Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. (born December 28, 1954) is an American actor and filmmaker. He has received three Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award and two Academy Awards.
Original Choice To Act Blade
He was the original choice to portray the title character in the 1998 film “Blade.” The role eventually went to Wesley Snipes (pictured).
Two Academy Awards
He is the second black actor to win an Academy Award for Best Actor. The first black actor to achieve this feat was Sidney Poitier in 1963. He is also the first black actor to win two Academy Awards – Best Actor for “Training Day” (2001) and Best Supporting Actor for “Glory” (1989).
Once, when Washington was at his mother’s beauty parlor, a woman getting her hair done saw him and wrote down a prophecy that said he would grow up and speak to millions.
What’s In a Name?
He’s named after his father who was named after the doctor who delivered him, Dr. Denzel.
Just like Jackie Chan, Denzel has performed many of his own stunts, in films such as the 2010 hit The Book of Eli, where he engaged in hand-to-hand fighting sequences. Denzel was back at it in the 2012 hit Safe House where he did most of his stunts, including the disorienting waterboarding scene.