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Denzel Washington
Name : Denzel Washington
Height : 6' (182 cm)
Date of Birth : 28 December 1954
Place of Birth : Mount Vernon, New York, USA
 
Biography:
 
The son of a Pentecostal minister and a hairdresser, Denzel Washington was born in Mount Vernon, New York, on 28 December 1954. His parents' professions shaped Washington's early ambition to go into show business. Unfortunately, when Washington was fourteen, his parents' marriage got worse, and he and his older sister were sent away to boarding school so that they would not be exposed to their parents' divorce.

Washington went on to college, attaining a B.A. in Journalism from Fordham University in 1977. He still found time to pursue his interest in acting, and after graduation he went to San Francisco, where he won a scholarship to the American Conservatory Theatre. Washington stayed with the ACT for a year, and, after his time there, he began acting in various television movies and made his film debut in Carbon Copy (1981). Washington didn't find real recognition until he joined the cast of the long-running TV series St. Elsewhere in 1982. He won critical raves and audience adoration for his portrayal of Dr. Phillip Chandler, and he began to attract Hollywood notice. In 1987, he starred as anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko in Cry Freedom, and his powerful performance earned him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination.

Two years later, Washington won Oscar for his turn as an embittered yet courageous runaway slave in the Civil War drama Glory. The honor effectively put him on the Hollywood A-List. Some of his more notable work came from his collaboration with director Spike Lee such as Mo' Better Blues (1990), Malcolm X (1992) for which he received a Best Actor Oscar nomination, and He Got Game (1998).

Washington also turned in powerful performances in a number of other films, such as Mississippi Masala (1991) Philadelphia (1993), and Devil in a Blue Dress (1994). Washington also proved himself believable as an action star, with the success of such thrillers as The Pelican Brief (1993), Crimson Tide (1995), and The Siege (1998). In 1999, Washington starred in another thriller, The Bone Collector. That same year, he starred in The Hurricane which earned him a number of honors, including a Best Actor Golden Globe and a Best Actor Oscar nomination.

After Remember the Titans (2000), Washington played a corrupt policeman in Training Day (2001). He surprised both audiences and critics with his change of direction, and his performance earned him an Oscar for Best Actor.
 
Filmography:
2006 Déjà Vu
2006 Inside Man
2004 Man on Fire
2004 The Manchurian Candidate
2003 Out of Time
2002 Antwone Fisher
2002 John Q.
2001 Training Day
2000 Remember the Titans
1999 The Bone Collector
1999 The Hurricane
1998 The Siege
1998 Fallen
1998 He Got Game
1998 Speak of Me As I Am: The Story of Paul Robeson
1997 Happily Ever After Fairy Tales: Mother Goose
1996 Courage Under Fire
1996 The Preacher's Wife
1995 Virtuosity
1995 Devil in a Blue Dress
1995 Crimson Tide
1993 Much Ado About Nothing
1993 Philadelphia
1993 Rabbit Ears: John Henry
1993 The Pelican Brief
1992 Malcolm X
1992 Liberators
1991 Rabbit Ears: Anansi
1991 Ricochet
1991 Mississippi Masala
1990 Heart Condition
1990 Mo' Better Blues
1989 For Queen and Country
1989 The Mighty Quinn
1989 Glory
1987 Cry Freedom
1986 The George McKenna Story
1986 Power
1984 A Soldier's Story
1984 License to Kill
1982 St. Elsewhere [TV Series]
1981 Carbon Copy
1979 Flesh and Blood
1977 The Wilma Rudolph Story
1977 Wilma
 
Awards:
Academy Awards
2001 Best Actor (Training Day)
1999 Best Actor (Hurricane)
1992 Best Actor (Malcolm X)
1989 Best Supporting (Actor Glory)
1987 Best Supporting Actor (Cry Freedom)
Berlin International Film Festival
2000 Silver Bear for Best Actor (The Hurricane)
1993 Silver Bear for Best Actor (Malcolm X)
Golden Globe
2001 Best Actor - Drama (Training Day)
1999 Best Actor - Drama (Hurricane)
1992 Best Actor - Drama (Malcolm X)
1989 Best Supporting Actor (Glory)
Screen Actors Guild
2001 Best Actor (Training Day)
1999 Best Male Actor in a Leading Role (Hurricane)
 
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