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DENZEL WASHINGTON (Detective Keith Frazier) is a two-time Academy Award®-winning actor who has amazed and entertained moviegoers with a rich and colorful array of characters. From Trip, an embittered runaway slave in Glory, to South African freedom fighter Steven Biko in Cry Freedom; from Shakespeare's tragic historical figure in Richard III, to the womanizing trumpet player, Bleek Gilliam, in Spike Lee's Mo' Better Blues, Washington makes each character distinctly his own. Washington had two successful films released in 2004: director Tony Scott's Man on Fire, in which he starred as an ex-Marine hired to protect a young girl (Dakota Fanning) from kidnapping threats; and director Jonathan Demme's modern remake of the 1962 classic The Manchurian Candidate, taking on the role Frank Sinatra made famous and starring alongside Meryl Streep and Liev Schreiber. In 2003, Washington was seen opposite Eva Mendes and Sanaa Lathan in Carl Franklin's murder mystery, Out of Time.

Perhaps one of his most critically acclaimed performances to date is his Academy Award®-winning turn in Training Day, directed by Antoine Fuqua. The film revolves around a grizzled LAPD veteran, played by Washington, who shows a rookie narcotics cop, played by Ethan Hawke, the ropes on his first day of the soul-city beat. The film was only one of two in 2001 that spent two weeks in the number one box office spot.

December 2002 marked Washington's feature film directorial debut with Antwone Fisher. The film—which is based on a true-life story and inspired by the best-selling autobiography Finding Fish—follows Fisher, a troubled young sailor (played by newcomer Derek Luke) as he comes to terms with his past. The film won critical praise and was awarded the Stanley Kramer Award from the Producers Guild of America, as well as winning an NAACP Award for Outstanding Motion Picture and Outstanding Supporting Actor for Washington. Also during the year, Washington was seen in John Q, which established an opening day record for Presidents' Day weekend, grossing $24.1 million, and provided the highest weekend gross in Washington's career. The film also garnered Washington a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture.

In 2000, he starred in Jerry Bruckheimer's box office sensation ($115 million domestic gross) Remember the Titans and in Norman Jewison's The Hurricane. Washington received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor (Drama) and an Academy Award® nomination (his fourth) for his portrayal of Rubin "Hurricane” Carter, who was the world middleweight champion boxer during the 1960s wrongfully imprisoned twice for the murder of three whites in a New Jersey bar.

Among Washington's list of additional recent starring motion picture roles are: The Bone Collector, co-starring Angelina Jolie and directed by Phillip Noyce; director Gregory Hoblit's Fallen; Spike Lee's He Got Game; a re-teaming with director Edward Zwick in The Siege, co-starring Annette Bening and Bruce Willis; the critically acclaimed military drama Courage Under Fire, also for Ed Zwick; the romantic comedy The Preacher's Wife, opposite Whitney Houston for director Penny Marshall; Tony Scott's underwater action adventure Crimson Tide, opposite Gene Hackman; the futuristic thriller Virtuosity; and the period romantic thriller Devil in a Blue Dress.

Washington delivered a towering and award-winning performance in director Spike Lee's biographical epic Malcolm X, which chronicled the life of the complex and controversial Black activist from the 1960s. Monumental in scope and filmed over a period of six months in the United States and Africa, Malcolm X was hailed by critics and audiences alike as one of the best films of 1992. For his portrayal, Washington received a number of accolades, including an Oscar® nomination for Best Actor.

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