Denzel Washington


Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. (born December 28, 1954) is an American actor, director, and producer. He has received three Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award, and two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for the historical war drama film Glory (1989) and Best Actor for his role as a corrupt cop in the crime thriller Training Day (2001).

Washington has received much critical acclaim for his film work since the 1980s, including his portrayals of real-life figures such as South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko in Cry Freedom (1987), Muslim minister and human rights activist Malcolm X in Malcolm X (1992), boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter in The Hurricane (1999), football coach Herman Boone in Remember the Titans (2000), poet and educator Melvin B. Tolson in The Great Debaters (2007), and drug kingpin Frank Lucas in American Gangster (2007). He has been a featured actor in the films produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and has been a frequent collaborator of directors Spike Lee, Antoine Fuquaand Tony Scott. In 2016, Washington was selected as the recipient for the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards.

In 2002, Washington made his directorial debut with the biographical film Antwone Fisher. His second directorial effort was The Great Debaters, released in 2007. Washington’s third directorial effort, Fences, in which he also starred, was released on December 16, 2016, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.


Title Year Role Director(s) Notes
Carbon Copy 1981 Roger Porter Michael Schultz
A Soldier’s Story 1984 Private First Class Melvin Peterson Norman Jewison
Power 1986 Arnold Billings Sidney Lumet
Cry Freedom 1987 Steve Biko Richard Attenborough Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
For Queen and Country 1988 Reuben James Martin Stellman
The Mighty Quinn 1989 Xavier Quinn Carl Schenkel
Glory Private Silas Tripp Edward Zwick Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Heart Condition 1990 Napoleon Stone James D. Parriott
Mo’ Better Blues Bleek Gilliam Spike Lee
Mississippi Masala 1991 Demetrius Williams Mira Nair
Ricochet Nick Styles Russell Mulcahy
Malcolm X 1992 Malcolm X Spike Lee Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actor
Much Ado About Nothing 1993 Don Pedro of Aragon Kenneth Branagh
The Pelican Brief Gray Grantham Alan J. Pakula
Philadelphia Joe Miller Jonathan Demme
Crimson Tide 1995 Lt. Commander Ron Hunter Tony Scott
Virtuosity Lt. Parker Barnes Brett Leonard
Devil in a Blue Dress Easy Rawlins Carl Franklin
Courage Under Fire 1996 Lt. Colonel Nathaniel Serling Edward Zwick
The Preacher’s Wife Dudley Penny Marshall
Fallen 1998 Detective John Hobbes Gregory Hoblit
He Got Game Jake Shuttlesworth Spike Lee
The Siege Anthony Hubbard Edward Zwick
The Bone Collector 1999 Lincoln Rhyme Phillip Noyce
The Hurricane Rubin Carter Norman Jewison Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actor
Remember the Titans 2000 Herman Boone Boaz Yakin
Training Day 2001 Detective Alonzo Harris Antoine Fuqua Academy Award for Best Actor
John Q. 2002 John Q. Archibald Nick Cassavetes
Antwone Fisher Dr. Jerome Davenport Himself Also producer
Out of Time 2003 Matt Lee Whitlock Carl Franklin
Man on Fire 2004 John W. Creasy Tony Scott
The Manchurian Candidate Maj. Ben Marco Jonathan Demme
Inside Man 2006 Keith Frazier Spike Lee
Déjà Vu Doug Carlin Tony Scott
American Gangster 2007 Frank Lucas Ridley Scott
The Great Debaters Melvin B. Tolson Himself Also director
The Taking of Pelham 123 2009 Walter Garber Tony Scott
The Book of Eli 2010 Eli Hughes brothers Also producer
Unstoppable Frank Barnes Tony Scott
Safe House 2012 Tobin Frost Daniel Espinosa
Flight William “Whip” Whitaker Sr. Robert Zemeckis Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actor
2 Guns 2013 Robert “Bobby” Trench Baltasar Kormákur
The Equalizer 2014 Robert McCall Antoine Fuqua Also producer
The Magnificent Seven 2016 Sam Chisolm Antoine Fuqua
Fences Troy Maxson Himself Also producerNominated — Academy Award for Best Actor

Nominated — Academy Award for Best Picture

Roman J. Israel, Esq. 2017 Roman J. Israel Dan Gilroy Also producerNominated — Academy Award for Best Actor
The Equalizer 2 2018 Robert McCall Antoine Fuqua Also producer


Title Year(s) Role(s) Channel Notes
The Wilma Rudolph Story 1977 Robert Eldridge – age 18 NBC Television film
Flesh & Blood 1979 Kirk CBS Television film
St. Elsewhere 1982–1988 Dr. Philip Chandler NBC 137 episodes
License to Kill 1984 Martin Sawyer CBS Television film
The George McKenna Story 1986 George McKenna CBS Also known as Hard Lessons
Television film
Great Performances 1992 Narrator PBS Episode: “Jammin’: Jelly Roll Morton on Broadway”
Liberators: Fighting on Two Fronts in World War II 1992 Narrator PBS
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child 1995 King Omar HBO Episode: “Rumpelstiltskin”
Voice only
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child 1997 Humpty Dumpty
Crooked Man
HBO Episode: “Mother Goose: A Rappin’ and Rhymin’ Special”
Voice only
The March 2013 Narrator PBS Documentary film
Grey’s Anatomy 2016 ABC Director; Episode: “The Sound of Silence”


Production Year(s) Theater Role(s) Notes
Coriolanus 1979 Joseph Papp Public Theater Aediles
Roman Citizen
Voscian Citizen
Roman Soldier
Voscian Soldier
June 22 − July 22
A Soldier’s Play 1981–1983 Theatre Four Private First Class Melvin Peterson November 20, 1981 − January 2, 1983
Checkmates 1988 46th Street Theatre Sylvester Williams August 4 − December 31
The Tragedy of Richard III 1990 Joseph Papp Public Theater Richard III of England August 3 − September 2
Julius Caesar 2005 Belasco Theatre Marcus Brutus
Fences 2010 Cort Theatre Troy Maxson April 26 − July 11
A Raisin in the Sun 2014 Ethel Barrymore Theatre Walter Lee Younger April 3 − June 15
The Iceman Cometh 2018 Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre Theodore “Hickey” Hickman April 26 −
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