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DENZEL WASHINGTON (Chisolm) is a native of Mt. Vernon, NY, and graduated from Fordham University, where he majored in drama. He spent a year at San Francisco's prestigious American Conservatory Theatre before beginning his professional acting career. Since then, Washington's unforgettable performances have garnered him two Academy Awards, three Golden Globes, and countless other awards.

Washington's upcoming projects include the upcoming film adaptation of August Wilson's Fences which is set for release in December of 2016. Along with both producing and directing the adaptation, he will reprise his original Tony Award-winning role alongside Viola Davis.

Washington's professional acting career began in New York, where he performed in theatre productions such as "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men" and "Othello." He rose to fame when he landed the role as Dr. Phillip Chandler on the NBC long-running hit television series, "St. Elsewhere." His other television credits include "The George McKenna Story," "License to Kill," and "Wilma."

As Washington crossed over into the world of film, he garnered critical acclaim for his portrayal of real life figures. He earned his first Oscar nomination for Cry Freedom, as South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko. From there, he went on to portray Muslim minister and human rights activist Malcolm X in Malcolm X, boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter in The Hurricane, football coach Herman Boone in Remember the Titans, poet and educator Melvin B. Tolson in The Great Debaters, and drug kingpin Frank Lucas in American Gangster.

Washington received his first Academy Award for the historical war drama Glory and his second for his portrayal of the corrupt cop in the crime thriller, Training Day. Washington won a Tony Award for his performance in Fences, during his return to Broadway in the 2000's.

In Unstoppable, Washington reunited with director Tony Scott for the fifth time, following Crimson Tide, Man on Fire, Deja Vu and The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3. Washington can also be seen in 2 Guns (2013), alongside Mark Walberg, and The Equalizer, an action thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua (2014).

In 2016, he was selected as the recipient for the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards, cementing his legacy in Hollywood.


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