Denzel Washington is a great actor, but as varied as his performances can be, he doesn’t change his aspect very much. The talky, boastful energy and toothy smile, the defiant alertness — whether he’s playing Malcom X or Hurricane Carter, an alcoholic airline pilot or a righteous sanitation worker, at almost every Denzel Washington movie the components of his look and delivery fall into familiar patterns. (No shame there; that’s part of what makes him a star.) But in "Roman...
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.