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DENZEL WASHINGTON (Robert McCall) is a native of Mt. Vernon, New York, 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
Washington received his first Academy Award for the historical war drama Glory
and his second for Training Day. Washington won a Tony Award for his performance
in Fences on Broadway in 2010.
He was last seen in Dan Gilroy's Roman J. Israel, Esq. for which he received
multiple Best Actor nominations, including a Golden Globe and Oscar nomination.
Most recently he appeared on Broadway in a revival of Eugene O'Neill's "The
Iceman Cometh", for which he received a Tony nomination for his performance.
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 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, boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter in The Hurricane, football coach Herman
Boone in Remember the Titans, poet and educator Melvin B. Tolson in The Great
Debaters, and drug kingpin Frank Lucas in American Gangster. A few of his other
earlier beloved credits include Much Ado About Nothing, A Soldier's Story,
Crimson Tide, Devil in a Blue Dress, and Inside Man.
Some of Washington's other later films include Unstoppable, where he reunited
with director Tony Scott for the fifth time; 2 Guns, where he starred alongside
Mark Wahlberg; and The Equalizer, an action thriller film directed by Antoine
Fuqua. He teamed up with Antoine Fuqua again for the remake of The Magnificent
Seven, which also starred Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke.
In 2016, Washington starred in the critically acclaimed film adaptation of
August Wilson's Fences. In addition to producing and directing the adaptation,
he reprised his original Tony Award-winning role alongside Viola Davis. The film
received four Academy Award nominations including Best Performance by an Actor
in a Leading Role.
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
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