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ANTWONE FISHER

Two-time Academy Award-winning actor DENZEL WASHINGTON (Director/Producer/Jerome Davenport) has enjoyed a distinguished career, consistently entertaining audiences with rich and colorful character portrayals distinctly his own. When offered Antwone Fisher's script four years ago as an actor, he told the producers that it was time he directed.

In 2002, Washington received an Oscar® for Best Actor for his portrayal of a jaded LAPD veteran in Antoine Fuqua's TRAINING DAY, and starred in the critically acclaimed JOHN Q. He will next be seen in Carl Franklin's crime thriller OUT OF TIME opposite Sanaa Lathan.

He has done three movies for Edward Zwick: GLORY, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, COURAGE UNDER FIRE and THE SIEGE. With Norman Jewison, he made his feature film debut in A SOLDIER'S STORY and years later, played the lead role in THE HURRICANE, for which he won a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination. For Spike Lee, he starred in MO' BETTER BLUES, MALCOLM X, for which he received an Academy Award nomination, and HE GOT GAME. He also starred in Sidney Lumet's POWER, Sir Richard Attenborough's CRY FREEDOM, for which he received an Academy Award nomination, Tony Scott's CRIMSON TIDE, Alan J. Pakula's THE PELICAN BRIEF and Jonathan Demme's Academy Award-winning PHILADELPHIA.

Additional film credits as an actor include REMEMBER THE TITANS, FOR QUEEN AND COUNTRY, THE MIGHTY QUINN, MISSISSIPPI MASALA, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS, THE PREACHER'S WIFE, FALLEN and THE BONE COLLECTOR among others.

In addition to his accomplishments on screen, Washington produced the HBO documentary "Half Past Autumn: The Life And Works Of Gordon Parks," nominated for two Emmys®. He served as executive producer on "Hank Aaron: Chasing The Dream," a biographical documentary for TBS which earned an Emmy Award nomination. He also narrated "John Henry," which received a Grammy® nomination for Best Spoken Word Album for Children. In 1996, he won the NAACP Image Award for his performance in the animated children's special, "Happily Ever After: Rumpelstiltskin."

A native of Mt. Vernon, New York, Washington had his career sights set on medicine when he attended Fordham University. During a stint as a summer camp counselor, he appeared in one of their theater productions and discovered a love for acting. Upon graduation from Fordham, Washington was accepted into San Francisco's prestigious American Conservatory Theater and spent an intensive year studying acting. Upon his return to New York, his Obie Award®-winning performance in the off-Broadway production of "A Soldier's Play" captured the attention of Hollywood and led him to be cast in the long running hit television series, "St. Elsewhere," as Dr. Philip Chandler.

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