Denzel Washington Biography (1954-)

Born December 28, 1954, in Mount Vernon, NY; son of Denzel (a Pentecostal minister) and Lennis "Lynne" (a beauty shop owner and operator) Washington; married Pauletta Pearson (an actress and singer), 1982; renewed wedding vows in South Africa with Archbishop Desmond Tutu officiating; children: John David, Katia, Malcolm and Olivia (twins).

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor
Birth Details
December 28, 1954
Mount Vernon, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Appearances
  • Aediles, Coriolanus, New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theatre, New York City, 1979
  • Tommy Paul, One Tiger to a Hill, Manhattan Theatre Club, New YorkCity, 1980
  • Malcolm Shabazz (Malcolm X), When the Chickens Came Home to Roost(double-bill with Zora), Louis Abrons Arts for Living Center, New Federal Theatre, New York City, 1981
  • Private first class Melvin Peterson, A Soldier's Play, Negro Ensemble Company, Theatre Four, New York City, 1981-82, then Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL, 1982-83, and Center Theatre Group, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1982-83
  • Frank, Every Goodbye Ain't Gone, Louis Abrons Arts for Living Center, New Federal Theatre, 1984
  • Sylvester Williams, Checkmates, 46th Street Theatre, New York City, 1988-89
  • Title role, Richard III, New York Shakespeare Festival, DelacorteTheatre, 1991
  • Carousel, Lincoln Center Theatre, New York City, 1994
  • Hymn, City Center Theatre, New York City, 1994
  • Showdown at New Federal Theatre (benefit performance), New FederalTheatre, 2001
  • Made off-Broadway debut in The Emperor Jones; appeared in Checkmates, Westwood Playhouse, Los Angeles; appeared in Man and Superman and Moonchildren, both American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, CA; also appeared in Beckett, Ceremonies in Dark Old Men, Mighty Gents, Othello, Spell #7, and Split Second.
  • Film Appearances
  • Roger Porter, Carbon Copy, Avco-Embassy, 1981
  • Private first class Melvin Peterson, A Soldier's Story, Columbia,1984
  • Arnold Billings, Power, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1986
  • Stephen "Steve" Biko, Cry Freedom, Universal, 1987
  • Reuben James, For Queen and Country, Atlantic, 1988
  • Reunion, 1988
  • Bleek Gilliam and performer of song "Pop Top 40," Mo' Better Blues, Universal, 1990
  • Napoleon Stone, Heart Condition, New Line Cinema, 1990
  • Private Trip, Glory, TriStar, 1990
  • Xavier Quinn and performer of song "Cakewalk into Town," The Mighty Quinn, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1990
  • Nick Styles, Ricochet, Warner Bros., 1991
  • Demetrius, Mississippi Masala, Paramount, 1992
  • Title role, Malcolm X, Warner Bros., 1992
  • Don Pedro (Prince of Aragon), Much Ado about Nothing, Samuel Goldwyn Company, 1993
  • Gray Grantham, The Pelican Brief, Warner Bros., 1993
  • Joe Miller, Philadelphia, TriStar, 1993
  • Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins and narrator, Devil in a Blue Dress (also known as Le diable en robe bleue), TriStar, 1995
  • Lieutenant commander Jim Hunter (some sources cite Ron Hunter), Crimson Tide, Buena Vista, 1995
  • Lieutenant Parker Barnes, Virtuosity, Paramount, 1995
  • Dudley ("Dud"), The Preacher's Wife, Buena Vista, 1996
  • Lieutenant colonel Nathaniel Serling, Courage under Fire, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1996
  • Detective John Hobbes, Fallen, Warner Bros., 1997
  • Anthony "Hub" Hubbard, The Siege, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1998
  • Jake Shuttleworth, He Got Game, Buena Vista, 1998
  • Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, Universal, 1999
  • Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, The Hurricane, Universal, 1999
  • Coach Herman Boone, Remember the Titans, Buena Vista, 2000
  • Malcolm X (in archival footage), Bamboozled, New Line Cinema, 2000
  • Alonzo Harris, Training Day, Warner Bros., 2001
  • Title role, John Q, New Line Cinema, 2001
  • Antwone Fisher, Finding Fish, 2002
  • Film Work
  • Director
  • Finding Fish, 2002
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Dr. Phillip Chandler, St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1982-88
  • Narrator, American Heroes and Legends, Showtime, 1992
  • Miniseries
  • Kirk, Flesh and Blood, CBS, 1979
  • Movies
  • Robert Eldridge at the age of eighteen, Wilma, NBC, 1977
  • Martin Sawyer, License to Kill, CBS, 1984
  • George McKenna, The George McKenna Story, CBS, 1986
  • Specials
  • Freedomfest: Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Celebration, FBC, 1988
  • Narrator, "Baka: People of the Forest," National Geographic Specials, PBS, 1989
  • Motown 30: What's Goin' On!, CBS, 1990
  • Narrator, "Jammin': Jelly Roll Morton on Broadway," Great Performances, PBS, 1992
  • Narrator, "Liberators--Fighting on Two Fronts in World War II," The American Experience, PBS, 1992
  • Muhammad Ali's 50th Birthday Celebration, ABC, 1992
  • The Barbara Walters Special, ABC, 1993
  • Hollywood Stars: A Century of Cinema, The Disney Channel, 1995
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 19th Annual NAACP Image Awards, NBC, 1987
  • Presenter, The 62nd Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1990
  • The 22nd Annual NAACP Image Awards, NBC, 1990
  • Host, The 23rd Annual NAACP Image Awards, NBC, 1991
  • Presenter, The 63rd Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1991
  • Host, The Essence Awards, CBS, 1992
  • The AFI Salute to Sidney Poitier (also known as The 20th AnnualAmerican Film Institute Life Achievement Award), NBC, 1992
  • Presenter, The MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 1993
  • Presenter, The 19th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1993
  • Presenter, The 65th Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1993
  • The Essence Awards, Fox, 1994
  • The 26th Annual NAACP Image Awards, NBC, 1994
  • Presenter, The 67th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1995
  • Presenter, The Third Annual Trumpet Awards Ceremony, TBS, 1995
  • Host, The 27th Annual NAACP Image Awards, Fox, 1996
  • The ESPY Awards, ABC, 1996
  • Episodic
  • Narrator, "Anansi," We All Have Tales, Showtime, 1991
  • Narrator, "John Henry," American Heroes and Legends, Showtime, 1992
  • Voice, "Humpty Dumpty," Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (animated), HBO, c. 1995
  • Voice, "Rumpelstiltskin," Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (animated), HBO, 1995
  • Voice, "Mother Goose," Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (animated), HBO, c. 1997
  • Television Work
  • Executive Producer; With Others; Specials
  • Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream, TBS, 1995
  • Producer; With Others; Specials
  • Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks, HBO, 2000
  • RECORDINGS
  • Music Videos; Director
  • "In Harm's Way," by BeBe Winans, 1997
  • WRITINGS
  • Nonfiction
  • (With Spike Lee and Ralph Wiley) By Any Means Necessary: The Trials and Tribulations of the Making of Malcolm X (based on the life and work ofMalcolm X), Hyperion (New York City), 1992

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Brode, Douglas, Denzel Washington: His Films and Career, Carol Publishing Group (Secaucus, NJ), 1997
    • Contemporary Black Biography, Volume 16, Gale, 1997
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 3: Actors and Actresses, St. James Press, 1996
    • Notable Black American Men, Gale, 1998
    • Who's Who among African Americans, 12th edition, Gale, 1998
    Periodicals
    • Ebony, April, 2000, p. 154
    • Empire, Issue 35, 1992, pp. 52-53; Issue 89, 1986, pp. 80-82, 84
    • Entertainment Weekly, July 19, 1996
    • Essence, December, 1996
    • Hollywood Reporter, February 1, 1988; March 5, 1997, pp. S1-12
    • Jet, January 13, 1994, pp. 54, 56
    • Neon, May, 1998
    • New York, August 13, 1990
    • New York Times, December 26, 1987; October 25, 1992
    • People Weekly, July 29, 1996, pp. 56, 59-60, 62, 64; May 8, 2000,p. 100
    • Premiere, August, 1990
    • Rolling Stone, December 3, 1987; November 26, 1992
    • Sunday Star-Ledger, November 29, 1987
    • Sun-Times (Chicago), January 21, 1998
    • USA Weekend, January 11, 1998
    • Vanity Fair, October, 1995, pp. 242-46, 299-301

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