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Denzel Washington

Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. was born on December 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. He is the middle of three children of a beautician mother, Lennis, from Georgia, and a Pentecostal minister father, Denzel Washington, Sr., from Virginia. After graduating from high school, Denzel enrolled at Fordham University, intent on a career in journalism. ... See full bio »

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 81 wins & 163 nominations. See more awards »

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Fences Troy Maxson
The Book of Eli
Training Day
Training Day Alonzo
The Great Debaters
The Great Debaters Melvin B. Tolson


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 2018 The Equalizer 2 (post-production)
Robert McCall
 2017 Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Roman J. Israel, Esq.
 2016 Fences
Troy Maxson
 2016 The Magnificent Seven
 2014 The Equalizer
Robert McCall
 2013 2 Guns
 2012/I Flight
Whip Whitaker
 2012 Safe House
Tobin Frost
 2010 Unstoppable
 2010 The Book of Eli
 2009 The Taking of Pelham 123
Walter Garber
 2007 The Great Debaters
Melvin B. Tolson
 2007 American Gangster
Frank Lucas
 2006 Deja Vu
Doug Carlin
 2006 Inside Man
Detective Keith Frazier
 2004 The Manchurian Candidate
Ben Marco
 2004 Man on Fire
John W. Creasy
 2003/I Out of Time
Matt Lee Whitlock
 2002 Antwone Fisher
Dr. Jerome Davenport
 2002 John Q
John Quincy Archibald
 2001 Training Day
 2000 Remember the Titans
Coach Herman Boone
 1999 The Hurricane
Rubin Carter
 1999 The Bone Collector
Lincoln Rhyme
 1998 The Siege
Anthony Hubbard
 1998 He Got Game
Jake Shuttlesworth
 1998 Fallen
John Hobbes
 1995-1997 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (TV Series)
Humpty Dumpty / Crooked Man / King Omar
- Mother Goose (1997) ... Humpty Dumpty / Crooked Man (voice)
- Rumpelstiltskin (1995) ... King Omar (voice)
 1997 Mother Goose: A Rappin' and Rhymin' Special (TV Movie)
Humpty Dumpty / The Crooked Man (voice)
 1996 The Preacher's Wife
 1996 Courage Under Fire
Nat Serling
 1995 Devil in a Blue Dress
Easy Rawlins
 1995 Virtuosity
Lt. Parker Barnes
 1995 Crimson Tide
 1993 The Pelican Brief
Gray Grantham
 1993 Philadelphia
Joe Miller
 1993 Much Ado About Nothing
Don Pedro
 1992 Malcolm X
Malcolm X
 1992 Great Performances (TV Series)
- Jammin': Jelly Roll Morton on Broadway (1992) ... Narrator (voice)
 1991 Ricochet
Nick Styles
 1991 Mississippi Masala
Demetrius Williams
 1990 Mo' Better Blues
Bleek Gilliam
 1990 Heart Condition
Napoleon Stone
 1989 Glory
Pvt. Trip
 1989 The Mighty Quinn
Xavier Quinn
 1982-1988 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
Dr. Philip Chandler
- The Last One (1988) ... Dr. Philip Chandler
- The Abby Singer Show (1988) ... Dr. Philip Chandler
- Split Decision (1988) ... Dr. Philip Chandler
- Requiem for a Heavyweight (1988) ... Dr. Philip Chandler
- The Naked Civil Surgeon (1988) ... Dr. Philip Chandler
 1988 For Queen & Country
Reuben James
 1987 Cry Freedom
Steve Biko
 1986 The George McKenna Story (TV Movie)
George McKenna
 1986 Power
Arnold Billings
 1984 A Soldier's Story
Private First Class Peterson
 1984 License to Kill (TV Movie)
Martin Sawyer
 1981 Carbon Copy
Roger Porter
 1979 Coriolanus (Video)
Aedile / Roman Citizen / Volscian Citizen / ...
 1979 Flesh & Blood (TV Movie)
 1977 Wilma (TV Movie)
Robert Eldridge, age 18
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as Malcolm X) in Laurence Holder's award-winning "When the Chickens Came Home to Roost." See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 15 Interviews | 28 Articles | 9 Pictorials | 19 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


6' 1" (1.85 m)

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Personal Quote:

[on shooting action scenes] I have to try and find a way to remain positive because those days are boring to me, really, just hanging off the side of a building, fighting or grunting. See more »


Received his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Fordham University in New York City. See more »


In almost all the films - e.g. Man on Fire (2004), American Gangster (2007), John Q (2002) - where he handles or uses sidearms (usually a 9mm Beretta or similar pistols), there's a scene of him swiftly ejecting a bullet from the loaded chamber by pulling back the slide assembly and subsequently catching the bullet before it falls to the ground. See more »



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