Denzel Washington

Published on
Full Name Denzel Washington
Age 65 Years Old
Nick Name Denzel Washington
Gender Male
Birth Date December 28th, 1954
Birth Place Mount Vernon, New York, United States

View All

About Denzel Washington

An American actor, director, and producer, Denzel Washington is best recognized for playing major roles like a Muslim minister and human rights activist in the movie "Malcolm X" (1992), the boxer Rubin "Hurricane Carter" in the movie "The Hurricane" (1999), "Herman Boone" a football coach in the movie Remember the "Titans" (2000), "Frank Lucas" a drug kingpin in the movie American "Gangster" (2007), and the veteran engineer "Frank" in the movie "Unstoppable" (2010). Denzel's first brush with fame came with the movie "Death Wish" in 1974, in which he essayed the role of a local street thug. He started his acting career in 1982 with the TV series"St. Elsewhere", in which he played the role of "Dr. Philip Chandler". He made his directorial debut with the 2002 film "Antwone Fisher", then followed up with "The Great Debaters" in 2007 and "Fences" in 2016. Additionally, he has received seventeen NAACP Image Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, one Tony Award, and two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for playing Union Army soldier Private Trip in the historical drama film "Glory" (1989).

Famous For

  • Being an American actor, director, and producer.
  • For playing major roles like a Muslim minister and human rights activist in the movie "Malcolm X" (1992).

Denzel Washington, a famous actor

Source: @hollywoodreporter

Early Life of Denzel Washington

On 28th December 1954, Denzel Washington took birth with the real name or full name of Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. in Mount Vernon, New York, U.S. He holds an American nationality and African-American ethnicity. Analogously, he is from the Christianity religion and his race is black. He happily celebrates his birthday on 28th December of every year and he had celebrated his 65th birthday as of 2019 though, as his birthdate his star sign is Capricorn. His mother, Lennis "Lynne" (nee Lowe) was a beauty parlor owner and operator born in Georgia and partly raised in Harlem, New York whereas his father, Denzel Hayes Washington Sr. (1909-1991), was a native of Buckingham County, Virginia, an ordained Pentecostal minister, and an employee of the New York City Water Department, as well as working at a local S. Klein department store. He has also a sister named Lorice Washington and a brother, David Washington. When he was 14, his parents divorced and his mother sent him to the private preparatory school Oakland Military Academy in New Windsor, New York. Then, he went to the University of Texas and after that to the University of Fordham, where he got his graduate degree in drama and journalism in 1977.

Career of Denzel Washington

  • Denzel Washington commenced his acting career in the Spike Lee film "Mo' Better Blues" as a role of Bleek Gilliam in 1990 also starred as Demetrius Williams in the romantic drama "Mississippi Masala" in 1991. 
  • After that, he reunited with Lee to play one of his most critically acclaimed roles, the title character of 1992's "Malcolm X" as well as established the production company Mundy Lane Entertainment in the following year.
  • Then, he was seen in the 1993 film "Philadelphia" as a lawyer of a gay man with AIDS also he has starred in several films in the 1990s like "The Pelican Brief", "Much Ado About Nothing", "The Preacher's Wife", "He Got Game", "Fallen", "The Hurricane". 
  • Denzel started his 2000s from the Disney film "Remember the Titans" which grossed over $100 million in the U.S and became the first black actor to win the award since Sidney Poitier in 1963 as well as become the second African-American actor to win the category after Sidney Poitier by starring in cop thriller "Training Day".
  • As well, he directed his first film, a well-reviewed drama called "Antwone Fisher", in which he also co-starred after appearing in 2002's box office success, the healthcare-themed "John Q" whereas he has also directed and starred in the drama "The Great Debaters". 
  • Washington directed the film "Fences", co-starring Viola Davis in 2016 which was released on 16th December 2016.
  • Similarly, he has starred in numerous films and series like "Out of Time, Man on Fire", "Inside Man", "American Gangster", "The Taking of Pelham 123" and many others.
  • He appeared on stage again as Marcus Brutus in a Broadway production of "Julius Caesar" in 2005  also played the leading role in the Broadway production of Lorraine Hansberry's classic drama "A Raisin in the Sun" from April to June 2014.
  • He was also seen in a Broadway revival of Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh" as Theodore "Hickey" Hickman at the beginning of 22nd March 2018 as well as reprised his role in his first sequel, "The Equalizer 2" (2018).
  • Moreover, he has starred in many more films and series in his acting career such as "The Book of Eli", "Unstoppable", "Flight", "The Magnificent Seve", "Safe House", "2 Guns", "For Queen and Country", "Heart Condition", "Much Ado About Nothing".
  • In 2020, he can be seen in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom", "The Little Things", "The Tragedy of Macbeth".

Awards and Achievements of Denzel Washington

  • Golden Globe Awards for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
  • Black Reel Awards for Best Actor
  • Tony Awards for Best Leading Actor in a Play
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture
  • MTV Movie & TV Awards for Best Performance - Male
  • NAACP Image Awards in Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Personal Life of Denzel Washington

Reflecting on Denzel Washington's personal life, he is a married guy. He was married to Pauletta Pearson on 25th June 1983, whom he met on the set of his first screen work, the television film "Wilma". Their relationship status is exceptional till now and hopes it will remain the same as in the future too. The couple has four children together, two sons and two daughters namely, John David (born 23rd April 1983), Katia (born 27th November 1987), Malcolm (born 10th April 1991), and Olivia (born 10th April 1991). Furthermore, talking about his sexual orientation, he is straight.

Denzel Washington with his wife, Pauletta Pearson

Source: @theknotnews

As recent news, Denzel Washington and his family are safe after a fire broke out at their Los Angeles home. A home belonging to the actor in the gated Beverly Park neighborhood was the same one firefighters responded to Wednesday evening based on reports of smoke emanating from the four-story structure's second floor. The Los Angeles Fire Department reports that it conducted a smoke investigation at the property after safely removing all residents from the home. It's unclear if the Academy Award-winning actor was present at the time of the smoke investigation. 

Net Worth of Denzel Washington 

Moving towards Denzel Washington's net worth, he has a worth of around $60 million as of 2020 whereas he earns $60-$80 million dollars every year. He has given his role in many movies and TV shows. He has also a handsome amount of salary too which is also in millions of dollars per year. His main source of income is from acting and directing career though he has earned a considerable amount of money from his acting as well as directing career. Denzel appeared in a TV commercial for Boys/Girls Clubs of America in 1996 from where he has earned a fine amount of money. He is sincere in his work whereas he is doing all of his hard work for a victorious career. 

Body Measurement of Denzel Washington 

Denzel Washington stands at a tall height of 6 ft 1 in or 185 cm though his body weight is around 176 lbs or 80 kg. Denzel trained with famous boxing trainer Terry Claybon for a year, while he was preparing for his role as Rubin "Hurricane" Carter in the movie "The Hurricane" (1999). He has black hair and brown eyes color whereas his body build type is average. He has a scar above his right eye, on his eyebrow, a  great smile very often plays military commanders which have attracted a lot of people toward him.