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Two-time Academy Award®-winning actor DENZEL WASHINGTON (Walter Garber) 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 rogue detective, Alonzo in Training Day, Washington has amazed and entertained us with a rich array of characters distinctly his own. 

In late December 2007, Washington directed and co-starred with Academy Award® winning actor Forest Whitaker in The Great Debaters, a drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College, who, in 1935, inspired students from the school's debate team to challenge Harvard in the national championship.

In November 2007, Washington starred alongside Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott's American Gangster. The film grossed $43.6M in its first weekend and earned Washington his largest opening weekend to date. 

March 2006 saw Washington in Spike Lee's Inside Man. Co-starring Clive Owen and Jodie Foster, this film took in $29M in its opening weekend, and marking Washington's second biggest opening to date. 

As 2006 came to an end, Washington thrilled audiences yet again in Touchstone Pictures' Déjà Vu, re-teaming 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, falling in love with her in the process. 

In 2004, Washington collaborated with director 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. In the film, directed by Jonathan Demme, Washington starred along side Meryl Streep and Liev Schreiber, in the part that Frank Sinatra made famous. 

Washington was honored with the Academy Award® for his acclaimed performance in Training Day, directed by Antoine Fuqua. 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. Washington played opposite Eva Mendez and Sanaa Lathan in the murder mystery thriller for MGM. 

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, as well as winning NAACP Awards 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. The film garnered Washington a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture.

In September 2000, he starred in Jerry Bruckheimer's box-office sensation Remember the Titans, which took in $115M domestic. 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 performance.

In November 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. 

In 1998, he starred in the crime thriller Fallen (Warner Bros.) for director Greg Hoblit, and in Spike Lee's He Got Game, released by Touchstone (Disney). Also, he re-teamed with director Ed Zwick in the 20th Century-Fox terrorist thriller The Siege, co-starring Annette Bening and Bruce Willis.

In the summer 1996, he starred in the critically acclaimed military drama Courage Under Fire for his Glory director, Ed Zwick. Later that year, Washington starred opposite Whitney Houston in Penny Marshall's romantic comedy The Preacher's Wife. 

In 1995, Washington starred opposite Gene Hackman as Navy Lieutenant Commander Ron Hunter in Tony Scott's underwater action adventure Crimson Tide; as an ex-cop released from prison to track down a computer-generated criminal in the futuristic thriller Virtuosity; and as World War II veteran Easy Rawlins, in the 1940s romantic thriller Devil in a Blue Dress (which Washington's Mundy Lane Entertainment produced with Jonathan Demme's Clinica Estetico)..Another critically acclaimed performance was his portrayal of Malcolm X in director Spike Lee's biographical epic, Malcolm X. MonuFor his portrayal, Denzel received a number of accolades, including an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actor.

In addition to his accomplishments on screen, Washington took on a very different type of role in 2000. He produced the HBO documentary Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks, nominated for two Emmys. Also, he served as executive producer on Hank Aaron: Chasing The Dream, a biographical documentary for TBS which was nominated for an Emmy Award. Additionally, Washington's narration of the legend of "John Henry" was nominated for a 1996 Grammy Award in the category of Best Spoken Word Album for Children and he was awarded the 1996 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 theatre productions; Washington was bitten by the acting bug and returned to Fordham that year seeking the tutelage of Robinson Stone, one of the school's leading professors. Upon graduation from Fordham, Washington was accepted into San Francisco's prestigious American Conservatory Theater. Following an intensive year of study in their theater program, he returned to New York after a brief stop in Los Angeles.

Washington's professional New York theater career began with Joseph Papp's Shakespeare in the Park and was quickly followed by numerous off-Broadway productions including "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men”; "When The Chickens Came Home to Roost” (in which he portrayed Malcolm X); "One Tiger to a Hill”; "Man and Superman”; "Othello”; and "A Soldier's Play,” for which he won an Obie Award. Washington's more recent stage appearances include the Broadway production of "Checkmates” and "Richard III,” which was produced as part of the 1990 free Shakespeare in the Park series hosted by Joseph Papp's Public Theatre in New York City.

Washington was 'discovered' by Hollywood when he was cast in 1979 in the television film "Flesh and Blood.” But it was Washington's award-winning performance on stage in "A Soldier's Play” that captured the attention of the producers of the NBC television series "St. Elsewhere,” and he was soon cast in that long-running hit series as Dr. Phillip Chandler. His other television credits include "The George McKenna Story,” "License to Kill,” and "Wilma.”

In 1982, Washington re-created his role from "A Soldier's Play” for Norman Jewison's film version. Re-titled A Soldier's Story, Denzel's portrayal of Private Peterson was critically well-received. Washington went on to star in Sidney Lumet's Power, Richard Attenborough's Cry Freedom, for which he received his first Oscar® nomination, For Queen and Country, The Mighty Quinn, Heart Condition, Glory, for which he won the Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor, and Spike Lee's Mo' Better Blues. Washington also starred in the action adventure film, Ricochet, and in Mira Nair's bittersweet comedy Mississippi Masala.

Additional film credits include Kenneth Branaugh's film adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing, Jonathan Demme's controversial Philadelphia with Tom Hanks, and The Pelican Brief, based on the John Grisham novel.

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