Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. (born December 28, 1954) is an American actor, screenwriter, director and film producer. He has garnered 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 Carter, Melvin B. Tolson, Frank Lucas, and Herman Boone. Denzel Hayes Washington
Early life • Denzel Washington was born in Mount Vernon, near New York City, in 1954. His mother, Lennis "Lynne", was a beauty parlor-owner and operator born in Georgia and partly raised in Harlem. His father, Reverend Denzel Washington, Sr., was an ordained Pentecostal minister and also worked for the Water Department and at a local department store, S. Klein
Early career • 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. Shortly after graduating from Fordham, Washington made his professional acting debut in the 1977 made-for-television movie Wilma with his first Hollywood appearance in the 1981 film Carbon Copy. Washington shared a 1982 Distinguished Ensemble Performance Obie Award for playing Private First Class Melvin Peterson in the off BroadwayNegro Ensemble Company production A Soldier's Play which premiered November 20, 1981
Return to theater • Washington was last seen onstage in the summer of 1990 in the title role of the Public Theater's production of Shakespeare's Richard III) and in 2005 after a 15-year hiatus he appeared onstage again in another Shakespeare play as Marcus Brutus in Julius Caesar on Broadway. The production's limited run was a consistent sell-out averaging over 100% attendance capacity nightly despite receiving mixed reviews
2010s • in February 2009, Washington began filming The Book of Eli a post-Apocalyptic drama set in the near future which was released in January 2010. He is also set to star as a veteran railroad engineer in the action film Unstoppable which is about an unmanned, half-mile-long runaway freight train carrying a dangerous cargo. The film is to be directed by Tony Scott and it will be the fifth collaboration between the two with previous films Crimson Tide (1995), Man on Fire (2004), Déjà Vu (2006) and The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
Personal life • In 1983, Washington married actress Pauletta Pearson, whom he met on the set of his first screen work, the TV-movieWilma. The couple have four children: John David (b. July 28, 1984) who signed a football contract with the St. Louis Rams in May 2006 after playing college football at Morehouse,Katia (b. November 1987) who is attending Yale University, and twins Olivia and Malcolm (named in honor of Malcolm X) (b. April 10, 1991). Malcolm is attending University of Pennsylvania where he plays for the basketball team. In 1995 the couple renewed their wedding vows in South Africa with ArchbishopDesmond Tutu officiating
Denzel Washington Quotes • Acting is just a way of making a living, the family is life. • Black or white good parts are hard to come by. A good actor with a good opportunity has a shot; without the opportunity it doesn't matter how good you are.