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Two-time Academy Award®-winning actor DENZEL WASHINGTON (Frank Lucas) 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; 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.

Washington is currently in post-production on The Great Debaters, which he directed and co-stars with Academy Award®-winning actor Forest Whitaker, a drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson—a professor at Wiley College Texas who in 1935, inspired students from the school's debate team to challenge Harvard in the national championship.

As 2006 came to an end, Washington thrilled audiences yet again in Touchstone Pictures' Déjà Vu, reteaming with director Tony Scott. In this "flashback” romantic thriller, Washington plays an ATF agent who travels back in time to save a woman from being murdered and falls in love with her during the process.

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

Perhaps one of his most critically acclaimed performances to date is 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 only one of two in 2001 that spent two weeks at the number one spot at the box office. In 2003 Washington was seen in Out of Time, directed by Carl Franklin and costarring Eva Mendes and Sanaa Lathan, in the murder mystery thriller for MGM.

December 2002 marked Washington's feature film directorial debut with Antwone Fisher. The film, 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 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 Presidents' Day weekend, grossing $24.1 million and was, at the time, the highest weekend-grossing film 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 Remember the Titans, a fact-based film about the integration of a high-school football team in Alexandria, VA, in 1971. Earlier that year, he starred in Universal's The Hurricane, reteaming with director Norman Jewison, with whom he worked with on A Soldier's Story. Washington received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and his fourth Academy Award® nomination for his portray

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