Fast Facts

  • In his sophomore year in college, a professor encouraged him to pursue a career in acting.
  • In 1978, attended the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
  • In April 2005, starred as Brutus in a Broadway production of Julius Caesar.
  • Was the lead actor in such Spike Lee films as Mo' Better Blues, He Got Game, Inside Man and Malcolm X. 
  • Real-life characters he played, besides Malcolm X, include another activist, Steve Biko, as well as educator  Melvin B. Tolson, football coach Herman Boone, crime boss Frank Lucas and boxer Rubin Carter.
  • When he and Russell Crowe teamed up in the 2007 crime drama American Gangster, the Oscar-winning actors recalled Crowe's audition for the 1995 film Virtuosity, in which Crowe inadvertently spit on Washington.

Awards

  • 2013, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 1989, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 1992, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1987, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2000, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
  • 2003, Critics' Choice Awards — Freedom Award: Winner
  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2012, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2016, Golden Globe — Cecil B. DeMille Award: Winner
  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Non-Fiction Special (Informational): Nominee
  • 2016, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 2012, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2017, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2013, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1993, Berlin Film Festival — Silver Bear for Best Actor: Winner
  • 2008, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1988, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2002, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1999, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2001, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
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  • 2016, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
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  • 1990, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1993, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2016, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 2017, Producers Guild Awards — Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: Nominee
  • 2010, Tony — Actor (Play): Winner
  • 2000, Berlin Film Festival — Silver Bear for Best Actor: Winner
  • 2016, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2016, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 1995, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Special: Nominee
  • 2016, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee

Relationships

  • Lennis 'Lynne' Washington — Mother
  • Lorice Washington — Sister
  • Malcolm Washington — Son
  • John David Washington — Son
  • Pauletta Washington — Wife
  • David Washington — Brother
  • Olivia Washington — Daughter
  • Denzel Washington Sr. — Father
  • Katia Washington — Daughter

College

  • Fordham University, New York, New York, United States (BA in Journalism, 1977)

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  • Birth Name: Denzel Washington Jr.
  • Birth Place: Mount Vernon, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Producer

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