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Two-time Academy Award®-winning actor DENZEL WASHINGTON is a man constantly on the move. Never comfortable repeating himself or his successes, Washington is always in search of new challenges, and his numerous and varied film and stage portrayals bear this out. From Trip, an embittered runaway slave in "Glory,” to South African freedom fighter Steven Biko in "Cry Freedom” and from Shakespeare's tragic historical figure "Richard III” to the womanizing trumpet player Bleek Gilliam in Spike Lee's "Mo' Better Blues,” Washington has amazed and entertained us with a rich array of characters distinctly his own.

In 2004, Washington collaborated with Tony Scott on "Man on Fire.” In this film, Washington plays an ex-Marine who has been hired to protect a young girl, played by Dakota Fanning, from kidnapping threats. That same year, Washington was also seen in "The Manchurian Candidate,” a modern-day remake of the 1962 classic film for Paramount Pictures. Washington starred alongside Meryl Streep and Liev Schreiber in the part that Frank Sinatra made famous. He plays Bennett Marco, a Gulf War soldier who returns from combat and is unable to remember events as he has been brainwashed. The film was directed by Jonathan Demme.

Perhaps one of his most critically acclaimed performances to date was the Academy Award®-winning performance in "Training Day,” directed by Antoine Fuqua. The story 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 one of only two in 2001 that spent two week at the number-one spot at the box office. In 2003, Washington was seen in "Out of Time,” directed by Carl Franklin. Washington played opposite Eva Mendez and Sanaa Lathan in the murder mystery thriller for MGM. He played a Florida police chief who must solve a double homicide before he falls under suspicion for the murders himself.

December 2002 marked Denzel 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, and won an NAACP Award for "Outstanding Motion Picture” and "Outstanding Supporting Actor” for Washington. Also in 2002, Washington was seen in "John Q,” a story about a down-on-his-luck father whose son is in need of a heart transplant. The film established an opening-day record for President's Day weekend, grossing $24.1 million and was the highest weekend gross in Washington's illustrious career. The film garnered Washington an NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture.”

In September of 2000, he starred in Jerry Bruckheimer's box-office sensation ($115 million domestic gross) "Remember the Titans,” a fact-based film about the integration of a high school football team in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1971. Earlier that year, he starred in Universal's "The Hurricane,” reteaming with director Norman Jewison. Washington received a Golden Globe® Award for Best Actor and an Academy Award® nomination (his fourth) for his portrayal of Rubin "Hurricane” Carter, who was the world middle-weight champion boxer during the 1960s, who was wrongfully imprisoned twice for the June 17, 1966, murder of three whites in a New Jersey bar.

In November of 1999, he starred in Universal's "The Bone Collector,” the adaptation of Jeffrey Deaver's novel about the search for a serial killer, co-starring Angelina Jolie and directed by Phillip Noyce. He played the role of a quadriplegic police detective who is a forensics expert.

In 1998, he starred

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