Denzel Washington has had a career in films that many actors can only envy.
While not on a par with the traditional look of a Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise, the intense actor with the perfectly symmetrical face continues to attract audiences of all ages and worldwide demographics that has earned him the title, "Hollywood's Most Bankable Star"
To date, Washington holds the record for most Oscar nominations (six) and most wins (two) by an African-American actor.
The major Hollywood star and leading man was born Denzel Jermaine Washington Jr. in Mount Vernon, New York on December 28, 1954.
Attending Fordham University, where he played collegiate basketball and
graduated with a degree in drama and journalism, Denzel later won a scholarship to the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
Washington's "perfect face" symmetry is demonstrated with an early publicity
photo (right) and its mirror image (left).
Afterwards, the aspiring actor appeared in small roles off Broadway and in
television movies before landing his first major role in the TV hit St. Elsewhere in 1982 playing the popular Dr. Philip Chandler, becoming one of the few actors to survive the show's entire 8-year run.
With the small screen role having launched his career, Washington made
a serious jump to movies in 1987 starring as South African anti-apartheid campaigner Steve Biko in Cry Freedom, a role for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In 1989, Washington won the Oscar for
Best Supporting Actor for playing a defiant ex-slave in the film Glory.
Throughout the 90's, Washington appeared in several more notable films, among them Crimson Tide (1995) and the Hurricane Carter biopic The Hurricane (1999), for which he received a Golden Globe for Best Actor.
In 2001, the cop thriller Training Day brought the actor his second Oscar. The following year he made his directorial debut while starring in Antwone Fisher. Several box office successes were to follow, including Man on Fire, and The Manchurian Candidate opposite Meryl Steep and Liev Schreiber.
Denzel Washington in The Manchurian
Candidate (2004), American Gangster (2007), and Flight (2012).
Mid-decade, Washington starred Spike Lee's Inside Man and in November 2007 appeared alongside actor Russell Crowe in
Gangster which accumulated lots of Oscar hype for his
outstanding performance (and another Oscar nod for Best Actor.)
Washington next appeared in the 2009 film The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, as New York City subway security chief Walter Garber opposite John Travolta.
Most recently, his performance in Flight garnered more awards buzz and yet another nod for Best Actor at the Oscars after its opening in 2012.
the cameras, Washington is married to actress Pauletta Pearson. The couple have four children - Katia, twins Olivia and Malcolm, and eldest son John David Washington, a professional football player.
More about Denzel Washington around the Web:
Denzel Washington - The Wikipedia biography gives a full account of his early life and career, complete filmography, photos, plus related references and resources.
Washington : People.com - Check out a complete celebrity profile with
childhood pictures, bio and vital stats, archived feature stories
& interviews, photo gallery,