Denzel Washington

Actor + Screenwriter + Director + Producer
Born Dec 28, 1954

Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. is an American actor, film director and film producer. He has received much critical acclaim for his work in film since the 1990s, including for his portrayals of real-life figures, such as Steve Biko, Malcolm X, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, Melvin B. Tolson, Frank Lucas and Herman Boone. Washington has received two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe awards, and a Tony Award.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Denzel Washington.


1954 Birth Born on December 28, 1954.


1968 13 Years Old Washington attended Pennington-Grimes Elementary School in Mount Vernon until 1968. … Read More
1970 15 Years Old After Oakland, Washington next attended Mainland High School, a public high school in Daytona Beach, Florida, from 1970 to 1971. … Read More


1976 21 Years Old Washington spent the summer of 1976 in St. Mary's City, Maryland, in summer stock theater performing Wings of the Morning, the Maryland State play, which was written for him by incorporating an African-American character/narrator based loosely on the historical figure from early colonial Maryland, Mathias Da Sousa.
1977 22 Years Old Shortly after graduating from Fordham, Washington made his screen acting debut in the 1977 made-for-television film Wilma, and his first Hollywood appearance in the 1981 film Carbon Copy.
1982 27 Years Old 1 More Event
He shared a 1982 Distinguished Ensemble Performance Obie Award for playing Private First Class Melvin Peterson in the Off-Broadway Negro Ensemble Company production A Soldier's Play which premiered November 20, 1981.
1983 28 Years Old On June 25, 1983, Washington married Pauletta Pearson, whom he met on the set of his first screen work, the television film Wilma. … Read More


1987 - 1990 3 More Events
1991 36 Years Old In 1991, he starred as Demetrius Williams in the romantic drama Mississippi Masala.
1992 37 Years Old Washington was reunited with Lee to play one of his most critically acclaimed roles, the title character of 1992's Malcolm X. … Read More
1993 38 Years Old The next year he played the lawyer of a gay man with AIDS in the 1993 film Philadelphia. … Read More


1995 40 Years Old In 1995, Denzel and Pauletta renewed their wedding vows in South Africa with Archbishop Desmond Tutu officiating. … Read More
1996 41 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1996, he played a U.S. Army officer who, despondent about a deadly mistake he made, investigates a female chopper commander's worthiness for the Medal of Honor in Courage Under Fire with Meg Ryan.
1998 - 1999 2 More Events
2000 45 Years Old 1 More Event
Washington did receive a Golden Globe Award in 2000 and a Silver Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival for the role.
2001 46 Years Old Washington won an Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2001 cop thriller Training Day, where he played Detective Alonzo Harris, a corrupt Los Angeles cop with questionable law-enforcement tactics. … Read More
2002 47 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2002, he made his directorial debut with biographical film Antwone Fisher.
2003 48 Years Old Between 2003 and 2004, Washington appeared in a series of thrillers that performed generally well at the box office, including Out of Time, Man on Fire, and The Manchurian Candidate.
2004 49 Years Old In mid-2004, Washington visited Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) at Fort Sam Houston, where he participated in a Purple Heart ceremony, presenting medals to three Army soldiers recovering from wounds they received while stationed in Iraq. … Read More


2006 51 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2006, he starred in Inside Man, a Spike Lee-directed bank heist thriller co-starring Jodie Foster and Clive Owen, released in March, and Déjà Vu.
2007 - 2009 3 More Events
In the spring of 2010, Washington played Troy Maxson, opposite Viola Davis, in the Broadway revival of August Wilson's Fences, for which he won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play on June 13, 2010.
2012 - 2013 2 More Events
From April to June 2014, Washington played the leading role in the Broadway production of Lorraine Hansberry's classic drama A Raisin in the Sun, directed by Kenny Leon. … Read More


…  In 2016, Washington was selected as the recipient for the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards.
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