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Isaiah Washington



A respected actor who became one of the more prominent figures in the growing African American cinema of the 1990s, Isaiah Washington has made his name in gritty crime dramas and romantic ensemble comedies alike.



A native of Houston, Texas, Washington spent four years in the Air Force before studying drama at Washington, D.C.'s Howard University. Following graduation, he won a role in playwright Ntozake Shange's Spell 7 and then moved to New York to further pursue his career. He appeared in a number of stage productions, and he became one of the founding members of CityKids Repertory, a theatre group that visits high schools and community centers throughout New York.



Washington began his screen career on television, appearing in the soap operas As the World Turns and One Life to Live. He made his big screen debut in Spike Lee's Crooklyn (1994), and he subsequently appeared in Lee's Clockers (1995), Girl 6 (1996), and Get on the Bus (1996), the last of which cast him as a gay man on his way to the 1995 Million Man March in Washington, D.C.



Some of Washington's other memorable credits during the '90s included the Hughes brothers' Dead Presidents (1995), the warmly received ensemble romantic comedy Love Jones (1997), Steven Soderbergh's Out of Sight (1998), in which Washington gave a memorable turn as a scheming con's violent brother-in-law; Warren Beatty's Bulworth (1998), and Clint Eastwood's True Crime (1999), which cast Washington as a man awaiting execution on death row after being falsely accused of murder. In 2000, Washington could be seen starring opposite Chinese action star Jet Li in Romeo Must Die, an urban update of Romeo and Juliet set between rival Asian and African American gangs in Oakland, California.



In 2005, Washington was cast as Dr. Preston Burke, one of the leads on the ABC medical-drama Grey's Anatomy. The show quickly became a runaway hit, garnering a large and loyal audience as well as Emmys and Golden Globes. However, through the show, Washington would soon gain a great deal of unwanted notoriety. In late 2006, a controversy exploded after an onset altercation between Washington and costar Patrick Dempsey, wherein the former allegedly used an anti-gay epithet to describe castmate T.R. Knight. Months of media coverage followed, and in June 2007, ABC announced that Washington was being cut from the show.



Despite the controversy, it wasn't long before Washington was fielding offers from other networks. In July 2007, NBC announced that they'd nabbed him for an extended arc on the remake of The Bionic Woman.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Secret Summer
  • Gus
2016
29% Blackbird
  • Lance Rousseau
2015
No Score Yet The Sin Seer
  • Grant Summit
  • Producer
2015
72% Go For Sisters
  • Vernell
2013
83% Blue Caprice
  • John Allen Muhammed
  • Executive Producer
2013
No Score Yet Doctor Bello
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet The Trials of Cate McCall
  • Wilson George
2013
No Score Yet The Undershepherd
  • L.C.
2013
31% A Man's Story
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Area Q.
  • Thomas Mathews
  • Producer
2011
No Score Yet Hurricane Season
  • Coach Simmons
2010
No Score Yet The Least of These
  • Father Andre James
2008
19% Step Up
  • Malcolm
2006
No Score Yet Trois 3: The Escort
  • Actor
2004
43% This Girl's Life
  • Shane
2004
No Score Yet Wild Things 2
  • Terence Bridge
2004
50% Dead Birds
  • Todd
2004
30% Hollywood Homicide
  • Antoine Sartain
2003
No Score Yet From the Outside Looking In
  • Actor
2003
14% Ghost Ship
  • Greer
2002
54% Welcome to Collinwood
  • Leon
2002
No Score Yet Hood Rat
  • Max
2002
No Score Yet Love Come Down
  • Actor
2001
32% Exit Wounds
  • George Clark
2001
No Score Yet A Texas Funeral
  • Walter
2000
33% Romeo Must Die
  • Mac
2000
No Score Yet Dancing in September
  • George Washington
2000
55% True Crime
  • Frank Beachum
1999
93% Out of Sight
  • Kenneth
1998
75% Bulworth
  • Darnell
1998
No Score Yet Mixing Nia
  • Lewis
1998
No Score Yet Always Outnumbered
  • Wilfred
1998
67% Love Jones
  • Savon Garrison
1997
88% Get on the Bus
  • Kyle
1996
No Score Yet Mr. and Mrs. Loving
  • Blue
1996
33% Girl 6
  • Shoplifter
1996
68% Clockers
  • Victor Dunham
1995
No Score Yet Alma's Rainbow
  • Miles
1994
76% Crooklyn
  • Vic
1994

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
57% Law & Order: LA
2010-2011
  • Actor
71% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Preston Burke
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013
  • Guest
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Michael Rivers
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Derek Hardy
90% The 100
2014
  • Chancellor Jaha
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest

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