Name: Denzel Hayes Washington Jr.
Born: December 28, 1954
Occupation: Actor, director, producer
Denzel Washington has received rave reviews for his acting since the early 1990s. He continues to take on challenging and powerful roles that only further show the depth of his abilities. He was born in Mount Vernon which is close to New York City. His mother was a beauty salon owner and his father a reverend. His parents divorced when he was 14, and that led him down a dark path.
It didn’t take long for Denzel Washington to realize that if he didn’t change his ways, he would die or end up in prison. Many of the individuals he was hanging out with during that period of time did die or do decades in prison. When he was 18, he left it all behind and moved to Daytona Beach, Florida.
He attended college and received a degree in drama and journalism. He attended graduate school at the American Conservatory Theatre in California. Then he returned to New York to pursue his career in acting. In the 1970’s, Denzel Washington found a great deal of work in the New York theatre. In 1981 he got his break into TV with a role on St. Elsewhere. He was in this role for six years.
Since that time, he has been in many movies, theater productions, and the majority of them seem to do quite well. Some of the films Denzel has starred in are Safe House (with Ryan Reynolds), Flight, Training Day (with Ethan Hawke and Eva Mendes), American Gangster (with Russell Crowe) and The Book of Eli co-starring Mila Kunis and Gary Oldman. He has been nominated for and won numerous awards throughout the years. He has been married to Paulette Pearson since 1983. They have four children, two boys and two girls.
Denzel Washington has been quite involved with various forms of charity work. This is especially true when it comes to work relating to those who serve or have served in the armed forces. He has been known to make visits to soldiers as well as to make large financial donations to The Fisher House. He is the founding member of the Nelson Mendela Childrens Fund. His net worth is around $140 million!
How Much is $140 Million Really?
With $140 million, Denzel Washington has enough money to do just about anything! On that list you’ll find 102 956 000 pounds (46 700 000 kilos) of tomato and a taxi trip around the world 2500 times. Denzel, though, he more sensible than that and spends a great deal of money on others. This includes $1 million recently to a school that ended its debate team due to a lack of funding.