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THE BOOK OF ELI

DENZEL WASHINGTON (Eli/Producer) has been honored with five Academy Award® nominations, winning the Oscar® twice: in 1989 for his performance in "Glory” and again in 2001 for "Training Day.” He has earned numerous additional awards and accolades throughout his acting career as well as recognition for his work as a director.

Currently, Washington is in production on director Tony Scott's action thriller "Unstoppable,” which is scheduled for a 2010 release. In Spring 2010, he will also star on Broadway in the revival of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "Fences.” He most recently starred with John Travolta in Tony Scott's remake of "The Taking of Pelham One, Two, Three”; directed and starred in, with Forest Whitaker, "The Great Debaters'; starred with Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott's "American Gangster,” which grossed $43.6M in its first weekend to mark Washington's largest opening weekend to date; starred in Spike Lee's "Inside Man,” with Clive Owen and Jodie Foster; and starred in Tony Scott's romantic thriller "Déjà Vu.” His other recent film work includes roles in Tony Scott's "Man on Fire,” Jonathan Demme's "The Manchurian Candidate,” Carl Franklin's mystery thriller "Out of Time” and Antoine Fuqua's "Training Day,” for which Washington earned an Academy Award® for his critically acclaimed performance as a grizzled LAPD veteran who shows a rookie narcotics cop the ropes on his first day.

December 2002 marked Washington's feature film directorial debut with "Antwone Fisher.” Inspired by the best-selling autobiography Finding Fish, the film won critical praise and earned the Stanley Kramer Award from the Producers Guild of America, as well as NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Motion Picture and Outstanding Supporting Actor for Washington. Also in 2002, Washington earned an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for his role as a down-on-his-luck father in "John Q,” which established a Presidents Day weekend opening record.

In 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, and in "The Hurricane,” which re-teamed him with "A Soldier's Story” director Norman Jewison. Washington received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and an Academy Award® nomination for his portrayal of Rubin "Hurricane” Carter, the 1960s world middleweight champion boxer wrongfully imprisoned of murder.

Washington's feature film credits include "The Bone Collector”; Gregory Hoblit's crime thriller "Fallen”; Spike Lee's "He Got Game”; the terrorist thriller "The Siege” and the critically acclaimed military drama "Courage Under Fire” for director Ed Zwick; Penny Marshall's romantic comedy "The Preacher's Wife,” opposite Whitney Houston; Tony Scott's underwater action adventure "Crimson Tide,” with Gene Hackman; the futuristic thriller "Virtuosity”; and the 1940s romantic thriller "Devil in a Blue Dress,” co-produced by the actor's Mundy Lane Entertainment. Another critically acclaimed, Oscar® -nominated performance was his portrayal of the complex and controversial 1960s black activist Malcolm X in director Spike Lee's biographical epic "Malcolm X,” hailed by critics and audiences alike as one of the best films of 1992.

Washington took on a different role in 2000, producing the HBO documentary "Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks,” nominated for two Emmy Awards. He also served as executive producer on the Emmy-nominated "Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream,” a biography for TBS. Additionally, he narrated "John Henry,” which was nominated for a 1996 Grammy Award for 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 originally had his career sights set on medicine at Fordham University when a theatrical production during a summer camp counseling job introduced him to the stage. Upon graduation from Fordham, Washington attended the theater program at San Francisco's prestigious American Conservatory Theater and began his professional New York theater career with Joseph Papp's Shakespeare in the Park. This 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, and in 2005 he returned again to his theatre roots with a Broadway starring role as Marcus Brutus in "Julius Caesar.” The show was well-received by critics and fans alike.

He made his Hollywood debut in the 1979 television film "Flesh and Blood,” but it was Washington's award-winning stage performance in "A Soldier's Play” that captured the attention of the producers of the NBC 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 recreated his role from "A Soldier's Play” for Norman Jewison's well-received film version, re-titled "A Soldier's Story,” and 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.” He also starred in the action adventure "Ricochet,” Mira Nair's bittersweet comedy "Mississippi Masala,” Kenneth Branagh's "Much Ado About Nothing,” Jonathan Demme's controversial "Philadelphia,” and "The Pelican Brief.”

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