Isaiah Washington

Highest Rated: 93% Out of Sight (1998)
Lowest Rated: 15% Ghost Ship (2002)
Birthday: Aug 3, 1963
Birthplace: Houston, Texas
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.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Dead Trigger Actor 2019
No Score Yet Secret Summer Gus 2016
40% Blackbird Lance Rousseau 2015
No Score Yet The Sin Seer Grant Summit Producer 2015
74% Go For Sisters Vernell $56.5K 2013
83% Blue Caprice Executive Producer John Allen Muhammed $91.6K 2013
No Score Yet Doctor Bello Actor 2013
No Score Yet The Undershepherd L.C. 2013
No Score Yet The Trials of Cate McCall Wilson George 2013
33% 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 For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots Actor 2010
No Score Yet The Least of These Father Andre James 2008
20% Step Up Malcolm $65.3M 2006
No Score Yet Trois 3: The Escort Actor 2004
50% This Girl's Life Shane 2004
No Score Yet Wild Things 2 Terence Bridge 2004
50% Dead Birds Todd 2004
29% Hollywood Homicide Antoine Sartain $30.1M 2003
15% Ghost Ship Greer $30.2M 2002
55% Welcome to Collinwood Leon $75.7K 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
54% True Crime Frank Beachum 1999
93% Out of Sight Kenneth 1998
76% 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
63% Stonewall Uniformed Cop 1996
67% Soul of the Game Adult Willie Mays 1996
No Score Yet Mr. and Mrs. Loving Blue 1996
33% Girl 6 Shoplifter 1996
44% Dead Presidents Edward Curtis 1995
69% Clockers Victor Dunham 1995
No Score Yet Alma's Rainbow Miles 1994
76% Crooklyn Vic 1994


No Score Yet Tales
  • 2019
92% The 100
Chancellor Jaha
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
ESU Chief Travis Jackson
  • 2017
No Score Yet Bull
Jules Caffrey
  • 2017
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
  • 2015
No Score Yet The View
  • 2015
  • 2013
80% Grey's Anatomy
Preston Burke Producer
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
59% Law & Order: LA
  • 2011
50% Bionic Woman
Antonio Pope
  • 2007
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
Rev. Austin Davis
  • 2001
61% Ally McBeal
Michael Rivers
  • 1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet Living Single
  • 1996
No Score Yet New York Undercover
Andre Morgan
  • 1996
84% NYPD Blue
Antonio Boston
  • 1995
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
Lane Staley
  • 1994
No Score Yet Law & Order
Derek Hardy
  • 1991