Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington – Personal Life and Career

This post is about an actor, director, and producer in the American film industry, Denzel Washington.


  • Born in Mount Vernon, New York, US, on December 28, 1954
  • Married to Pauletta Pearson since 1983 and has four children, including John David
  • An alumnus of Fordham University, New York, USA
  • Close to 40 award nominations, of which he won 2 Academy Awards (aka The Oscars, 2 Golden Globe Awards, etc.

Read on as we let you know about the personal life and career of Denzel Washington.

Who Is Denzel Washington?

Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. is a Hollywood star best known for acting, producing, and directing award-winning films. He has been famous in the industry for more than four decades.

The New York Times recently recognized him as the greatest actor of the 21st century. He was also one of the recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the Year 2022.

Personal Life (Early/recent)

Denzel’s father, Denzel Hayes Washington Sr., was an ordained Pentecostal minister. He also worked at a local S. Klein store and as a staff member of the New York City Water Supply – NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation. On the other hand, his mother, Lennis, owned and managed a beauty salon.

Denzel Washington initially studied at the Pennington Elementary School in Mount Vernon. When his parents divorced, he had to change his school to Oakland Military Academy in New Windsor, NY.

He then enrolled at Mainland High School in Florida. Afterward, he attended Fordham University, earning a BA in Drama and Journalism degree in 1977. During his university days, he played as a guard in collegiate basketball.

Not long after, he started to study acting at Fordham’s Lincoln Center Campus. After his graduation, he attended the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco for his graduate studies. He subsequently returned to New York to start acting professionally.

In 1983, Denzel Washington married an actress, Pauletta Pearson. They met while filming a TV movie, Wilma, and have four children: John David (a renowned actor born in 1984), Katia (1986), and a twin born in 1991 (Olivia and Malcolm).

Denzel Washington and wife

On May 18, 1991, Fordham University conferred him an honorary doctorate for attaining success in his versatile talent.

Career – How Did Denzel Washington Become an Actor?

Denzel Washington started his acting career in plays (theatre). He has impressively performed his roles in films of different genres.


Denzel Washington has been featured in many films, television shows, and plays.

Here’s a list of a few of them:

  • Carbon Copy (1981), as Roger Porter
  • The Siege (1998), as Anthony Hubbard
  • Inside Man (2006), as Keith Frazier
  • Déjà Vu (2006), as Doug Carlin
  • American Gangster (2007), as Frank Lucas
  • The Book of Eli (2010), as Eli
  • Flight (2012), as William Whitaker Sr.
  • The Equalizer (2014), as Robert McCall
  • The Magnificent Seven (2016), as Sam Chisolm

Films Produced by Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington has produced up to ten films so far, as listed below:

  • Antwone Fisher (2002)
  • The Book of Eli (2010)
  • The Equalizer (2014)
  • Fences (2016)
  • Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)
  • The Equalizer 2 (2018)
  • Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)
  • A Journal for Jordan (2021)
  • The Equalizer 3 (To be released on September 1, 2023)
  • The Piano Lesson (upcoming movie)

Awards Won by Denzel Washington

Dezelt has received multiple awards for his acting roles in numerous films.

Denzel Washington holding an award

A few of the awards he has won are as follows:

  • 1990 – Best Supporting Actor (Academy Awards)
  • 1990 – Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture (Golden Globe Awards)
  • 1993 – Best Performance – Male (MTV Movie & TV Awards)
  • 1993, 2000 – Silver Bear for Best Actor (Berlin International Film Festival)
  • 2000 – Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama (Golden Globe Awards)
  • 2002 – Best Actor (Academy Awards)
  • 2002 – Best Villain (MTV Movie & TV Awards)
  • 2010 – Best Leading Actor in a Play (Tony Awards)
  • 2016 – Cecil B. DeMille Award (Golden Globe Awards)

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