Denzel Washington is a renowned American actor famous for his roles in various Hollywood movies. He is also a screenwriter, movie director, and producer.
His activities in Hollywood earn him remarkable sums of money each year. His salary alone is estimated to earn him around $40 million – $60 million every year, making him one of the richest Black American actors.
Denzel’s amazing looks and an undeniable streak of talent definitely pay off in millions of dollars.
Denzel Washington Biography
Denzel was raised in his birthplace, the New York Metro. Born in 1954, he went to Fordham University where he earned a BA in Journalism in 1977. He had an opportunity for a full scholarship to San Francisco at the American Conservatory Theater. However, he chose to return back to New York to pursue professional acting and began small roles in summer stock theatre.
He got an early break in his debut movie “Carbon Copy” (1981) and later moved to made-for-TV movies and landed a role as Dr Philips in “St. Elsewhere” 1982. Denzel was to remain with the TV show for 6 years until the final season in 1988. Meanwhile, he acted small roles in various movies and received his first Oscar nomination for best supporting actor in “Cry Freedom”.
His Career Achievements
After his first Oscar nomination, Denzel Washington became one of the most recognized black actors with a potential to win various awards. His victory in 1989 was followed by the best actor nomination in 1992 for his performances in “Malcolm X”. Consequently, he was nominated in 1999 for the Golden Globe Award for “The Hurricane” which he won. He became the only second African-American to win the Best Actor award for his roles in “Training Day”.
Denzel in 2002 assumed a behind-the-camera role as a director in “Antwone Fisher”. He also directed the renowned “Book of Eli” (2010) which he also played the titular character. Some of his recent movies include “The Equalizer” (2014), “The Magnificent Seven” (2016) and “Fences” (2016).
Denzel Washington Wife, Son, Daughter
It won’t be wrong to say that Denzel has got a family to admire and even envy. Washington can be described as the perfect family man. A couple to emulate and admire, Denzel Washington and his wife have been married for over 30 years.
Washington married his beautiful wife Pauletta Washington in June 1983. Their union saw the birth of four children – John David, Katia, Olivia and Malcolm – who are twins.
Sources report that the couple met on TV set of a movie (Washington’s first TV role) where the spark set them out on a journey on which they are still on up until this day.
A little about his four kids; John David though took after his father in his early years, went ahead to venture into sports, playing as a professional NFL player. Katia, his first daughter is also an actress who has featured in movies and co-produced some as well. Olivia, one of the twins is also toeing the line of Denzel, as an actress. Washington’s influence on and off screen has also made it possible for his kids to have a greater edge over a few others, although they strive to build their own individual identities.
Denzel Washington Net Worth, Salary, Awards
Washington’s on and off-screen involvements are responsible for his king-sized net worth of about $140 million. Denzel is a perfect definition of the lucrativeness of the business of making movies.
For a movie like The Equalizer, Washington made up to $20 million. Reports have it that the actor who has been nominated 8 times and won twice at the Oscars, is paid not less than $15 million for his blockbuster films; a big shot indeed. Forbes states that Washington has banked more than $290 million pretax since the outfit first tallied his earnings in 2003.
Apart from the Oscars, Denzel Washington also has his name enlisted in major awards. With 10 nominations and 3 wins at the Golden Globe Awards, 1 nomination at the Grammys, 2 nominations at the Emmys and 7 nominations and a win at the Screen Actors Guilds, and many others, one cannot overemphasize Washington’s significance in the movie industry.
Washington’s gigantic earnings do not only go back to him and his family. The A-list actor does a lot of charity in a bid to give back to the society. Washington does not forget the Save Africa’s Children of which he holds an honorary chairperson position. He makes large sums of donations to the organization which provides support for all kinds for children, victims of hunger and other health-related maladies in Africa. He also makes donations to other charity organizations.