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DENZEL WASHINGTON (Roman J. Israel, Esq./ Producer) is a native of Mt. Vernon, NY, and graduated from Fordham University, where he majored in drama. He spent a year at San Francisco's prestigious American Conservatory Theatre before beginning his professional acting career. Since then, Washington's unforgettable performances have garnered him two Academy Awards, three Golden Globes, and countless other awards.

Washington received his first Academy Award for the historical war drama Glory (1987) and his second for his portrayal of the corrupt cop in the crime thriller Training Day (2001). Washington won a Tony Award for his performance in "Fences" during his return to Broadway in 2010. 

Washington's most recent project was the critically acclaimed film adaptation of August Wilson's Fences. In addition to producing and directing the adaptation, Washington reprised his original Tony Award-winning role alongside Viola Davis, who won the Academy Award for her performance.  Fences was nominated for a total of four Oscars, with Washington nominated for Best Picture and Best Actor.

Washington will next reprise his role as Robert McCall in The Equalizer 2.

Washington's professional acting career began in New York, where he performed in theatre productions such as "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men" and "Othello." He rose to fame when he landed the role as Dr. Phillip Chandler on the NBC long-running hit television series, "St. Elsewhere." His other television credits include "The George McKenna Story," "License to Kill," and "Wilma."

As Washington crossed over into the world of film, he garnered critical acclaim for his portrayal of real life figures. He earned his first Oscar Nomination for Cry Freedom (1987), as South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko. From there, he went on to portray 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). A few of his other beloved credits include Much Ado About Nothing (1993), A Soldier's Story (1984), Crimson Tide (1995), Devil in a Blue Dress (1995), and Inside Man (2006).

Washington's most recent credits include Unstoppable (2010), for which he reunited with director Tony Scott for the fifth time; 2 Guns (2013), in which he starred alongside Mark Wahlberg; and The Equalizer, an action thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua (2014). In 2016, Washington teamed up with Fuqua again for an exciting remake of The Magnificent Seven, which also starred Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke.

In 2016, he was selected as the recipient for the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards, cementing his legacy in Hollywood.


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