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Former star of the hit TV drama St. Elsewhere, actor/director Denzel Washington has earned popular and critical acclaim for his roles in several feature films, including Training Day and American Gangster.
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When Denzel Washington got word that casting had begun on the film "The Hurricane" he immediately jumped at the chance to portray boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter.
As Denzel Washington began a career in acting, he landed his first major role as Dr. Philip Chandler in the television show "St. Elsewhere."
After portraying Malcolm X in the off Broadway play, "When the Chickens Come Home to Roost", Denzel Washington would return to the role in the film "Malcolm X" along with then up and coming director, Spike Lee.
After previously losing the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in "Cry Freedom," Denzel Washington won for his role as Pvt. Trip in the Civil War drama "Glory."
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He starred in the 2010 futuristic tale The Book of Eli. That same year, Washington won a Tony Award for his work in Fences, a revival of the August Wilson classic drama. He landed a $20 million payday for the 2012 action thriller Safe House, in which he played a CIA agent gone rogue. Washington next appeared in the low-budget drama Flight (2012),
earning for his performance as a pilot with substance abuse problems. He then teamed up with Mark Wahlberg for the upcoming crime drama 2 Guns.
Denzel Washington married actress Pauletta Pearson in 1983; they have four children. Their oldest son, John David, was drafted in 2006 by the NFL's St. Louis Rams. He now plays for the Sacramento Mountain Lions in the United Football League. Their other children are daughter Katia and twins Olivia and Malcolm.
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