Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington

Highest Rated: 93% Glory (1989)

Lowest Rated: 0% Heart Condition (1990)

Birthday: Dec 28, 1954

Birthplace: Mt. Vernon, New York

One of Hollywood's sexiest and most magnetic leading men, Denzel Washington's poise and radiantly sane intelligence permeate whatever film he is in, be it a socially conscious drama, biopic, or suspense thriller. More importantly, Washington's efforts, alongside those of director Spike Lee, have done much to dramatically expand the range of dramatic roles given to African-American actors and actresses.The son of a Pentecostal minister and a hairdresser, Washington was born in Mount Vernon, NY, on December 28, 1954. His parents' professions shaped Washington's early ambition to launch himself into show business: from his minister father he learned the power of performance, while hours in his mother's salon (listening to stories) gave him a love of storytelling. Unfortunately, when Washington was 14, his folks' marriage took a turn for the worse, and he and his older sister were sent away to boarding school so that they would not be exposed to their parents' eventual divorce. Washington later attended Fordham University, where he attained a B.A. in Journalism in 1977. He still found time to pursue his interest in acting, however, and after graduation he moved 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 the 1981 Carbon Copy. Although he had a starring role (as the illegitimate son of a rich white man), Washington didn't find real recognition until he joined the cast of John Falsey and Joshua Brand's 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 Richard Attenborough's Cry Freedom alongside Kevin Kline, and though the film itself alienated some critics (Pauline Kael called it "dumbfounding"), Washington's powerful performance earned him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination.Two years later, Washington netted another Best Supporting Actor nod -- and won the award -- 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; over the course of the 1990s, Washington starred in three of his films, playing a jazz trumpeter in Mo' Better Blues (1990), the title role in Lee's epic 1992 biopic Malcolm X (for which he received a Best Actor Oscar nomination), and the convict father of a high-school basketball star in He Got Game (1998).Washington also turned in powerful performances in a number of other films, such as Mississippi Masala (1991), as a man in love with an Indian woman; Philadelphia (1993), as a slightly homophobic lawyer who takes on the cause of an AIDS-stricken litigator (Tom Hanks); and Devil in a Blue Dress (1995), as a 1940s private detective, Easy Rawlins. Washington also reeled in large audiences in action roles, with the top box-office draw of such thrillers as The Pelican Brief (1993), Crimson Tide (1995), and The Siege (1998) attesting to his capabilities. In 1999, Washington starred in another thriller, The Bone Collector, playing a paralyzed forensics expert who joins forces with a young policewoman (Angelina Jolie) to track down a serial killer. That same year, he starred in the title role of Norman Jewison's The Hurricane. Based on the true story of a boxer wrongly accused of murdering three people in 1966, the film featured stellar work by Washington as the wronged man, further demonstrating his remarkable capacity for telling a good story. His performance earned him a number of honors, including a Best Actor Golden Globe and a Best Actor Oscar nomination.After another strong performance as a high-school football coach in Boaz Yakin's Remember the Titans, Washington cut dramatical

Photos

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet It Takes a Lunatic Actor 2019
52% Equalizer 2 Robert McCall 2018
53% Roman J. Israel, Esq. Roman J. Israel Producer $11.9M 2017
75% Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary Actor $0.5M 2017
92% Fences Troy Director Producer $57.7M 2016
64% The Magnificent Seven Chisolm $93.4M 2016
63% Champs Actor 2015
No Score Yet The March Actor 2015
59% The Equalizer Producer Robert McCall $85.3M 2014
64% 2 Guns Robert "Bobby" Trench $73.6M 2013
No Score Yet The March Narrator 2013
No Score Yet Matarese Circle Actor 2013
77% Flight Whip Whitaker $89.5M 2012
52% Safe House Executive Producer Tobin Frost $126.2M 2012
86% Unstoppable Frank $81.6M 2010
47% The Book of Eli Eli Producer $94.9M 2010
51% The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 Walter Garber $65.5M 2009
79% The Great Debaters Director Melvin B. Tolson $30M 2007
80% American Gangster Frank Lucas $130.2M 2007
86% Inside Man Det. Keith Frazier $88.5M 2006
No Score Yet Queen Latifah: Unauthorized Actor 2005
80% The Manchurian Candidate Ben Marco $65.8M 2004
39% Man on Fire John Creasy $77.7M 2004
No Score Yet Apollo At 70: A Hot Night in Harlem Actor 2004
64% Out of Time Matt Lee Whitlock $41M 2003
79% Antwone Fisher Director Producer Jerome Davenport $20.9M 2002
23% John Q John Quincy Archibald $71.1M 2002
No Score Yet Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks Producer 2000
73% Remember the Titans Coach Herman Boone $114.3M 2000
83% The Hurricane Rubin Carter 1999
28% The Bone Collector Lincoln Rhyme 1999
No Score Yet Straight from the Streets Actor 1999
No Score Yet Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light Actor 1999
44% The Siege Anthony `Hub' Hubbard Anthony 'Hub' Hubbard 1998
81% He Got Game Jake Shuttlesworth 1998
No Score Yet Paul Robeson: Speak of Me as I Am Narrator 1998
40% Fallen John Hobbes 1997
No Score Yet Century of Black Cinema Actor 1997
60% The Preacher's Wife Dudley 1996
85% Courage Under Fire Lt. Col. Nathaniel Serling 1996
88% Devil in a Blue Dress Easy Rawlins 1995
32% Virtuosity Parker Barnes 1995
88% Crimson Tide Lt. Cdr. Ron Hunter 1995
No Score Yet Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream Executive Producer 1995
80% Philadelphia Joe Miller 1993
53% The Pelican Brief Gray Grantham 1993
90% Much Ado About Nothing Don Pedro 1993
No Score Yet Rabbit Ears - John Henry Narrator 1993
88% Malcolm X Malcolm X 1992
72% Ricochet Nick Styles 1991
81% Mississippi Masala Demetrius Williams 1991
No Score Yet Rabbit Ears: Anansi Actor 1991
0% Heart Condition Napoleon Stone 1990
73% Mo' Better Blues Bleek Gilliam 1990
93% Glory Trip 1989
31% For Queen and Country Reuben James 1989
88% The Mighty Quinn Xavier Quinn 1989
78% Cry Freedom Steve Biko 1987
No Score Yet The George McKenna Story George McKenna 1986
50% Power Arnold Billings 1986
90% A Soldier's Story Pfc. Peterson 1984
No Score Yet License to Kill Martin Sawyer 1984
No Score Yet Carbon Copy Roger Porter 1981
No Score Yet Wilma Robert Eldridge (age 18) 1977

TV

Credit
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest 2018
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest 2018
2017
2016
2014
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Guest 2017
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
Voice 2017
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013-2018
Guest 2017
No Score Yet Close Up With the Hollywood Reporter
2015
Panelist 2017
2015
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest 2017
2015
2014
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest 2017
2014
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest 2017
2016
2014
No Score Yet 60 Minutes
1999
Appearing 2016
81% Grey's Anatomy
2005
Director 2016
No Score Yet 20/20
1978
Appearing 2016
2013
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest 2013
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest 2012
2006
2005
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest 2012
2010
2006
2004
2001
31% The Jay Leno Show
2009-2010
Guest 2010
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
Narrator 1992
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
1982-1988
Dr. Phillip Chandler 1988
1987
1986
1985
1984
1983
1982
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Narrator

QUOTES FROM Denzel Washington CHARACTERS

Teri says: What's your book about?

Robert McCall says: It's about a guy who is a knight in shining armour, except he lives in a world where knights don't exist anymore.

Lt. Cdr. Ron Hunter says: In my humble opinion: I believe, in the nuclear world, that the true enemy is war itself.

Lt. Cdr. Ron Hunter says: Thank you.

Cob says: Thank you?.......fuck you.

Cob says: Thank you? Fuck you.

Fuentes says: You know, I-I'm a professional.

John Creasy says: That's what everybody keeps saying. "I'm just a professional". Everybody keeps saying that to me. "I'm just a professional", "I'm just a professional". I'm getting sick and tired of hearing that.

John Creasy says: That's what everybody keeps saying. I'm just a professional. Everybody keeps saying that to me. I'm just a professional, I'm just a professional. I'm getting sick and tired of hearing that.

Will says: This essay, the essay that I have to write, it's called, "The Most Fascinating Person That I've Never Met."

Whip Whitaker says: Okay

Will says: So, [turns on his tape recorder]

Will says: who are you?

Will says: Who are you?

Whip Whitaker says: That's a good question...

Whip Whitaker says: I want to apologize for the bumps this morning. Uh, evidently, Florida doesn't like us Georgians. Maybe it has something to do with the beating the Bulldogs put on the Gators last fall.

Robert McCall says: You ask me what do I see when I look at you. What do you see when you look at me?

Robert McCall says: You ask me what do I see when I look at you. What do you see when you look at me?

Robert McCall says: Progress. Not Perfection.

Alonzo Harris says: King Kong ain't got shit on me!

John Creasy says: Say goodbye to her!

John Creasy says: Who's the boss? Who's the boss? WHO'S THE BOSS?!

John Creasy says: Who's the boss? Who's the boss? Who's the boss!

John Creasy says: Revenge is a meal best served cold.

John Creasy says: OK, my friend. It's off to the next life for you. I guarantee you won't be lonely.

John Creasy says: Okay, my friend. It's off to the next life for you. I guarantee you won't be lonely.

John Creasy says: You move, you make one sound, I'll snatch the life right out of you. You understand?

Robert "Bobby" Trench says: Make it rain (detonates car explosive)

Robert "Bobby" Trench says: Make it rain.

Dr. Jerome Davenport says: You're the champ, son. You've beaten everyone whose beaten you.

Earl says: Where's the money

Robert "Bobby" Trench says: It ain't down there i'll guarantee that

Robert "Bobby" Trench says: It ain't down there I'll guarantee that.

Pfc. Peterson says: Anything you don't want to do, the colored troops will do for you.

Anthony Hubbard says: Melvin White can't spell decent.

Jake Shuttlesworth says: Even I can't save this movie from the awkward direction of poser Spike Lee.

John Q. Archibald says: I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a heart transplant today.

Frank Lucas says: There's your 20 percent.

John Q. Archibald says: My son is dying, and I'm broke. If I don't qualify for Medicare, WHO THE HELL DOES?

John Q. Archibald says: My son is dying and I'm broke. If I don't qualify for Medicare, who the hell does?

John Q. Archibald says: I AM NOT GOING TO BURY MY SON! MY SON IS GOING TO BURY ME!

John Q. Archibald says: I am not going to bury my son! My son is going to bury me!

John Q. Archibald says: The hospital is under new management now! Free health care for everyone!

Hugh Lang says: This was an act of god

Hugh Lang says: This was an act of god.

Whip Whitaker says: Whose God would do this?

Trip says: [addressing the 54th the night before battle] I ain't much about no prayin', now. I ain't never had no family, and... killed off my mama. Well, I just... Y'all's the onliest family I got. I love the 54th. Ain't even much a matter what happens tomorrow, 'cause we men, ain't we?

Doug Carlin says: Everything you have, you lose.

John Creasy says: Your mother's waiting for you. She's right down at the end of the bridge. OK. You go home.

Lupita Balletto says: OK. Where are you going?

Lupita Balletto says: I'm going home too. I'm going to Blue Bayou.

Rika Balletto says: What are you gonna do?

John Creasy says: What I do best. I'm gonna kill 'em. Anyone that was involved. Anybody who profited from it. Anybody who opens their eyes at me.

Rika Balletto says: You kill 'em all.

Alonzo Harris says: You gotta be a wolf to catch a wolf.

Whip Whitaker says: I drink because I CHOOSE TO!

Whip Whitaker says: Are you a pilot?

Hugh Lang says: No, no...

Whip Whitaker says: Then you don't know what the f@#k you are talking about.

Hugh Lang says: You gonna shot me? Can I come inside...

Hugh Lang says: You gonna shoot me? Can I come inside...

Whip Whitaker says: Yeah come on inside, I'll shoot you inside.

Whip Whitaker says: God help me!

Whip Whitaker says: God help me.

Harling Mays says: Get me a cocoa puff

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter says: "I'll always be the Hurricane and the Hurricane is beautiful."

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter says: I'll always be the Hurricane and the Hurricane is beautiful.

Malcolm X says: You Are Not An American, You Are The Victim Of America!

Malcolm X says: You are not an American, you are the victim of America!

Malcolm X says: I Will Not Touch The White Man's Poison; His Drugs, His Liquor, His Swine, His Women.

Malcolm X says: I will not touch the white man's poison; his drugs, his liquor, his swine, his women.

Malcolm X says: The Only Thing I Like Integrated Is My Coffee.

Malcolm X says: The only thing I like integrated is my coffee.

Melvin B. Tolson says: Debate is blood sport. It's combat. But your weapons are words

Melvin B. Tolson says: Debate is blood sport. It's combat. But your weapons are words.

Whip Whitaker says: No one could have landed that plane like I did. No one.

Whip Whitaker says: Listen to me! Trim the nose down!

Doug Carlin says: I'll speak slowly so those of you with PhD's can understand.

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter says: I will bend time to my own clock. When the prison is awake, I will sleep. When they sleep, I will wake. I will live neither in their cell, nor in my own heart, only in my mind and my spirit.

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter says: You in my seat

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter says: You in my seat.

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter says: You're in my seat, country.

Det. Bill Mitchell says: Let me see your shoe

Det. Bill Mitchell says: Let me see your shoe.

Detective Keith Frazier says: Why?

Det. Bill Mitchell says: 'cause I have never seen anybody put their foot that far up ......

Det. Bill Mitchell says: 'cause I have never seen anybody put their foot that far up...

Dalton Russell says: This time next week I'll be sucking down pina coladas in a hot tub with six girls named Emily and Tiffany.

Detective Keith Frazier says: More like taking a shower with two guys named Jamal and Jesus, if you know what I mean. And here's the bad news: that thing you're sucking on? It's not a pina colada.

Malcolm X says: I aims to please, sir, and I'm pleased to aim.

Doug Carlin says: Woah! This is tripping.

Tobin Frost says: I'm already in your head.

Alonzo Harris says: You wanna go to jail or you wanna go home?

Denny says: Look, you know what happen's if you try this.

Doug Carlin says: We both know what happens if I don't.

Doug Carlin says: Well, not a lot of guinea pigs volunteer to die in the name of science

Doug Carlin says: Well, not a lot of guinea pigs volunteer to die in the name of science.

Denny says: You don't have to do this

Denny says: You don't have to do this.

Doug Carlin says: What if I already have?

Coach Herman Boone says: I don't scratch my head unless it itches and I don't dance unless I hear some music. I will not be intimidated. That's just the way it is.

Coach Herman Boone says: This is no democracy. It is a dictatorship. I am the law.

Alonzo Harris says: It's not what you know, it's what you can prove.

Tobin Frost says: "Too long a sacrifice. Can make a stone of the heart. O' when may it suffice?"

Tobin Frost says: Too long a sacrifice. Can make a stone of the heart. O' when may it suffice?

Alonzo Harris says: This is a newspaper right? Its 90% bullshit, but it entertaining. That's why I read it because it entertains me. YOU won't let me read it, so you entertain me with your bullshit. Tell me a story right now, go...

Alonzo Harris says: This is a newspaper right? Its 90% bullshit, but it's entertaining. That's why I read it because it entertains me. YOU won't let me read it, so you entertain me with your bullshit. Tell me a story right now, go...

Tobin Frost says: I'm your only enemy tonight

Tobin Frost says: I'm your only enemy tonight.

Tobin Frost says: I'm not your only enemy tonight.

Matt Weston says: I'm taking you in

Matt Weston says: I'm taking you in.

Tobin Frost says: I don't want you to turn me in [shoots wall]

Tobin Frost says: I don't want you to turn me in. [shoots wall]

John Creasy says: Forgiveness is between them and God. I just here to set-up the meeting.

John Creasy says: Forgiveness is between them and God. My job is to set up the meeting.

Tobin Frost says: "You've done a fine job, Son. We'll take it from here. That's when you know you're screwed."

Tobin Frost says: You've done a fine job, Son. We'll take it from here. That's when you know you're screwed.

Eli says: Cursed be the ground for our sake. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for us. For out of the ground we were taken, for the dust we are... and to the dust we shall return

Eli says: Cursed be the ground for our sake. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for us. For out of the ground we were taken, for the dust we are... and to the dust we shall return.

Tobin Frost says: *After being waterboarded* How long was that?

Tobin Frost says: [After being waterboarded] How long was that?

Alonzo Harris says: Hey, hey, hey. You wanna go to jail or you wanna go home?

Matt Weston says: Hey hey get in

Matt Weston says: Hey hey get in.

Tobin Frost says: You serious?

Matt Weston says: Get in the car!

Tobin Frost says: Your gonna want the six hundreds

Tobin Frost says: Your gonna want the six hundreds.

Tobin Frost says: You're better than me.

Tobin Frost says: "First rule is to protect your house guest. I'm your house guest"

Tobin Frost says: First rule is to protect your house guest. I'm your house guest.

Tobin Frost says: (Gasping from torture) "How long was that?"

Tobin Frost says: [gasping from torture] How long was that?

Tobin Frost says: You know who you are and I know what you're not

Tobin Frost says: You know who you are and I know what you're not.

Matt Weston says: You're not gonna get in my head.

Tobin Frost says: I am already in your head.

Tobin Frost says: Never shoot an innocent person.

Alonzo Harris says: "You know where you gonna end up? In the gas chambers. You know what the gas chambers smell like? Pine oil. That's where you headed, pine oil heaven."

Alonzo Harris says: You know where you gonna end up? In the gas chambers. You know what the gas chambers smell like? Pine oil. That's where you headed, pine oil heaven.

John Q. Archibald says: I am not going to bury my son! My son is gonna bury me!

Coach Herman Boone says: you think football is fun?

Coach Herman Boone says: You think football is fun?

Petey Jones says: Zero fun sir!

Tobin Frost says: I am already in your head.

John Q. Archibald says: Im not gonna bury my son.He is gonna bury me.

John Q. Archibald says: I'm not gonna bury my son. He is gonna bury me.

Melvin B. Tolson says: Debate is combat, but you weapons are words.

Alonzo Harris says: Who the fuck you think you're fucking with! I'm the police! I run shit here, you just live here!

Alonzo Harris says: You'll never see the light of... who the fuck do you think you're fucking with? I'm the police, I run shit around here. You just live here.

Connie says: Excuse me, can u help me?

Frank says: Connie?

Connie says: I can't decided which 1 of u i have to kiss first

Connie says: I can't decided which one of you I have to kiss first.

Frank says: Me

Frank says: Me.

Dr. Raymond Turner says: Mr. Archibald, these people have nothing to do with this. You have got to let them go. They need treatment.

John Q. Archibald says: This is a hospital, isn't it? You're a doctor. Treat them.

John Q. Archibald says: (points to Lester) Start with him.

John Q. Archibald says: [points to Lester] Start with him.

Dr. Raymond Turner says: (Stands frozen..)

Dr. Raymond Turner says: [Stands frozen]

John Q. Archibald says: What's the matter, Doc? You want to see his insurance card first?

John Q. Archibald says: (stands on a table addressing the room) This hospital is under new management, ladies and gentlemen. From now on, free care for everyone.

John Q. Archibald says: [stands on a table addressing the room] This hospital is under new management, ladies and gentlemen. From now on, free care for everyone.

Mike Archibald says: Bye, Dad.

John Q. Archibald says: Not goodbye. Remember? SEE YOU LATER

John Q. Archibald says: Not goodbye. Remember? See you later.

Desk Guard says: You know something, man? You're alright.

John Q. Archibald says: Sure am. Only one thing can stop me now.

Desk Guard says: What's that.

John Q. Archibald says: Mitch here being B-positive.

Mitch says: No, sir. Type-O.Ã? Swear to God.

Mitch says: No, sir. Type-O. Swear to God.

Eli says: I walk by faith, not by sight.

Eli says: With all my heart and soul. I always believed that I’d find a place where this book belonged, where it was needed…but I haven’t found it yet.

Eli says: With all my heart and soul. [pauses] I always believed that I'd find a place where this book belonged, where it was neededâ?¦ but I haven't found it yet.

Frank Lucas says: Even a fool gets to be young once.

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter says: [to Lesra] Hate put me in prison. Love's gonna bust me out.

Alonzo Harris says: King Kong ain't got shit on me.

Trip says: I ain't fighting this war for you sir.

Col. Robert Gould Shaw says: I see.

Trip says: I mean, whats the point? Ain't nobody going to win. It's just gonna to go on and on.

Col. Robert Gould Shaw says: Can't go on forever.

Trip says: Yeah, but ain't nobody gonna win, sir.

Col. Robert Gould Shaw says: Somebody's going to win.

Trip says: Who? I mean, you get to go back to Boston, big house and all that. What about us? What do we get?

Col. Robert Gould Shaw says: Well, you won't get anything if we lose.

Alonzo Harris says: You made the decision. Live with your decision. Ain't like I put a gun to your head

Alonzo Harris says: You made the decision. Live with your decision. Ain't like I put a gun to your head.

Frank says: Youve already fired me.

John Creasy says: Last wish? I wish....you had...more time. Last wish? I wish...you had..more time.

John Creasy says: Last wish? Last wish? I wish...you had..more time.

John Creasy says: Last wish? I wish...you had..more time.

Coach Herman Boone says: We will be perfect in every aspect of the game. You drop a pass, you run a mile. You miss a blocking assignment, you run a mile. You fumble the football, and i will break my foot off in your John Brown hind parts and then you will run a mile. Perfection. Let's go to work.

Major Bennett Marco says: This isn't an election, this is a coup.

Eli says: "You got anymore weapons?"

Eli says: You got anymore weapons?

George says: "Weapons! I'll show you weapons!"

George says: Weapons! I'll show you weapons!

Frank Lucas says: You're either somebody or you're nobody.

Alonzo Harris says: Today's a training day, Officer Hoyt. Show you around, give you a taste of the business. I got 38 cases pending trial, 63 in active investigations, another 250 on the log I can't clear. I supervise five officers. That's five different personalities. Five sets of problems. You can be number six if you act now. But I ain't holding no hands, okay? I ain't baby-sitting. You got today and today only to show me who and what you're made of. You don't like narcotics, get the fuck out of my car. Go get you a nice, pussy desk job, chasing bad checks or something, you hear me?

Frank Lucas says: This is my home. My country. Frank Lucas don't run from nobody. This is America.