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$200 Million

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$60 Million

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American actor, film producer, director, screenwriter as well as spokesperson Denzel Hayes Washington Jr, was born on 28 December 1954, in Mount Vernon, New York State, and is one of the most respected of Hollywood actors, with two Oscars, three Golden Globes and a Tony Award to his credit, gained during a career in the film industry which now spans more than 40 years.

So just how rich is Denzel Washington? According to authoritative sources, Denzel’s net worth is estimated to be over $200 million as of early 2017, with acting being the main source of his wealth.

Denzel Washington Net Worth $200 Million

Denzel Washington attended Oakland Military Academy and Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, Florida, then graduated from Fordham University in New York City in 1977 with a BA  degree in Drama and Journalism.

Washington’s first introduction to acting included as Othello in Shakespeare’s play, but after university in the play “Wings of the Morning”, as well as a series of commercials for Fruit of the Loom ensemble. Denzel’s career began to expand when he received an Obie Award for his portrayal of Melvin Peterson in the drama written by Charles Fuller, entitled “A Soldier’s Play”.

Then Washington’s major television breakthrough came in 1982, when he starred as Dr. Phillip Chandler in the hospital drama “St. Elsewhere”. Around the same time, Washington made appearances in such movies as “A Soldier’s Story”, “Hard Lessons”, as well as “Power”. In 1987 he received his first nomination for an Academy Award, playing Steve Biko in “Cry Freedom”, and a year later won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor as a slave in the film Glory”.

The early 1990s were extremely successful for Denzel Washington, as he landed roles in such films as “Mo’ Better Blues” written and directed by Spike Lee, and played a lead part in the critically acclaimed biographical drama “Malcolm X” that gained him another nomination for an Oscar. Washington continued to make memorable appearances in such films as “He Got Game” directed by Spike Lee, “Courage Under Fire” with Meg Ryan, and Norman Jewinson’s “The Hurricane” – for his portrayal of Rubin Carter in the latter movie, Denzel received both a Golden Globe as well as a Silver Bear Award, that he was given at the Berlin International Film Festival. His net worth was constantly rising.

Washington’s critically and commercially successful career continued with appearances in Spike Lee’s “Inside Man” which grossed over $184 million worldwide, Tony Scott’s “Man on Fire” for which he earned $20 million, as well as Ridley Scott’s “American Gangster”, in which he starred alongside Russell Crowe and Norman Reedus and for which he is reported to have received $40 million for his role.

In 2005, Denzel Washington came back to theatre performances, and played Marcus Brutus in “Julius Caesar” on Broadway, and in 2010 played alongside Viola Davis in a revival of “Fences” written by August Wilson in 1983. Washington’s role in this play was rewarded by a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play.

In his personal life, Denzel Washington currently resides in Beverly Hills, California with his wife Pauletta Pearson who he married in 1984 – they have four children.

 

 

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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Crimson Tide 1995 Lt. Commander Ron Hunter
Philadelphia 1993 Joe Miller
The Pelican Brief 1993 Gray Grantham
Much Ado About Nothing 1993 Don Pedro
Malcolm X 1992 Malcolm X
Great Performances 1992 TV Series Narrator
Ricochet 1991 Nick Styles
Mississippi Masala 1991 Demetrius Williams
Mo' Better Blues 1990 Bleek Gilliam
Heart Condition 1990 Napoleon Stone
Glory 1989 Pvt. Trip
The Mighty Quinn 1989 Xavier Quinn
St. Elsewhere 1982-1988 TV Series Dr. Philip Chandler
For Queen & Country 1988 Reuben James
Cry Freedom 1987 Steve Biko
The George McKenna Story 1986 TV Movie George McKenna
Power 1986 Arnold Billing
A Soldier's Story 1984 Private First Class Peterson
License to Kill 1984 TV Movie Martin Sawyer
Carbon Copy 1981 Roger Porter
Coriolanus 1979 Video Aedile Roman Citizen Volscian Citizen ...
Flesh & Blood 1979 TV Movie Kirk
Wilma 1977 TV Movie Robert Eldridge, age 18
The Equalizer 2 2018 pre-production Robert McCall
Fences 2016/II completed Troy
Inner City pre-production Roman J. Israel
The Magnificent Seven 2016 Chisolm
The Equalizer 2014 Robert McCall
2 Guns 2013 Bobby
Flight 2012/I Whip Whitaker
Safe House 2012 Tobin Frost
Unstoppable 2010 Frank
The Book of Eli 2010 Eli
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 2009 Walter Garber
The Great Debaters 2007 Melvin B. Tolson
American Gangster 2007 Frank Lucas
Deja Vu 2006 Doug Carlin
Inside Man 2006 Detective Keith Frazier
The Manchurian Candidate 2004 Ben Marco
Man on Fire 2004 John W. Creasy
Out of Time 2003/I Matt Lee Whitlock
Antwone Fisher 2002 Dr. Jerome Davenport
John Q 2002 John Quincy Archibald
Training Day 2001 Det. Alonzo Harris
Remember the Titans 2000 Coach Herman Boone
The Hurricane 1999 Rubin Carter
The Bone Collector 1999 Lincoln Rhyme
The Siege 1998 Anthony 'Hub' Hubbard
He Got Game 1998 Jake Shuttlesworth
Fallen 1998 John Hobbes
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child 1995-1997 TV Series Humpty Dumpty / Crooked Man / King Omar
Mother Goose: A Rappin' and Rhymin' Special 1997 TV Movie Humpty Dumpty / The Crooked Man (voice)
The Preacher's Wife 1996 Dudley
Courage Under Fire 1996 Lt. Col. Nathan 'Nat' Serling
Devil in a Blue Dress 1995 Ezekiel 'Easy' Rawlins
Virtuosity 1995 Lt. Parker Barnes

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fences 2016/II producer completed
Tyrese Gibson: Shame 2015 Video short producer
The Equalizer 2014 producer
Safe House 2012 executive producer
The Book of Eli 2010 producer
Antwone Fisher 2002 producer
Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks 2000 TV Movie documentary producer
Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream 1995 Documentary executive producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fences 2016/II completed
Grey's Anatomy 2016 TV Series 1 episode
The Great Debaters 2007
Antwone Fisher 2002

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mo' Better Blues 1990 performer: "Pop Top 40"
Heart Condition 1990 performer: "Baby Please Don't Go"
The Mighty Quinn 1989 performer: "CAKEWALK INTO TOWN"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Assassin 2008 Short special thanks
HBO First Look 1999 TV Series documentary thanks - 1 episode
A Brother's Kiss 1997 special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Made in Hollywood 2010-2016 TV Series Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael 2004-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
Rotten Tomatoes 2016 TV Series Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2009-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Good Morning America 2005-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight 2006-2016 TV Series Himself / Himself - The Equalizer
Extra 2004-2016 TV Series Himself / Himself - The Equalizer
2016 Golden Globe Arrivals Special 2016 TV Special Himself
73rd Golden Globe Awards 2016 TV Special Himself - Cecil B. DeMille Award Recipient
Champs 2015 Documentary Himself
The Queen Latifah Show 2014-2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
Denzel Washington: A Different Kind of Superhero 2014 Video short Himself
Equalizer Vision: Antoine Fuqua 2014 Video short Himself
Home Mart: Taking Care of Business One Bolt at a Time 2014 Video short Himself
Inside 'The Equalizer' 2014 Video short Himself
The Equalizer: Children of the Night 2014 Video short Himself
The Equalizer: One Man Army - Training and Fighting 2014 Video short Himself
The Equalizer: Vengeance Mode 2014 Video documentary short Himself
Días de cine 2013-2014 TV Series Himself
Circus Halligalli 2014 TV Series Himself
IMDb: What to Watch 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2013-2014 TV Series documentary Himself
The Graham Norton Show 2013-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Cinema 3 1994-2014 TV Series Himself
Janela Indiscreta 2014 TV Series Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 1998-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Weekend Ticket 2014 TV Series short Himself
Festival de cine de San Sebastián 2014: Gala de inauguración 2014 TV Movie Himself - Honoree
The Insider 2014 TV Series Himself - The Equalizer
The Broadway.com Show 2014 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
17th Annual PRISM Showcase 2013 TV Movie Himself
El hormiguero 2012-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
The March 2013 TV Movie documentary Narrator (voice)
Larry King Now 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 85th Annual Academy Awards 2013 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role
Katie 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Revealed 2013 TV Series Himself
19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013 TV Special Himself - Nominee
70th Golden Globe Awards 2013 TV Special Himself - Nominee
Les Coulisses des Golden Globes 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2006-2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Charlie Rose 2000-2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1993-2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Making 'Safe House' 2012 Video documentary short Himself
Safe House: Behind the Action 2012 Video short Himself
Safe House: Building the Rooftop Chase 2012 Video short Himself
Safe House: Hand-to-Hand Action 2012 Video documentary short Himself
Shooting the 'Safe House' Attack 2012 Video short Himself
Face to Face with 'Weird Al' Yankovic 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
ES.TV HD 2011-2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Daybreak 2012 TV Series Himself
Entertainers with Byron Allen 2012 TV Series documentary Himself - Guest
The Jonathan Ross Show 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Attack of the Show! 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Hanging Off the Train: Stunt Work of 'Unstoppable' 2011 Video documentary short Himself
On the Rails with the Director and Cast of 'Unstoppable' 2011 Video documentary short Himself
The Fastest Track: Unleashing 'Unstoppable' 2011 Video documentary short Himself
Close Up 2011 TV Series Himself - Interviewee
The Start of Dreams 2010 Documentary Himself
Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2010 TV Special Himself - Host
Breakfast 2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
Cubed 2010 TV Series Himself
Mike & Mike 2010 TV Series Himself - Telephone Interviewee
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2009-2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
Wetten, dass..? 2006-2010 TV Series Himself
Stand Up to Cancer 2010 TV Special Himself
The Book of Eli: Eli's Journey 2010 Video short Himself
The Book of Eli: Survival Guide Focus Points 2010 Video documentary short Himself
The 64th Annual Tony Awards 2010 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Fences & Winner: Best Leading Actor in a Play
The 76th Annual Drama League Awards 2010 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The 7PM Project 2010 TV Series Himself
Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
Live from Studio Five 2010 TV Series Himself
The Jay Leno Show 2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
No Time to Lose: The Making of 'Pelham 123' 2009 Video documentary short Himself
The Third Rail: New York Underground 2009 Video documentary short Himself
The Third Rail: The NYC Subway System 2009 Video short Himself
Gomorron 1995-2009 TV Series Himself / Himself - Om Filmen Man on Fire / Himself Om Filmen
Xposé 2009 TV Series Himself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross 2006-2009 TV Series Himself - Guest
2009 MTV Movie Awards 2009 TV Special Himself
The Neighborhood Ball: An Inauguration Celebration 2009 TV Movie Himself - Host
We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial 2009 TV Special Himself
The Last Days of the Big Lie 2009 Documentary Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 2008 TV Special Himself
Samuel L. Jackson: An American Cinematheque Tribute 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Shootout 2004-2008 TV Series Himself
Urban Style 2008 TV Series documentary Himself - Guest
The 80th Annual Academy Awards 2008 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Picture
Fallen Empire: Making 'American Gangster' 2008 Video documentary Himself
The BET Special: The Making of American Gangster 2008 TV Short Himself
39th NAACP Image Awards 2008 TV Special Himself
We Have a Dream 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Tavis Smiley 2004-2008 TV Series Himself - Guest
TV One on One 2007 TV Series Himself
Julia Roberts: An American Cinematheque Tribute 2007 TV Movie Himself
The Oprah Winfrey Show 2000-2007 TV Series Himself - Guest
HBO First Look 2001-2007 TV Series documentary Himself
The World Awaits: De La Hoya vs. Mayweather 2007 TV Movie Himself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Déj 2007 Video documentary Himself
Déj 2007 Video documentary Himself
The 100 Best Black Movies (Ever) 2007 Documentary Himself
2007 Britannia Awards 2007 TV Special Himself
Dateline NBC: American Gangster: First Look 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Film '72 1996-2006 TV Series Himself
The Early Show 2006 TV Series Himself
Movie Rush 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
The Making 'Inside Man' 2006 Video short Himself
Forbes Celebrity 100: Who Made Bank? 2006 TV Movie Himself
The Ultimate Heist: Making 'Inside Man' 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Corazón de... 2006 TV Series Himself
Inside Men: Denzel & Spike - Man to Man 2006 TV Short Himself
The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter: Best Motion Picture - Drama
What It Takes 2006 TV Series Himself
BET Awards 2005 2005 TV Special Himself
Vengeance Is Mine: Reinventing 'Man on Fire' 2005 Video documentary Himself
The Cast of 'The Manchurian Candidate' 2004 Video short Himself
The Enemy Within: Inside 'The Manchurian Candidate' 2004 Video short Himself
The Manchurian Candidate: Political Pundits 2004 Video short Himself
Jonathan Demme and the Making of 'The Manchurian Candidate' 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Parkinson 2004 TV Series Himself - Guest
Today 2004 TV Series Himself - Guest
ESPY Awards 2004 TV Special Himself
4th Annual BET Awards 2004 TV Special Himself
Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Moving Image Salutes Richard Gere 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Total Request Live 2002-2004 TV Series Himself
The Making of 'Man on Fire' 2004 TV Short documentary Himself
Out of Time: Crime Scene 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Tinseltown TV 2003 TV Series Himself
Spike Lee's '25th Hour': The Evolution of an American Filmmaker 2003 Video documentary short Himself
Kela on the Karpet 2003 TV Mini-Series Himself
The 75th Annual Academy Awards 2003 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role / Past Winner
34th NAACP Image Awards 2003 TV Special Himself
Hollywood Celebrates Denzel Washington: An American Cinematheque Tribute 2003 TV Special documentary Himself
The 14th Annual Producers Guild of America Awards 2003 TV Special Himself - Winner
Behind the Scenes of 'John Q' 2002 Video documentary short Himself
Listen Up! Charles Barkley with Ernie Johnson 2002 TV Series Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Tom Hanks 2002 TV Special Himself
Rank 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
60 Minutes 2000-2002 TV Series documentary Himself - Actor (segment "And the Winner Is...") / Himself - Actor (segment "Denzel")
The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2002 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role and Presenter: Honorary Award to Sidney Poitier
The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2002 TV Special documentary Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama
The Making of 'Antwone Fisher' 2001 TV Short documentary Himself
+ de cinéma 2001 TV Series documentary short Himself
Spotlight on Location: Hurricane 2001 Video documentary short Himself
Essence Awards 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
Making of Remember the Titans 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2001 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1996-2000 TV Series Himself - Guest
Straight from the Streets 2000 Video documentary Himself
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 2000 TV Special documentary Himself
31st NAACP Image Awards 2000 TV Special Himself
The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 2000 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role
Spotlight on Location: 'The Bone Collector' a Collection of Stories 2000 Video documentary short Himself
6th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2000 TV Special Himself
American Masters 2000 TV Series documentary Himself - Actor
The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2000 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama
The Making of 'The Siege' 2000 Video documentary short Himself
Celebrity Profile 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
The Great Christmas Movies 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
Mundo VIP 1998 TV Series Himself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1998 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Cinematography / Past Winner
28th NAACP Image Awards 1997 TV Special Himself
27th NAACP Image Awards 1996 TV Special Himself - Co-host
NBA at 50 1996 TV Movie documentary Himself
ESPY Awards 1996 TV Special Himself
The Making of 'Crimson Tide' 1995 Video documentary short Himself
The Annual 1995 ShoWest Awards 1995 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1995 TV Special Himself - Presenter: 'The Shawshank Redemption' Film Clip
A Century of Cinema 1994 Documentary Himself
The Essence Awards 1994 TV Special Himself
Ebony's 15th Annual Black Achievement Awards 1994 TV Special Himself
26th NAACP Image Awards 1994 TV Special Himself
1993 MTV Movie Awards 1993 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The 19th Annual People's Choice Awards 1993 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Favourite Comedy Motion Picture
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1987-1993 TV Series Himself
The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1993 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Documentary Feature and Best Documentary Short
The Barbara Walters Summer Special 1993 TV Series Himself
Space Ghost Coast to Coast 1993 TV Series Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Sidney Poitier 1992 TV Special Himself
Liberators: Fighting on Two Fronts in World War II 1992 TV Movie documentary Narrator (voice)
Muhammad Ali's 50th Birthday Celebration 1992 TV Special Himself
The 45th Annual Tony Awards 1991 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Leading Actor & Actress in a Play
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1991 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Motown 30: What's Goin' On! 1990 TV Special Himself
The Making of 'Mo' Better Blues' 1990 Documentary short Bleek Gilliam
Nelson Mandela: An International Tribute for a Free South Africa 1990 TV Movie Himself
The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1990 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The Arsenio Hall Show 1990 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1990 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1990 TV Series Himself - Guest
22nd NAACP Image Awards 1990 TV Special Himself
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars 1989 TV Series Himself
The Media Show 1989 TV Series Himself
Freedomfest: Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Celebratation 1988 TV Special documentary Himself
The 60th Annual Academy Awards 1988 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The 45th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1988 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama
20th NAACP Image Awards 1988 TV Special Himself
Baka: The People of the Rainforest 1987 TV Movie Narrator
19th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1987 TV Special Himself - Co-Host
The 1986 Jewish National Funds Annual Tree of Life Awards 1986 TV Special Himself
The 6th Annual Black Achievement Awards 1985 TV Special Himself
The 9th Annual People's Choice Awards 1983 TV Special Himself - Accepting Award for Favourite New Television Dramatic Program

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Movie Guide 2013 TV Series Bobby
The Graham Norton Show 2013 TV Series Himself
Ebert Presents: At the Movies 2011 TV Series Himself - Best Actor in a Leading Role
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien 2010 TV Series Himself
Io sono l'amore 2009 Joe Miller (uncredited)
Entertainment Tonight 2009 TV Series Himself
Oscar, que empiece el espectáculo 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself / Frank Lucas (uncredited)
The Siege: Freedom Is History 2007 Video short Himself
The Siege: Taking New York 2007 Video short Himself
For the Bible Tells Me So 2007 Documentary Coach Herman Boone
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters 2006 Documentary Alonzo (uncredited)
80s 2005 TV Series documentary Steve Biko
E! True Hollywood Story 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Tvist 2005 TV Series Dr. Philip Chandler
Cinema mil 2005 TV Series Himself
Die Geschichte des erotischen Films 2004 TV Movie documentary
Michael Moore, el gran agitador 2004 TV Short documentary Himself (uncredited)
People Like Us: Making 'Philadelphia' 2003 Video documentary Himself
Century of Black Cinema 2003 Video documentary Himself
Shirtless: Hollywood's Sexiest Men 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Headliners & Legends: Denzel Washington 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
60 Minutes 2000 TV Series documentary Himself - Actor (segment "Denzel")
Whitney Houston: The Greatest Hits 2000 Video documentary Dudley (segment "Step by Step")
Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater 1995 TV Series Joe Miller
All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever! 1994 TV Special Himself
Extra 2014-2016 TV Series Himself / Himself - The Equalizer
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore 2016 TV Series Pvt. Trip
Els dies clau 2015 TV Series documentary Joe Miller
Welcome to the Basement 2015 TV Series Malcom X
Tellement Gay! Homosexualité et pop culture 2015 TV Mini-Series documentary Joe Miller
Live with Kelly and Michael 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Les héritiers 2014 Frank Lucas (uncredited)
Inside Edition 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
Pioneers of Television 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Dr. Philip Chandler - St. Elsewhere
And the Oscar Goes To... 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Cecil B. DeMille Award Golden Globes, USA
2016 All Def Movie Award All Def Movie Awards Best Bad Mu#&a Award
2016 Best of the Fest L.A. Shorts Fest Best Film Tyrese Gibson: Shame (2015) · Paul Hunter
2014 Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award San Sebastián International Film Festival
2013 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Actor Flight (2012)
2013 EDA Special Mention Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Most Egregious Age Difference Between the Leading Man and the Love Interest Flight (2012) · Kelly Reilly
· Nadine Velazquez
2013 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Actor Flight (2012)
2013 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Flight (2012)
2012 AAFCA Award African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) Best Actor Flight (2012)
2012 Golden Camera Golden Camera, Germany Best International Actor
2011 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture The Book of Eli (2010)
2008 BET Award BET Awards Best Actor The Great Debaters (2007)
2008 Christopher Award Christopher Awards Feature Films The Great Debaters (2007) · Robert Eisele (screenwriter)
· Todd Black (producer)
· Kate Forte (producer)
· Oprah Winfrey (producer)
· Joe Roth (producer)
· Molly Allen (co-producer)
· Bob Weinstein (executive producer)
· Harvey Weinstein (executive producer)
· David Crockett (executive producer)
2008 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture The Great Debaters (2007)
2007 Britannia Award BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards Excellence in Film
2005 BET Award BET Awards Humanitarian Award · Pauletta Washington
2004 BET Award BET Awards Best Actor Out of Time (2003)
2003 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Theatrical - Best Director Antwone Fisher (2002)
2003 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Film Antwone Fisher (2002) · Randa Haines
· Todd Black
2003 Freedom Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Antwone Fisher (2002)
2003 Christopher Award Christopher Awards Film Antwone Fisher (2002) · Antwone Fisher (screenwriter/co-producer)
· Todd Black (producer)
· Randa Haines (producer)
· Chris Smith (co-producer)
· Nancy Paloian (executive producer)
2003 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Antwone Fisher (2002)
2003 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture John Q (2002)
2003 Stanley Kramer Award PGA Awards Antwone Fisher (2002) · Todd Black
2002 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role Training Day (2001)
2002 AFI Award AFI Awards, USA Actor of the Year - Male - Movies Training Day (2001)
2002 American Cinematheque Award American Cinematheque Gala Tribute
2002 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Theatrical - Best Actor Training Day (2001)
2002 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Training Day (2001)
2002 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Villain Training Day (2001)
2002 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Director Antwone Fisher (2002)
2001 BET Award BET Awards Best Actor Remember the Titans (2000)
2001 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Theatrical - Best Actor Remember the Titans (2000)
2001 BSFC Award Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Actor Training Day (2001)
2001 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Remember the Titans (2000)
2001 KCFCC Award Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actor Training Day (2001)
2001 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Training Day (2001)
2000 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama The Hurricane (1999)
2000 Silver Berlin Bear Berlin International Film Festival Best Actor The Hurricane (1999)
2000 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Theatrical - Best Actor The Hurricane (1999)
2000 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture The Hurricane (1999)
2000 Humanitarian Award Women in Film Crystal Awards · Pauletta Washington
1998 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Performance in a Youth or Children's Series/Special Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1995)
1997 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture Courage Under Fire (1996)
1997 Entertainer of the Year Award Image Awards
1997 Lone Star Film & Television Award Lone Star Film & Television Awards Best Actor Courage Under Fire (1996)
1997 ShoWest Award ShoWest Convention, USA Male Star of the Year
1997 SEFCA Award Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Courage Under Fire (1996)
1996 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture Crimson Tide (1995)
1996 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Performance in an Animated/Live-Action/Dramatic Youth or Children's Series/Special Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1995)
1995 Golden Apple Golden Apple Awards Male Star of the Year
1995 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Malcolm X (1992)
1994 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture Mississippi Masala (1991)
1993 Silver Berlin Bear Berlin International Film Festival Best Actor Malcolm X (1992)
1993 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Malcolm X (1992)
1993 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Malcolm X (1992)
1993 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Male Performance Malcolm X (1992)
1993 SEFCA Award Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Malcolm X (1992)
1993 Tribute to Independent Vision Award Sundance Film Festival
1992 BSFC Award Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Actor Malcolm X (1992)
1992 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Glory (1989)
1992 KCFCC Award Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actor Malcolm X (1992)
1992 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actor Malcolm X (1992)
1990 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role Glory (1989)
1990 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Glory (1989)
1989 Best Actor Cognac Festival du Film Policier For Queen & Country (1988)
1989 KCFCC Award Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor Glory (1989)
1988 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Power (1986)
1988 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Cry Freedom (1987)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Outstanding Actor, Motion Picture The Equalizer (2014)
2015 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture The Equalizer (2014)
2015 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Action Movie Actor
2013 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Flight (2012)
2013 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Flight (2012)
2013 AACTA International Award Australian Film Institute Best Actor Flight (2012)
2013 BET Award BET Awards Best Actor Flight (2012)
2013 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Flight (2012)
2013 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best WTF Moment Flight (2012)
2013 NCFCA Award North Carolina Film Critics Association Best Actor Flight (2012)
2013 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor Flight (2012)
2013 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Flight (2012)
2012 BET Award BET Awards Best Actor Safe House (2012)
2012 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Flight (2012)
2012 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Flight (2012)
2012 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Best Actor of the Year Flight (2012)
2012 HFCS Award Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor Flight (2012)
2012 IGN Award IGN Summer Movie Awards Best Movie Actor Flight (2012)
2012 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Motion Picture Flight (2012)
2012 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Best Actor Flight (2012)
2012 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Special Merit (for best scene, cinematic technique or other memorable aspect or moment) Flight (2012) · Tamara Tunie
· Brian Geraghty
· Nadine Velazquez
2012 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Actor Flight (2012)
2012 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Flight (2012)
2011 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Actor Unstoppable (2010)
2011 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Actor The Book of Eli (2010)
2011 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Film The Book of Eli (2010) · Broderick Johnson
· Andrew A. Kosove
· Joel Silver
· David Valdes
2011 Grace Award MovieGuide Awards Most Inspiring Movie Acting The Book of Eli (2010)
2010 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Actor The Book of Eli (2010)
2010 BET Award BET Awards Best Actor The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)
2010 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Actor The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)
2010 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)
2010 Scream Award Scream Awards Best Science Fiction Actor The Book of Eli (2010)
2008 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama American Gangster (2007)
2008 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Actor American Gangster (2007)
2008 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television) The Great Debaters (2007)
2008 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Male Performance American Gangster (2007)
2008 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Villain American Gangster (2007)
2008 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Male Movie Star
2008 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture American Gangster (2007) · Armand Assante
· Josh Brolin
· Russell Crowe
· Ruby Dee
· Chiwetel Ejiofor
· Idris Elba
· Cuba Gooding Jr.
· Carla Gugino
· John Hawkes
· Ted Levine
· Joe Morton
· Lymari Nadal
· John Ortiz
· RZA
· Yul Vazquez
2007 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Actor Inside Man (2006)
2007 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Inside Man (2006)
2007 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Male Movie Star
2007 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama American Gangster (2007)
2006 BET Award BET Awards Best Actor Inside Man (2006)
2006 Black Movie Award Black Movie Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Inside Man (2006)
2005 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Man on Fire (2004)
2005 Jupiter Award Jupiter Award Best International Actor The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
2005 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Male Movie Star
2004 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Film: Best Actor Out of Time (2003)
2004 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Out of Time (2003)
2003 BET Award BET Awards Best Actor Antwone Fisher (2002)
2003 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Theatrical - Best Actor John Q (2002)
2003 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Theatrical - Best Supporting Actor Antwone Fisher (2002)
2003 MTV TRL Award MTV TRL Awards Biggest Friggin Star to Ever Appear on TRL Award
2003 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Director Antwone Fisher (2002)
2003 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Director Antwone Fisher (2002)
2002 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Training Day (2001)
2002 BET Award BET Awards Best Actor Training Day (2001)
2002 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Training Day (2001)
2002 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Training Day (2001)
2002 Sierra Award Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor Training Day (2001)
2002 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Line Training Day (2001)
2002 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor Training Day (2001)
2002 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama Training Day (2001)
2002 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Training Day (2001)
2001 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Non-Fiction Special Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks (2000) · Cecil Cox (executive producer)
· Sheila Nevins (executive producer)
· Craig Laurence Rice (executive producer/director)
· St. Clair Bourne (producer)
· Jacqueline Glover (supervising producer)
· Lisa Heller (supervising producer)
· Lou Potter (writer)
2001 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor - Drama Remember the Titans (2000)
2001 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Best Actor of the Year Training Day (2001)
2001 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama Remember the Titans (2000)
2000 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role The Hurricane (1999)
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor - Drama The Hurricane (1999)
2000 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor The Hurricane (1999)
2000 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actor The Hurricane (1999)
2000 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Motion Picture Actor
2000 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama The Hurricane (1999)
2000 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role The Hurricane (1999)
1999 Black Film Award Acapulco Black Film Festival Best Actor He Got Game (1998)
1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor - Suspense The Siege (1998)
1999 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture He Got Game (1998)
1999 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Motion Picture Actor
1999 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Motion Picture Actor
1997 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Courage Under Fire (1996)
1997 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Drama Actor Courage Under Fire (1996)
1997 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Motion Picture Actor
1996 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
1996 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Male Performance Crimson Tide (1995)
1995 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Informational Special Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream (1995) · Michael Tollin (executive producer/director/writer)
· Debra Martin Chase (executive producer)
· Brian Robbins (executive producer)
· David Houle (executive producer for tv prod. partners)
· Jack Myers (executive producer for tv prod. partners)
· Fredric Golding (producer)
· Dorian Harewood (narrator)
· Pat Mitchell (executive producer for tbsp)
· Tom McMahon (supervising producer for tbsp)
· Vivian Schiller (senior producer for tbsp)
1995 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
1994 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Most Desirable Male The Pelican Brief (1993)
1994 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best On-Screen Duo Philadelphia (1993) · Tom Hanks
1993 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role Malcolm X (1992)
1993 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Malcolm X (1992)
1990 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Glory (1989)
1988 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role Cry Freedom (1987)
1988 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Cry Freedom (1987)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2002 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Actor Training Day (2001)
2001 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Training Day (2001)
1996 BSFC Award Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Actor Courage Under Fire (1996)
1992 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Malcolm X (1992)
1990 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Supporting Actor Glory (1989)
1989 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor Glory (1989)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2001 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actor Training Day (2001)
1993 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Actor Malcolm X (1992)

TitleSalary
The Equalizer (2014) $20 .000.000
2 Guns (2013) $20,000,000
American Gangster (2007) $40,000,000
Man on Fire (2004) $20,000,000
Out of Time (2003) $20,000,000
Training Day (2001) $12,000,000
The Hurricane (1999) $10,000,000
The Siege (1998) $12,000,000
Fallen (1998) $12,000,000
Courage Under Fire (1996) $10,000,000
Virtuosity (1995) $7,500,000

#Fact
1 Dropped out of junior college with a 1.7 GPA.
2 He was the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards.
3 Became only the sixth actor to win both leading and supporting acting Oscars. The other five are Robert De Niro, Gene Hackman, Kevin Spacey, Jack Lemmon and Jack Nicholson.
4 Became a father for the 3rd and 4th time at age 36 when his wife Pauletta Washington gave birth to their twins Malcolm Washington and Olivia Washington on April 10, 1991.
5 Became a father for the 2nd time at age 32 when his wife Pauletta Washington gave birth to their daughter Katia Washington on November 27, 1987.
6 Revealed on The Graham Norton Show (2007) that he dislocated his right hand little finger while playing football, so much so that it frequently pops out of joint. In several of his films, this would happen in the middle of a take, so he can frequently be seen fidgeting to conceal or fix it. He has since had the condition surgically corrected.
7 Became a father for the 1st time at age 29 when his wife Pauletta Washington gave birth to their son John David Washington on July 28, 1984.
8 Eva Mendes and Paula Patton have each played his love interest twice - Mendes in Training Day (2001) and Out of Time (2003), and Patton in Deja Vu (2006) and 2 Guns (2013).
9 Won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for "Fences".
10 The longest he has gone without an Oscar nomination is 11 years, between Training Day (2001) and Flight (2012).
11 Has starred in three remakes: The Manchurian Candidate (2004), The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) and Man on Fire (2004).
12 Has worked twice with Chiwetel Ejiofor. In Inside Man (2006), they played police detectives; in American Gangster (2007), they played criminals.
13 Among his favorite black actors are - Idris Elba and Chiwetel Ejiofor - who happen to be British, and both of whom co-starred with Washington in American Gangster (2007).
14 Likes to point out the difference between his father's and his first name: Denzel. Though both are spelled the same, his dad's name is pronounced with the stress on the first syllable - DEN-zel, whereas the actor's name is pronounced - den-ZEL.
15 Lives in Los Angeles, California.
16 Turned down the role that went to George Clooney in Michael Clayton (2007).
17 Performed all of his own stunts for the hand to hand fight sequences in the post-apocalyptic action film The Book of Eli (2010).
18 Was considered for the role of Curtis Taylor Jr. in Dreamgirls (2006). However, Jamie Foxx was cast instead.
19 His performance as Malcolm X in Malcolm X (1992) is ranked #17 on Premiere magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
20 Brother-in-law of actress Rita Pearson.
21 As of 2009, Washington and sound engineers Willie D. Burton and Russell Williams II are the only African-Americans to win two Oscars.
22 (November 11, 2008) Attended the star-studded opening of Dubai's lavish Atlantis Palms resort. Guests were welcomed in style with a display of one million fireworks, said to be visible from space.
23 Broke the pinky finger of his right hand during a childhood basketball accident and never had it set correctly, resulting in the finger healing in a crooked position. The finger is still crooked to this day, bent at the bottom knuckle a full 45 degrees outward from his other fingers.
24 Was considered for the role of Detective Ricardo Tubbs on Miami Vice (1984), which went to Philip Michael Thomas.
25 Was the original choice to play the title character in Blade (1998), which went to Wesley Snipes.
26 The offer he regrets turning down the most is Brad Pitt's role in Se7en (1995).
27 The actors he most wants to work with are Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. The director he most wants to work with is Martin Scorsese.
28 Named Gene Hackman, Angelina Jolie and Dakota Fanning as the most talented actors he has ever worked with.
29 Is a huge fan of the television series Monk (2002). He requested Ted Levine to play a role in American Gangster (2007) because he was a fan of the series. He also worked with Tony Shalhoub in The Siege (1998).
30 When Washington won the Best Actor Oscar for Training Day (2001), Halle Berry won the Best Actress Oscar for Monster's Ball (2001), and Sidney Poitier won the Honorary Award (2001), 2002 marked the first time in Academy Awards history that three African-Americans so dominated the Oscar ceremonies (2002).
31 In 2006, he donated $1 million to Save Africa's Children.
32 According to Forbes, for each dollar he got paid, his movies averaged $10 of gross income. [December 2007]
33 Has worked with both Fanning sisters. He worked with Dakota Fanning in Man on Fire (2004); he worked with (although did not have any scenes with) Elle Fanning in Deja Vu (2006).
34 He spent months on the beat with Washington Post reporters to prepare for The Pelican Brief (1993).
35 To prepare for his attorney role in Philadelphia (1993), he met with two lawyers who were about to become celebrities in their own right: Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. and Carl Douglas.
36 For Courage Under Fire (1996), he trained at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin in California, where he qualified on the M1A1 tank and the 120mm gun, participated in battle games and listened to audiotapes of tank battles in Desert Storm.
37 Almost every summer he and his family go to Italy on vacation.
38 Son of Lennis Washington, a beautician and former Gospel singer.
39 Received an honorary degree (Doctor of Humane Letters) from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia on May 20, 2007.
40 At one point, was to star as Dr. Alex Cross in Kiss the Girls (1997), had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.
41 Voted as America's Favorite Movie Star in the 2006 and 2007 Harris Polls.
42 Good friends with actress Julia Roberts.
43 His daughter, Katia Washington, currently attends Yale University.
44 Turned down the role of Cinque in Amistad (1997), which went to Djimon Hounsou.
45 Turned down the role of Detective David Mills in Se7en (1995), which went to Brad Pitt.
46 Claims his personal favorite performances are his works in Cry Freedom (1987), Glory (1989), Malcolm X (1992) and Training Day (2001).
47 Turned down Se7en (1995). He opted to do another detective thriller that year, Devil in a Blue Dress (1995).
48 Has worked with both Ridley Scott and Tony Scott. Ridley directed him in American Gangster (2007). He has worked with Ridley's brother, Tony, on five films, which are: Crimson Tide (1995), Man on Fire (2004), Deja Vu (2006), The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) and Unstoppable (2010).
49 Has two films on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time. They are: Glory (1989) at #31 and Philadelphia (1993) at #20.
50 Son John David Washington recently signed as a running back with the St. Louis Rams. [May 2006]
51 As of 2006, he is the most Oscar-winning (two) and most nominated (five) black actor/actress in Academy history.
52 Is the second of three children.
53 He and his family visited the troops at Brook Army Medical Center, in San Antonio, Texas (BAMC). There are some buildings there called Fisher Houses. The Fisher House is a Hotel where soldiers' families can stay, for little or no charge, while their soldier is staying in the Hospital. BAMC has quite a few of these houses on base, but as you can imagine, they are almost filled most of the time. He was given a tour of one of the Fisher Houses and subsequent to his visit sent them one of the largest donations they've ever received.
54 Though his first theatrical film was a comedy (Carbon Copy (1981)), he has only done three more since. Has mentioned that he's always wanted to do a great one.
55 Has played two soldiers who have suffered traumatic, life-changing experiences while fighting in the 1991 Persian Gulf War: Lt. Colonel Nathaniel Serling in Courage Under Fire (1996) and Major Ben Marco in The Manchurian Candidate (2004).
56 Is the first African-American actor to receive two Academy Awards.
57 Chosen as People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive (1996).
58 Premiere magazine ranked him as #39 on a list of the Greatest Movie Stars of All Time in their Stars in Our Constellation feature (2005).
59 Ranked #59 on VH1's 100 Hottest Hotties
60 Has worn some kind of military uniform in at least six of his films.
61 First studied Biology in hopes of becoming a doctor, then switched to Political Science then to a Journalism/Drama major in college.
62 Cites star-athletes like Jim Brown and Gale Sayers as the role models of his youth.
63 He was at his mother's beauty parlor, when a woman getting her hair done saw him and told someone to get her a piece of paper and she wrote at the top "Prophecy" and then wrote that Denzel would grow up and one day speak to millions. Denzel kept the bit of paper in his wallet. The woman was known as a prophetess in their church and community.
64 Tom Hanks said working with Washington on Philadelphia (1993) was like "going to film school". Hanks said he learned more about acting by watching Denzel than from anyone else.
65 Was awarded the title of "Police Chief for a Day" when he was a member of The Boys and Girls Club of America as a child. The photo was shown during his latest appearance on Live with Kelly and Michael (1988).
66 He and his family are members of the same church as actors Dwayne Winstead, Sy Richardson, Marvin Wright-Bey and Fitz Houston.
67 Cousin is newsman Ukee Washington, who co-anchors the news on the CBS affiliate in Philadelphia.
68 Ranked #28 in Premiere magazine's 2003 annual Power 100 List. Had ranked #40 in 2002.
69 Named by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World (2002).
70 Only the second black actor (after Sidney Poitier) to win the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role (for Training Day (2001)). Poitier received the honorary Academy Award that same year.
71 Is a spokesperson for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, having been a member of the Boys Club once himself.
72 His father was a Pentecostal minister; his mother a beautician and former gospel singer. They divorced when he was 14.
73 Met his wife Pauletta Washington in 1977 when both had small roles in the television movie Wilma (1977) (she was billed as Pauletta Pearson), the story of runner Wilma Rudolph. They wed five years later.
74 Supports charities such as the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, and the Gathering Place (an AIDS hospice).
75 Named one of E!'s "top 20 entertainers of 2001".
76 Frequent collaborator of Spike Lee.
77 In the early 1980s, years before he portrayed Malcolm X in the Spike Lee film Malcolm X (1992), Washington portrayed Malcolm in the off-Broadway production of "When the Chickens Came Home to Roost", at the Henry Street Theatre in New York City.
78 Denzel is named after his father who was in turn named after the doctor, Doctor Denzel, who had delivered him.
79 According to a 1995 Premiere magazine article, Denzel confronted director Quentin Tarantino when he visited the set of Crimson Tide (1995). Quentin had done an uncredited rewrite of the script. Denzel lambasted Tarantino about his use of racial slurs in his films. Tarantino got embarrassed and wanted to move the conversation to a more private area. Denzel said, "No, if we're going to discuss it, let's discuss it now." Denzel later said he still felt that Quentin was "a fine artist".
80 Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World (1990).
81 In a Newsweek cover story about the biological basis of the perception of beauty, he was used as a key example in a scientific explanation why he is considered an extremely handsome man.
82 1996 Harvard Foundation Award
83 Received his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Fordham University in New York City.
84 To prepare for his role as boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter in The Hurricane (1999), Washington worked out for a year with Los Angeles boxing trainer Terry Claybon.
85 Son, Malcolm, was named in honor of Malcolm X.
86 Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#77) (1995).

#Quote
1 [Excerpt from his commencement speech to the 2015 graduates of Dillard University] While you're on your knees in the morning, say thank you. Say thank you in advance for what is already yours. ... True desire in the heart for anything good is God's proof to you sent beforehand that it's already yours. ... When you get it, reach back, pull someone else up. Each one, teach one. Don't just aspire to make a living, aspire to make a difference.
2 [Excerpt from his commencement speech to the 2015 graduates of Dillard University] You'll never see a U-Haul truck behind a hearse, I don't care how much money you make, you can't take it with you. ... It's not about how much money you have, it's what you do with it.
3 [Excerpt from his commencement speech to the 2015 graduates of Dillard University] Don't be afraid to fail big, to dream big, but remember, dreams without goals, are just dreams. And they ultimately fuel disappointment. I try to give myself a goal every day, sometimes it's just not to curse somebody out.
4 [from his commencement speech to the 2015 graduates of Dillard University] Put God first: Everything that I have is by the grace of God, understand that. It's a gift. I didn't always stick with Him, but He stuck with me.
5 [Excerpt from his commencement speech to the 2015 graduates of Dillard University] Just because you're doing a lot more, doesn't mean you're getting a lot more done.
6 I started on the stage. I prefer the stage. I'd never thought that what has happened would happen. Get on the stage. You learn how to act on stage. Not in film, not in TV. [2015]
7 [on Flight (2012)] If it ain't on the page, it ain't on the stage. I read tons of scripts, and I know it's very rare, but this is like a Eugene O'Neil play - the tears are on the page.
8 Tony Scott was a great director, a genuine friend, and it is unfathomable to think that he is now gone. He had a tremendous passion for life and for the art of filmmaking, and was able to share this passion with all of us through his cinematic brilliance.
9 Long ago, I made a commitment to completely cut out drinking and anything that might hamper me from getting my mind and body together. And the floodgates of goodness have opened upon me, spiritually and financially.
10 (1995 quote) This "famous" stuff, I guess you can get caught up in it. You can even get caught up in fighting it, pretending it doesn't exist. But it already alters who you are, just in the fact that you're trying to deny it. I just turned 40 and my wife and I had a quiet getaway. I didn't want a big party or anything. I just wanted to reflect on what I've done with the first 40 years and what I want to do now. I think I'm just starting to figure out how to do it, you know, how to simplify things in life. Around my birthday, I was listening to this motivational speaker, Les Brown, who made this analogy about ghosts around his bed. He was saying when you die, imagine you had these ghosts around your bed that represent your unfulfilled potential. Things that should have been done, should have been experienced. How many ghosts are going to be around your bed when your time comes? People can say about me or anyone, "Oh, you're great at this", but you have to look at yourself and say, "How do I feel about what I've done?". That's all that matters.
11 (1995 quote) It was never my dream to be famous. I didn't start acting to be a movie star. I started in the theater and my desire was to get better at my craft. It's still my desire. I don't consider myself a movie star, nor do I really have the desire to be one. I'm just an entertainer. An actor who works hard at his craft. Whatever labels people give me, that's not really me or part of my process. Come and talk with me again on my 50th birthday and I may feel differently, but right now, I'm just taking the lesson from one of my old teachers who said, "Don't be afraid to fail big.".
12 [on the whipping scene in Glory (1989)] - I remember walking around before that scene, just praying and calling on the spirits of all the slaves, because I didn't know how to play it. I was like, "Okay, fellas, just tell me what to do." And I went out there with an arrogance. I spit on the ground. I had this attitude and this strength -- it all came out of this meditation. It wasn't calculated. It was organic. That whip actually hurt, but I was like, "Don't let him win."
13 [on Philadelphia (1993)] - [Director] Jonathan Demme said to me, 'Look, we don't want your character to go 360 degrees. It's not like by the end of the movie he's leading a gay and lesbian parade'. If we'd done that, it would have let people like this character off the hook. But at the end, he touches [Tom Hanks' character] -- and that's huge for him. [Pauses, then laughs] I used to mess with Tom. He was barely eating at all, and I would put out, like, 200 Almond Joys in his drawer to give him a hard time. I'd pretend to sneeze and all these Snickers would fall on the ground. I'm sure he laughed all the way up to the podium when he won the Oscar.
14 [on the supposed factual inaccuracies of The Hurricane (1999)] - I heard that. We'll never know, will we? The film was touchy because people were murdered and a lot of people felt that Rubin did it. So you're opening old wounds. Malcolm X (1992) was more dangerous, but The Hurricane (1999) might have been more controversial.
15 [on Training Day (2001)] - My son talked me into doing that movie. He was like, 'Dad, you've never done anything like this'. I just hadn't been asked before. The only film that was sort of dark that I'd turned down was _Se7en (1995)_. They offered me the Brad Pitt part, but I was like, "This is so dark and evil." Then when I saw the movie, I was like, "Oh, shoot".
16 [on The Book of Eli (2010)] - We shot in New Mexico, and the environment definitely helped. It was bleak. It got chilly and windy. The wind was the biggest deal. You'd have to wash the sand out of your nose and eyes. The world that the movie takes place in, the opportunity to do all this "Blade" kind of martial-arts stuff, working with the Hughes brothers -- it was an interesting combination of things.
17 [on the 2002 Academy Awards and his win] - I didn't want to go to the Oscars. After Hurricane, I was like, "I don't feel like dealing with these people. I'm just not going to go." In order to protect yourself, you almost have to not care. So that night I didn't care -- and, of course, they go, "Here".
18 Man gives you the award but God gives you the reward.
19 The acting coach Stanislavsky talks about cutting 90 percent. So you do research, research, research, then you drop it and listen when you're in the scene and know who you are. You never know how it's gonna come around. That's why you go out there and find out. It's because you need the human beings that hook you into the character. Maybe I'm not as imaginative as the average actor. I need some kind of a hook sometimes.
20 (on having to do publicity) I'm an actor, so that's the bottom line. I'm not a marketing whatever. My strength does not lie in marketing a product called "Denzel". That's not what I do. My strength lies in playing a part and hopefully entertaining and affecting people on some level. Now I'm not being naive. I know that marketing comes into play when you're spending 50 or 60 million dollars of other people's money to make a film. You have to be involved in marketing that product. But the publicity gets to be boring. How many times can I tell the same story? I understand the importance of doing publicity for a film, so I'm willing to do that, but I don't want to sit around talking about myself. That's not a great day for me. That's not my idea of fun.
21 (1998 quote on his career) In any craft or artistic endeavor you want to do different things. You want to go to different places, you want to find different ways to go about it. You may have your constants, but you're looking to go into new territories, new angles, new challenges. So that's how it is for me as an actor. I couldn't play the same guy eight times and I don't have to. I think I've said all of my career, I'm not a celebrity. I'm not a movie star. I'm just an actor who is more popular right now. I don't even know what a movie star is. And one of the reasons why I keep on going back to make movies that don't have such huge budgets is that it's not as much pressure. You feel like you can take more chances.
22 (on what inspires him as an actor) I like to go to new places. To specify, it is to say that I like not knowing. I like knowing when I get there. I know when it starts coming around and it raises the hair or it doesn't. I was trained in the theater. So it was instilled in me as a young performer to take chances and not to worry about all that, because failure is a part of growth. If you're gonna fail, fail big and take chances. So I've done that, or I've tried to do that.
23 (on what he enjoys about making films) The magic. There's fun creating that magic. Bringing something to life, whatever. Putting together a character. The twists and the turns that people don't expect. So to sit around and talk about it before someone sees it is boring. I think there should be some mystery in it. Who wants to know everything about it? I think it ruins movies when you know everything about how the movie was made and put together. If you explain, it's like showing you the trick before I show you the magic. Let me explain to you how it works. All right, now come see the show. It's supposed to be magic. And being an actor is about creating that magic.
24 (1998 quote on his long-standing marriage) She puts up with me. I think, also, in a way the traveling helps. We're able to travel together and also be apart sometimes. Not everybody gets to live like that. Twenty years now. It's like you start to pat yourself on the back when you look around you and you see that very few people have 20 years into a marriage.
25 (1998 quote on his career) With four children I have to maximize the work I do now financially. It's like I have to do one film for financial reasons, as opposed to when I was single, or before we had all of these children. I find that I'm not as good at not working as I thought I would be. I get itchy. My wife also says I'm only good for about three weeks of downtime. But I'm learning a decent pace now. I try to take four or five months off between jobs.
26 (on making movies) It's simple: You get a part. You play a part. You play it well. You do your work and you go home. And what is wonderful about movies is that once they're done, they belong to the people. Once you make it, it's what they see. That's where my head is at.
27 (on refusing the role in Amistad (1997)) I just didn't see myself in Amistad (1997). I ain't putting no chains around my neck. I'm not in the mood right now, too edgy. It just wasn't for me. I'm not having it. I'm like, "Yeah, that's what happened then, but how about me cutting everybody's head off and end the movie there?".
28 For the movie Glory (1989), before going out to shoot the whipping scene, I'm backstage in a room, and I'm thinking, how am I gonna do this scene? All I did - you know people ask me, how did you prepare? - I say, I prayed. And I got on my knees and they were waiting for me, and I prayed. And then I prayed to all the spirits. I said, "Look fellas, ladies" and I'm talking about those who have been, and I said, "Look I don't know, I'm just rolling with you all. Just whatever happens, I'm going. And I said are you with me? Come on!" I'm serious! And I went out there and what hit me was, I'm in charge. Never put my head down. This isn't the first time this has happened to me, the character - and ,in fact, I had the guy build all the scars to put on my back - and I went out there with an attitude that I'm going to take this and not fold. But it hurt. And the tear was actually real. You know, you just allow it and you're thankful for it. It's not technical. It's not science. It's spirit.
29 Acting is just a way of making a living, the family is life.
30 I remain thankful for the gifts that I've been given and I try to use them in a good way, in a positive way.
31 (when asked what prompted him to go to Hollywood) The only way I'm going to L.A. is with a job.
32 (when asked which does he call home, Los Angeles or New York City) I root for the Knicks. I root for the Yankees.
33 [on being late for the 1987 Oscars] I was a mess. I don't know if I ate bad food or if it was too much tension, but I got sick. There was a huge traffic jam, and I remember saying "Look, it took me all this time to get here - I'm showing up in a limousine and I don't care how late I am." By the time I got there, there was no red carpet. Everyone was inside because the show had already started.
34 [on what roles he would like to redo] Probably Shakespeare. I did "Othello" in college, and "Richard III", and those are the two roles I'd like to revisit. Movies? There's a couple I wish I hadn't done. I won't say which ones, but there are a couple of mistakes there.
35 People say, "Congratulations, you finally got the Oscar", and I have to correct them: "Actually, it's my second one. I won for Glory (1989) in 1989." Some people say, "Yeah, but that was for a supporting actor role", but for me, it's the same thing.
36 [on shooting action scenes] I have to try and find a way to remain positive because those days are boring to me, really, just hanging off the side of a building, fighting or grunting.
37 [on working with young female co-stars] That ain't fair, really. Michelle Pfeiffer hasn't been finding a lot of work recently because she doesn't like what a woman her age is offered. That's a real double standard. You get Sean Connery, who gets older and older, still playing opposite young ladies, but it doesn't work the other way around.
38 [on approaching 50] I have a friend who says "The first 50 was for them, this 50's for me." I like that. The weirdest part of it, or even the saddest part, is that you start to see people die. You go "Man! He wasn't even that old." I lost a friend recently who died of a heart attack. He was 58. When I was 20, 58 was old. It ain't now.
39 [on where he likes to keep his Oscars] Next to each other.
40 I'm very proud to be black, but black is not all I am. That's my cultural historical background, my genetic makeup, but it's not all of who I am nor is it the basis from which I answer every question.
41 (In 1998) Acting's like someone asking you for years to write the characters, but they write the book.

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1 Frequently when his character is making a decision or changing his course of action, he will say, "Okay. Okay."
2 Frequently works with director Edward Zwick
3 Frequently works with directors Spike Lee and Tony Scott
4 Fiery anger driven tirades
5 In almost all the films - e.g. Man on Fire (2004), American Gangster (2007), John Q (2002) - where he handles or uses sidearms (usually a 9mm Beretta or similar pistols), there's a scene of him swiftly ejecting a bullet from the loaded chamber by pulling back the slide assembly and subsequently catching the bullet before it falls to the ground.
6 Frequently plays military commanders and law enforcement officers
7 Often portrays real people: Rubin "Hurricane" Carter in The Hurricane (1999), Malcolm X in Malcolm X (1992), Herman Boone in Remember the Titans (2000), Frank Lucas in American Gangster (2007), Steve Biko in Cry Freedom (1987) and Melvin Tolson in The Great Debaters (2007).

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