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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 3 August 1963Houston, Texas, USA
Nickname Mickey or Ike
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Isaiah Washington was born on August 3, 1963 in Houston, Texas, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Romeo Must Die (2000), True Crime (1999) and Ghost Ship (2002). He has been married to Jenisa Marie Washington since February 14, 1999. They have three children.

Spouse (1)

Jenisa Marie Washington (14 February 1999 - present) (3 children)

Trivia (10)

Graduated from Willowridge High School (1981, Houston, Texas)
Took a DNA test to determine his heritage. The results concluded that his father's side is Angolan and his mother's side is from Sierra Leone.
At one time in his life he wanted to be a professional football player.
His mother was the first African American woman to be licensed as a barber in the state of Texas.
Was in the Air Force prior to acting. His dream was to be the second "General Washington"
After leaving Howard University (Theater Arts major), he became an original member of the City Kids Repertory, a theater company that performed in schools in effort to bring relevant productions to high-risk kids.
Following a confrontation with fellow cast member Patrick Dempsey on the set of Grey's Anatomy (2005), it was reported that the altercation was related to Washington's use of the epithet "faggot" towards their co-star T.R. Knight. In response to press queries about the incident, he denied that accusation in the backstage area at the 2007 Golden Globe Awards. However, Knight and other cast members later stated that he did use the word (January 2007).
Has two sons Isaiah, Tyme and one daughter, Iman.
Likes and follows the University of Texas Longhorns even though, ironically, he grew up in nearby Houston, but did not attend the University.
In 2005, he discovered he was genetically linked to the Mende and Temne peoples of Sierra Leone and has since become one of the African nation's most visible supporters, Washington was given the title of village chief and the name Gondobay Manga II. Has also started a foundation to help build a school in Sierra Leone, and also worked to bring wells, medical supplies and foreign investment there.

Personal Quotes (7)

You don't have the time to "make the time" to do anything. You have to do it now!
Even if I'm playing a bad guy, I work hard to make him multi-leveled and interesting.
I'm no longer going to play thugs or debauched cops that I can't possibly make complex characters. I'm bigger than that. I owe too much to too many good people at the Goodman, Arena and Playwrights Horizons.
[on being fired from Grey's Anatomy (2005)]: I apologized and showed my remorse for what I said and for the pain I caused anyone. If a black man can't get forgiveness in this country, when so many other people like Robert Downey Jr. and the governor of California get second and third chances... I think that says a lot about race and this country where we stand.
[re his reaction to real-life serial killings behind Blue Caprice (2013) ] I was thoroughly embarrassed, because in my community, whenever you hear some really foul [crime], we're holding our breath to see whether the person is black or white. He's always either a crazy white man or a brother.
[re his infamous homophobic remark] For the last six years of my life, I've been fighting off bigots. It's, like, bigots want to embrace me, and I politely take their arms from around my neck. I don't share their views, never have.
I love Facebook. I could brush my teeth with Facebook.

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