Denzel Washington Jr is a widely loved American director, producer and actor. He was born on the 28th of December 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York, USA. He was the middle child of three children to mother, Lennis Lynne, a beauty parlor owner and father, Denzel Hayes Washington Sr who was an ordained Pentecost minister that also worked in New York City water Department and Local department store.
Denzel did his elementary studies at Pennington-Grimes Elementary school at Mount Vernon till 1968. His parents separated when he was fourteen, and he was sent by his mother to Oakland Military Academy, a private preparatory school in New Windsor, New York, he went next to Mainland High school, a public school in Daytona Beach, Florida from the year 1970 to 1971. He finished school in 1977 graduating from Fordham University with a B. A in Drama and Journalism.
Denzel Washington Biography, Family and Early Life
When he was still in Fordham University, he played collegiate basketball as a guard under coach P. J. Carlesimo. Since he could not decide on what to major in, he decided to take the semester off to work as a creative arts director at an overnight summer camp, Camp Sloane YMCA in Lakeville Connecticut. There he participated in a staff talent show where he did well in acting. After a colleague suggested to him to try acting, he returned to the university with a renewed aim and registered at the Lincoln Centre Campus to study acting. From there he was given the role of Emperor Jones in the film ‘The Emperor Jones’ by Eugene O’ Neill and also in Shakespeare’s ‘Othello.’ Denzel Washington furthered on to graduate school at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. He stayed for a year before returning to New York to begin acting as a career.
Denzel Washington spent his 1976 summer in Summer Stock theatre in St. Mary’s city, Maryland performing in ‘Wings of the Morning.’ He made a debut into acting in the 1977 film, ‘Wilma,’ a made for TV film. His first appearance in a Hollywood film was in the 1981 film ‘Carbon Copy.’
Denzel Washington Acting Career
Denzel’s breakthrough in Hollywood came when he starred in NBC’s ‘St. Elsewhere’, a television hospital drama as Dr. Phillip Chandler. He also appeared in other films like ‘A Soldier’s Story’ in 1984, ‘Power’ in 1986 and ‘Lessons’ in 1986. From then on his fame went up. He starred in ‘Cry Freedom’ in 1987 as the South African anti-apartheid political activist, Steven Biko for which he got nominated for Best Supporting Actor in the Academy Awards. In 1989, he played the role of a rebellious, self-possessed, ex-slave soldier in the movie, ‘Glory’ which won him Best Supporting Actor in Academy Awards. He also appeared in ‘For Queen and Country’ and ‘The Mighty Quinn’ in 1989. He starred as Black Gilliam in ‘Mo’ Better Blues’ in 1990. Denzel Washington played the role of Demetrius Williams in the 1991 romantic movie ‘Mississippi Masala.’ In 1992, he played the role of a black nationalist leader in ‘Malcolm X’ which got him another nomination in the Academy Awards. He starred as a U. S Army Officer in ‘Courage Under Fire’ alongside Meg Ryan and also in ‘The Preacher’s Wife’ along with Whitney Houston both in 1996.
Because he knows how to interpret his roles well, he got a lot of characters in blockbusting movies. In the year 2000, Denzel Washington appeared in ‘Remember the Titans’ a Disney film. He was the second African American to win Best Actor award in the Academy Award after Sidney Poiter for his role as Detective Alonzo Harris, a corrupt cop in the thriller, ‘Training Day’ in 2001. In 2012, Denzel Washington starred in the movie ‘Flight’ alongside Ryan Reynolds and also in the film, ‘Safe House.’
Denzel Hayes Washington directed his first film in 2002 tilted ‘Antwone Fisher’ where he also co-starred in. He starred alongside Jodie Foster and Clive Owen in the film, ‘Inside Man.’ He directed his second film, ‘Fences’ in which he also played the role of a former Negro League baseball player. The movie was released on December 16th, 2016 by Paramount Pictures.
Denzel Washington Movies
- The Equalizer 2 (2018)
- The Equalizer (2014)
- Training Day (2010)
- Flight (2012)
- Man on fire (2004)
- Fences (2016)
- The Book of Eli (2010)
- American Gangster (2007)
- The Magnificent (2016)
- Déjà vu (2006)
- Safe House (2012)
- Inside Man (2006)
- Remember the Titans (2000)
- Roman Israel Esq (2017)
- John Q (2012)
- Fallen (1998)
- Glory (1989)
- 2 Guns (2013)
- Unstoppable (2010)
- Out of Time (2003)
- Malcom X (1992)
- The Hurricane (1999)
- The Bone Collector (1999)
- The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009)
- Philadephia (1993)
- He Got Game (1998)
- Crimson Tide (1995)
- The Great Debaters (2007)
- Much Ado About Nothing (2012)
- Chasing Trane (2016)
- We are One (2009)
- Wilma (1975)
- License to Kill (1984)
Denzel Washington Awards
Denzel Hayes Washington Jr has won a lot of awards for his time in acting. Some of them include:
- Best Supporting Actor for the movie ‘Glory’ at the 1990 Academy Awards.
- Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor-Motion Picture in 1990.
- Best Performance -Male for his role in ‘Malcolm X’ at the MTV Movie and TV Awards in 1993.
- Best Actor award for his role in ‘The Hurricane’ at the Black Reel Awards in 2000.
- 2001 Black Reel Award for Best Actor in the movie, ‘Remember the Titans’.
- Best Actor at the Academy Awards in 2002 for his role in the movie ‘Training Day.’
- Best Actor-Motion Picture Drama at the Golden Globe Awards in 2000.
- Best Director at the Black Reel Awards in 2002.
- Best Villain award for his role in ‘Training Day’ at the MTV Movie and TV Awards in 2002.
- Tony Award for Best Actor in a play for his role in the movie ‘Fences’ in 2010.
- Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2013.
- Best Actor award for his role in ‘Fences’ in the Black Reel Awards in 2015.
- Cecil B. Bemille Award in 2016, for his role in the movie ‘The Hurricane.’
Denzel Washington Children and wife
Denzel Washington got married on June 25th, 1983 to Pauletta Pearson who he met on the set of his first screen work, ‘Wilma’. They are blessed with four children, John David who was born on the 28th of July 1984, Katia born on the 27th of November 1986 and the twins, Olivia and Malcolm born on the 10th of April 1991.
Denzel Washington is fervent Christian and believes in giving. In 1995, he gave cash prizes and gifts worth $2.5 million to help build the New West Angeles Church of God in Christ facility in Los Angeles.
He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate on the 18th of May 1991, from his Alma mater for having succeeded in exploring the edge of his multifaceted talent.
Denzel Washington Net Worth
Denzel Washington is estimated to have a net worth of about $220 million.