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Denzel Washington

Date of Birth: December 28, 1954 (68)

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Denzel Washington is the most lauded stage and screen actor of his generation. His unforgettable performances have garnered him two Academy Awards, a Tony Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and countless other awards. He received his first Academy Award for the historical war drama Glory (1989) and his second for the crime drama Training Day (2001). In addition, he has received Academy Award nominations for his performances in Cry Freedom (1987), Malcolm X (1992), The Hurricane (1999), Flight (2012), and August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning Fences, in which he reprised his Tony Award-winning role opposite Viola Davis. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Mr. Washington. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017). Most recently Mr. Washington portrayed the role of Deputy Sheriff Joe "Deke" Deacon in The Little Things (2021).

Other notable credits include A Soldier's Story (1984), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Crimson Tide (1995), Devil in a Blue Dress (1995), Remember the Titans (2000), Inside Man (2006), The Great Debaters (2007), and American Gangster (2007). Mr. Washington's professional acting career began in New York, where he performed in theatre productions such as Ceremonies in Dark Old Men and Othello. He rose to fame when he landed the role of Dr. Phillip Chandler in the NBC long-running hit television series "St. Elsewhere." His other credits include the television movies "The George McKenna Story," "License to Kill," and "Wilma." In 2016, he was selected as the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards.

In 2020, The New York Times named him the greatest actor of the 21st century and in 2022, Washington received the Presidential Medal of Freedom bestowed upon him by President Joe Biden. He also produced the film adaptation of Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020). His stage credits include appearances in Broadway revivals of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun in 2014, and Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh in 2018. Washington is one of only five male actors to be nominated for an Academy Award in five different decades, alongside Sir Laurence Olivier, Paul Newman, Sir Michael Caine, and Jack Nicholson.

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Denzel Washington STAGE CREDITS

Broadway Revival Production, 2018
Theodore "Hickey" Hickman

Broadway Revival, 2014
Walter Lee Younger

Broadway Revival, 2010
Troy Maxson

Broadway Revival, 2005
Marcus Brutus

Richard Duke of Gloucester

Sylvester Williams

Private First Class Melvin Peterson

Aediles/Roman Citizen/Voscian Citizen/Roman Soldier/Voscian Soldier

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The production values and cast of the Ahmanson Theatre's, A SOLDIER'S PLAY, are absolutely stellar. But, I had to wonder, is this story 'enough' for the younger African-American audiences of today?

KIMBERLY AKIMBO Launches The Great Adventure Grants

Recipient of eight Tony Award nominations including BEST MUSICAL, the critically-acclaimed new musical KIMBERLY AKIMBO will launch the Great Adventure Grants, a unique initiative that will fund three local high school musical theater productions next year, helping defray licensing, production, and other costs associated with each school's upcoming musical.

Thompson Turner Productions Becomes TT Partners With The Addition of Rebecca Habel and Adam Miller as Partners

Thompson Turner Productions, the venerable Broadway and touring general management and producing office, becomes TT Partners, effective April 19. Co-Founder David Turner is joined by general managers Rebecca Habel and Adam Miller as partners in the new entity. 

New Federal Theatre to Present TELLING TALES OUT OF SCHOOL in May

New Federal Theatre will present 'Telling Tales Out of School,' a new play by Wesley Brown, from May 2 to 7 as a work in progress at Castillo Theatre/ASP.

Danielle Deadwyler & More Join Samuel L. Jackson & John David Washington in THE PIANO LESSON Film Adaptation

Samuel L. Jackson and John David Washington will reprise their Broadway performances in the upcoming film adaptation of The Piano Lesson, which is currently set for a Netflix premiere. Malcolm Washington will direct the upcoming feature, which will also include Danielle Deadwyler, Michael Potts, Corey Hawkins, and Ray Fisher.

Meet the Cast of SUMMER, 1976; Beginning Previews Tonight!

Summer, 1976 officially begins previews tonight, April 4, at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Meet the cast of Summer, 1976 here!

Ali Ewoldt, Jelani Remy & More to Take Part in Prospect Theater's 2023 Spring Gala

Prospect Theater Company's annual Spring Gala will be co-hosted by Ali Ewoldt and Jelani Remy, and will feature presenters including Renée Elise Goldsberry, Telly Leung and more. Learn how to purchase tickets!

BACK TO THE FUTURE North American Tour to Launch Summer 2024

The 2022 Olivier Award-winning Best New Musical, BACK TO THE FUTURE: The Musical will launch a North American Tour in the summer of 2024. See tour stops, and learn how to purchase tickets!

LETTERS FROM MAX World Premiere Extended at Signature Theatre

Signature Theatre has announced the one-week extension of its world premiere of MacArthur Fellow Sarah Ruhl’s Letters from Max, a ritual, directed by Kate Whoriskey, based on the book by Sarah Ruhl and Max Ritvo.

August Wilson Classic FENCES Gets Long-Awaited Australian Debut at STC

August Wilson's towering classic Fences will have its long-overdue Australian premiere at Sydney Theatre Company this month, featuring two of the starring performers from 2022's critically-adored production A Raisin in the Sun - Bert LaBonté and Zahra Newman. 

George Takei, Georgia Stitt & More to be Honored at Prospect Theater Company Spring Gala

Prospect Theater Company's annual Spring Gala will honor four extraordinary members of the theatre community with the second annual Muse Awards.

Interview: Evelyn Collins, Fredi Walker-Browne of RAISIN at Axelrod PAC

'Raisin' will run from February 24 to March 12.

38th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards Set for May; Stephen McKinley Henderson, Ntozake Shange & A.R.T./New York to be Honored

The 38th Annual Lortel Awards will take place Sunday, May 7, 2023, at 7:00PM at NYU Skirball Center. See who will be honored, and how to purchase tickets!

Colman Domingo to Lead Netflix's THE MADNESS Limited Series From THE LARAMIE PROJECT Writer Stephen Belber

Netflix has ordered The Madness, a conspiracy thriller under Chernin Entertainment’s (The North Road Company) first look deal at Netflix. The series will star Colman Domingo (Zola, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Fear The Walking Dead). The eight-episode series was created and executive produced by Stephen Belber (The Laramie Project).

VIDEO: Austin Butler Reveals How Working on Broadway With Denzel Washington Changed His Career

Austin Butler sat down on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night to discuss starring in Baz Luhrmann's recent Elvis biopic. During the interview, Butler discussed how doing Iceman Cometh with Denzel Washington on Broadway changed his career, crediting Washington has one of the reasons he secured the role of Elvis. Watch the interview now!

Photos: THE PIANO LESSON Cast Takes Final Bows On Broadway

The Piano Lesson played its final Broadway performance on January 29, 2023. BroadwayWorld was there to see the cast take their final bows, and you can check out photos here!

Fredi Walker-Browne to Star in RAISIN the Musical at Axelrod Performing Arts Center

To mark the 50th anniversary of its 1973 premiere on Broadway, the Axelrod Performing Arts Center will present the musical Raisin, starring Fredi Walker-Browne. See how to purchase tickets!

German Based Twin Brother Duo Amistat Sign To Nettwerk and Share 'Falling' Single

Amistat with the release of their new single “Falling” accompanied with an music video and a live session. Josef and Jan Prasil of Amistat showcase delicate lush, fingerpicked guitars entangled with soft piano as the track builds towards a powerfully pensive refrain allowing their beautiful and clear cinematic vocals to create blissful tension.

Jessica Hecht, Ben Edelman & Zane Pais to Star in World Premiere of Sarah Ruhl's LETTERS FROM MAX

Signature Theatre will present the world premiere production of MacArthur Fellow Sarah Ruhl’s Letters from Max, directed by Kate Whoriskey, based on the book by Ruhl and Max Ritvo, February 7–March 19, 2023.

Harmonia Rosales, Ty Jones & More to Join BLACK ODYSSEY Post-Show Conversation Series at Classic Stage Company

Classic Stage Company has announced its full programming for Classic Perspectives, a series of post-show conversations inspired by black odyssey written by Marcus Gardley.


Denzel Washington has appeared on Broadway in 5 shows.

Denzel Washington has not appeared in the West End

Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for The Iceman Cometh , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for The Iceman Cometh , Outstanding Actor in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for A Raisin in the Sun , Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for A Raisin in the Sun , Outstanding Actor in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Fences Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Fences and Distinguished Ensemble Performance (Obie Awards) for A Soldier's Play .

Outstanding Actor in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Fences Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Fencesand Distinguished Ensemble Performance (Obie Awards) for A Soldier's Play.

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