Denzel Washington was born December 28, 1964, in Mount Vernon, New York. He started acting after he graduated from Fordham University with a degree in journalism.
Washington made his small screen debut as Dr. Philip Chandler on St. Elsewhere, and worked in the role from 1982-1988. He is best known for his work in film: some of his most famous roles include playing the title character in Malcolm X (1992), Steve Biko in Cry Freedom (1987) and football coach Herman Boone in Remember the Titans (2000). In 2010, he took on a double role as the star and one of the producers of The Book of Eli.
He has won two Academy Awards, including the Award for Best Actor for his role in Training Day (2001), and for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Glory (1990). He has also won multiple Golden Globe Awards, and was honored at the 2016 Golden Globes with the Cecil B. DeMille Award.