Denzel Hayes Washington – Family, Family Tree

by Jessi

Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr is a legendary actor and filmmaker in the platform of America cinema. Washington has worked as an actor in various classic films and is recognized as few of the finest craftsman that the contemporary Hollywood has produced.

Denzel Hayes Washington

Starting from Carbon Copy, Denzel has performed brilliantly in films like Unstoppable, The Bone Collector, Déjà vu, and American Gangsters, to name a few.  Over the years, for his unmatchable performance in celluloid, he has won three Golden Globe Awards, a Tony Award and two Academy Awards for the films Glory and Training Day.

Early Life

Denzel Hayes Washington Early Life


Washington was born on 28 December in the year 1954, at Mount Vernon in New York City. He started his schooling at Pennington- Grimes Elementary School and later on moved to the Oakland Military Academy.  After his primary education, Denzel attended Fordham University and studied Bachelor of Arts in Drama and Journalism. In his younger days, along with good acting skills, he was also quite good at playing basketball.


Denzel Hayes Washington Family

Denzel Washington married to Pauletta Pearson on 25 June 1983.  The couple has four children – John David, who is a former football player, Katia, and two twins Olivia and Malcolm.


Denzel Hayes Washington career

Denzel was involved in stage acting before moving on to celluloid. At the American conservatory, where he went first to enhance his skills in acting, he grabbed the chance to act in the main role of two plays, namely, Emperor Jones and Othello.  After a terrific performance, Denzel started getting many offers in stage acting. Both the audience and the critics appreciated him for his acting talent.

In the year 1977, Washington moved to New York to pursue acting. He debuted in  a small screen film known as Wilma. Denzel worked quite hard in order to get a position in Hollywood.

Carbon Copy

The first film in which Washington got a role was Carbon Copy. The film wasn’t a success at the box office, but that didn’t make Washington lose hope. The character of Dr Philip Chandler, in the famous television series ‘St. Elsewhere’ , brought him back to the spotlight and from there on, the journey of success continued without any breaks.

Denzel Hayes Washington Career 1

After this, Denzel bagged many important roles in various American films and television. In the year 1987, Washington’s performance in the film Cry Freedom was critically acclaimed and even the academy nominated him as the best supporting actor.

Denzel Hayes Washington with Oscar

Glory is considered to be one of the most successful works in Denzel’s life, as he received his first Oscar as an actor under the category of supporting role.

Denzel Washington is a great actor in the film industry, who has equally received both commercial and critical success from his audience. He has acted in a range of diverse films and in each of them, his performance is superlative.