Denzel Washington
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Denzel
Washington

Denzel Washington has spent three decades in the top tier of Hollywood celebrity as a towering screen presence with limitless talent. 

An ageless sex symbol who could have coasted on the strength of his charisma alone, Washington has consistently surprised over the course of his storied career, making bold acting choices while stretching himself as a director and producer. One of the most acclaimed and influential entertainers of all time, the six-time Oscar nominee has also been a tireless force off-camera, backing challenging films while offering opportunities to unheralded talents.

Born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., Washington got his start on the stage before becoming a star on the NBC drama “St. Elsewhere.” His breakthrough movie role came with an Oscar-nominated performance in 1987’s “Cry Freedom.” He won Academy Awards for the civil war drama “Glory” and the crime thriller “Training Day,” while earning acclaim for collaborations with the likes of Spike Lee, Tony Scott, and Antoine Fuqua. In 2010 Washington won a Tony for the Broadway revival of August Wilson’s “Fences,” which he adapted for the screen in 2016 as producer, director, and co-star.

Career

  • TRAINING DAY
  • MALCOLM X
  • GLORY

Education

  • Fordham University (NY, USA)
  • American Conservatory Theater (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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AFI Honoree Denzel Washington on 'Backing Into' Acting

AFI Honoree Denzel Washington on 'Backing Into' Acting

Considering Denzel Washington is a two-time Academy Award winner and widely agreed upon as one of the greatest actors of all time, it’s strange to think he never considered acting until he was in college.“I kind of backed into it,” Washington admits. “I never thought about acting, I didn’t know anything about it. But I fell in love with it. Ignorance is bliss.”Washington began acting on a whim in 1975 while at Fordham University. “Someone said, ‘Hey, you ever thought...

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