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|Also Known As:||Denzel Hayes Washington Jr.||Died:|
|Born:||December 28, 1954||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Mount Vernon, New York, USA||Profession:||Cast ... actor producer director drama instructor sanitation worker camp counselor postal worker|
After winning Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars for his performance in the Civil War epic "Glory" (1989), Denzel Washington tackled one challenging role after another on his way to becoming one of the biggest stars in the world. Likened to Sidney Poitier for his ability to appeal to multiracial audiences, Washington's grounding presence was a major draw in historical dramas like "Cry Freedom" (1987), "Malcolm X" (1992), "Hurricane" (1999) and "American Gangster" (2007). He also starred in more action-driven dramas such as "The Pelican Brief" (1993), "Courage Under Fire" (1996), "Remember the Titans" (2000) and "Training Day" (2001), the latter of which earned him the first Best Actor Oscar for an African-American since Poitier's feat in 1963. Rising above the black actor moniker, Washington not only held a firm position as one of Hollywood's top dramatic leads with acclaimed performances in films like "Philadelphia" (1993), but he also earned industry respect for his filmmaking efforts directing and producing both "Antwone Fisher" (2002) and "The Great Debaters" (2007). Throughout his career, Washington collaborated with a number of great directors, but had lasting relationships with the likes of Spike Lee on "He Got Game" (1998) and "Inside Man" (2006), and Tony Scott who directed him in "Crimson Tide" (1995) and "Man on Fire" (2004). Though he stumbled occasionally with mediocre, but well-intentioned movies like "John Q" (2002), "Deja Vu" (2006) and "The Taking of Pelham 123" (2009), Washington remained one of American's most bankable and likeable leading men.
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