Denzel Washington Facts

Denzel Washington Facts
Denzel Washington is an Academy Award winning American actor, producer, and director. He was born Denzel Hayes Washington Jr., on December 28th, 1954, in Mount Vernon, New York, to Denzel Washington Sr. and Lennis (nee Lowe). His parents divorced when he was 14 and he attended a private school in New Windsor, New York. He earned a B.A. in drama in 1977 from Fordham University and went on to study acting at the Lincoln Center and later graduate school at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater. His big break came when he was cast in the TV drama St. Elsewhere.
Interesting Denzel Washington Facts:
Denzel's father was a Pentecostal minister and his mother owned a beauty parlor.
Denzel credits surviving his upbringing and going in the right direction to his schooling choices as many of his earlier friends got into trouble with the law.
The first on screen role Denzel Washington played was in the film Wilma.
Denzel was nominated for an Oscar for his role as Steven Biko in the 1987 film Cry Freedom.
Denzel won his first Oscar in 1989.
Denzel Washington is the first African American actor to win two Oscars, including Best Supporting Actor for the film Glory, and Best Actor in Training Day.
Denzel was nominated for an Oscar for his role as Malcolm X.
Denzel Washington had to gain weight for his role in the film Philadelphia in which he played a lawyer for a man with AIDS (Tom Hanks).
Denzel Washington trained for almost a year to play the role of Hurricane Carter, a boxer who was convicted of a triple murder.
Denzel Washington has said that his favorite role was Detective Alonzo Harris in the movie Training Day, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor.
Denzel Washington's directorial debut was for the movie Antwone Fisher.
In 2010 Denzel Washington won a Tony Award for Best Actor for the play Fences. It was later made into a movie and Denzel resumed his role on screen.
Denzel Washington was nominated for an Oscar again in 2010 for his role in the movie Flight. He took 10% of his regular salary to play in this movie because of the budget constraints.
Denzel Washington met his wife Pauletta Pearson on the set of his first film Wilma. They married in 1983 and have had four children together including John David, Katia, Olivia and Malcolm (twins).
At one time Denzel Washington considered becoming a preacher. He eventually played the role of a preacher in the film The Preacher's Wife.
Denzel Washington first appeared on stage at the age of seven in a Boys & Girls Club talent show. He later became a spokesperson for the organization's awareness campaigns.
Some of the most famous films Denzel Washington has appeared in include Glory, Malcolm X, The Pelican Brief, Philadelphia, Crimson Tide, Courage Under Fire, John Q, American Gangster, The Book of Eli, Safe House, Flight, and The Equalizer.
Denzel Washington performs on stage as well as on film and also directs and produces.

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