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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 (Lowe), 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 ... See full bio »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 62 wins & 98 nominations. See more awards »

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Stage play: "A Raisin in the Sun" - playing Walter opposite LaTanya Richardson Jackson (Lena), Sophie Okonedo (Ruth), Anika Noni Rose (Beneatha), Bryce Clyde Jenkins (Travis). Director: Kenny Leon (Ethel Barrymore Theatre New York) See more »

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3 Print Biographies | 13 Interviews | 20 Articles | 9 Pictorials | 19 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


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I started on the stage. I prefer the stage. I'd never thought that what has happened would happen. Get on the stage. You learn how to act on stage. Not in film, not in TV. [2015] See more »


According to a 1995 Premiere magazine article, Denzel confronted director Quentin Tarantino when he visited the set of Crimson Tide (1995). Quentin had done an uncredited rewrite of the script. Denzel lambasted Tarantino about his use of racial slurs in his films. Tarantino got embarrassed and wanted to move the conversation to a more private area. Denzel said, "No, if we're going to discuss it, ... See more »


Frequently works with directors Spike Lee and Tony Scott See more »



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