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.


Washington earned critical acclaim for his first movie as a director (Antwone Fisher, 2002). He has one other directing credit to his name (The Great Debaters, 2007)

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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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The Bone Collector

Remember the Titans

The Siege

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The Bone Collector

The Bone Collector

The Bone Collector

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The Book of Eli is a story about a post-apocalyptic America where the once-picturesque countryside has become a desolate and violent wasteland. Denzel stars as Eli, a lone man who must fight across America to bring society the knowledge that could be the key to its redemption.

The movie is directed by Albert and Allen Hughes and co-stars Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, and Ray Stevenson. The movie is scheduled for a release date of January 15, 2010.


Academy Awards

academy Celebrating his 2nd Academy Award (Training Day, 1999)

Best Actor
Training Day, 2001
Best Supporting Actor
Glory, 1989

Best Actor
Hurricane, 1999
Malcolm X, 1992

Best Supporting Actor
Cry Freedom, 1987


out_of_time With Sanaa Lathan in
2003's Out of Time

Top Grossing Movies
(Domestic Box Office)

1. American Gangster
($130 Million)
2. Remember the Titans
($115 Millison)
3. The Pelican Brief
($100 Million)
4. Crimson Tide
($91 Million)
5. Inside Man
($88 Million)

6. Man on Fire
($77 Million)
7. Philadelphia
($77 Million)

8. John Q
($71 Million)
9. The Bone Collector
($66 Million)
10. Manchurian Candidate
($65 Million)