Denzel Washington is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning American actor and director. He studied journalism at Fordham University but then discovered an interest in acting. His feature film debut was in the comedy A Carbon Copy (1981) and he was cast in the hit TV medical drama St. Elsewhere (1982-88). He went on to appear in several blockbuster movies and won Oscars for his roles in Glory and Training Day.
- December 28, 1954: Denzel Washington was born in Mount Vernon, New York
- 1977: Professional acting debut in the made-for-television movie Wilma
- 1990: Won and Academy Award and a Golden Globe, Best Supporting Actor for Glory
- 1993: Nominated for an Academy Award, Best Actor, for Malcolm X
- 2000: Won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in Drama Motion Picture for The Hurricane
- 2002: Won an Academy Award, Best Actor, for Training Day
- 2007: Nominated for Best Actor in a Drama Motion Picture for American Gangster