Denzel Washington (born December 28th 1954)
Denzel Washington is an award-winning movie star best known for the films 'Glory' and 'Training Day'.
Net worth: Denzel Washington has a net worth of $140 million according to Celebrity Net Worth (2012).
Acting career: Denzel Washington's credited film debut was in 1977's TV movie 'Wilma', while his first feature movie was 'Carbon Copy' in which he starred opposite George Segal. His big break came in the form of 80s TV show 'St. Elsewhere', during which time he also appeared in 'A Soldier's Story', 'Hard Lessons' and 'Power'. He landed his first Oscar nomination for Richard Attenborough's apartheid movie 'Cry Freedom' in 1987, later winning an Academy Award for 'Glory' opposite Matthew Broderick. In 1992, he won a NAACP Image Award for his appearance in the romance 'Mississippi Masala' alongside Sarita Choudhury. That year he was nominated for yet another Academy Award for his title role in Spike Lee's 'Malcolm X'. Soon followed was 1995's 'Crimson Tide' with Gene Hackman and 1996's 'Courage Under Fire' with Meg Ryan. Washington was awarded with a Golden Globe for his role as boxer Rubin Carter in 1999's 'The Hurricane'; a film about his wrongful conviction for murder. In 2000, he was in the Disney movie 'Remember the Titans', before winning his second Oscar for his role in the following year's 'Training Day' which also starred Ethan Hawke. His fourth film with director Spike Lee came in the form of 'Inside Man' in 2006, in which he acted alongside Jodie Foster. He re-teamed with Russell Crowe - with whom he starred in 'Virtuosity' - in his next big blockbuster 'American Gangster' which saw him nominated for another Golden Globe. He then directed and starred in 'The Great Debaters', before returning to filmmaking as the producer in 'The Book of Eli' opposite Mila Kunis. In 2012, he won a string of awards and nominations (rivalling that of 'Training Day') with 'Flight' alongside Don Cheadle.
Personal life: Denzel Washington was raised in Mount Vernon, New York by his minister father Reverend Denzel Hayes Washington, Sr. and beauty specialist Lennis "Lynne". He went to Pennington-Grimes Elementary School, though moved to prep school Oakland Military Academy when his parents divorced. He then went to Mainland High School in Florida, Texas College and Fordham University where he graduated with degrees in drama and journalism, before finally attending the American Conservatory Theater for a year. Washington married Pauletta Pearson in 1983 with whom he had four children named John David, Katia, and twins Olivia and Malcolm. He is a Christian and takes his religion very seriously, reading the Bible each day and even considering becoming a preacher for the church.
Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt could be teaming up for 'Magnificent Seven'.
Chris Pratt, Hollywood's new golden boy who will star in Jurassic World next year, before starting work on the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel, is in early talks to star alongside Denzel Washington in MGM's remake of Magnificent Seven, reports Variety.
Chris Pratt could star alongside Denzel Washington in Magnificent Seven
Antoine Fuqua's remake of the 1960 original - itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai - starred Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen. It followed seven gunslingers who fight back against a group of outlaws to protect an oppressed Mexican village.
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It was a tight race this weekend, but the big winner (so far) is "Gone Girl".
Over the weekend, David Fincher’s suspenseful thriller Gone Girl breezed past box office competition, including the supernatural prequel Annabelle. Fincher's mystery flick about a husband, who finds himself the prime suspect in the disappearance of his wife, did better than any of the director’s previous films and scored a $38 million debut – much hire than industry experts originally predicted.
Ben Affleck plays the anti-hero in Fincher's Gone Girl.
Gone Girl easily blew past Fincher’s previous personal best – the Jodie Foster starrer Panic Room, which opened to $30 million in 2002. Starring Affleck as Nick Dunne and Britain’s Rosamund Pike as missing wife Amy, with Neil Patrick Harris and Emily Ratajkowski in supporting roles, the film was a favorite of critics and a commercial hit for the time of year.
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Denzel Washington's latest revenge/justice role conquered the box office after a slow September weekend.
The Equalizer, a thriller starring Denzel Washington conquered the North American box off after yet another slow weekend. Washington plays a man, who helps rescue a young girl from the clutches of Russian gangsters. With Antoine Fuqua directing, the film plays like classic Washington fare – stylish, violent and effective in delivering a simple point, just like its protagonist.
Denzel Washington is the equalizer in yet another violent justice fantasy flick.
But enough about that, let’s show some love to the competition that The Equalizer bumped off. The latest YA dystopian adaptation, The Maze Runner, dropped to second place, checking in at $17,5 million in North American weekend earnings, according to Box Office Mojo. This brings the film – a story about teenagers, who wake up to find themselves stranded in the middle of a creature-infested maze – to a two-week domestic gross of $58 million.
With remakes and reboots dominating the Hollywood landscape at the moment, The Equalizer has found a new and interesting way to recreate the source material.
It's hardly surprising that filmmakers raised on TV series in the 1980s are now turning them into movies. Some of these end up as faithful adaptations (Miami Vice, The Dukes of Hazzard), while others take a more knowingly pastiche approach (Charlie's Angels, 21 Jump Street). What we haven't seen before is a film that only takes the barest hint of an idea to make a very different kind of movie. But that's exactly what's happened with The Equalizer.
Robert McCall is played by Denzel Washington in this new film
The television series ran for four seasons from 1985 to 1989, starring British actor Edward Woodward as retired intelligence officer Robert McCall, who quietly goes about helping people who are in trouble. The show's theme centres on McCall's efforts to atone for his violent past by doing good in his golden years, mainly working as an investigator or bodyguard who takes on drug dealers, murderers, rapists and kidnappers.
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Denzel Washington and Mario Lopez - American actor who has recently starred in action film 'The Equalizer' Denzel Washington on Extra at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 25th September 2014
Little more than a paint-by-numbers action thriller, it's anyone's guess why the filmmakers have bothered to make a connection with the 1980s TV series of the same name. Because this film bears almost no resemblance to it. Instead, this is a reunion of Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua, who last collaborated on the Oscar-winning Training Day. And since it's packed with brutal violence and questionable morality, that's clearly where this movie's roots truly lie.
Washington stars as Robert, a meek shelf-stacker at a DIY warehouse store in Boston. He can't sleep at night, so he heads to the local diner to read classic novels. That's where he meets Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz), a teen hooker who is having problems with her psychotic Russian pimp (David Meunier). Ever so quietly, and clearly relying on some external source of income, Robert goes about helping Teri secure a free future. But when he offers to settle her debts, the pimp and his thugs just laugh at him. So Robert mercilessly kills them all, drawing on his secret past as a black-ops agent. The problem is that this puts Robert at odds with the top Russian boss Teddy (Marton Csokas), who heads to Boston to get even.
In standard action movie tradition, Robert works his way right through the entire Russian mob, along the way cleaning up Boston's corrupt police force before the requisite final confrontation. His only distraction is a brief visit to his old CIA boss (Melissa Leo) and her husband (Bill Pullman) for a bit of moral support and added starry cameo value. Yes, there isn't much about this movie that doesn't feel concocted for the box office, which means that the story is both achingly predictable and littered with gaping plot-holes. And with Washington in the focal role, everyone else fades into the woodwork. Moretz is excellent but badly underused, while Csokas is never given much to do with his one-note villain.
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Denzel Washington is excellent in 'The Equalizer' - but is this really the sort of thing he should be doing?
The Equalizer, Denzel Washington's new movie, hasn't exactly been ripped apart by the critics. In fact, it's actually scored pretty decent reviews and will almost certainly do good business on both sides of the Atlantic. It's just - well - what happened to Oscar-winning Denzel? There were flickers of his brilliance being put to good use in Flight, but this?
Washington plays McCall, a man who believed he has put his mysterious past behind him until meeting Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters. Armed with hidden skills (like the guy from Taken), McCall comes out of retirement in a bid to restore justice.
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'The Equalizer' star Denzel Washington was just fooling around when he said he was starting a campaign to play Bond.
Denzel Washington has clarified his comments about playing James Bond after Daniel Craig relinquishes the role in a couple of years' time. The Training Day actor had joked that he was starting a campaign to have him considered for the role though insists his remarks were just that - a joke.
Denzel Washington to play Bond? Maybe
He told Shortlist magazine: "I was on the phone, and the person on the phone was asking me the questions that were being sent in to her, and so then she was sending out my response to whoever's online. So the was question was, 'Would You play James Bond?' and I said, 'Yeah sure, why not?' and jokingly, 'Yeah, get out there and start a campaign! Denzel for James Bond!"
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The 59 year-old actor urged fans to tweet the hashtag "#DenzelIsJamesBond" in an effort to become the next 007.
Denzel Washington has accomplished many things in his lengthy movie career, which includes winning two Oscars, but the 59 year-old actor still has his eye on one particular role ... he wants to become the next James Bond.
Could Denzel be the next 007?
Washington took part in Reddit's 'Ask Me Anything' chat on Friday (Sept 5th) while promoting his new movie 'The Equalizer,' and when someone asked about starring in one of the most popular franchises ever, the talented star admitted he would love to.
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Director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Olympus Has Fallen) talks about what makes The Equalizer (Denzel Washington) different from other action movie heroes. The name comes from how he spends his days as a "regular Joe", but uses hand-to-hand combat in order to fight his way through legions of bad guys "levelling the playing field". Producer Todd Black (A Knight's Tale, The Pursuit of Happiness) goes on to explain The Equalizer's skill set. He uses impeccable awareness of his surroundings to manipulate his environment into a weapon - this leads to stunt coordinator Keith Woulard discussing Washington's desire to make the fight scenes "dirty and gritty, but he want[ed] it smart".
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The 39th Toronto Film Festival has unveiled its line-up, and it's looking like a star-studded affair.
David Cronenberg's new film Maps to the Stars which stunned critics at Cannes and features Julianne Moore and Robert Pattinson will screen alongside another Cannes favourite, crime drama Foxcatcher which sees Despicable Me actor Steve Carell take on his most serious role to date.
Robert Pattinson and Julianne Moore at the Maps to the Stars Cannes premiere
Also set to appear is Denzel Washington's new film The Equalizer, based on the classic 80's television show of the same name. Rising star Chloe Grace Moretz stars alongside Washington, who plays a solitary vigilante who dedicates his life to helping the victims of crimes. A sequel has already been planned despite the fact the film isn't released until the end of September.
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Date of birth
28th December, 1954