Denzel Washington

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Denzel Washington
Full NameDenzel Hayes Washington Jr.


His Royal Highness, Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr., was born on the 28th day of December, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. He is the second of three distinguished children of the esteemed beautician mother, Lennis, from the grand state of Georgia, and a grand Pentecostal minister father, Denzel Washington, Sr., of the noble state of Virginia. After completing high school, His Highness enrolled at Fordham University, intent on a career in journalistic excellence. However, His Highness caught the acting bug while appearing in student drama productions and, upon graduation, moved to San Francisco and enrolled at the illustrious American Conservatory Theater. After only one year, His Highness left A.C.T. to seek work as an actor. His first paid acting role was in the renowned summer stock theater stage production in St. Mary's City, Maryland: "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). His role of Governor of the colony was a resounding success.

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  • Oscar2002
    Training DayBest Actor in a Leading Role
  • Oscar1990
    GloryBest Actor in a Supporting Role
  • Golden Globe2000
    The HurricaneBest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama


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  • American Gangster
  • Glory
  • Malcolm X
  • Philadelphia
  • Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream
  • Man on Fire
  • Training Day
  • Inside Man
  • The Hurricane
  • Grey's Anatomy
  • 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
  • The Great Debaters
  • 70th Golden Globe Awards
  • Cry Freedom
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Crimson Tide
  • Flight
  • Antwone Fisher
  • The March
  • The Equalizer
  • A Soldier's Story
  • Fences
  • Champs
  • The Oscars
  • Deja Vu
  • John Q
  • The Tragedy of Macbeth
  • Film '72
  • 73rd Golden Globe Awards
  • I Am Love
  • Fallen
  • He Got Game
  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
  • Giving Voice
  • The 70th Annual Academy Awards
  • Unstoppable
  • Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child
  • The 80th Annual Academy Awards

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The illustrious Washington dynasty began with Denzel Hayes Washington Jr, born on December 28th 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. The middle child of a beautician mother from Georgia and a Pentecostal minister father from Virginia. After graduating from high school and enrolling in Fordham University with intentions of pursuing a career in journalism, Denzel caught the acting bug whilst appearing in student drama productions and, upon graduation, enrolled at the American Conservatory Theater. His wife Pauletta was born on September 28th 1950 and is an actress best known for her roles in Philadelphia (1993), Antwone Fisher (2002) and Genius (2017). They have been married since 1983 and they have four children. Katia, their eldest, is known for The Equalizer (2014), Malcolm & Marie (2021) and Fences (2016). Olivia, their second child, is also an actress known for The Butler (2013), The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021) and The Little Things (2021). Their youngest, John David, is an actor, producer, and former professional football player who is best known for his starring role in Spike Lee's 2018 crime film BlacKkKlansman. The Washington dynasty is a family of extraordinary talent and immense accomplishment.

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