An American actor, film producer and director, Denzel Washington’s net worth is $190 million. His annual salary ranges from $60 to $90 million.
Washington is known for his action movies as well as playing historically-based characters. He got his start in the 1990s in television medical drama St. Elsewhere and was one of the few African American actors on the show. In his early career, he was in a Fruit of the Loom commercial portraying a bunch of grapes in the fruit ensemble.
He received a Golden Globe for Best Actor in Training Day and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in Glory. Washington also received two Academy Awards, one for Best Supporting Actor for Glory and Best Actor for Training Day. He has also received a Tony Award for Fences.
He often portrays characters based on real-life, including Civil Rights Activist Malcolm X and boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter. Other historical portrayals include High School Football Coach Herman Boone, South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko, American Poet and Politician Melvin B. Tolson, and Gangster Frank Lucas. He is also known for his roles in movies such as John Q., Out of Time, Man on Fire, The Manchurian Candidate, Philadelphia, He Got Game, The Pelican Brief, Crimson Tide, Courage Under Fire, and opposite Whitney Houston in The Preacher’s Wife. In 2014, Washington was part of the Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun, he has also appeared onstage in many productions over the years.
Washington is married with four children, his oldest son John David is a football player who signed with the St. Louis Rams, his daughter Katia is a Yale graduate, and his twins Olivia and Malcolm lean toward the film industry with, Olivia has a part in Lee Daniel’s The Butler while Malcolm has a degree in film studies. Washington met his wife Pauletta while on the set of the television film Wilma and married in 1983. They renewed their vows in 1995, in a ceremony officiated by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Fisher House Foundation, Children’s Fund of South Africa, and Wiley College are organizations to which Washington has donated money. He has served as a board member for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America since 1995.