Denzel Washington is a famous black American actor and philanthropist with a career spanning three decades. He is widely known for his strong movie roles and life story movies, which he has acted in Hollywood. He is one of the highest-paid actors in America and has the portfolio to show for it.
Today he is involved in charitable works in America as he has gradually retired from his acting career. He is reported to be moving closer to God as he dearly holds strong religious beliefs. We shall look at his life story here.
Denzel Washington profile summary
- Full name: Denzel Hayes Washington
- Age: 66
- Year of birth: 1954
- Height: 1.85m
- Marital status: Married
- Profession: Actor, director, producer
Early life and career
He was born in 1954 in New York, USA. He was raised in a middle-class family by his parents Denzel Hayes senior and Lennis; his father was an employee of the New York water department while his mother was a beautician. He came from a strict Christian family.
He attended formal schooling in 1968, at the Pennington Grimes elementary school. While he was young, his parents sadly separated due to life difficulties. After the split, he lived with his mother, who later sent him to Oakland military school. In 1970, he finished his college education at Texas Tech University.
Denzel Washington education
He attended Fordham University to study Drama and Journalism. For a while, he did not know which career path to pursue, but he had an urge to pursue acting. He went to the Lincoln Study Campus to study the theory of acting. Since then, he has performed in numerous college dramas and has developed to be the man he is today owing to his determination and hard work.
His first film appearance was in the Hollywood movie, Carbon Copy in 1981. He became a famous 1990’s actor through movies like Malcolm X, the Black Nationalist, Much Ado About Nothing, No Man’s Land, and The Hurricane.
Denzel Washington awards
In 1990, he was awarded the prestigious Oscar for the movie Glory. In 2002, he got another Oscar for the movie Training Day. He has also won the Golden Globe Awards for various movie categories. In 2005, he received a BET Humanitarian Award. Recently, he was lauded for having intervened in an altercation between the police and a homeless man. The move made him a hero on social media.
Denzel Washington family
He is married to Pauletta Washington. They have been married for 37 years, one of the most admired marriages in America. Together they have four children: John David Washington, Malcolm Washington, Olivia Washington, and Katia Washinton. Their children have followed in the father’s footsteps since they are acting and film industries.
Denzel Washington best movies
- Crimson Tide
- John Q
- The Hurricane