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Denzel Washington
Biographical Information

Birth Date:December 28, 1954
Astrology Sign:Capricron
Chinese Sign:Horse - Yang
Birth Name:Denzel Washington, Jr.
Birth Place:Mount Vernon, New York, USA

Occupation:Hollywood film star, stage actor/Director

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Denzel Washington

Biography:Denzel Washington

Early life Washington was born in Mount Vernon, New York to African-American parents; he has an older sister, Lorice, and a younger brother. Although his father, Dillwyn, Virginia-born Reverend Denzel Washington, was an ordained Pentecostal minister, he worked for the Water Department and at a local department store, "S. Klein". His mother, Lennis, a beauty parlor owner, was born in Georgia and raised in Harlem. Washington was banned from watching movies by his parents, who divorced when he was fourteen. He subsequently went through a rebellious stage, at the end of which several of his friends were sentenced to prison. His mother's reaction to his behavioral problems was to send him to preparatory school, and later on to Fordham University, where he discovered acting and earned a degree in journalism.

Early career Washington's first film role was in the 1975 made-for-television movie, Wilma. His big break came when he starred in the popular television hospital drama, St. Elsewhere. He was one of a few actors to appear on the series for its entire six-year run. In 1987, after appearing in several minor theatrical films and stage roles, Washington starred as South African anti-apartheid campaigner Steve Biko in Richard Attenborough's Cry Freedom, a role for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In 1989, Washington won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for playing a defiant, self-possessed slave in the film Glory.

Career: 1990s Washington played one of his most critically acclaimed roles in 1992's Malcolm X, directed by Spike Lee. His performance as the Black Nationalist leader earned him an Oscar nomination. Both the influential film critic Roger Ebert and the highly-acclaimed film director Martin Scorsese called the movie one of the ten best films made during the 1990s.

Malcolm X transformed Washington's career, turning him, practically overnight, into one of Hollywood's most respected actors. He turned down several similar roles, such as an offer to play Martin Luther King, Jr., because he wanted to avoid being typecast. During the early and mid 1990s, Washington became a renowned Hollywood leading man, starring in several successful thrillers, including The Pelican Brief and Crimson Tide, as well comedies (Much Ado About Nothing) and romantic dramas (The Preacher's Wife).

While filming the 1995 film, Virtuosity, Washington refused to kiss his white female co-star, Kelly Lynch, during a romantic scene between their characters. During an interview, Lynch stated that while she wanted to, " felt very strongly about it. I felt there is no problem with interracial romance. But Denzel felt strongly that the white males, who were the target audience of this movie, would not want to see him kiss a white woman." Lynch further stated, "That's a shame. I feel badly about it. I keep thinking that the world's changed, but it hasn't changed quick enough". However, in 1998, Washington starred in a scene of a sexual nature with caucasian actress Milla Jovovich, in Spike Lee's He Got Game.

In 1999, Washington starred in The Hurricane, a movie about boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, whose conviction for triple murder was overturned after he had spent almost 20 years in prison. Various newspaper articles have suggested that the controversy over the film's accuracy may have cost Washington an Oscar for which he was nominated. Washington did receive a Golden Globe Award in 2000 and a 'Silberner Bär' (Silver Berlin Bear) at the Berlin International Film Festival for the role.

Career: 2000s In 2000, Washington appeared in the crowd-pleasing Disney film, Remember the Titans, which grossed over $100 million at the United States box office. He was nominated and won an Oscar for his next film, the 2001 cop thriller, Training Day, which was considered a change of pace for Washington, as he played a villainous character after many roles as a heroic lead. After appearing in 2002's box office success, the Health care-themed John Q., Washington directed his first film, a well-reviewed drama called Antwone Fisher, in which he also co-starred.

Between 2003 and 2004, Washington appeared in a series of thrillers that performed generally well at the box office, including Out of Time, Man on Fire and The Manchurian Candidate . His film, Inside Man, a Spike Lee-directed bank heist thriller co-starring Jodie Foster and Clive Owen, opened on March 24, 2006. He is currently in New Orleans for the filming of the upcoming film Deja Vu.

Private life In 1983, Washington married actress Pauletta Pearson (now "Pauletta Washington"), whom he met on the set of his first screen role, Wilma; the couple has four children, John David (born 1984), Katia (born 1987), Olivia (born 1991) and Malcolm (born 1991; named after Malcolm X). In 1995, the couple renewed their wedding vows in South Africa with Archbishop Desmond Tutu officiating.

In 2006, Washington denied rumors that he has had an affair.

Achievements: (Filmography)
Déjà Vu (2006)
Inside Man (2006)
Man on Fire (2004)
The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
Out of Time (2003)
John Q (2002)
Training Day (2001)
Remember the Titans (2000)
He Got Game (1998)
Fallen (1998)
The Siege (1998)
Courage Under Fire (1996)
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
Philadelpha (1993)
Philadelphia (1993)
Malcolm X (1992)
Mo' Better Blues (1990)
Glory (1989)

Chinese Horoscope for Denzel Washington
Includes characteristics and Vices
Denzel Washington's Chinese Horoscope
Chinese Year: February 03, 1954 - January 23, 1955
Birthday: December 28, 1954

The Horse is a Yang,
and is the Seventh sign of the Chinese horoscope.


Personality and Character Cards:
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Denzel Washington's Personality Tarot Card Temperance - Personality Card

Birthday: December 28, 1954

Mixing and blending of opposites; compromise and cooperation.

Denzel Washington's Character Tarot Card The Hierophant - Character Card

Birthday: December 28, 1954

Guidance on religious matters and the need to find spiritual meaning in life.

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Based on this year's birthday

Denzel Washington's Growth Tarot Card Justice

Birthday: December 28, 2023

Balance, wisdom and a need for rational, logical solutions.




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