchurian Candidate (2004) political thriller opposite Meryl Streep and Liev Schreiber
American Gangster (2007) biographical crime with Russell Crowe and Josh Brolin
The Great Debaters (2007) drama romance with Forest Whitaker and Jurnee Smollett-Bell
The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) thriller opposite John Travolta, James Gandolfini and John Turturro
The Book of Eli (2010) post-apocalyptic action with Mila Kunis and Gary Oldman
Inside Man (2006) crime thriller with Clive Owen and Jodie Foster
Remember the Titans (2000) biographical sports drama with Ryan Gosling
Crimson Tide (1995) thriller drama with Gene Hackman and Viggo Mortensen
The Equalizer (2014) action thriller in role as Robert McCall
He played Dr. Phillip Chandler in the NBC's hospital drama series St. Elsewhere (1982-1988).
He portrayed Martin Sawyer in television film License to Kill (1984).
Attended Pennington-Grimes Elementary School in Mount Vernon and Oakland Military Academy in New Windsor, New York.
Attended Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, Florida (1970-1971).
Graduated from Fordham University (1977) with a BA in Drama and Journalism.
Studied acting at the Lincoln Center in Washington and at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California.
He is the second of three children.
He trained wit boxing trainer Terry Claybon for a year, while he was preparing for his role as Rubin “Hurricane” Carter in sports drama film The Hurricane (1999).
He received Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2016.
He won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his performance as Troy Maxson in a play "Fences" (2010), at Cort Theatre.
He was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his performance as Theodore "Hickey" Hickman in a play "The Iceman Cometh" (2018), at Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.
Good friends with actress Julia Roberts.
Spokesperson for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, since 1993.
Lives in Los Angeles, California.
He married Pauletta Pearson on June 25, 1983, they have four children.