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Denzel Washington Net Worth

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Denzel Washington net worth:
$190 Million

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Denzel Washington Net Worth – 150 Million Dollars

 

Additionally, as his annual wages which increases Denzel Washington net-worth a good deal Denzel Washington is documented to obtain 40 million dollars. The main sources of his own net worth comprise movie making, directing, performing and screen writing. However, after 12 months of studies there Denzel Washington returned to New York. There he sought to obtain minor roles in theatre productions and pictures. Also, Denzel Washington got a component inside the play called “St. Elsewhere” which can be thought to be an exceptionally successful medical drama. His look in it increased Denzel Washington net-worth a good deal. He appeared within the tv series until its last period in 1988. Also, in 1988 Denzel Washington was nominated with an Oscar within the category of the Best Supporting Actor due to his own character within the image “Cry Freedom”. Therefore, he continued getting more and more awards and achieved a good deal. In 1992, Denzel Washington was nominated within the category of the Best Actor which he obtained due to their own performance within the image “Malcolm X”. In 1999 he also finally received his award for the Best-actor because of the character he portrayed within the transfer “Training Day”. Moreover, he became the second African-American male star to receive this sort of honour. In 2002 he began directing films and efficiently continues to take action, which additionally increases his net-worth a good deal.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Man on Fire2004Joyhn W. Creasy
Out of Time2003/IMatt Lee Whitlock
Antwone Fisher2002Dr. Jerome Davenport
John Q2002John Quincy Archibald
Training Day2001Det. Alonzo Harris
Remember the Titans2000Coach Herman Boone
The Hurricane1999Rubin Carter
The Bone Collector1999Lincoln Rhyme
The Siege1998Anthony 'Hub' Hubbard
He Got Game1998Jake Shuttlesworth
Fallen1998John Hobbes
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child1995-1997TV SeriesHumpty Dumpty / Crooked Man / King Omar
Mother Goose: A Rappin' and Rhymin' Special1997TV MovieHumpty Dumpty / The Crooked Man (voice)
The Preacher's Wife1996Dudley
Courage Under Fire1996Lt. Col. Nathan 'Nat' Serling
Devil in a Blue Dress1995Ezekiel 'Easy' Rawlins
Virtuosity1995Lt. Parker Barnes
Crimson Tide1995Lt. Commander Ron Hunter
Philadelphia1993Joe Miller
The Pelican Brief1993Gray Grantham
Much Ado About Nothing1993Don Pedro
Malcolm X1992Malcolm X
Great Performances1992TV SeriesNarrator
Ricochet1991Nick Styles
Mississippi Masala1991Demetrius Williams
Mo' Better Blues1990Bleek Gilliam
Heart Condition1990Napoleon Stone
Glory1989Pvt. Trip
The Mighty Quinn1989Xavier Quinn
St. Elsewhere1982-1988TV SeriesDr. Philip Chandler
For Queen & Country1988Reuben James
Cry Freedom1987Steve Biko
The George McKenna Story1986TV MovieGeorge McKenna
Power1986Arnold Billing
A Soldier's Story1984Private First Class Peterson
License to Kill1984TV MovieMartin Sawyer
Carbon Copy1981Roger Porter
Coriolanus1979VideoAedile / Roman Citizen / Volscian Citizen / ...
Flesh & Blood1979TV MovieKirk
Wilma1977TV MovieRobert Eldridge, age 18
The Equalizer 22017announcedRobert McCall
The Magnificent Seven2017filming
The Equalizer2014Robert McCall
2 Guns2013Bobby
Flight2012/IWhip Whitaker
Safe House2012Tobin Frost
Unstoppable2010Frank
The Book of Eli2010Eli
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 32009Walter Garber
The Great Debaters2007Melvin B. Tolson
American Gangster2007Frank Lucas
Deja Vu2006Doug Carlin
Inside Man2006Detective Keith Frazier
The Manchurian Candidate2004Ben Marco

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Equalizer2014producer
Safe House2012executive producer
The Book of Eli2010producer
Antwone Fisher2002producer
Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks2000TV Movie documentary producer
Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream1995Documentary executive producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Great Debaters2007
Antwone Fisher2002

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mo' Better Blues1990performer: "Pop Top 40"
Heart Condition1990performer: "Baby Please Don't Go"
The Mighty Quinn1989performer: "CAKEWALK INTO TOWN"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Assassin2008Short special thanks
HBO First Look1999TV Series documentary thanks - 1 episode
A Brother's Kiss1997special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Champs2015DocumentaryHimself
The Queen Latifah Show2014-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Días de cine2013-2014TV SeriesHimself
Circus Halligalli2014TV SeriesHimself
IMDb: What to Watch2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Made in Hollywood2010-2014TV SeriesHimself
Extra2004-2014TV SeriesHimself - The Equalizer / Himself
The Graham Norton Show2013-2014TV SeriesHimself
Cinema 31994-2014TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2006-2014TV SeriesHimself / Himself - The Equalizer
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2009-2014TV SeriesHimself
Janela Indiscreta2014TV SeriesHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2004-2014TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Good Morning America2005-2014TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1999-2014TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Weekend Ticket2014TV Series shortHimself
Festival de cine de San Sebastián 2014: Gala de inauguración2014TV MovieHimself - Honoree
Omg! Insider2014TV SeriesHimself - The Equalizer
The Broadway.com Show2014TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014TV SeriesHimself
17th Annual PRISM Showcase2013TV MovieHimself
El hormiguero2012-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The March2013TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
Larry King Now2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Oscars2013TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role
Katie2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Revealed2013TV SeriesHimself
19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
Le grand journal de Canal+2013TV SeriesHimself
70th Golden Globe Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
Les Coulisses des Golden Globes2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2006-2012TV SeriesHimself
Charlie Rose2000-2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993-2012TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Face to Face with 'Weird Al' Yankovic2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
ES.TV HD2011-2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Daybreak2012TV SeriesHimself
Entertainers with Byron Allen2012TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest
The Jonathan Ross Show2012TV SeriesHimself
Attack of the Show!2012TV SeriesHimself
Close Up2011TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee / Actor
The Start of Dreams2010DocumentaryHimself
Nobel Peace Prize Concert2010TV SpecialHimself - Host
Breakfast2010TV SeriesHimself - Actor
Cubed2010TV SeriesHimself
Mike & Mike2010TV SeriesHimself - Telephone Interviewee
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2009-2010TV SeriesHimself
Wetten, dass..?2006-2010TV SeriesHimself
Stand Up to Cancer2010TV SpecialHimself
The 64th Annual Tony Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Lead Actor in a Play
The 76th Annual Drama League Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 7PM Project2010TV SeriesHimself
Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief2010TV MovieHimself
Live from Studio Five2010TV SeriesHimself
The Jay Leno Show2010TV SeriesHimself
No Time to Lose: The Making of 'Pelham 123'2009Video documentary shortHimself
The Third Rail: New York Underground2009Video documentary shortHimself
The Third Rail: The NYC Subway System2009Video shortHimself
Gomorron1995-2009TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Om Filmen Man on Fire / Himself Om Filmen
Xposé2009TV SeriesHimself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2006-2009TV SeriesHimself
2009 MTV Movie Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
The Neighborhood Ball: An Inauguration Celebration2009TV MovieHimself - Host
We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial2009TV SpecialHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts2008TV SpecialHimself
Samuel L. Jackson: An American Cinematheque Tribute2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Shootout2004-2008TV SeriesHimself
Urban Style2008TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest
The 80th Annual Academy Awards2008TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Picture
Fallen Empire: Making 'American Gangster'2008Video documentaryHimself
39th NAACP Image Awards2008TV SpecialHimself
We Have a Dream2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Tavis Smiley2004-2008TV SeriesHimself
TV One on One2007TV SeriesHimself
Julia Roberts: An American Cinematheque Tribute2007TV MovieHimself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2000-2007TV SeriesHimself
HBO First Look2001-2007TV Series documentaryHimself
The World Awaits: De La Hoya vs. Mayweather2007TV MovieHimself - Audience Member (uncredited)
The 100 Best Black Movies (Ever)2007DocumentaryHimself
2007 Britannia Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
Film 20151996-2006TV SeriesHimself
The Early Show2006TV SeriesHimself
Movie Rush2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Forbes Celebrity 100: Who Made Bank?2006TV MovieHimself
The Ultimate Heist: Making 'Inside Man'2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Corazón de...2006TV SeriesHimself
Inside Men: Denzel & Spike - Man to Man2006TV ShortHimself
The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards2006TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter: Best Motion Picture - Drama
What It Takes2006TV SeriesHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2005TV Series documentaryHimself
BET Awards 20052005TV SpecialHimself
Vengeance Is Mine: Reinventing 'Man on Fire'2005Video documentaryHimself
Jonathan Demme and the Making of 'The Manchurian Candidate'2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Parkinson2004TV SeriesHimself
Today2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
ESPY Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
4th Annual BET Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
Apollo at 70: A Hot Night in Harlem2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Moving Image Salutes Richard Gere2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Total Request Live2002-2004TV SeriesHimself
The Making of 'Man on Fire'2004TV Short documentaryHimself
Out of Time: Crime Scene2004Video documentary shortHimself
Tinseltown TV2003TV SeriesHimself
Spike Lee's '25th Hour': The Evolution of an American Filmmaker2003Video documentary shortHimself
Kela on the Karpet2003TV Mini-SeriesHimself
The 75th Annual Academy Awards2003TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role / Past Winner
34th NAACP Image Awards2003TV SpecialHimself
Hollywood Celebrates Denzel Washington: An American Cinematheque Tribute2003TV Special documentaryHimself
The 14th Annual Producers Guild of America Awards2003TV SpecialHimself - Winner
Behind the Scenes of 'John Q'2002Video documentary shortHimself
Listen Up! Charles Barkley with Ernie Johnson2002TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Tom Hanks2002TV SpecialHimself
Rank2002TV Series documentaryHimself
The 74th Annual Academy Awards2002TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role and Presenter: Honorary Award to Sidney Poitier
The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards2002TV Special documentaryHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama
The Making of 'Antwone Fisher'2001TV Short documentaryHimself
+ de cinéma2001TV Series documentary shortHimself
Spotlight on Location: Hurricane2001Video documentary shortHimself
Essence Awards2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Making of Remember the Titans2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards2001TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1996-2000TV SeriesHimself
Straight from the Streets2000Video documentaryHimself
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards2000TV Special documentaryHimself
31st NAACP Image Awards2000TV SpecialHimself
The 72nd Annual Academy Awards2000TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role
6th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2000TV SpecialHimself
American Masters2000TV Series documentaryHimself - Actor
The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards2000TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama
Celebrity Profile1999TV Series documentaryHimself
The Great Christmas Movies1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Mundo VIP1998TV SeriesHimself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Cinematography / Past Winner
28th NAACP Image Awards1997TV SpecialHimself
27th NAACP Image Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Co-host
NBA at 501996TV Movie documentaryHimself
ESPY Awards1996TV SpecialHimself
The Making of 'Crimson Tide'1995Video documentary shortHimself
The Annual 1995 ShoWest Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 67th Annual Academy Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: 'The Shawshank Redemption' Film Clip
A Century of Cinema1994DocumentaryHimself
The Essence Awards1994TV SpecialHimself
Ebony's 15th Annual Black Achievement Awards1994TV SpecialHimself
26th NAACP Image Awards1994TV SpecialHimself
1993 MTV Movie Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 19th Annual People's Choice Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Favourite Comedy Motion Picture
Ebony/Jet Showcase1987-1993TV SeriesHimself
The 65th Annual Academy Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Documentary Feature and Best Documentary Short
The Barbara Walters Summer Special1993TV SeriesHimself
Space Ghost Coast to Coast1993TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Sidney Poitier1992TV SpecialHimself
Liberators: Fighting on Two Fronts in World War II1992TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
Muhammad Ali's 50th Birthday Celebration1992TV SpecialHimself
The 45th Annual Tony Awards1991TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Leading Actor & Actress in a Play
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards1991TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Motown 30: What's Goin' On!1990TV SpecialHimself
The Making of 'Mo' Better Blues'1990Documentary shortBleek Gilliam
Nelson Mandela: An International Tribute for a Free South Africa1990TV MovieHimself
The 62nd Annual Academy Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The Arsenio Hall Show1990TV SeriesHimself
The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1990TV SeriesHimself
22nd NAACP Image Awards1990TV SpecialHimself
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars1989TV SeriesHimself
The Media Show1989TV SeriesHimself
Freedomfest: Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Celebratation1988TV Special documentaryHimself
The 60th Annual Academy Awards1988TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The 45th Annual Golden Globe Awards1988TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama
20th NAACP Image Awards1988TV SpecialHimself
Baka: The People of the Rainforest1987TV MovieNarrator
19th Annual NAACP Image Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Co-host
The 1986 Jewish National Funds Annual Tree of Life Awards1986TV SpecialHimself
The 6th Annual Black Achievement Awards1985TV SpecialHimself
The 9th Annual People's Choice Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favourite New Television Dramatic Program

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Extra2014TV SeriesHimself / Himself - The Equalizer
Live with Kelly and Michael2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Inside Edition2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Pioneers of Television2014TV Mini-Series documentaryDr. Philip Chandler - St. Elsewhere
And the Oscar Goes To...2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Movie Guide2013TV SeriesBobby
The Graham Norton Show2013TV SeriesHimself
Ebert Presents: At the Movies2011TV SeriesHimself - Best Actor in a Leading Role
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien2010TV SeriesHimself
I Am Love2009Joe Miller (uncredited)
Entertainment Tonight2009TV SeriesHimself
Oscar, que empiece el espectáculo2008TV Movie documentaryHimself / Frank Lucas (uncredited)
For the Bible Tells Me So2007DocumentaryCoach Herman Boone
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters2006DocumentaryAlonzo (uncredited)
80s2005TV Series documentarySteve Biko
Tvist2005TV SeriesDr. Philip Chandler
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesHimself
Die Geschichte des erotischen Films2004TV Movie documentary
Michael Moore, el gran agitador2004TV Short documentaryHimself (uncredited)
People Like Us: Making 'Philadelphia'2003Video documentaryHimself
Century of Black Cinema2003Video documentaryHimself
Shirtless: Hollywood's Sexiest Men2002TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Headliners & Legends: Denzel Washington2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Whitney Houston: The Greatest Hits2000Video documentaryDudley (segment "Step by Step")
Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater1995TV SeriesJoe Miller
All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever!1994TV MovieHimself

Won awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014Donostia Lifetime Achievement AwardSan Sebastián International Film Festival
2013Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest ActorFlight (2012)
2013Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureFlight (2012)
2012AAFCA AwardAfrican-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)Best ActorFlight (2012)
2012EDA Special Mention AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsMost Egregious Age Difference Between the Leading Man and the Love InterestFlight (2012)Kelly Reilly, Nadine Velazquez
2012Golden CameraGolden Camera, GermanyBest International Actor
2011Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureThe Book of Eli (2010)
2008BET AwardBET AwardsBest ActorThe Great Debaters (2007)
2008Christopher AwardChristopher AwardsFeature FilmsThe Great Debaters (2007)Robert Eisele, Todd Black, Kate Forte, Oprah Winfrey, Joe Roth, Molly Allen, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, David Crockett
2008Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureThe Great Debaters (2007)
2007Britannia AwardBAFTA/LA Britannia AwardsExcellence in Film
2005BET AwardBET AwardsHumanitarian AwardPauletta Washington
2004BET AwardBET AwardsBest ActorOut of Time (2003)
2003Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsTheatrical - Best DirectorAntwone Fisher (2002)
2003Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest FilmAntwone Fisher (2002)Randa Haines, Todd Black
2003Freedom AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsAntwone Fisher (2002)
2003Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion PictureAntwone Fisher (2002)
2003Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureJohn Q (2002)
2003Stanley Kramer AwardPGA AwardsAntwone Fisher (2002)Todd Black
2002OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleTraining Day (2001)
2002AFI AwardAFI Awards, USAActor of the Year - Male - MoviesTraining Day (2001)
2002American Cinematheque AwardAmerican Cinematheque Gala Tribute
2002Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsTheatrical - Best ActorTraining Day (2001)
2002Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureTraining Day (2001)
2002MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest VillainTraining Day (2001)
2002WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorAntwone Fisher (2002)
2001BET AwardBET AwardsBest ActorRemember the Titans (2000)
2001Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsTheatrical - Best ActorRemember the Titans (2000)
2001BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest ActorTraining Day (2001)
2001Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureRemember the Titans (2000)
2001KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorTraining Day (2001)
2001LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorTraining Day (2001)
2000Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaThe Hurricane (1999)
2000Silver Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalBest ActorThe Hurricane (1999)
2000Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsTheatrical - Best ActorThe Hurricane (1999)
2000Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureThe Hurricane (1999)
2000Humanitarian AwardWomen in Film Crystal AwardsPauletta Washington
1998Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Performance in a Youth or Children's Series/SpecialHappily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1995)
1997Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Motion PictureCourage Under Fire (1996)
1997Special AwardImage AwardsEntertainer of the Year
1997Lone Star Film & Television AwardLone Star Film & Television AwardsBest ActorCourage Under Fire (1996)
1997ShoWest AwardShoWest Convention, USAMale Star of the Year
1997SEFCA AwardSoutheastern Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorCourage Under Fire (1996)
1996Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Motion PictureCrimson Tide (1995)
1996Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Performance in an Animated/Live-Action/Dramatic Youth or Children's Series/SpecialHappily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1995)
1995Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsMale Star of the Year
1995Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureMalcolm X (1992)
1994Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Motion PictureMississippi Masala (1991)
1993Silver Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalBest ActorMalcolm X (1992)
1993CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorMalcolm X (1992)
1993DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorMalcolm X (1992)
1993MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest Male PerformanceMalcolm X (1992)
1993SEFCA AwardSoutheastern Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorMalcolm X (1992)
1993Tribute to Independent Vision AwardSundance Film Festival
1992BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest ActorMalcolm X (1992)
1992Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion PictureGlory (1989)
1992KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorMalcolm X (1992)
1992NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorMalcolm X (1992)
1990OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleGlory (1989)
1990Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureGlory (1989)
1989Best ActorCognac Festival du Film PolicierFor Queen & Country (1988)
1989KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActorGlory (1989)
1988Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion PicturePower (1986)
1988Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureCry Freedom (1987)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Actor, Motion PictureThe Equalizer (2014)
2015Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureThe Equalizer (2014)
2015People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Action Movie Actor
2013OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleFlight (2012)
2013Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaFlight (2012)
2013AACTA International AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest ActorFlight (2012)
2013BET AwardBET AwardsBest ActorFlight (2012)
2013Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorFlight (2012)
2013MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest WTF MomentFlight (2012)
2013NCFCA AwardNorth Carolina Film Critics AssociationBest ActorFlight (2012)
2013OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActorFlight (2012)
2013ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading RoleFlight (2012)
2012BET AwardBET AwardsBest ActorSafe House (2012)
2012CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorFlight (2012)
2012DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorFlight (2012)
2012HFCS AwardHouston Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActorFlight (2012)
2012IGN AwardIGN Summer Movie AwardsBest Movie ActorFlight (2012)
2012Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Motion PictureFlight (2012)
2012SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest ActorFlight (2012)
2012SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USSpecial Merit (for best scene, cinematic technique or other memorable aspect or moment)Flight (2012)Tamara Tunie, Brian Geraghty, Nadine Velazquez
2012WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorFlight (2012)
2011Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest ActorUnstoppable (2010)
2011Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest ActorThe Book of Eli (2010)
2011Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest FilmThe Book of Eli (2010)Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove, Joel Silver, David Valdes
2011Grace AwardMovieGuide AwardsMost Inspiring Movie ActingThe Book of Eli (2010)
2010Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActorThe Book of Eli (2010)
2010BET AwardBET AwardsBest ActorThe Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)
2010Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest ActorThe Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)
2010Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureThe Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009)
2010Scream AwardScream AwardsBest Science Fiction ActorThe Book of Eli (2010)
2008Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaAmerican Gangster (2007)
2008Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television)The Great Debaters (2007)
2008MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest Male PerformanceAmerican Gangster (2007)
2008MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest VillainAmerican Gangster (2007)
2008People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Male Movie Star
2008ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureAmerican Gangster (2007)Armand Assante, Josh Brolin, Russell Crowe, Ruby Dee, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba, Cuba Gooding Jr., Carla Gugino, John Hawkes, Ted Levine, Joe Morton, Lymari Nadal, John Ortiz, RZA, Yul Vazquez
2007Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest ActorInside Man (2006)
2007Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureInside Man (2006)
2007People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Male Movie Star
2007Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Motion Picture, DramaAmerican Gangster (2007)
2006BET AwardBET AwardsBest ActorInside Man (2006)
2006Black Movie AwardBlack Movie AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleInside Man (2006)
2005Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureMan on Fire (2004)
2005People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Male Movie Star
2004Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsFilm: Best ActorOut of Time (2003)
2004Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureOut of Time (2003)
2003BET AwardBET AwardsBest ActorAntwone Fisher (2002)
2003Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsTheatrical - Best ActorJohn Q (2002)
2003Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsTheatrical - Best Supporting ActorAntwone Fisher (2002)
2003PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest DirectorAntwone Fisher (2002)
2003Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest DirectorAntwone Fisher (2002)
2002Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaTraining Day (2001)
2002BET AwardBET AwardsBest ActorTraining Day (2001)
2002CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorTraining Day (2001)
2002DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorTraining Day (2001)
2002Sierra AwardLas Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActorTraining Day (2001)
2002MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest LineTraining Day (2001)
2002OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActorTraining Day (2001)
2002Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, DramaTraining Day (2001)
2002ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading RoleTraining Day (2001)
2001Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Non-Fiction SpecialHalf Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks (2000)Cecil Cox, Sheila Nevins, Craig Laurence Rice, St. Claire Bourne, Jacqueline Glover, Liz Heller, Lou Potter
2001Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Actor - DramaRemember the Titans (2000)
2001Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, DramaRemember the Titans (2000)
2000OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleThe Hurricane (1999)
2000Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Actor - DramaThe Hurricane (1999)
2000CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorThe Hurricane (1999)
2000OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest ActorThe Hurricane (1999)
2000People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Motion Picture Actor
2000Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, DramaThe Hurricane (1999)
2000ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading RoleThe Hurricane (1999)
1999Black Film AwardAcapulco Black Film FestivalBest ActorHe Got Game (1998)
1999Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Actor - SuspenseThe Siege (1998)
1999Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Motion PictureHe Got Game (1998)
1999People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Motion Picture Actor
1999People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Motion Picture Actor
1997CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorCourage Under Fire (1996)
1997OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Drama ActorCourage Under Fire (1996)
1997People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Motion Picture Actor
1996CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorDevil in a Blue Dress (1995)
1996MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest Male PerformanceCrimson Tide (1995)
1995Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Informational SpecialHank Aaron: Chasing the Dream (1995)Michael Tollin, Debra Martin Chase, Brian Robbins, David Houle, Jack Myers, Fredric Golding, Dorian Harewood, Pat Mitchell, Tom McMahon, Vivian Schiller
1995Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion PictureMuch Ado About Nothing (1993)
1994MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsMost Desirable MaleThe Pelican Brief (1993)
1994MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest On-Screen DuoPhiladelphia (1993)Tom Hanks
1993OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleMalcolm X (1992)
1993Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaMalcolm X (1992)
1990CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorGlory (1989)
1988OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleCry Freedom (1987)
1988Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaCry Freedom (1987)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2002NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ActorTraining Day (2001)
2001ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Actor in a Leading RoleTraining Day (2001)
1996BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest ActorCourage Under Fire (1996)
1992LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorMalcolm X (1992)
1990NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest Supporting ActorGlory (1989)
1989NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActorGlory (1989)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2001NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorTraining Day (2001)
1993NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ActorMalcolm X (1992)

TitleSalary
2 Guns (2013)$20,000,000
American Gangster (2007)$40,000,000
Man on Fire (2004)$20,000,000
Out of Time (2003)$20,000,000
Training Day (2001)$12,000,000
The Hurricane (1999)$10,000,000
The Siege (1998)$12,000,000
Fallen (1998)$12,000,000
Courage Under Fire (1996)$10,000,000
Virtuosity (1995)$7,500,000

#Fact
1Became only the sixth actor to win both leading and supporting acting Oscars. The other five are Robert De Niro, Gene Hackman, Kevin Spacey, Jack Lemmon and Jack Nicholson.
2Became a father for the 3rd and 4th time at age 36 when his wife Pauletta Washington gave birth to their twins Malcolm Washington and Olivia Washington on April 10, 1991.
3Became a father for the 2nd time at age 32 when his wife Pauletta Washington gave birth to their daughter Katia Washington on November 27, 1987.
4Became a father for the 1st time at age 29 when his wife Pauletta Washington gave birth to their son John David Washington on July 28, 1984.
5Eva Mendes and Paula Patton have each played his love interest twice - Mendes in Training Day (2001) and Out of Time (2003), and Patton in Deja Vu (2006) and 2 Guns (2013).
6Won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for "Fences".
7The longest he has gone without an Oscar nomination is 11 years, between Training Day (2001) and Flight (2012).
8Has starred in three remakes: The Manchurian Candidate (2004), The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) and Man on Fire (2004).
9Has worked twice with Chiwetel Ejiofor. In Inside Man (2006), they played police detectives; in American Gangster (2007), they played criminals.
10Among his favorite black actors are - Idris Elba and Chiwetel Ejiofor - who happen to be British, and both of whom co-starred with Washington in American Gangster (2007).
11Likes to point out the difference between his father's and his first name: Denzel. Though both are spelled the same, his dad's name is pronounced with the stress on the first syllable - DEN-zel, whereas the actor's name is pronounced - den-ZEL.
12Lives in Los Angeles, California.
13Turned down the role that went to George Clooney in Michael Clayton (2007).
14Performed all of his own stunts for the hand to hand fight sequences in the post-apocalyptic action film The Book of Eli (2010).
15Was considered for the role of Curtis Taylor Jr. in Dreamgirls (2006). However, Jamie Foxx was cast instead.
16His performance as Malcolm X in Malcolm X (1992) is ranked #17 on Premiere magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
17Brother-in-law of actress Rita Pearson.
18As of 2009, Washington and sound engineers Willie D. Burton and Russell Williams II are the only African-Americans to win two Oscars.
19(November 11, 2008) Attended the star-studded opening of Dubai's lavish Atlantis Palms resort. Guests were welcomed in style with a display of one million fireworks, said to be visible from space.
20Broke the pinky finger of his right hand during a childhood basketball accident and never had it set correctly, resulting in the finger healing in a crooked position. The finger is still crooked to this day, bent at the bottom knuckle a full 45 degrees outward from his other fingers.
21Was considered for the role of Detective Ricardo Tubbs on Miami Vice (1984), which went to Philip Michael Thomas.
22Was the original choice to play the title character in Blade (1998), which went to Wesley Snipes.
23The offer he regrets turning down the most is Brad Pitt's role in Se7en (1995).
24The actors he most wants to work with are Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. The director he most wants to work with is Martin Scorsese.
25Named Gene Hackman, Angelina Jolie and Dakota Fanning as the most talented actors he has ever worked with.
26Is a huge fan of the television series Monk (2002). He requested Ted Levine to play a role in American Gangster (2007) because he was a fan of the series. He also worked with Tony Shalhoub in The Siege (1998).
27When Washington won the Best Actor Oscar for Training Day (2001), Halle Berry won the Best Actress Oscar for Monster's Ball (2001), and Sidney Poitier won the Honorary Award (2001), 2002 marked the first time in Academy Awards history that three African-Americans so dominated the Oscar ceremonies (2002).
28In 2006, he donated $1 million to Save Africa's Children.
29According to Forbes, for each dollar he got paid, his movies averaged $10 of gross income. [December 2007]
30Has worked with both Fanning sisters. He worked with Dakota Fanning in Man on Fire (2004); he worked with (although did not have any scenes with) Elle Fanning in Deja Vu (2006).
31He spent months on the beat with Washington Post reporters to prepare for The Pelican Brief (1993).
32To prepare for his attorney role in Philadelphia (1993), he met with two lawyers who were about to become celebrities in their own right: Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. and Carl Douglas.
33For Courage Under Fire (1996), he trained at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin in California, where he qualified on the M1A1 tank and the 120mm gun, participated in battle games and listened to audiotapes of tank battles in Desert Storm.
34Almost every summer he and his family go to Italy on vacation.
35Son of Lennis Washington, a beautician and former Gospel singer.
36Received an honorary degree (Doctor of Humane Letters) from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia on May 20, 2007.
37At one point, was to star as Dr. Alex Cross in Kiss the Girls (1997), had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.
38Voted as America's Favorite Movie Star in the 2006 and 2007 Harris Polls.
39Good friends with actress Julia Roberts.
40His daughter, Katia Washington, currently attends Yale University.
41Turned down the role of Cinque in Amistad (1997), which went to Djimon Hounsou.
42Turned down the role of Detective David Mills in Se7en (1995), which went to Brad Pitt.
43Claims his personal favorite performances are his works in Cry Freedom (1987), Glory (1989), Malcolm X (1992) and Training Day (2001).
44Turned down Se7en (1995). He opted to do another detective thriller that year, Devil in a Blue Dress (1995).
45Has worked with both Ridley Scott and Tony Scott. Ridley directed him in American Gangster (2007). He has worked with Ridley's brother, Tony, on five films, which are: Crimson Tide (1995), Man on Fire (2004), Deja Vu (2006), The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) and Unstoppable (2010).
46Has two films on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time. They are: Glory (1989) at #31 and Philadelphia (1993) at #20.
47Son John David Washington recently signed as a running back with the St. Louis Rams. [May 2006]
48As of 2006, he is the most Oscar-winning (two) and most nominated (five) black actor/actress in Academy history.
49Is the second of three children.
50He and his family visited the troops at Brook Army Medical Center, in San Antonio, Texas (BAMC). There are some buildings there called Fisher Houses. The Fisher House is a Hotel where soldiers' families can stay, for little or no charge, while their soldier is staying in the Hospital. BAMC has quite a few of these houses on base, but as you can imagine, they are almost filled most of the time. He was given a tour of one of the Fisher Houses and subsequent to his visit sent them one of the largest donations they've ever received.
51Though his first theatrical film was a comedy (Carbon Copy (1981)), he has only done three more since. Has mentioned that he's always wanted to do a great one.
52Has played two soldiers who have suffered traumatic, life-changing experiences while fighting in the 1991 Persian Gulf War: Lt. Colonel Nathaniel Serling in Courage Under Fire (1996) and Major Ben Marco in The Manchurian Candidate (2004).
53Is the first African-American actor to receive two Academy Awards.
54Chosen as People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive (1996).
55Premiere magazine ranked him as #39 on a list of the Greatest Movie Stars of All Time in their Stars in Our Constellation feature (2005).
56Ranked #59 on VH1's 100 Hottest Hotties
57Has worn some kind of military uniform in at least six of his films.
58First studied Biology in hopes of becoming a doctor, then switched to Political Science then to a Journalism/Drama major in college.
59Cites star-athletes like Jim Brown and Gale Sayers as the role models of his youth.
60He was at his mother's beauty parlor, when a woman getting her hair done saw him and told someone to get her a piece of paper and she wrote at the top "Prophecy" and then wrote that Denzel would grow up and one day speak to millions. Denzel kept the bit of paper in his wallet. The woman was known as a prophetess in their church and community.
61Tom Hanks said working with Washington on Philadelphia (1993) was like "going to film school". Hanks said he learned more about acting by watching Denzel than from anyone else.
62Was awarded the title of "Police Chief for a Day" when he was a member of The Boys and Girls Club of America as a child. The photo was shown during his latest appearance on Live with Kelly and Michael (1988).
63He and his family are members of the same church as actors Dwayne Winstead, Sy Richardson, Marvin Wright-Bey and Fitz Houston.
64Cousin is newsman Ukee Washington, who co-anchors the news on the CBS affiliate in Philadelphia.
65Ranked #28 in Premiere magazine's 2003 annual Power 100 List. Had ranked #40 in 2002.
66Named by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World (2002).
67Only the second black actor (after Sidney Poitier) to win the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role (for Training Day (2001)). Poitier received the honorary Academy Award that same year.
68Is a spokesperson for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, having been a member of the Boys Club once himself.
69His father was a Pentecostal minister; his mother a beautician and former gospel singer. They divorced when he was 14.
70Met his wife Pauletta Washington in 1977 when both had small roles in the television movie Wilma (1977) (she was billed as Pauletta Pearson), the story of runner Wilma Rudolph. They wed five years later.
71Supports charities such as the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, and the Gathering Place (an AIDS hospice).
72Named one of E!'s "top 20 entertainers of 2001".
73Frequent collaborator of Spike Lee.
74In the early 1980s, years before he portrayed Malcolm X in the Spike Lee film Malcolm X (1992), Washington portrayed Malcolm in the off-Broadway production of "When the Chickens Came Home to Roost", at the Henry Street Theatre in New York City.
75Denzel is named after his father who was in turn named after the doctor, Doctor Denzel, who had delivered him.
76According to a 1995 Premiere magazine article, Denzel confronted director Quentin Tarantino when he visited the set of Crimson Tide (1995). Quentin had done an uncredited rewrite of the script. Denzel lambasted Tarantino about his use of racial slurs in his films. Tarantino got embarrassed and wanted to move the conversation to a more private area. Denzel said, "No, if we're going to discuss it, let's discuss it now." Denzel later said he still felt that Quentin was "a fine artist".
77Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World (1990).
78In a Newsweek cover story about the biological basis of the perception of beauty, he was used as a key example in a scientific explanation why he is considered an extremely handsome man.
791996 Harvard Foundation Award
80Received his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Fordham University in New York City.
81To prepare for his role as boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter in The Hurricane (1999), Washington worked out for a year with Los Angeles boxing trainer Terry Claybon.
82Son, Malcolm, was named in honor of Malcolm X.
83Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#77) (1995).

#Quote
1[on Flight (2012)] If it ain't on the page, it ain't on the stage. I read tons of scripts, and I know it's very rare, but this is like a Eugene O'Neil play - the tears are on the page.
2Tony Scott was a great director, a genuine friend, and it is unfathomable to think that he is now gone. He had a tremendous passion for life and for the art of filmmaking, and was able to share this passion with all of us through his cinematic brilliance.
3Long ago, I made a commitment to completely cut out drinking and anything that might hamper me from getting my mind and body together. And the floodgates of goodness have opened upon me, spiritually and financially.
4(1995 quote) This "famous" stuff, I guess you can get caught up in it. You can even get caught up in fighting it, pretending it doesn't exist. But it already alters who you are, just in the fact that you're trying to deny it. I just turned 40 and my wife and I had a quiet getaway. I didn't want a big party or anything. I just wanted to reflect on what I've done with the first 40 years and what I want to do now. I think I'm just starting to figure out how to do it, you know, how to simplify things in life. Around my birthday, I was listening to this motivational speaker, Les Brown, who made this analogy about ghosts around his bed. He was saying when you die, imagine you had these ghosts around your bed that represent your unfulfilled potential. Things that should have been done, should have been experienced. How many ghosts are going to be around your bed when your time comes? People can say about me or anyone, "Oh, you're great at this", but you have to look at yourself and say, "How do I feel about what I've done?". That's all that matters.
5(1995 quote) It was never my dream to be famous. I didn't start acting to be a movie star. I started in the theater and my desire was to get better at my craft. It's still my desire. I don't consider myself a movie star, nor do I really have the desire to be one. I'm just an entertainer. An actor who works hard at his craft. Whatever labels people give me, that's not really me or part of my process. Come and talk with me again on my 50th birthday and I may feel differently, but right now, I'm just taking the lesson from one of my old teachers who said, "Don't be afraid to fail big.".
6[on the whipping scene in Glory (1989)] - I remember walking around before that scene, just praying and calling on the spirits of all the slaves, because I didn't know how to play it. I was like, "Okay, fellas, just tell me what to do." And I went out there with an arrogance. I spit on the ground. I had this attitude and this strength -- it all came out of this meditation. It wasn't calculated. It was organic. That whip actually hurt, but I was like, "Don't let him win."
7[on Philadelphia (1993)] - [Director] Jonathan Demme said to me, 'Look, we don't want your character to go 360 degrees. It's not like by the end of the movie he's leading a gay and lesbian parade'. If we'd done that, it would have let people like this character off the hook. But at the end, he touches [Tom Hanks' character] -- and that's huge for him. [Pauses, then laughs] I used to mess with Tom. He was barely eating at all, and I would put out, like, 200 Almond Joys in his drawer to give him a hard time. I'd pretend to sneeze and all these Snickers would fall on the ground. I'm sure he laughed all the way up to the podium when he won the Oscar.
8[on the supposed factual inaccuracies of The Hurricane (1999)] - I heard that. We'll never know, will we? The film was touchy because people were murdered and a lot of people felt that Rubin did it. So you're opening old wounds. Malcolm X (1992) was more dangerous, but The Hurricane (1999) might have been more controversial.
9[on Training Day (2001)] - My son talked me into doing that movie. He was like, 'Dad, you've never done anything like this'. I just hadn't been asked before. The only film that was sort of dark that I'd turned down was _Se7en (2000)_. They offered me the Brad Pitt part, but I was like, "This is so dark and evil." Then when I saw the movie, I was like, "Oh, shoot".
10[on The Book of Eli (2010)] - We shot in New Mexico, and the environment definitely helped. It was bleak. It got chilly and windy. The wind was the biggest deal. You'd have to wash the sand out of your nose and eyes. The world that the movie takes place in, the opportunity to do all this "Blade" kind of martial-arts stuff, working with the Hughes brothers -- it was an interesting combination of things.
11[on the 2002 Academy Awards and his win] - I didn't want to go to the Oscars. After Hurricane, I was like, "I don't feel like dealing with these people. I'm just not going to go." In order to protect yourself, you almost have to not care. So that night I didn't care -- and, of course, they go, "Here".
12Man gives you the award but God gives you the reward.
13The acting coach Stanislavsky talks about cutting 90 percent. So you do research, research, research, then you drop it and listen when you're in the scene and know who you are. You never know how it's gonna come around. That's why you go out there and find out. It's because you need the human beings that hook you into the character. Maybe I'm not as imaginative as the average actor. I need some kind of a hook sometimes.
14(on having to do publicity) I'm an actor, so that's the bottom line. I'm not a marketing whatever. My strength does not lie in marketing a product called "Denzel". That's not what I do. My strength lies in playing a part and hopefully entertaining and affecting people on some level. Now I'm not being naive. I know that marketing comes into play when you're spending 50 or 60 million dollars of other people's money to make a film. You have to be involved in marketing that product. But the publicity gets to be boring. How many times can I tell the same story? I understand the importance of doing publicity for a film, so I'm willing to do that, but I don't want to sit around talking about myself. That's not a great day for me. That's not my idea of fun.
15(1998 quote on his career) In any craft or artistic endeavor you want to do different things. You want to go to different places, you want to find different ways to go about it. You may have your constants, but you're looking to go into new territories, new angles, new challenges. So that's how it is for me as an actor. I couldn't play the same guy eight times and I don't have to. I think I've said all of my career, I'm not a celebrity. I'm not a movie star. I'm just an actor who is more popular right now. I don't even know what a movie star is. And one of the reasons why I keep on going back to make movies that don't have such huge budgets is that it's not as much pressure. You feel like you can take more chances.
16(on what inspires him as an actor) I like to go to new places. To specify, it is to say that I like not knowing. I like knowing when I get there. I know when it starts coming around and it raises the hair or it doesn't. I was trained in the theater. So it was instilled in me as a young performer to take chances and not to worry about all that, because failure is a part of growth. If you're gonna fail, fail big and take chances. So I've done that, or I've tried to do that.
17(on what he enjoys about making films) The magic. There's fun creating that magic. Bringing something to life, whatever. Putting together a character. The twists and the turns that people don't expect. So to sit around and talk about it before someone sees it is boring. I think there should be some mystery in it. Who wants to know everything about it? I think it ruins movies when you know everything about how the movie was made and put together. If you explain, it's like showing you the trick before I show you the magic. Let me explain to you how it works. All right, now come see the show. It's supposed to be magic. And being an actor is about creating that magic.
18(1998 quote on his long-standing marriage) She puts up with me. I think, also, in a way the traveling helps. We're able to travel together and also be apart sometimes. Not everybody gets to live like that. Twenty years now. It's like you start to pat yourself on the back when you look around you and you see that very few people have 20 years into a marriage.
19(1998 quote on his career) With four children I have to maximize the work I do now financially. It's like I have to do one film for financial reasons, as opposed to when I was single, or before we had all of these children. I find that I'm not as good at not working as I thought I would be. I get itchy. My wife also says I'm only good for about three weeks of downtime. But I'm learning a decent pace now. I try to take four or five months off between jobs.
20(on making movies) It's simple: You get a part. You play a part. You play it well. You do your work and you go home. And what is wonderful about movies is that once they're done, they belong to the people. Once you make it, it's what they see. That's where my head is at.
21(on refusing the role in Amistad (1997)) I just didn't see myself in Amistad (1997). I ain't putting no chains around my neck. I'm not in the mood right now, too edgy. It just wasn't for me. I'm not having it. I'm like, "Yeah, that's what happened then, but how about me cutting everybody's head off and end the movie there?".
22For the movie Glory (1989), before going out to shoot the whipping scene, I'm backstage in a room, and I'm thinking, how am I gonna do this scene? All I did - you know people ask me, how did you prepare? - I say, I prayed. And I got on my knees and they were waiting for me, and I prayed. And then I prayed to all the spirits. I said, "Look fellas, ladies" and I'm talking about those who have been, and I said, "Look I don't know, I'm just rolling with you all. Just whatever happens, I'm going. And I said are you with me? Come on!" I'm serious! And I went out there and what hit me was, I'm in charge. Never put my head down. This isn't the first time this has happened to me, the character - and ,in fact, I had the guy build all the scars to put on my back - and I went out there with an attitude that I'm going to take this and not fold. But it hurt. And the tear was actually real. You know, you just allow it and you're thankful for it. It's not technical. It's not science. It's spirit.
23Acting is just a way of making a living, the family is life.
24I remain thankful for the gifts that I've been given and I try to use them in a good way, in a positive way.
25(when asked what prompted him to go to Hollywood) The only way I'm going to L.A. is with a job.
26(when asked which does he call home, Los Angeles or New York City) I root for the Knicks. I root for the Yankees.
27[on being late for the 1987 Oscars] I was a mess. I don't know if I ate bad food or if it was too much tension, but I got sick. There was a huge traffic jam, and I remember saying "Look, it took me all this time to get here - I'm showing up in a limousine and I don't care how late I am." By the time I got there, there was no red carpet. Everyone was inside because the show had already started.
28[on what roles he would like to redo] Probably Shakespeare. I did "Othello" in college, and "Richard III", and those are the two roles I'd like to revisit. Movies? There's a couple I wish I hadn't done. I won't say which ones, but there are a couple of mistakes there.
29People say, "Congratulations, you finally got the Oscar", and I have to correct them: "Actually, it's my second one. I won for Glory (1989) in 1989." Some people say, "Yeah, but that was for a supporting actor role", but for me, it's the same thing.
30[on shooting action scenes] I have to try and find a way to remain positive because those days are boring to me, really, just hanging off the side of a building, fighting or grunting.
31[on working with young female co-stars] That ain't fair, really. Michelle Pfeiffer hasn't been finding a lot of work recently because she doesn't like what a woman her age is offered. That's a real double standard. You get Sean Connery, who gets older and older, still playing opposite young ladies, but it doesn't work the other way around.
32[on approaching 50] I have a friend who says "The first 50 was for them, this 50's for me." I like that. The weirdest part of it, or even the saddest part, is that you start to see people die. You go "Man! He wasn't even that old." I lost a friend recently who died of a heart attack. He was 58. When I was 20, 58 was old. It ain't now.
33[on where he likes to keep his Oscars] Next to each other.
34I'm very proud to be black, but black is not all I am. That's my cultural historical background, my genetic makeup, but it's not all of who I am nor is it the basis from which I answer every question.
35(In 1998) Acting's like someone asking you for years to write the characters, but they write the book.

#Trademark
1Frequently works with director Edward Zwick
2Frequently works with directors Spike Lee and Tony Scott
3Fiery anger driven tirades
4In almost all the films - e.g. Man on Fire (2004), American Gangster (2007), John Q (2002) - where he handles or uses sidearms (usually a 9mm Beretta or similar pistols), there's a scene of him swiftly ejecting a bullet from the loaded chamber by pulling back the slide assembly and subsequently catching the bullet before it falls to the ground.
5Frequently plays military commanders and law enforcement officers
6Often portrays real people: Rubin "Hurricane" Carter in The Hurricane (1999), Malcolm X in Malcolm X (1992), Herman Boone in Remember the Titans (2000), Frank Lucas in American Gangster (2007), Steve Biko in Cry Freedom (1987) and Melvin Tolson in The Great Debaters (2007).

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