10 Things to Know About Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington was born on December 28, 1954, in Mount Vernon, New York.

He attended Fordham University, where he earned a degree in journalism before studying acting at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.

Washington's breakout role came in the 1982 medical drama "St. Elsewhere," where he played Dr. Philip Chandler.

He won his first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in the 1989 film "Glory,"

Washington has been nominated for nine Academy Awards in total, including two for Best Actor and seven for Best Supporting Actor.

He won his second Oscar for Best Actor in 2002 for his role as corrupt police detective Alonzo Harris in "Training Day."

Washington has also won three Golden Globe Awards, a Tony Award, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

He is known for his work both in front of and behind the camera, having directed several films,

Washington is a devout Christian and has been married to his wife, Pauletta Pearson, since 1983.

In addition to his film work, Washington has also appeared on stage in several Broadway productions, including "Fences,"

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