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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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 2013 2 Guns
 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)
 1992 Great Performances (TV Series)
- Jammin': Jelly Roll Morton on Broadway (1992) ... Narrator (voice)
 1989 Glory
Pvt. Trip
 1984 License to Kill (TV Movie)
Martin Sawyer
 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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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 »


6' 1" (1.85 m)

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[on the whipping scene in Glory (1989)] - I remember walking around before that scene, just praying and calling on the spirits of all the slaves, because I didn't know how to play it. I was like, "Okay, fellas, just tell me what to do." And I went out there with an arrogance. I spit on the ground. I had this attitude and this strength -- it all came out of this meditation. It wasn't calculated. ... See more »


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