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Denzel Washington

Birth Name: 
Denzel Hayes Washington Jr.
Birthday: 
Tuesday, December 28, 1954
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Birth Place: 
Mount Vernon, New York, USA
Height: 
6'0"

Tall, strikingly handsome leading man of films and television in the 1980s and 1990s, Denzel Washington was born in 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. He was the middle child of the 3 children of a Pentecostal minister father and a beautician mother. 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 1 year to seek work as an actor. 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. Chandler" in NBC's hit medical series "St. Elsewhere" (1982), a role that he would play for 6 years. In 1989, 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. He lives quietly in Los Angeles with his wife, Pauletta Washington, and their 4 children. Cerebral and meticulous in his film work, he made his debut as a director in 2002 with Antwone Fisher (2002). (IMDb)

Awards and Nominations

2013 - Nominated - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Flight)
2002 - Won - Best Actor in a Leading Role (Training Day)
2000 - Nominated - Best Actor in a Leading Role (The Hurricane)
1993 - Nominated - Best Actor in a Leading Role (Malcom X)
1990 - Won - Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Glory)
1988 - Nominated - Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Cry Freedom)

Interviews

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Denzel Washington Joins Mark Wahlberg in '2 Guns'

Oscar-winner Denzel Washington has joined Mark Wahlberg in the action comedy 2 Guns from Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur whose U.S. debut was the Wahlberg-starrer Contraband.... Read more
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Denzel May Open American Can

Given the harrowing human drama of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina and its devastating impact on New Orleans, it’s a wonder it hasn’t been tapped for many more films than we’ve actually gotten. But Will Smith is not letting the opportunity go by.... Read more
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Reynolds Has The Keys To Safe House

Okay, now we really are starting to think that Ryan Reynolds has either A) cloned himself or B) found a time-travelling DeLorean, because while he was on the “possible” list for CIA thriller Safe House, he’s now busy locking in a deal to make the movie, trying to find a way to cram it into his he... Read more
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Ryan Reynolds Entering Safe House?

Okay, this is getting more than a little ridiculous. We realise that when an actor or actress gets tagged with the “hot” sticker and is approached for every role out there, they take a load of meetings even if they wouldn’t have the time to do all the movies.... Read more
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Rosario Dawson joins 'Unstoppable'

Rosario Dawson will star alongside Denzel Washington and Chris Pine in Fox’s runaway train drama "Unstoppable," directed by Tony Scott.... Read more
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Reviews

Flight (BLU-RAY)

Despite the prominence of it in the trailer and all the marketing, Flight, starring Denzel Washington, is not about a plane crash.... Read more
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Flight

Robert Zemeckis has spent the last decade directing computer animated motion-capture films, but he returns to live action cinema with the gripping plane crash of Flight.... Read more
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Safe House (BLU-RAY)

“Safe House” is the story of a CIA agent named Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds), who’s tasked with watching and maintaining a CIA interrogation safe house in Cape Town, South Africa.... Read more
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Safe House

Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) is just your average low level CIA employee who is tasked with operating a safe house in South Africa. While that might sound like an awesome job, he has spent the past 12 months sitting alone in said safe house twiddling down the hours in the day.... Read more
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Unstoppable (BLU RAY)

While the day starts off as any normal day for the railroad station in Fuller, Pennsylvania events turn sour really quickly when two workers start to slack off. Dewey (played by Ethan Suplee) and his buddy Gilleece (played by T.J.... Read more
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Videos

The Equalizer (Trailer #1)

The Equalizer (Trailer #1)

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2 Guns

2 Guns

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Flight: Denzel Braves Sandy VIDEO

Flight: Denzel Braves Sandy VIDEO

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Flight: David Loves Denzel VIDEO

Flight: David Loves Denzel VIDEO

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Flight: Harling Visits Whip CLIP

Flight: Harling Visits Whip CLIP

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