Denzel Washington is an A-list celebrity who has had a varied and successful career as an actor, starring in many great films and giving critically acclaimed performances. He has been working in the industry for over 30 years and is very well respected.
Denzel Washington was born in 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. After originally desiring a career in journalism, he began acting in theatre productions and a number of television commercials, honing his skills and gaining experience. In his early years he landed a role in St. Elsewhere, which opened the door up to a number of other film and television opportunities to enhance his career. This can be seen as his ‘big break’ and the job that helped to boost his profile and make him a more coveted actor in all areas of performance.
In 1983, Denzel Washington married Pauletta Pearson, with whom he has four children. Washington is a Christian and is dedicated to a number of worthy causes and engages in a lot of charity donation. He has been noted for making large donations and raising awareness by publicly supporting causes. His faith may also be the reason why he has had a relatively peaceful personal life compared to many of his contemporaries, with no major scandals marring his reputation. He seems to have a very happy family life and has many fans, not only because of his great performances but also because of his likeable personality and how well he comes off in interviews.
Washington is well known for his award winning performances in Glory, Training Day, Malcolm X and American Gangster. He is also known for his willingness to take on challenging and controversial roles and his versatility; he has played a wide range of characters in his career and always brings a powerful presence to the project, whether on the screen or the stage. He has played in films across a wide range of genres, such as action, drama and historical. He has portrayed many real-life figures and has been commended for the sincerity and expert handling of these roles. One of the main aspects of Washington’s career that is so remarkable is its longevity; he has enjoyed high profile jobs and fames since the mid-80’s and his work is still going strong today.
Most recently, his film Flight has been in cinemas. The film follows Washington’s character, a pilot, who manages to save the majority of passengers on board a plane that crashes and the experience he has as an investigation is launched into the incident. He received an Academy Award nomination (among many other nominations) for his portrayal of the character and the film performed very well as the box office and received many positive reviews. His latest confirmed projects are 2 Guns, which will be released in 2013, and The Equalizer, which will come out in 2014.
Denzel Washington supports a number of charities on a regular basis. Below are just a few that he has supported over the years:
Artists for a New South Africa
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Elevate Hope Foundation
Fisher House Foundation
Keep A Child Alive
Luke Neuhedel Foundation
Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund
Project Angel Food
Save Africa’s Children