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

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
51% Equalizer 2 Robert McCall 2018
52% 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
61% 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 $73.6M 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
86% Unstoppable Frank $81.6M 2010
47% The Book of Eli Producer Eli $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
55% Déjà Vu Doug Carlin $64M 2006
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
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
61% The Preacher's Wife Dudley 1996
85% Courage Under Fire Lt. Col. Nathaniel Serling 1996
88% Devil in a Blue Dress Easy Rawlins 1995
33% Virtuosity Parker Barnes 1995
88% Crimson Tide Lt. Cdr. Ron Hunter 1995
No Score Yet Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream Executive Producer 1995
79% Philadelphia Joe Miller 1993
52% 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
82% 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 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
2008
Appearing
  • 2016
80% Grey's Anatomy
2005
Director
  • 2016
No Score Yet 20/20
1978-2018
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
No Score Yet 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

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