Denzel Washington: Life in Pictures
Denzel Washington acted in school plays while studying at Fordham University, so you just know there are loads of Fordham alums walking around boasting, I was in ‘Othello’ with Denzel! (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
After college, Denzel trained at the American Conservatory Theater. In 1982, after a bit of professional work, he landed the role that put him on the map: Dr. Phillip Chandler on the medical drama St. Elsewhere. (Evan Agostini / Associated Press)
Washington got hitched to Pauletta Pearson in 1983, after meeting her on the set of his first TV acting job, a 1977 movie called "Wilma." The couple have four children. The couple have four children: John David, Katia, and twins Olivia and Malcolm. Pictured; Washington and Pauletta Pearson at “The Hurricane” premiere in 1999.(Jim Ruymen / AFP)
Washington won a lead actor Oscar for his performance in "Training Day."
In 2002, Denzel made his directorial debut with "Antwone Fisher," in which he also starred with Derek Luke, left.
In 2005, Denzel took a break from Hollywood to appear in a revival of “Julius Caesar” on Broadway. Although the play was a success at the box office, reviews were overwhelmingly negative.
A critic for theatermania.com wrote: Racing through the Bard’s poetry as if he has to catch a flight to his next film set, [Denzel is] virtually unintelligible, which obviously isn’t the right approach for Shakespeare’s thinking (and reading) Roman.
Denzel expanded his repertoire in 2006 when he wrote A Hand to Guide Me, a book in which celebrities discuss the people who inspired and guided them as children. (Stuart Ramson / Associated Press)