Denzel Washington was born in 1954 in the small town of Mt. Vernon, New York. His father was a minster and his mother was a beautician. Coming from a modest family, the acting bug came at an early age for Denzel. He caught it at Fordham University where he was majoring in Journalism. After graduation, he headed west to San Francisco. Acting soon after in television series and movies he headed to the big screen. This is not a best of list of Denzel's movies just a compilation list of some of his better ones.
1. Carbon Copy (1981) - A white executive living in a plush community of California wakes up one day to find he has a black teenage son. The son is just wanting to fit into the surroundings and all the perks that go with the son of a big shot. Great Comedy. George Segal, Susan Saint James, Jack Warden, and Dick Martin round out the cast.
2. Cry Freedom (1987) - Steve Biko dies in police custody in South Africa during the days of Apartheid . Newsman Donald Woods meets Biko and likes what he is hearing. When Biko dies Woods wants to write a book of his life and struggles with much possible harm to himself. The cast includes Kevin Kline, Josette Simon, and Juanita Waterman.
3. A Soldiers Story (1984) - A black soldier is killed in a southern small town outside his Army base. Washington sends a black attorney to investigate the death. The attorney comes up against townspeople who want nothing to do with it and a Command that wants it to go away. The movie stars Howard E. Rollins Jr., David Alan Grier, Wings Hauser, and Adolph Caesar.
4. Glory (1989) - A White officer, Captain Shaw, is promoted to Colonel and takes over command of a Black Regiment during Civil War. The Confederacy has issued shoot to kill orders on all black men in uniform. Shaw also has to fight racism in his own ranks and from his men. The cast includes Matthew Broderick, Cary Elwes, and Morgan Freeman.
5.Mississippi Masala (1991) - Idi Amin takes over Uganda and expels Indian families. One such family travel to Mississippi and start a new life. Their daughter falls for a black man and now both families have to come together and work everything out. The rest of the players include Sanita Choudhury, Roshan Seth, and Charles S. Dutton.
6. Malcolm X (1992) - Malcolm becomes a gangster and is sent to prison. It is in prison he discovers Islam. When released he begins preaching the word. He travels to Mecca on a pilgrimage and comes back and stops his anti-white teachings. He sees he is wrong to do so and is later assassinated and becomes a martyr. The movie also stars Angela Bassett, Albert hall and Spike Lee.
7. Crimson Tide (1995) - Russian rebels come into control of some missiles. A nuclear submarine is deployed and its First Officer and Captain don't see eye to eye. A message comes through channels garbled, and only half of it can be read. The commander dispute it's meaning and a mutiny occurs. The cast includes Gene Hackman, James Gandolfini, Matt Craven, Viggo Mortensen, and Ricky Schroder.
8. The Hurricane (1999) - Ruben Carter nicknamed the "Hurricane" is an up and coming star in the boxing ring. He is accused and convicted of a triple murder. While in prison he writes his autobiography. After people read the manuscript, some start to fight for his release. They come up against people who have profited off the incarceration of Carter and don't want to see him released. Rod Steiger, Al Waxman, and Liev Schreiber fill out the cast.
9.Training Day (2001) - A detective in the L.A.P.D. narcotics division is training a rookie in the art of street deals. The problem is the questionable methods of said Detective, and how the law reacts to the street crime. Also staring Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn, Tom Berenger, Snoop Dogg, and Macy Gray.
10. 2 Guns (2013) - Our story is about a DEA agent and a Naval Intelligence officer both acting as criminals and trying to bring down a drug king pin. Both don't know what the others job is and they step on each others toes when they rob a bank thinking they are stealing from the Drug Cartel. The job goes to well and more than enough money is stolen. They are hunted down by all sides and they thought they were doing their jobs. Cast includes Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, and Edward James Olmos.
Denzel has played some remarkable characters over the years. He likes to play real people and bring their story to the big screen. He won an Academy Award for Training Day, and he has been called one of the sexiest men on screen and in the world. He is young and in good health and we look forward to many years of great movies still to come.