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Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington


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Birth Name :

Denzel Hayes Washington Jr.

Birth Date :

December 28, 1954

Birth Place :

Mount Vernon, New York, USA

Spouse :

Pauletta Pearson (actress, since 25-Jun-83)

Claim to fame :

As Dr. Philip Chandler in TV series "St. Elsewhere" (1982-1988)


Inevitably one of Hollywood's A list actors, Denzel Washington could have easily enjoyed the privilege and counted days when he would gain another Oscar. However, like many actors who had got so attached to their work, Washington was also addicted to the challenge of making movies rather than making profit and recognition out of them. Reflecting a dedicated spirit, it was understandable that he was indeed very serious from the very beginning. The son of Denzel Washington Sr. and Lynne Washington was born on December 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon, Bronx, NYC. His father who was a Pentecostal minister had influenced him in the art of performing, while his mother who was a beautician in a beauty parlor had often took him to her work place and exposed him to the colorful conversation that eventually taught him the art of storytelling.

Stern looking and definite in his every act, Washington did not like his appearance mainly because of the gap in between his two front teeth. What he didn't know then was the fact that many people would praise and even adore his handsomeness. As a teenager he built an invisible wall that kept him from being lenient. And when in the age of 14 he and his older sister, Lorice were sent to a boarding school, he was devastated in knowing that the reason he went there because his parents didn't want him to witness the failing marriage. Upon the divorce, Washington would live with his mother and like so many children in the world, their first intended career was to become a doctor but somehow, he finally entered Fordham University to major in journalism. While he was there, Wasington discovered a new world in which he could escape from his tense personality. By acting he could express himself well and thus when there was an opportunity to play a small role in TV movie "Wilma" (1975), he immediately grasped it and luckily, he met Pauletta Pearson on the set whom he would marry 8 years later on June 25 and had 4 children with. Graduated in 1977 and winning a scholarship to attend American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, he didn't waste the chance. Engaging in some classic plays like Shakespeare's, he studied under the renowned Bill Ball but in the need of job he returned to NYC where there was a bigger chance of employment.

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Chris Pratt May Join Denzel Washington in 'Magnificent Seven' Remake

December 05, 2014 09:16:01 GMT

may appear in "". Deadline reports that the "" hottie is now in early talks to join in the remake of John Sturges' 1960 film of the same title.

'The Equalizer' Claims Box Office Throne With $35 Million

September 29, 2014 03:12:42 GMT

"" debuts to an estimated $35 million on domestic box office chart. It becomes one of 's top bows after 2007's "" and 2012's "", cementing his reputation as one of Hollywood's consistently bankable stars.

Denzel Washington Confirmed for 'Magnificent Seven' Remake

September 09, 2014 04:00:23 GMT

has secured a role in a remake of John Sturges' classic western movie "". Antoine Fuqua who is set to serve behind the lens for the remake confirmed the actor's casting in a recent interview with Variety.

Denzel Washington Recalls Racial Discrimination at 'Equalizer' Press Conference

September 08, 2014 03:52:53 GMT

who was at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival to promote his film "" opened up about racist incidents he experienced in Boston where the movie was filmed. Speaking to media at a press conference on Sunday, September 7, Washington shared that he was involved in a physical fight due to racial profiling years ago.

Denzel Washington in Talks for 'The Magnificent Seven' Remake

June 06, 2014 04:29:51 GMT

could reunite with director Antoine Fuqua in a new movie. Variety learns that the actor is in negotiations to play a lead role in a remake of John Sturges' classic western movie "", while the helmer is in talks to sit behind the lens for MGM.

Denzel Washington Goes Brutal in 'The Equalizer' Trailer

May 26, 2014 03:57:01 GMT

The first trailer for "" has been released by Sony. The two-minute clip gives glimpses at 's Robert McCall taking on the Russian mob in order to save a young woman he barely knows, played by .

Report: Denzel Washington Eyed to Play Green Lantern in 'Man of Steel 2'

December 30, 2013 04:27:53 GMT

could join the heroes in "Man of Steel 2" if Nuke The Fridge could be trusted. The actor is rumored being considered to play Green Lantern portrayed by his "" co-star in a previous film.

Prince Philip to Undergo Exploratory Surgery

June 07, 2013 07:13:07 GMT

The Duke of Edinburgh, who will celebrate his 92nd birthday next Monday, is currently admitted to The London Clinic for exploratory surgery. Buckingham palace announced the news in a statement on Thursday, June 6.

Robin Thicke Names New Album 'Blurred Lines', Reveals Release Date

June 07, 2013 06:59:59 GMT

Still reeling from the notorious success of its lead single, "Lost Without You" hitmaker has apparently decided on naming his forthcoming sixth studio album "" as well. The 36-year-old R'n'B singer recently gave a promotional interview on U.K. radio station Kiss FM to talk about his follow-up to 2011's "" and other things besides it.

Denzel Washington Offered a Contract Killer Role in 'Shovel Ready'

June 07, 2013 06:47:53 GMT

is sitting down with Warner Bros. to talk his chance of portraying a contract killer for the studio. Deadline, which first broke the news, learns that the award-winning actor and father of four is offered a leading role in "", the feature adaptation of a forthcoming sci-fi novel by New York Times Magazine culture editor Adam Sternbergh.

Marton Csokas Is Up Against Denzel Washington in 'The Equalizer'

May 20, 2013 03:38:04 GMT

"" has found its villainous man in Marton Csokas. Best known for villainizing 's "" as Yorgi, Csokas is secured to star alongside as a vicious fixer for the Russians in Sony Pictures' upcoming remake of the same-titled drama from CBS in 1980s.

Beyonce's Father Mathew Knowles Gets $1.2 Million Tax Bill From IRS

May 14, 2013 07:16:52 GMT

' father and former manager Matthew Knowles is now being hounded by the IRS for failing to pay the correct taxes from the years 2010 to 2011. The 62-year-old Knowles allegedly owes the government more than $1.2 million in unpaid taxes, $485,000 from 2010 and $728,000 from 2011.

'The Bachelorette' Season 9 Unveils Desiree Hartsock's 25 Suitors

May 14, 2013 07:07:39 GMT

Reality TV dating game show "" is gearing up for its ninth season which kicks off in a couple of weeks on May 27 as it airs over ABC. The network has just revealed the 25 guys who will be vying for the heart of Desiree Hartsock, the fan favorite on "", the TV program from which the show was spun off. She will get to decide who among the men will be this season's winner.

Video: 'How I Met Your Mother' Reveals the Titular Mother in Season 8 Finale

May 14, 2013 06:57:34 GMT

The long-burning question about Ted's wife has finally been answered in "" season 8 finale. The show revealed the face of the titular mother as Ted and the gang were heading for Barney and Robin's wedding in the final few seconds of the May 13 episode.

Chloe Moretz Takes Racy Role in Denzel Washington's 'The Equalizer'

May 14, 2013 06:13:23 GMT

From a Hit-Girl to a telekinetic power-possessed Carrie, 16-year-old seems eager to take up a diverse range of roles. The Isabelle depicter in 2011's "" now nabs a daring role as a teen prostitute named Teri in "", starring opposite Golden Globe Award-winning .

Adam Lambert to Receive an Honor at GLAAD Awards

March 30, 2013 06:30:12 GMT

24th annual GLAAD Media Awards which will take place in San Fransisco in May will honor with Davidson/Valentini Award. The award is presented to "an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community." Lambert is the first LGBT artist who topped Billboard 200.

First '2 Guns' Trailer: Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg Team Up Despite Differences

March 30, 2013 06:22:15 GMT

Universal Pictures debuts the first trailer for its upcoming action film "". The newly-released preview follows the main characters, 's Bobby and 's Marcus, who try to overcome a lack of trust between them.

Brad Pitt and Denzel Washington Could Enter 'Candy Store'

August 24, 2012 04:41:38 GMT

Stephen Gaghan is courting high-demand actors to star in next film "". The Hollywood Reporter shares the words that the filmmaker has set his eyes on and to headline the upcoming crime thriller flick.

Tony Scott Remembered by Denzel Washington as 'Genuine Friend'

August 21, 2012 08:18:56 GMT

Condolences continue to pour in for Tony Scott's family following his death on Sunday, August 19. The latest star who paid respect to the late director is , who collaborated with the filmmaker in a series of big screen projects.

Ryan Reynolds Looks Dapper, Denzel Washington Goes Casual at 'Safe House' N.Y. Premiere

February 08, 2012 06:37:14 GMT

Universal Pictures' upcoming action movie "" has been premiered in New York on Tuesday night, February 7. The film's hunky lead actors, and , were all on hand at the special screening taking place at the Big Apple's School of Visual Arts Theatre.

Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington Get Brutal in First 'Safe House' Trailer

November 04, 2011 02:03:15 GMT

Universal Pictures has released the first trailer for "" via Apple. The promo video sees a great collaboration between and Oscar-winner and plenty of high-octane action scenes. Both actors are seen teaming up to stay alive and getting into various fighting scenes on the city streets.

Denzel Washington Defends Barack Obama Following Recent Negative Vote

November 04, 2010 07:45:03 GMT

Actor has come to the defense of U.S. President Barack Obama after the American leader's party suffered a string of humiliating defeats in the country's mid-term elections on Tuesday, November 2. The Oscar-winner was a vocal supporter of Obama during the 2008 election campaign and he has vowed to continue supporting the Democrats frontman, despite the party losing many seats to the Republicans following the vote on Tuesday.

Chris Pine Makes a Stop at 'Unstoppable' World Premiere

October 27, 2010 10:03:11 GMT

On the heels of the U.S. release of "", The 20th Century Fox held a premiere for the movie in California on Tuesday, October 26. Regency Village Theater was used as the gathering spot of the cast and crew who were all teaming up to support the promotional event.

Denzel Washington and Muhammad Ali Feted at Harold Pump Gala

August 14, 2010 02:50:07 GMT

has been honored for his longstanding movie career at a glitzy ceremony in Los Angeles. The 55 year old has landed three Golden Globes and two Oscars since shooting to fame in the 1980s and he was lauded for his work at the Harold Pump Foundation Gala on Thursday night, August 12.

Grace Jones on Nightclub Studio 54: It Wasn't as Bad as They Say

July 12, 2010 08:37:22 GMT

Grace Jones has defended infamous New York City nightclub Studio 54, insisting "moderation" was always practiced by its patrons. The singer was a regular fixture of the 1970s hotspot, which became known for sexual activity and rampant drug use that occurred after hours.

Peter Sellers' Doomed Request to Be Auctioned Off on July 17

July 12, 2010 08:27:13 GMT

A letter written by Peter Sellers attempting to secure his troubled daughter a larger inheritance is due to be auctioned off, 30 years after his death. "The Pink Panther" star originally decided to leave his youngest daughter Victoria just $1,200 of his fortune but changed his mind in early 1980 and tried to increase the amount to $30,000.

Kylie Minogue 'Ecstatic' With U.K. Chart Topping Album

July 12, 2010 07:17:50 GMT

New aunt has another reason to celebrate following the birth of her nephew Ethan - her latest album has shot straight to the top of the U.K. charts. The singer became a proud aunt after her little sister welcomed a son on Monday, July 5, and now she's received even more good news after claiming her fifth U.K. number one with "".

Jesse James' New Texas Mansion Revealed

July 12, 2010 07:14:54 GMT

's ex-husband Jesse James will live in luxury when he moves to Texas - he's snapped up a new mansion for $1.98 million (1.32 million pound sterling). The reality TV star, who was dumped by the Oscar winner when his infidelities were exposed in the press in March, recently revealed plans to relocate from California to Austin to be closer to Bullock and their newly adopted son Louis, in a bid to forge a relationship with the tot.

Ill Cheryl Cole Drops Involvement at V Festival

July 12, 2010 05:56:47 GMT

British singer has pulled out of a performance at the U.K.'s upcoming V Festival as she continues to battle malaria. Doctors have advised the star to rest as she fights the mosquito-borne illness, which has reportedly left her jaundiced and unable to speak.

Martin Lawrence Married His Daughters' Mom

July 12, 2010 04:55:55 GMT

Comedian has wed his longtime girlfriend in a low-key ceremony at his Beverly Hills home. The "Big Momma's House" star, 45, exchanged vows with Shamicka Gibbs, 35, on Saturday, July 10 in front of 120 guests, including his close pals and , reports People.com.

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