Search a film or person :
FacebookConnectionRegistration
Denzel Washington is a Actor, Director and Producer American born on 28 december 1954 at Mount Vernon (USA)

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington
If you like this person, let us know!
Birth name Denzel Hayes Washington Jr.
Nationality USA
Birth 28 december 1954 (63 years) at Mount Vernon (USA)
Awards Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Academy Award for Best Actor

Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. (born December 28, 1954) is an American actor and filmmaker. He has received two Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award, and two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for the historical drama-war film Glory (1989) and Best Actor for his role as a corrupt cop in the crime thriller Training Day (2001).
Washington has received much critical acclaim for his film work since the 1990s, including his portrayals of real-life figures such as South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko in Cry Freedom (1987), 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). He has been a featured actor in the films produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and has been a frequent collaborator of directors Spike Lee and the late Tony Scott.

Biography

On June 25, 1983, Washington married Pauletta Pearson, whom he met on the set of his first screen work, the television film Wilma. The couple have four children: John David (b. July 28, 1984), a former football player with the United Football League's Sacramento Mountain Lions (and before that, college football at Morehouse); Katia (b. November 27, 1986) who graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in 2010; and twins Olivia and Malcolm (b. April 10, 1991). Malcolm graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in film studies, and Olivia played a role in Lee Daniels's film The Butler. In 1995, Denzel and Pauletta renewed their wedding vows in South Africa with Archbishop Desmond Tutu officiating.

Washington is a devout Christian, and has considered becoming a preacher. He stated in 1999, "A part of me still says, 'Maybe, Denzel, you're supposed to preach. Maybe you're still compromising.' I've had an opportunity to play great men and, through their words, to preach. I take what talent I've been given seriously, and I want to use it for good." In 1995, he donated $2.5 million to help build the new West Angeles Church of God in Christ facility in Los Angeles. Washington says he reads the Bible daily.

Washington has served as the national spokesperson for Boys & Girls Clubs of America since 1993 and has appeared in public service announcements and awareness campaigns for the organization. In addition, he has served as a board member for Boys & Girls Clubs of America since 1995.

In mid-2004, Washington visited Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) at Fort Sam Houston, where he participated in a Purple Heart ceremony, presenting medals to three Army soldiers recovering from wounds they received while stationed in Iraq. He also visited the fort's Fisher House facilities, and after learning that it had exceeded its capacity, made a substantial donation to the Fisher House Foundation. Washington's other charitable contributions include $1 million to the Children's Fund of South Africa and $1 million to Wiley College to resuscitate the college's debate team.

Washington is an Independent voter. He supported Barack Obama in 2008.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia named Washington as one of three people (the others being directors Oliver Stone and Michael Moore) with whom they were willing to negotiate for the release of three defense contractors the group had held captive from 2003 to 2008.

On May 18, 1991, Washington was awarded an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Fordham University, for having "impressively succeeded in exploring the edge of his multifaceted talent". In 2011, he donated $2 million to Fordham for an endowed chair of the theater department, as well as $250,000 to establish a theater-specific scholarship at the school. He also received an honorary doctorate of humanities from Morehouse College on May 20, 2007. and an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania on May 16, 2011.

In 2008, Washington visited Israel with a delegation of African-American artists in honor of the state's 60th birthday.

In April 2014, Washington presented at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Easter Bonnet Competition with Bryan Cranston, Idina Menzel and Fran Drescher, after raising donations at his Broadway show Raisin in the Sun.

Best films

American Gangster (2007)
(Actor)
Safe House (2012)
(Actor)
Philadelphia (1993)
(Actor)
The Pelican Brief (1993)
(Actor)
The Equalizer (2014)
(Actor)
Inside Man (2006)
(Actor)

Usually with

Spike Lee
Spike Lee
(6 films)
Tony Scott
Tony Scott
(5 films)
Michael Sloan
Michael Sloan
(2 films)
Antoine Fuqua
Antoine Fuqua
(4 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Denzel Washington (58 films)

Display filmography as list

Actor

The Equalizer 2
Directed by Antoine Fuqua
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Melissa Leo, Bill Pullman, Jonathan Scarfe, Sakina Jaffrey
Roles Robert McCall
Rating68% 3.43913.43913.43913.43913.4391
Robert McCall, un agent des services secrets américains à la retraite, rachète ses actions passées en offrant ses services aux plus démunis et s'oppose à des criminels de toutes sortes.
Roman J. Israel, Esq., 2h2
Directed by Dan Gilroy
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo, Nazneen Contractor, James Paxton, Shelley Hennig
Roles Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Rating63% 3.1972153.1972153.1972153.1972153.197215
Un avocat idéaliste et libéral, Roman J. Israel, est confronté à la réalité de la justice qui l’entoure après la mort de son associé dans leur cabinet d’avocats.
Fences
Fences (2016)
, 2h19
Directed by Denzel Washington
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Sports films, Théâtre, Baseball films, Films based on plays
Actors Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Mykelti Williamson, Russell Hornsby, Lesley Boone
Roles Troy Maxson
Rating71% 3.596073.596073.596073.596073.59607
Dans les années 1950, à Pittsburgh, Troy Maxson, ancien joueur de la Negro League de baseball, est devenu éboueur. Il vit aujourd'hui avec son épouse Rose et son fils cadet Cory dans une maison qu'il a pu acheter avec une partie de l'indemnité de blessure de guerre de son frère Gabriel qui, blessé à la tête, est devenu un handicapé mental qui erre dans le quartier et qui est menacé d'internement. Son fils ainé, Lyons, n'arrive pas à se stabiliser, il vit de petits contrats de musique et doit subir les récriminations de son père.
The Magnificent Seven, 2h13
Directed by Antoine Fuqua
Origin USA
Genres Action, Adventure, Crime, Western
Actors Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent d’Onofrio, Jason Momoa, Luke Grimes
Roles Sam Chisolm
Rating68% 3.441973.441973.441973.441973.44197
Le film commence en 1879 quelque part dans l'Ouest américain. Bart Bogue terrorise les habitants de Rose Creek pour les faire fuir, racheter la ville et exploiter la mine d'or qui se trouve dans son périmètre. Bogue et ses hommes vont jusqu'à abattre quelques habitants pour faire plier les autres. Il se retire ensuite à Sacramento, laissant trois semaines aux villageois pour se décider. Emma Cullen, dont le mari a été abattu par Bogue, rencontre le chasseur de primes Sam Chisolm et le supplie de les aider. Très vite, Chisolm recrute une équipe d'hommes violents : l'aventurier Josh Farraday, l'ex-sniper confédéré Goodnight Robicheaux, le chasseur d'Indiens Jack Horne, le lanceur de couteaux chinois Billy Rocks, le bandit mexicain Manuel Vasquez et le guerrier indien Red Harvest.
The Equalizer, 2h12
Directed by Antoine Fuqua
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Gangster films
Actors Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz, Marton Csokas, Melissa Leo, Haley Bennett, Bill Pullman
Roles Robert McCall
Rating71% 3.5999653.5999653.5999653.5999653.599965
Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) is a retired black ops operative who quietly lives in Boston, Massachusetts, works at a Home Mart hardware store, where he befriends many of his co-workers, and helps a security guard trainee named Ralphie pass his qualification exam. McCall promised his recently deceased wife that he would leave his old life behind. Unable to sleep, McCall spends some late nights reading in a 24/7 diner, where he befriends Alina (Chloë Grace Moretz), a teenaged prostitute for the Russian Mafia, who is regaled by Robert with his philosophical interpretations of the books he reads. One night she is hospitalized when brutally beaten by her pimp, Slavi (David Meunier). McCall enters a restaurant owned by the Russian mob and offers to buy Alina's freedom from Slavi for $9,800, but Slavi refuses, dismissing McCall as old and impotent. Failing in this approach, McCall kills Slavi and four of his men with skillful close combat efficiency.
2 Guns
2 Guns (2013)
, 1h49
Directed by Baltasar Kormákur
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Action, Crime
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Buddy films, Heist films, Children's films, Gangster films, Escroquerie, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, James Marsden, Bill Paxton, Edward James Olmos
Roles Robert 'Bobby' Trench
Rating66% 3.3487953.3487953.3487953.3487953.348795
Criminals Robert Trench (Denzel Washington) and Michael Stigman (Mark Wahlberg) are questioned by the United States Border Patrol after a meeting with drug lord Manny "Papi" Greco (Edward James Olmos) in Mexico. Unknown to Stigman, Trench is an undercover DEA agent and reports to his superior, Jessup (Robert John Burke), that he failed to acquire cocaine from Greco that they could use as evidence to convict him.
Flight
Flight (2012)
, 2h19
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about alcoholism, Medical-themed films, Films about drugs, Transport films, Aviation films, Dans un avion, Disaster films, Films about aviation accidents or incidents
Actors Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Melissa Leo, Kelly Reilly, John Goodman, Bruce Greenwood
Roles Whip Whitaker
Rating72% 3.646173.646173.646173.646173.64617
Airline pilot captain Whip Whitaker (Washington) uses cocaine to wake up after a night of very little sleep in his Orlando hotel room. He pilots SouthJet Flight 227 to Atlanta which experiences severe turbulence at takeoff. Copilot Ken Evans (Geraghty) takes over while Whip discreetly mixes vodka in his orange juice and takes a nap. He is jolted awake as the plane goes into a steep dive. Unable to regain control, Whip is forced to make a controlled crash landing in an open field and loses consciousness on impact.
Safe House
Safe House (2012)
, 1h57
Directed by Daniel Espinosa
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Films set in Africa, Spy films
Actors Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Sebastian Roché, Vera Farmiga, Brendan Gleeson, Sam Shepard
Roles Tobin Frost
Rating67% 3.3980653.3980653.3980653.3980653.398065
In Cape Town, South Africa, ex-CIA NOC operative turned traitor and international criminal Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) acquires a data storage device from rogue MI6 agent Alec Wade (Liam Cunningham). After the pair is attacked by a team of mercenaries led by Vargas (Fares Fares), Wade is killed and Frost is cornered by the gunmen, leaving him no choice but to surrender to the American consulate.
The Book of Eli, 1h58
Directed by Albert et Allen Hughes
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Western
Themes Medical-themed films, Post-apocalyptic films, Films about religion, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Films set in the future, Films about disabilities, Political films, Road movies, Dystopian films, La cécité, Disaster films
Actors Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, Jennifer Beals, Frances de la Tour
Roles Eli
Rating68% 3.448193.448193.448193.448193.44819
Thirty years after a nuclear apocalypse, Eli (Denzel Washington) travels on foot toward the west coast of the former United States. Along the way he demonstrates uncanny survival and fighting skills, hunting wildlife and swiftly defeating a group of desert bandits who try to ambush him. Searching for water, he arrives in a ramshackle town rebuilt and overseen by Carnegie (Gary Oldman). Carnegie dreams of building more towns and of controlling the people by using the power of a certain book. His henchmen scour the desolate landscape daily in search of it, but to no avail.
Unstoppable, 1h38
Directed by Tony Scott
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Themes Transport films, Rail transport films, Disaster films, American disaster films
Actors Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson, Lew Temple, Ethan Suplee, Kevin Dunn
Roles Frank Barnes
Rating67% 3.397973.397973.397973.397973.39797
While moving a train pulled by engines #777 and #767 at the Veteran Allegheny and West Virginia Railroad (AWVR) trainyard in the fictional city of Fuller Pennsylvania, the two hostlers Dewey and Gilleece take ill-advised shortcuts and accidentally allow the engine to leave the trainyard on its own power without the air brakes engaged. Initially believing the train to be a "coaster", yardmaster Connie Hooper orders Dewey, Gilleece, and chief welder Ned Oldham to drive and catch up the train to stop it. When Oldham finds that the train has already past where it was supposed to be, they realize that the train is running on full power and now poses a dangerous threat. Dewey and Gilleece manage to catch up to 777 using a high-railing truck, but fail to board the train in time. Hooper alerts Oscar Galvin, director of operations for AWVR, as well instructs the local and state police and sheriffs to secure all the grade crossings to prevent injury. Visiting Federal Railroad Administration safety inspector Scott Werner finds that 8 cars being pulled by 777 contain molten phenol which would be a major disaster if the train should crash or derail in a populated area. News of the runaway train soon becomes a media event.
The Taking of Pelham 123, 1h45
Directed by Tony Scott
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Films about terrorism, Transport films, Rail transport films, Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie, Films about hijackings
Actors Denzel Washington, John Travolta, Luis Guzmán, John Turturro, Victor Gojcaj, Michael Rispoli
Roles Walter Garber
Rating63% 3.1991453.1991453.1991453.1991453.199145
A man calling himself Ryder hijacks Pelham 123, a New York City Subway 6 train that departed from Pelham Bay Park station at 1:23 p.m. Ryder is accompanied by three other heavily armed men; Bashkim, Emri, and former train operator Phil Ramos. They uncouple the front car from the rest of the train and take the passengers hostage. MTA employee Walter Garber is working the Rail Control Center as a train dispatcher and receives a ransom call from Ryder, who demands $10 million in cash be paid within 60 minutes. Ryder warns that every minute past the deadline they force him to wait, he will execute a hostage.
American Gangster, 2h37
Directed by Ridley Scott
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Biography, Mob film, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Medical-themed films, Films about music and musicians, Films about drugs, Films about racism, Hip hop films, Political films, Gangster films
Actors Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Ted Levine, Cuba Gooding Jr., Josh Brolin, RZA
Roles Frank Lucas
Rating77% 3.899023.899023.899023.899023.89902
In 1968, Frank Lucas, the limo driver-turned-right-hand man of Harlem gangster Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson, inherits Johnson's gang when Johnson dies of a heart attack. Disliking the new, flashy gangsters of the neighborhood, Lucas decides to take control of Harlem's crime scene.
The Great Debaters, 2h6
Directed by Denzel Washington
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about education, Films about racism
Actors Forest Whitaker, Nate Parker, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Denzel Whitaker, Denzel Washington, John Heard
Roles Melvin B. Tolson
Rating75% 3.7989053.7989053.7989053.7989053.798905
Based on a true story, the plot revolves around the efforts of debate coach Melvin B. Tolson (Denzel Washington) at historically black Wiley College to place his team on equal footing with whites in the American South during the 1930s, when Jim Crow laws were common and lynch mobs were a pervasive fear for blacks. In the movie, the Wiley team eventually succeeds to the point where they are able to debate Harvard University. This was their 47th annual debate team.
Déjà Vu
Déjà Vu (2006)
, 2h6
Directed by Tony Scott
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic, Action, Spy, Crime
Themes Spy films, Transport films, Time travel films, Road movies, Alternate history films, Chase films
Actors Denzel Washington, Val Kilmer, Bruce Greenwood, Matt Craven, Jim Caviezel, Paula Patton
Roles Agent Doug Carlin - ATF
Rating70% 3.548363.548363.548363.548363.54836
On Fat Tuesday in New Orleans, the ferry Sen. Alvin T. Stumpf is carrying hundreds of U.S. Navy sailors and their families across the Mississippi River from their base to the city. Suddenly, the ferry explodes and sinks, killing 543 passengers and crew. Special Agent Doug Carlin (Denzel Washington) from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF) is sent to investigate and discovers evidence of a bomb planted by a domestic terrorist. Arriving at the scene he hears his unique ring tone coming from a nearby body bag. He then meets with local investigators and FBI Special Agent Paul Pryzwarra (Val Kilmer), and informs them of his findings. He later learns about a charred body pulled from the river, identified as Claire Kuchever (Paula Patton). Unlike the other bodies from the ferry, though, this one appears to have been killed before the explosion.