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Denzel Washington

Highest Rated:   94% Fences (2016)
Lowest Rated:   0% Heart Condition (1990)
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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

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Equalizer 2
  • Robert McCall
2018
53% Roman J. Israel, Esq
  • Roman J. Israel
2017
70% Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary
  • Actor
$0.4M 2017
94% Fences
  • Troy
  • Director
  • Producer
$57.7M 2016
63% The Magnificent Seven
  • Chisolm
$93.4M 2016
53% Champs
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet The March
  • Actor
2015
60% The Equalizer
  • Producer
  • Robert McCall
$85.3M 2014
64% 2 Guns
  • Robert "Bobby" Trench
$73.5M 2013
No Score Yet The March
  • Narrator
2013
No Score Yet Matarese Circle
  • Actor
2013
78% Flight
  • Whip Whitaker
$89.5M 2012
53% Safe House
  • Tobin Frost
  • Executive Producer
$126.2M 2012
87% Unstoppable
  • Frank
$81.6M 2010
47% The Book of Eli
  • Producer
  • Eli
$94.8M 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
55% Déjà Vu
  • Doug Carlin
$64M 2006
87% Inside Man
  • Det. Keith Frazier
$88.5M 2006
No Score Yet Queen Latifah: Unauthorized
  • Actor
2005
81% 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
65% 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
72% Training Day
  • Alonzo
2001
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
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
1998
80% 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
87% Devil in a Blue Dress
  • Easy Rawlins
1995
33% Virtuosity
  • Parker Barnes
1995
87% Crimson Tide
  • Lt. Cdr. Ron Hunter
1995
No Score Yet Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream
  • Executive Producer
1995
78% Philadelphia
  • Joe Miller
1993
53% The Pelican Brief
  • Gray Grantham
1993
91% Much Ado About Nothing
  • Don Pedro
1993
No Score Yet Rabbit Ears - John Henry
  • Narrator
1993
91% Malcolm X
  • Malcolm X
1992
69% Ricochet
  • Nick Styles
1991
80% 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
81% Cry Freedom
  • Steve Biko
1987
No Score Yet The George McKenna Story
  • George McKenna
1986
55% Power
  • Arnold Billings
1986
89% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2014
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2014
No Score Yet 60 Minutes
2008
  • Appearing
  • 2016
70% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Director
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet 20/20
1978
  • Appearing
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2006
  • 2004
  • 2001
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Narrator
  • 1992
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Narrator

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