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Who Is Denzel Washington?

Denzel Washington is an American director, producer, and an award-winning actor who has a net worth of $280 million. Ever since he started his career, Washington received a lot of positive praise for his acting performance. Some of his most famous movies include Cry Freedom in 1987, Malcolm X in 1992, The Hurricane in 1999, American Gangster in 2017, and The Great Debaters in 2007 among others.

Personal Details

Celebrity Name: Denzel Washington
Full Name: Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr.
Gender: Male
Birth Date: December 28, 1954
Birth Place: Mount Vernon, New York, US
Age: 65
Height: 1.85m
Weight: 90 kilos
Nationality: American
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Status: Married
Wife: Pauletta Washington, married since 1983
Children: Malcolm Washington, Katia Washington, Olivia Washington, John David Washington
Profession: American actor, producer, and director
Net Worth: $280 million

Early Life

Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. was born on December 28, 1954, in Mount Vernon, New York, to parents Denzel, Sr. and Lennis. His father worked at the New York City Water Department and was a Pentecostal minister. Meanwhile, his mother was the owner of a beauty parlor.

Until 1968, Denzel went to Pennington-Grimes Elementary School. His parents got divorced when he was only fourteen years old. His mother then sent him to the Oakland Military in New York. 

After that, he went to Mainland High School in Florida in 1970 and studied there for a year. In 1977, he graduated from Fordham University and earned a BA in Drama and Journalism. While attending college, he joined the school’s basketball team as their guard.

Denzel Washington Net Worth

Personal Life

In June 1985. Denzel met Pauletta Pearson on the set of the TV film, Wilma, which was also his first work on screen. They married afterward and have four children together – twins Olivia and Malcolm, Katia, and John David, who is a former football player and actor.

The married couple renewed their vows in 1995 and since 2008, they have been living in their apartment located at 15 Central Park West in New York.

Since 1993, David serves as the spokesman for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. He has appeared in many campaign awareness and public service announcements for the organization. He is also a board member of the organization since 1995. Because of his support for the Boys and Girls Club, an elementary school in New York has named its school after him.

Other organizations that Washington supported include the Brooke Army Medical Center, Fisher House Foundation, and the Nelson Mandela’s Children’s Fund.

Because of his philanthropic works, Washington was awarded an honorary doctorate from Fordham University, his alma mater.


Washington began his career even before the 1980s. His first solo film was titled Wings in the Morning and in 1977, appeared in the TV series, Wilma. However, it was in 1981 that he landed his first major movie role in the film Carbon Copy. Since then, he was given projects after projects, increasing his fame gradually. Some of his early movies and television shows include St, Elsewhere, A Soldier’s Story, Hard Lessons, Power, Glory, The Mighty Quinn, and For the Queen and Country. Most of his movies received positive reviews and he even won several words for Glory.

In the 1990s, his movies and TV shows included Mo’ Better Blues, Mississippi Masala, Malcolm X, Philadelphia, The Pelican Briel, Crimson Tide, Much Ado About Nothing, Courage Under Fire, and The Preacher’s Wife. He was also one of the lead casts of He Got Game and Fallen. Furthermore, he also starred in The Hurricane that earned him a Golden Globes Award.

Starting in 2000, Washington continues to get more movies. These include The Bone Collector, Remember the Titans, Training Day, John Q., Out of Time, The Manchurian Candidate, Man on Fire, Deja Vu, American Gangster, Inside Man, and The Taking of Pelham 123.

Awards and Achievements

Since he is considered a legend in the movie industry, there isn’t any surprise that Washington has received countless nominations and a handful of awards. Since there are so many of them, let’s just take a look at some of the awards he has received:

  • 1990 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Glory
  • 2992 Academy Award for Best Actor for Training Day
  • 1990 Golden Globes Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for Glory
  • 2000 Golden Globes Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for The Hurricane
  • 2016 Cecil B. Demille Award
  • 2010 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Play for Fences
  • 1989 Film Critic Award for Glory
  • 6 Film Critic Awards for Best Actor in 1992 for Malcolm X
  • And a whole lot more!

Denzel Washington Total Net Worth

To date, Denzel Washington has a net worth of $280 million. He is one of the highest-paid and most talented actors in Hollywood. He began his acting career since the 1980s, and since then, has been given a lot of movie projects, where he got most of his fortune.