Denzel Washington

Actor, screenwriter, director, producer Denzel Washington

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.
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Denzel Washington follows in Jack Lemmon's footsteps when it comes to the Oscars
LATimes - 3 days
Denzel Washington, Oscar-nominated for the title role in “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” has an Academy Awards profile that parallels Jack Lemmon's in many ways. Here’s a by-the-numbers rundown: 2, 8 – Number of Oscars and nominations, respectively, that Washington, 63 — up for lead actor this year —...
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The true believers: Denzel Washington and director Dan Gilroy team up for social justice
LATimes - 2 months
Dan Gilroy’s “Nightcrawler” is about as jaded a view of modern journalism as recent cinema has to offer. So hearing the writer-director’s “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” starring Denzel Washington, is set at the intersection of litigation — with all its loopholes, compromises and questionable motives...
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SAG Award nominees include Denzel Washington, Margot Robbie and more
ABC News - 2 months
Oscar-winners Denzel Washington and Judi Dench top the list, along with the younger generation of stars like Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan.
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WATCH: Denzel Washington on why he loves the character in his newest role
ABC News - 3 months
Washington appears on "Popcorn With Peter Travers" to talk about preparing to play the borderline savant defense attorney.
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The Complex Character Of 'Roman J. Israel, Esq.'
NPR - 3 months
Brilliant but socially awkward, criminal defense attorney Roman J. Israel (Denzel Washington) must re-enter the job market after his law firm goes under in the new film Roman J. Israel, Esq.
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Denzel Washington presses case for 'Roman J. Israel'
CNN - 3 months
Denzel Washington, the producer, has developed a knack for finding great roles for Denzel Washington, the actor -- last year in "Fences" (which he also directed), this year in "Roman J. Israel, Esq." Washington's quirky performance shines brightly, but in a movie that otherwise doesn't present an especially strong case for rushing out to see it.
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Denzel Washington is back in the awards mix with TIFF entry 'Roman J. Israel, Esq.'
LATimes - 6 months
Remember the Oscar that Denzel Washington almost won earlier this year for “Fences”? It looks as if he’s going to have a prime opportunity for another chance to earn that third Academy Award this season. Washington’s latest movie, a legal thriller titled “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” will premiere in...
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Denzel Washington to Star in ‘Iceman Cometh’ on Broadway
New York Times - 6 months
The Oscar- and Tony-winning actor will play the lead role in a production of the Eugene O’Neill drama, directed by George C. Wolfe.
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James Corden Sends 297 Copies Of 'Philadelphia' To Donald Trump
Huffington Post - 8 months
James Corden blasted President Donald Trump Tuesday for ignoring the HIV/AIDS crisis ―but he’s come up with a humorous solution to educate him. Following a report that six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS resigned in protest against Trump’s lack of policies to fight the epidemic, Corden urged Trump to readjust his attitude. Corden became serious as he pointed out that nearly 60 percent of the more than 1.1 million people in the U.S. who live with HIV and AIDS are unable to access lifesaving medications, and questioned whether the president cared. Then “The Late Late Show” host changed gears, surmising that this was perhaps because Trump has never seen the acclaimed 1993 AIDS drama “Philadelphia” starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. The film enlightened Corden, and he thinks it could have the same effect on the president. So Corden’s staff, at first rebuffed by the White House, sent 297 copies of “Philadelphia” to Trump’s Mar-a-L...
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8 Things Every Broadway Fan Should Watch, Read Or See Before The Tonys
Huffington Post - 9 months
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Deputy fired for waving weapons, quoting Denzel Washington
Yahoo News - 10 months
LEESBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff's deputy is out of a job after officials say he waved his firearm and stun gun while quoting lines from Denzel Washington's character in "Training Day," a movie about a corrupt law enforcement officer.
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New video: 'Fences' is a must-see for fans of master-class level acting
LATimes - 12 months
New on Blu-ray “Fences” (Paramount DVD, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99; also available on VOD) Denzel Washington and Viola Davis reprise their Tony-winning roles in a big-screen adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer-winning play “Fences,” about an ornery ex-Negro League ballplayer who dominates and oppresses...
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Let's Not Pit British And American Black Actors Against Each Other
Huffington Post - 12 months
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Octavia Spencer Riffs On American Mixup Over Black Films On 'SNL'
Huffington Post - 12 months
“Saturday Night Live” guest host Octavia Spencer was less interested in taking swipes at the Trump administration than in grappling with America’s confusion over its black films at the Oscars. Spencer joked about the frequent confusion over her most recent movie, “Hidden Figures” ― which has been repeatedly conflated with “Fences,” a separate movie starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. “People have been so kind to me about that movie. So many people have been coming up to me, saying, ‘I love Hidden Fences!’” she quipped. They’re only similar in that they feature African Americans. “Hidden Figures” is about the black female mathematicians and engineers at NASA who helped launch John Glenn into space, while “Fences” is a complex story about the African American experience in Pittsburgh that centers on a black garbage collector who once had dreams of the big leagues. Both films were up for best picture at this year’s Academy Awards (the honor ultimately went...
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I'm Liberal, But I Joined Almost 30 Pro-Trump Facebook Groups
Huffington Post - 12 months
Two weeks ago, I joined 25+ of Facebook’s most active, most popular and biggest Donald Trump voter groups, nearly 2 dozen Facebook groups in all, representing more than 1 million voters. Three of whom have seen Blackish on ABC and a couple of dozen who pronounce “fajita” – “fah-jeet-uh.” Anyway, I quit all the liberal pages I read like Mother Jones, HuffPost, NY Times, Slate and anything with “Science” in the title. I unfriended all my friends and now my Facebook news feed is JUST 100% pure Donald Trump 24/7. The only thing I read now are things shared by Trump’s Facebook voters: the news stories they love; both real and fake, the memes they create and the polls they love, like today’s, which asked: Do you consider black lives matter a terrorist organization? At the time I read that particular post, 500 people said yes, black lives matter is a terrorist organization. While down in the comments, two people thought “Black Lives Matter” was that Denzel Washington movie about a...
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Jimmy Kimmel on the Oscars' Best Picture Mix-Up: "Clyde Threw Bonnie Under the Bus" - E! Online
Google News - 12 months
E! Online Jimmy Kimmel on the Oscars' Best Picture Mix-Up: "Clyde Threw Bonnie Under the Bus" E! Online The Jimmy Kimmel Live! host opened Monday's show by discussing the most talked about moments of the 89th Academy Awards. At the top of his monologue, he asked the audience, "Have any of you here ever hosted the Oscars before? Except for the end, ... Jimmy Kimmel explains how Denzel Washington saved 'Moonlight's' Oscar speechLos Angeles Times Jimmy Kimmel Recaps Oscars Snafu: "Clyde Threw Bonnie Under the Bus!"Hollywood Reporter Watch Jimmy Kimmel on Oscars' Chaotic Best Picture ErrorRollingStone.com Deadline -EW.com -Chicago Tribune -Washington Post all 1,298 news articles »
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Denzel Washington 'marries' Gary from Chicago and girlfriend at the Oscars
Chicago Times - 12 months
An unsuspecting group of tourists got a trip right into the heart of Hollywood Sunday night that included kisses from Denzel Washington, selfies with Ryan Gosling and a chance to rub a newly won gold statuette called Oscar. Host Jimmy Kimmel told the Dolby Theatre audience during Sunday's Academy...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Denzel Washington
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 61
    In 2016, Washington starred as one of the leads in the remake of 1960 western film of the same name, The Magnificent Seven, alongside Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Lee Byung-hun, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett, and Peter Sarsgaard.
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    He is currently in post production for his second directorial effort, Fences, starring himself opposite Viola Davis, slated for a December 25, 2016 release.
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    In 2016, Washington was selected as the recipient for the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 59
    In April 2014, Washington presented at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Easter Bonnet Competition with Bryan Cranston, Idina Menzel and Fran Drescher, after raising donations at his Broadway show Raisin in the Sun.
    In 2014 he starred in The Equalizer, an action thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Richard Wenk, based on the television series of same name starring Edward Woodward.
    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.
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  • 2013
    Age 58
    In 2013, Washington starred in 2 Guns, alongside Mark Walberg.
  • 2012
    Age 57
    In 2012, Washington starred in Flight, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor.
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  • 2010
    Age 55
    Also in 2010, he starred as a veteran railroad engineer in the action film Unstoppable, about an unmanned, half-mile-long runaway freight train carrying dangerous cargo.
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    In 2010, Washington starred in The Book of Eli, a post-Apocalyptic drama set in the near future.
    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.
  • 2009
    Age 54
    He next appeared in Tony Scott's 2009 film The Taking of Pelham 123 (a remake of the 1974 thriller of the same name), where he played New York City subway security chief Walter Garber opposite John Travolta's villain.
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  • 2008
    Age 53
    In 2008, Washington visited Israel with a delegation of African-American artists in honor of the state's 60th birthday.
  • 2007
    Age 52
    In 2007, Washington co-starred with Russell Crowe, for the second time after 1995's Virtuosity, in Ridley Scott's American Gangster.
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  • 2006
    Age 51
    In 2006, Washington worked alongside Irish rock band The Script on a project combining music and Hollywood.
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    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.
  • FORTIES
  • 2004
    Age 49
    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.
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  • 2003
    Age 48
    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.
  • 2002
    Age 47
    After appearing in 2002's box office success, the healthcare-themed John Q., Washington directed his first film, a well-reviewed drama called Antwone Fisher, in which he also co-starred.
    In 2002, he made his directorial debut with biographical film Antwone Fisher.
  • 2001
    Age 46
    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.
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  • 2000
    Age 45
    In 2000, Washington appeared in the Disney film Remember the Titans which grossed over $100 million in the U.S. That year, Washington also won a Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Dramatic Movie for his work in The Hurricane.
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    Washington did receive a Golden Globe Award in 2000 and a Silver Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival for the role.
  • 1999
    Age 44
    In 1999, Washington starred in The Hurricane, a film about boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, whose conviction for triple murder was overturned after he spent almost 20 years in prison.
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  • 1998
    Age 43
    In 1998, Washington starred in Spike Lee's film He Got Game.
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  • 1996
    Age 41
    In 1996, he appeared with Whitney Houston in the romantic drama The Preacher's Wife.
    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.
  • 1995
    Age 40
    In 1995, Denzel and Pauletta renewed their wedding vows in South Africa with Archbishop Desmond Tutu officiating.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1993
    Age 38
    The next year he played the lawyer of a gay man with AIDS in the 1993 film Philadelphia.
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  • 1992
    Age 37
    Washington was reunited with Lee to play one of his most critically acclaimed roles, the title character of 1992's Malcolm X.
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  • 1991
    Age 36
    In 1991, he starred as Demetrius Williams in the romantic drama Mississippi Masala.
  • 1990
    Age 35
    In 1990, Washington starred as Bleek Gilliam in the Spike Lee film Mo' Better Blues.
  • 1989
    Age 34
    In 1989, Washington won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of a defiant, self-possessed ex-slave soldier in the film Glory.
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  • 1987
    Age 32
    In 1987, he starred as South African anti-apartheid political activist Steven Biko in Richard Attenborough's Cry Freedom, for which he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1983
    Age 28
    On June 25, 1983, Washington married Pauletta Pearson, whom he met on the set of his first screen work, the television film Wilma.
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  • 1982
    Age 27
    A major career break came when he starred as Dr. Phillip Chandler in NBC's television hospital drama St. Elsewhere, which ran from 1982 to 1988.
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    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.
  • 1977
    Age 22
    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.
  • 1976
    Age 21
    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.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1970
    Age 15
    After Oakland, Washington next attended Mainland High School, a public high school in Daytona Beach, Florida, from 1970 to 1971.
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  • 1968
    Age 13
    Washington attended Pennington-Grimes Elementary School in Mount Vernon until 1968.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1954
    Born
    Born on December 28, 1954.
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