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Academy Award-winner DENZEL WASHINGTON (John Hobbes) has distinguished himself as one of the screen's most highly-regarded actors. A native of Mt. Vernon, New York, and a graduate of Fordham University and alumnus of the distinguished American Conservatory Theater, Washington began his film career with a critically lauded performance as the outspoken recruit in Norman Jewison's "A Soldier's Story," re-creating the role that he had originated in the stage version "A Soldier's Play."

Washington followed that with roles in "Power," "Cry Freedom" (which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor), "For Queen and Country," "The Mighty Quinn," "Heart Condition" and his Academy Award-winning performance in "Glory." He starred for director Spike Lee in two films -- "Mo' Better Blues" and "Malcolm X," which earned him yet another Academy Award nomination. He also starred in the bittersweet comedy "Mississippi Masala," which won him the NAACP's Image Award for Best Actor.

Washington also starred in Kenneth Branagh's "Much Ado About Nothing," opposite Tom Hanks in Jonathan Demme's "Philadelphia," opposite Julia Roberts in "The Pelican Brief" and in "Crimson Tide" with Gene Hackman. More recent starring roles include "Virtuosity," "Devil in a Blue Dress," "Courage Under Fire" and "The Preacher's Wife."

He recently expanded his list of accomplishments by serving as executive producer on the TBS' documentary "Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream," for which he received an Emmy nomination. Additionally, Washington's narration of the legend of "John Henry" was nominated for a 1996 Grammy Award in the category of Best Spoken Word Album for Children; he also received the 1996 NAACP Image Award for his performance in the animated children's special "Happily Ever After: Rumpelstiltskin."

Upcoming projects include Spike Lee's "He Got Game" for release in May 1998.


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