A stunning actor with tremendous talent, Denzel Washington's approach to film can be summed up with one word: Intense.
Denzel Washington credits both of his parents for inspiring him to become an actor. From his father, a minister, Denzel took a passion for performance. From spending hours and hours with his mother, a hairdresser, he learned the art of telling a good story. Whatever his influences may have been, the end result was one of America's most compelling and convincing leading men, whether he's starring in a historical drama, an action thriller or anything in between.
Though Denzel earned a B.A. in journalism from Fordham University, he found himself most drawn toward acting. After attending the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, he debuted on the big screen in 1981's Carbon Copy and appeared in several TV movies. But it was his role on TV's St. Elsewhere that sent Denzel on the path to stardom. He earned his first Oscar nomination in 1987 for his performance in Cry Freedom, and his first Oscar (for Best Supporting Actor) two years later in Glory.
The '90s saw Denzel star in all sorts of great films—Spike Lee dramas such as Mo' Better Blues, Malcolm X and He Got Game, thrillers such as The Pelican Brief, and Crimson Tide and the acclaimed 1993 drama Philadelphia.
Denzel finished up the 90s with a bang. He returned to the realm of the thriller in The Bone Collector, picked up yet another Oscar nomination for his stunning performance in The Hurricane (both 1999) and starred in one of 2000's biggest hits, Remember The Titans.
Never one to stay away from the silver screen for long, Washington racked up one of his biggest hits with his Oscar winning portrayal of a crooked cop on the streets of Los Angels in the sensational Training Day. That success was followed up in 2002 with the powerful John Q.
The new millennium has remained strong for Denzel with more great films such as Antwone Fischer (2002), Man on Fire (2004), The Manchurian Candidate (2004), Inside Man (2006), American Gangster (2007), The Great Debaters (2007), The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3 (2009), The Book of Eli (2010), Unstoppable (2010), Flight (2012), 2 Guns (2013) and The Equalizer (2014).
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