Denzel Washington has the art of portraying real-life figures down to a science - he has taken on the roles of Malcolm X, anti-apartheid martyr Steve Biko, boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, crime boss Frank Lucas, and T. C. Williams Titans football coach Herman Boone, among others. The actor’s resume of roles consists mostly of noble and strong-willed men, but he actually won the Best Actor Academy Award for playing the villain of the 2001 crime drama ‘Training Day.’ His first Academy Award, however, was won for his supporting performance in the civil war epic ‘Glory’ in 1989. He is an expert at pulling off a facial expression so stern that grown men cower in his presence, yet his smile makes women around the world swoon. Notably, Washington is the only African American to receive the honor of "Sexiest Man Alive" according to PEOPLE magazine. He is also an accomplished film director and producer, having directed both ‘Antwone Fisher’ and ‘The Great Debaters.’
Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. (born December 28, 1954) is an American actor, film director and film producer. He has received much critical acclaim for his work in film since the 1990s, including for his portrayals of real-life figures, such as Steve Biko, Malcolm X, Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, Melvin B. Tolson, Frank Lucas and Herman Boone. Washington is a featured actor in the films produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and was a frequent collaborator of the late film director Tony Scott. Washington has received two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe awards, and a Tony Award. He is notable for winning the Best Supporting Actor for Glory in 1989; and the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2001 for his role in the film Training Day. Denzel Washington was born in Mount Vernon, near New York City, New York on December 28, 1954. His mother, Lennis 'Lynne', was a beauty parlor-owner and operator born in Georgia and partly raised in Harlem.
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