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Two-time Academy Award -winning actor DENZEL WASHINGTON (Robert "Bobby" Trench) is a man constantly on the move. Never comfortable repeating himself or his successes, Washington always searches for new challenges through his numerous and varied film and stage portrayals. From embittered runaway slave Trip, in Glory, to South African freedom fighter Steve Biko, in Cry Freedom; from Shakespeare's tragic historical figure Richard III to rogue detective Alonzo Harris, in Training Day, Washington has amazed and entertained audiences with a rich array of characters distinctly his own.

Washington started off 2012 starring in Universal Pictures' action-thriller Safe House, directed by Daniel Espinosa. The film opened to more than $40 million in its first weekend and was the second largest of Washington's career. In his most recent role, Washington starred in Robert Zemeckis' Flight, for Paramount Pictures. His performance in Flight brought him Academy Award , Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations. In the spring of 2010, Washington made his return to Broadway where he appeared opposite Viola Davis in a 14-week run of August Wilson's Fences. His powerful performance as Troy, a one-time baseball star turned sanitation worker who struggles to reconcile his past and present, earned him his first Tony Award, as well as a Tony Award for both the play and Davis. Also in 2010, Warner Bros. Pictures released Book of Eli, a postapocalyptic Western that tells the story of one man's fight across America to protect a sacred book that contains the secrets to rescuing mankind. Prior to that, Washington appeared alongside John Travolta in Tony Scott's remake of the 1974 film The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, for Columbia Pictures. Pelham tells the dramatic story of a subway dispatcher (Washington) who receives a ransom call from a hijacker (Travolta) who has taken control of one of the trains.

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 in Texas 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 $43.6 million in its first weekend and earned Washington his largest opening weekend to date. In March 2006, Washington starred in Spike Lee's Inside Man. The film, which co-starred Clive Owen and Jodie Foster, took in $29 million in its opening weekend. As 2006 came to an end, Washington thrilled audiences yet again in Touchstone Pictures' Deja Vu, which reteamed him 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. Washington returned to his theater roots in 2005, where he starred on Broadway as Marcus Brutus in Julius Caesar. The show was well received by critics and fans alike.

In 2004, Washington collaborated with Tony Scott for Man on Fire, in which Washington plays an exmarine who has been hired to protect a young girl, played by Dakota Fanning, from kidnappers. That same year, Washington was seen in Jonathan Demme's The Manchurian Candidate, a modern-day remake of the 1962 classic film for Paramount Pictures, which co-starred Meryl Streep and Liev Schreiber. In the film, Washington starred in the role made famous by Frank Sinatra.

In 2003, Washington was seen in MGM's murder mystery thriller Out of Time, which was directed by Carl Franklin and co-starred Eva Mendes and Sanaa Lathan. He played a Florida police chief who must solve a double homicide before he falls under suspicion for the murders himself.

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 Derek Luke, as he comes to terms with his past. The film won critical praise, was awarded the Stanley Kramer Award from the Producers Guild of America and won NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Motion Picture and Outstanding Supporting Actor. 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 openingday record for Presidents' Day weekend, grossing $24.1 million. The film garnered Washington an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture.

One of Washington's most critically acclaimed performances to date was his Academy Award - winning performance in Antoine Fuqua's Training Day. The story revolves around a grizzled LAPD veteran (Washington), who shows a rookie narcotics cop (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 No. 1 spot at the box-office.

In September 2000, Washington starred in Jerry Bruckheimer's box-office sensation Remember the Titans, which took in $115 million at the domestic box-office. Earlier that year, he starred in Universal Pictures' The Hurricane, reteaming with director Norman Jewison. Washington received a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture -- Drama and his fourth Academy Award nomination for his performance.

In November 1999, Washington starred in Universal Pictures' The Bone Collector, the adaptation of Jeffery Deaver's novel about the search for a serial killer, which co-starred Angelina Jolie and was directed by Phillip Noyce.

In 1998, Washington starred in the Warner Bros. Pictures crime thriller Fallen for director Greg Hoblit, and in Spike Lee's He Got Game, for Touchstone. He reteamed with director Ed Zwick in the 20th Century Fox terrorist thriller The Siege, which co-starred Annette Bening and Bruce Willis.

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

In 1995, Washington starred opposite Gene Hackman as Navy Lt. Cmdr. Ron Hunter in Tony Scott's underwater action-adventure Crimson Tide; as Parker Barnes, an ex-cop released from prison to track down a computer-generated criminal, in the futuristic thriller Virtuosity; and as World War II veteran Ezekiel "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. For his portrayal, Washington received a number of accolades, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.

In addition to his accomplishments on screen, Washington took on very different types of roles in 2000. He produced the HBO documentary Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks, which was subsequently nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards. He served as executive producer on Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream, a biographical documentary for TBS, which was nominated for a Primetime 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: Fairy Tales for Every Child.

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 theater 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 Theater in New York City.

In 1979, Washington was "discovered" by Hollywood when he was cast in the television film Flesh & 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. Philip 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 film version. Retitled A Soldier's Story, Washington's portrayal of Pfc. 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 Academy Award 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 Branagh'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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