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Born in Mount Vernon, New York, Denzel Washington is an American actor, director and producer who has earned many kudos for his portrayals of real-life figures in addition to his work in general. He began his career after earning a B.A. in Drama and Journalism from Fordham University and a year of graduate school at the American Conservatory Theatre. He made a career breakthrough when he starred in St Elsewhere, which ran from 1982-1988. He has won several Academy Awards for his roles in Glory and Training Day, but has been nominated on four other occasions. This places him with having the most nominations and wins for an African-American actor. Washington has also starred in several successful thrillers including Man on Fire and The Manchurian Candidate. He has directed The Great Debaters and Antwone Fisher, the latter of which was well-reviewed. More recently, he has won a Tony for his role in the play Fences and earned an Academy Award nomination for his role in 2012’s Flight.
Washington married Pauletta Pearson in 1983 and has four children with her. He is a devout Christian and has given a lot of time to serving as the national spokesperson for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America since 1993.