Actor and director Denzel Washington burst onto the big screen in 1989 by winning both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for for his role in the war epic Glory. This opened the door for him to play a variety of roles over the next two decades and landed him a label as one of the best actors of the last quarter century.
Compared to his idol Sidney Poitier for his ability to appeal to a multiracial audience, Denzel Washington's grounding force was a critical and audience favorite in historical dramas like 1987's Cry Freedom, 1992's Malcolm X, and 1999's Hurricane.
A nominee of five Academy Awards, Denzel has captured the cinema's top honor two different times. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in just his fifth movie (1987's Cry Freedom) and won the same award two year's later for his powerful performance as Trip in Glory. He was nominated for Best Actor on two different occasions (Malcolm X - 1992, The Hurricane - 1999) before 2001's Training Day earned him his second Academy Award and first as Best Actor.
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Denzel Washington's most profitable movie to date was opposite Russell Crowe in 2007's American Gangster. The movie earned over $130,000,000 at the box office domestically. He portrayed real Coach Boone in Remember the Titans. He has co-starred with some of Hollywood's biggest names including Julia Roberts (The Pelican Brief, 1993), Tom Hanks (Philadelphia, 1993), Gene Hackman (Crimson Tide, 1995), Bruce Willis (The Siege, 1998), Angelina Jolie (The Bone Collector, 1999), Clive Owen (Inside Man, 1996), and John Travolta (The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, 1999) just to name a few.
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