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.
Pauletta Washington and Denzel Washington at the 89th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars 2017) held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 27th February 2017
Denzel Washington and Pauletta Washington at the 89th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars 2017) held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 26th February 2017
After winning Tony Awards on Broadway, Denzel Washington and Viola Davis reteam for a film version of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. First staged in 1983 (the Washington-Davis revival was in 2010), the story explores the experience of an African-American working class family in the 1950s. And its most powerful kick is in the balance of power between husband and wife, something that easily transcends the racial themes.
In Pittsburgh, trash collector Troy (Washington) is proud to be able to support his wife Rose (Davis) and teen son Cory (Jovan Adepo), who wants to attend university on a football scholarship. But Troy thinks this is unnecessary, forbidding him from playing on the team. Troy and Rose's other son Gabriel (Mykelti Williamson) is disabled but living on his own, and Troy has an older son, Lyons (Russell Hornsby), who regularly needs cash to top up his income as a musician. As he slowly builds a fence in the back yard, Troy is beginning to resent having to give in to all of these people, blaming his problems on white-majority culture. But Rose has had enough of his complaining.
Wilson's dialogue is heightened and gorgeous, with a poetic ring like modern-day Shakespeare as it explores enormous issues using clever wordplay and epic monologues. While Troy continually rants at how hard life is for a black man, the interaction points out that his main problem is actually his need to be in control of everyone around him. This makes Troy increasingly unlikeable, and Washington goes for broke in the performance. It often feels like he's playing to people sitting in the top of the theatre balcony, but it's impossible not to be moved by his words. By contrast, Davis' much more intimate Rose is the film's heart and soul. As the story progresses, she becomes the lead character, and Davis delivers a series of devastating scenes with raw power.
Continue reading: Fences Review
Samuel L. Jackson and Denzel Washington at the 31st Annual American Society Of Cinematographers Awards held at the Dolby Ballroom in the Hollywood and Highland Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 5th February 2017
The actor is in his fourth directorial venture.
Denzel Washington is at the helm of 'Fences'; a film adaptation of the play of the same name by the late Pulitzer Prize winning African-American playwright August Wilson. He's also the producer and stars in the film as lead character Troy Maxson opposite Viola Davis who plays his wife Rose Maxson.
Denzel Washington compares August Wilson to Shakespeare
Denzel is a huge fan of the play for its captivating story. Originally published in 1985, it's a story about race set in the 50s and follows a 53-year-old former baseball player from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who had previously been in prison. It's part of Wilson's 'Pittsburgh Cycle' series,
Continue reading: Denzel Washington Compares 'Masterpiece' Fences To Shakespeare
The on-screen teaming of Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt in the remake The Magnificent Seven is deliberately unexpected, generating some offbeat chemistry both in the film and off the set.
Both are playing against type, and they say they avoided rewatching the 1960 version, although they did make a point of sitting down to see the original 1954 Japanese film Seven Samurai. Pratt says that he enjoyed playing a character who was less innocent than his other movie roles. "I think he carries around some major heavy stuff inside his heart that's convinced him that he is less than savoury," he says. "And when you think you're a bad guy, you let yourself do bad things. That is all deeper stuff to play as an actor than [Guardians of the Galaxy's] Peter Quill."
Even so, Washington enjoyed the fact that while their characters are flawed, they're clearly the good guys. "Audiences like to know who they're rooting for," he says. "I remember going to the movies and having that feeling, 'I wanna be that guy.' Unfortunately, that was the 1970s so it was usually drug dealers."
Continue reading: Washington And Pratt Ignore The Serious Themes In The Magnificent Seven
If only he brought his glasses with him...
Sunday's Golden Globes saw the announcement of the 2016 Cecil B. DeMille Award winner, and never has the acceptance of it been more humble and downright adorable as it was when Denzel Washington got up on stage on January 10th accompanied by his wife and three of his children.
Denzel Washington's acceptance speech was a Golden Globes highlight
After an incredibly flattering speech from Tom Hanks who was presenting the award, and who put Washington's name among some of Hollywood's greats like Bogart and Gable, the 'Equalizer' star brought wife Pauletta, daughters Katia and Olivia, and son John David on to the stage to help him make his acceptance speech. His son Malcolm, a filmmaker and graduate from the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania, was missing from the group, with Washington explaining that he was currently working on a thesis for the AFI (American Film Institute).
The 'Flight' star is due to star in 'The Magnificent Seven'.
Double Oscar winner Denzel Washington is about to have his hard work recognised yet again at next year's Golden Globe Awards, where he is deservedly set to receive the annual honour of the Cecil B. DeMille Award for his services to the film and entertainment industry.
Denzel Washington gets lifetime achievement award
The talented actor has continuously been honoured for his films at the Golden Globes, winning awards for his 1999 boxing biopic 'The Hurricane' and 1989's historic war drama 'Glory'. He has been nominated for awards for a further five of his films at the Globes, most recently in 2013 when he was recognised for his part in Robert Zemeckis' 'Flight'.
Continue reading: Denzel Washington Is 2016 Golden Globes Cecil B. DeMille Award Honouree
Denzel Washington will direct an episode of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ for the show’s 12th season.
Denzel Washington has directed two films but now the 60-year-old actor is turning his attention to directing on the small screen for the very first time. Washington has signed on as a director for the 12th series of Grey’s Anatomy.
Denzel Washington will direct an episode of Grey's Anatomy.
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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.
Continue reading: Chris Pratt In Talks To Join Denzel Washington In 'Magnificent Seven'
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.
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.
Continue reading: The Equalizer Review
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.
Continue reading: Is 'The Equalizer' Really The Best Use Of Denzel Washington?
Date of birth
28th December, 1954
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