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Denzel Washington Biography
Denzel Washington (born 28 December 1954) is an African American actor who won the Oscar for Best Actor in 2002.

He was born in Mount Vernon, New York to a church minister and a beauty-parlour owner. Denzel was banned by his parents from watching movies. When his parents split up Denzel went through a rebellious stage, and several of his friends went to prison after getting into trouble. His mother reacted to this and sent him away to prep school, and later to Fordham University where he discovered acting.

He landed his first film role in the 1975 TV movie Wilma most notable for the fact that he met actress Pauletta Pearson, now his wife. His big break came when he starred in the popular TV hospital drama St. Elsewhere.

Washington turned down several offers of well-paid action films, and instead looked for more challenging roles. In 1987 he starred as South African anti-apartheid campaigner Steve Biko in Richard Attenborough's Cry Freedom. In 1989 Denzel won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, after playing a defiant self-possessed slave in the film Glory.

Denzel played one of his most critically acclaimed roles in 1992's Malcolm X, directed by Spike Lee where his performance as the Black Nationalist leader, earned him an Oscar nomination.

Malcolm X transformed Denzel's career, turning him overnight into one of Hollywood's most respected actors. He turned down offers of several similar roles such as the chance to play Martin Luther King Jr. because he didn't want to be typecast by subject matter.

After being nominated several times before, 2002 Denzel finally won an Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in the film Training Day in which he played a corrupt drug-dealing cop.

Man on Fire (2004)
Out of Time (2003)
Antwone Fisher (2002)
John Q (2002)
Training Day (2001)
Remember the Titans (2000)
The Hurricane (1999)
The Bone Collector (1999)
The Siege (1998)
He Got Game (1998)
Fallen (1998)
The Preacher's Wife (1996)
Courage Under Fire (1996)
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
Virtuosity (1995)
Crimson Tide (1995)
Philadelphia (1993)
The Pelican Brief (1993)
Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
Malcolm X (1992) aka X
Ricochet (1991)
Mississippi Masala (1991)
Mo' Better Blues (1990)
Heart Condition (1990)
Glory (1989)
The Mighty Quinn (1989)
For Queen and Country (1988)
Cry Freedom (1987)
Power (1986)
A Soldier's Story (1984)
Carbon Copy (1981)
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