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DENZEL WASHINGTON (Rubin "Hurricane" Carter) is an Academy Award-winning actor who is constantly on the move. Never comfortable to repeat himself or his successes, he is always in search of new challenges, and his many film and stage portrayals bear this out. From the embittered runaway slave in Glory (for which he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor), to South African freedom fighter Steven Biko in Cry Freedom (for which he was also nominated for an Academy Award); from Shakespeare's tragic historical Richard III, to the womanizing trumpet player in Spike Lee's Mo' Better Blues, Washington has amazed and entertained with a rich and colorful array of characters distinctly his own.

One of his most commanding performances to date was in the title role of Spike Lee's bio-graphical epic Malcolm X. Monumental in scope, Malcolm X was hailed by critics and audiences alike as one of the best films of 1992, and Washington received a number of accolades for his portrayal of the complex and controversial Black activist, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.

Washington's most recent films include The Bone Collector, The Siege, Fallen and He Got Game. His many other motion pictures include The Preacher's Wife, Courage Under Fire, Virtuosity, Crimson Tide, Devil in a Blue Dress, The Pelican Brief, Much Ado About Nothing, Philadelphia, Mississippi Masala and A Soldier's Story. On television, he starred in the long-running hit series, St. Elsewhere.

In addition to his accomplishments on screen, Washington served as executive producer on the documentary Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream, which was nominated for an Emmy Award. His narration of The Legend of John Henry was nominated for a Grammy Award as Best Spoken Word Album for Children, and he was awarded the NAACP Image Award for his performance in the animated children's special Happily Ever After: Rumpelstiltskin.

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