A lifetime of unforgettable performances, three Oscars, three Golden Globes. Denzel Washington is a Hollywood legend. Let’s take a look back at his long career.
Here’s a photo of him as a child that was used in a Boys & Girls Club of America ad, just to show you that he was born with that steely gaze.
Washington was able to debut in Maryland and Off Broadway theater. His first major role was on the hit 1980s TV medical show “St. Elsewhere,” as Dr. Philip Chandler.
Washington was nominated for his first Oscar in 1987 as Steve Biko, a South African activist. “Cry out for freedom.”
Washington received the Best Supporting Actor award at the Oscars two years later for his work in “Glory.”
40 acres with a mule
Washington collaborated with Spike Lee in 1990 to direct the film. “Mo’ Better Blues.” Washington portrays Bleek Gilliam a jazz trumpeter whose life spirals wildly as he makes one bad decision after another.
40 acres with a mule
Two years later, Washington and Lee reunited to create what is now considered one of their most important works. “Malcolm X.”Washington was nominated for his role as a legendary activist, his third Oscar nomination.
In 1993, Washington appeared alongside Tom Hanks. “Philadelphia” Joe Miller is a personal injury attorney hired by a gay man living with AIDS to represent him in a wrongful termination case.
Washington began taking on bigger roles in 1995, like the lead role in “Crimson Tide” alongside Gene Hackman. The pair play submarine commanders in a bitter struggle for power as a rebellion in Russia threatens to reignite the Cold War.
The 1999 biopic was one of Washington’s most controversial. “The Hurricanes”. He plays Rubin Carter (a boxer who was convicted of a triple murder. He spent over 20 years in prison until his release. Washington won a Golden Globe for the film, but was also criticized for not having presented the facts accurately.
In 2000, Washington introduced himself in the Disney film to a new generation. “Remember The Titans” as the coach of a recently desegregated high school football team.
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Washington was the first African-American actor to win the Best Actor Oscar the following year. He played the role of Alonzo Harris, a corrupt cop. “Training day.”
20th century fox
2002 was Washington’s directorial debut. “Antwone Fisher” is the story of a navy soldier with a difficult past. He works there with the help of a nice psychologist.
Washington began building on his foundations in 2000’s “Crimson Tide” reputation and appeared in a number of highly successful thrillers. A remake of the classic 1962 film was one of them. “The Manchu Candidate.”
Washington was again Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas (Ridley Scott’s 2007) in 2007’s “American Gangster.”
Washington received his sixth Best Actor Oscar nomination in 2012 and his sixth overall nomination for his work. “Flight.”Robert Zemeckis stars him as an airline pilot, who performs an emergency landing and saves all the passengers. However, six people died in the crash and the pilot was found to have been drinking before flying.
Washington, just after receiving the Cecil B. Demille award at the Golden Globes, brought together “Training Day”, director Antoine Fuqua stars in a new version of one of the greatest westerns of all time. “The Magnificent Seven.” Washington played Sam Chisholm a bounty hunter who assembles a new Seven in order to defend a small town against a vicious criminal baron.
He also received two Oscar nominations for his role in the screen adaptation of August Wilson’s play. “Fences”, The story tells the story of a former Negro League pitcher who struggles to adjust to his new life working as a garbage collector. Washington was the leader of a Broadway revival that won him a Tony Award in 2010. He also directed it.
Washington was nominated for Oscar No. 9 much to the delight of many forecasters. 9 for his performance as a crossover lawyer in writer-director Dan Gilroy’s 2017 legal drama “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”
Washington returned to his thriller side in July 2018. “Equalizer 2,” this is the sequel to the brutal action thriller he directed in 2014. It was about a widowed, ruthless vigilante who embraces his past to help those less fortunate. Washington directed the film with Antoine Fuqua in his third film. “Training day.”
The 2021 thriller “The Little Things,” Washington portrays a small-town cop who teams up with LA County Sheriff’s Detective Rim Malek to track down a serial killer.
Washington first collaborated on Shakespeare’s adaptation with Joel Coen “The Tragedy of Macbeth”, He played Macbeth alongside Frances McDormand, who was Lady Macbeth.