Denzel Washington’s biographyDenzel Washington is Hollywood’s second Oscar-winning Afro-American actor, who rose to fame thanks to his role as Steve Biko in Richard Attenborough’s history drama Cry Freedom. He is the producer of such popular movies as The Equalizer, The Book of Eli, and others. As a film director, he made three full-length movies, the most recent one being the drama Fences. He’s a loving husband and father.
Childhood: Mount VernonThe second son born in the family of the minister from Mount Vernon, just before the beginning of 1955, was named Denzel, after his father. Denzel Hayes Sr., right upon taking his son into his arms, envisioned a similar future for him as he's – the one of a minister.
During one of his interviews, Washington told the story of how once, one of his mother’s elderly clients, kept staring at him and then wrote on a piece of paper that a bright future awaits him and that millions of people will listen to him. There was a rumor around the neighborhood that this woman was actually a fortune teller and he kept the piece of paper with the prophecy.
Youth: New York – San FranciscoAt the beginning of the 70s, he enrolled at the University of Fordham University (one of the graduates being Donald Trump too). He opted for medicine, however, later on, he changed his mind and decided to be a journalist, so he transferred to another faculty, which he graduated successfully in 1977.
Winning an educational grant, Washington left for San Francisco, where he would go to classes at an American conservatory for over a year. That is when fate gave him his first chance – the role of young Robert Eldridge in Bud Greenspan’s drama Wilma. Denzel felt like he found his calling, so he leaves the conservatory and starts working as an actor on theater and movie sets. Wilma brought about one more gift: he met Pauletta Pearson, his future wife.
Career: two Roberts, two OscarsThe name Robert is very familiar with Denzel. That was the name of his first character, and of the protagonist from The Equalizer, and in between those two, he managed to appear in over fifty movies. His background role in Jud Taylor’s drama Flesh and Blood marked the end of the 70s.
On December 28, 2018, Denzel Washington celebrated his 64th birthday with his family and friends. Both him and his wife Pauletta, are passionate supporters of their favorite basketball team – Lakers.