Denzel Washington is one of Hollywood's brightest stars. He's been nominated for five Academy Awards, two of which he's won: Best Actor in a Supporting Role for "Glory" (1989) and Best Actor in a Leading Role for "Training Day" (2001). Washington was born in 1954 in Mount Vernon,...Read more New York, to a Pentecostal minister father and a beautician mother. Initially, he pursued a degree in journalism at Fordham University, but found his passion in student theater. After graduating, he enrolled in the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, and moved easily into television and film roles afterwards. He snagged the coveted role of Dr. Chandler on the hit medical series "St. Elsewhere" (1982) which he played for six years. He won his first Oscar in 1989 for his portrayal of a runaway slave in Edward Zwick's powerful "Glory." He starred in a number of big budget productions such as "The Pelican Brief" (1993), "Philadelphia" (1993), "The Preacher's Wife" (1996) and "Courage Under Fire" (1996) for which he was paid $10 million. He's been entrusted with portraying a number of real-life personalities like Malcolm X and boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter in "Hurricane" (1999), for which he earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role. He made his directorial debut in 2002 with the acclaimed "Antwone Fisher." He also directed "The Great Debaters" (2007) and produced "The Book of Eli" (2010) and "Safe House" (2012).