Talk:Denzel Washington

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Political Beliefs[edit]

This person is a conservative pro-military Republican and proud American. That should be noted under "personal life". -- (talk) 16:17, 19 February 2012 (UTC)

He is an independent. An independent is not a Republican. He is also liberal in some of his views and moderately conservative on others. Cliffswallow-vaulting (talk) 21:22, 12 July 2014 (UTC)


No citation as to why or if Denzel would be playing Master Chief in the HALO movie. Nothing is mentioned in this article or the HALO Movie article, therefore I have deleted the entry from his 'selected filmography'. TheDingbat 00:43, 13 July 2006 (UTC)

Why was this page wiped?


At one point in the article it says he attended Fordham then later says he graduated from Miami. Is this an error? --BHC 18:27, 17 July 2007 (UTC)

University of Oregon[edit]

The fact that Denzel went to the University of Oregon and then dropped out needs to be cited. Ive searched the internet very hard and couldn't find anything. At this point I don't believe it —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:29, 5 December 2007 (UTC)

As I recall, it claimed he went to the University of Oklahoma. May a search for that would turn up more results. →Wordbuilder (talk) 19:43, 15 August 2008 (UTC)

so he made so many movies that it is hard to keep up with all them —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:05, 5 February 2008 (UTC)


IT's a little milk-maiden question, which religion this great actor believe in. Just for information, because in playing roles he suggestet them: "They think I'm santa claus ....".[ American Gangster ] So it might be a script laconism or a real sentence. Is he a katholic in milk-maidens reality or only in the streets of new York. [( lasky )]-- (talk) 17:39, 15 August 2008 (UTC)

I have no idea, but if someone can find a realiable source, it would be a good idea to add it. I wouldn't base it on a Santa Claus comment made in a movie. →Wordbuilder (talk) 19:42, 15 August 2008 (UTC)
is an _Us Magazine_ interview Denzel says he reads the Bible daily. In other interviews, he has stated he is a Christian. Denzel and his wife read _The Song of Solomon_ in _Inspired by...The Bible Experience Complete Audio Bible on CD_ - Zondervan / 2007 / Compact disc ISBN-13 9780310926306 ISBN 0310926300. In the liner notes of that production, the producers state that they only wanted "committed Christians" to work on that project. (His voice acting in that project probably should be listed in the main article.) jonathon (talk) 22:12, 4 October 2009 (UTC)

Denzel Washington, and Brooks Army Medical Center[edit]

Don't know whether you heard about this but Denzel Washington and his family visited the troops at Brook Army Medical Center , in San Antonio , Texas (BAMC) the other day. This is where soldiers who have been evacuated from Germany come to be hospitalized in the United States, especially burn victims. There are some buildings there called Fisher Houses. The Fisher House is a Hotel where soldiers' families can stay, for little or no charge, while their soldier is staying in the Hospital. BAMC has quite a few of these houses on base, but as you can imagine, they are almost filled most of the time. While Denzel Washington was visiting BAMC, they gave him a tour of one of the Fisher Houses. He asked how much one of them would cost to build. He took his check book out and wrote a check for the full amount right there on the spot. The soldiers overseas were amazed to hear this story and want to get the word out to the American public, because it warmed their hearts to hear it.

The question is why: Denzel Washington's Patriotism doesn't even make page 3 in the Metro section of any newspaper except the Local newspaper in San Antonio. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:36, 3 October 2008 (UTC)

Texas Tech mention[edit]

This seems like an insignificant and irrelevant quotation and reference. Is this it really necessary? Perhaps this should be in the personal life section. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:33, 13 October 2008 (UTC)

Keep it and leave it where it is. It's applicable to his early life since it gives a glimpse of a bit of his thinking as a child. And, it is cited. If the article was too long, I might feel differently. But, that's not the case. If you're looking to cut things out, start with some of the many unsourced claims. →Wordbuilder (talk) 03:13, 13 October 2008 (UTC)
I also fail to see why this is mentioned and the fact that it is cited doesn't justify it being there. I mean, I could cite that he ate bacon and eggs for breakfast one day but it still wouldn't have any significance. I feel like this mention falsely leads the reader to infer that Denzel actually tried to go to Texas Tech.—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17 October 2008 (UTC)
Eating bacon and eggs for breakfast is not normally notable and would not belong. I also think it would be difficult—though likely not impossible—to find a citation for it, since few media sources would find it interesting enough to report. As far as the mention falsely leading the reader to infer that he tried to go to Texas Tech, as far as I know, there is no information that states whether he tried or not. However, the article clearly states, "Nevertheless, Washington earned a B.A. in Drama and Journalism from Fordham University in 1977." Again, if you want to cut material from this short article, focus on the things that have no citations whatsoever. Those things could be outright lies. →Wordbuilder (talk) 19:21, 17 October 2008 (UTC)

Deformed right pinky finger[edit]

Lots of other photos illustrating this are available online, and it can be seen in his movies too. I just noticed it while watching Manchurian Candidate and searched Google, and found all this stuff on it. Some sites are claiming a childhood basketball accident. No credible sources for it yet though, for some reason. Maybe someone else can find one. Equazcion /C 21:16, 18 Nov 2008 (UTC)

No Matarese Circle Yet[edit]

In Denzel's filmography it lists the above film but in this recent interview he says that a different film called "Safe House" is the only one on his plate. This is not a new name for that film, it's a totally different project —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:16, 18 November 2010 (UTC)


The picture up on this page is now 10 years old - can anybody find something more recent? Amantgeorge (talk) 14:53, 23 December 2010 (UTC)

Safe House[edit]

Someone should put the 2012 "Safe House" and the 2012 "The Matarese Circle" in Denzel's filmography. Lacon432 (talk) 18:38, 11 February 2011 (UTC)

Minor roles[edit]

1977 is the first year he's listed in films, but Denzel had an uncredited performance as a mugger killed by Charles Bronson in Death Wish back in 1974. PokeHomsar (talk) 00:20, 27 March 2011 (UTC)

It's worth adding. Here's a clip of the scene; Denzel is on the right, the second guy shot by Bronson: — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:45, 15 April 2013 (UTC)

I'm not sure but it seems that Denzel Washington is doing the airplane pilot voice in all episodes of HOUSE OF LIES. It makes sense regarding the questionable morality of his character in the movie FLIGHT and the lack of ethic of the characters in the TV show. I don't know how to check that. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:31, 6 March 2014 (UTC)

Acting....Directing in movie about Alex Cross by James Patterson[edit]

I am new to this, I don't normally write anything but I felt encouraged to give my opinion at this time. I am a reader of James Patterson who I consider to be one of the best writers of adventure/action series in the business today. He has a series on a detective by name of ALEX CROSS; who by chance is a black detective and I was wondering why Mr. washington does not collaborate with Mr. Patterson and do a movie on his Alex Cross series. That's all...thank you Byron. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:06, 1 September 2011 (UTC)

This page is biased and selective[edit]

Hey I don't mean to cause any trouble or anything, but I wanted to let my opinion be known that this page about Denzel Washington is kind of biased and selective. As is the case with many other Wikipedia pages, unfortunately, the information about him may in fact be correct, but it serves to portray him in an unfavorable way, by highlighting things that put him in a bad light and suppressing or ignoring things that put him in a positive light. All in all, the viewer is left with a biased and false impression of Mr. Washington, which I believe is in violation with Wikipedia policy, isn't it?

Compared to other similar pages, like those of Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Russel Crowe or Brad Pitt for example, the one with Denzel is very short and reveals little about his life, achievements, him as a person or his overall reputation and standing in the film industry. And it doesn't even mention the huge influence he has had in shaping the whole film industry and especially helping expand the roles given to African-American actors. He is one of the most respected, recognized, popular and successful actors today, in America at least, and has been for over 20 years or so, yet this is never even mentioned in his Wikipedia page. Why so?

To give examples supporting my claim:

a) while I have no objections to the section "early life" under "career", the section "1990s" is laughable. So is the next section, "2000s". If one knows anything about Mr. Washington, it's obvious that they portray his career in an overly biased and inaccurate way, seriously undermining his achievements and saying little about what the films mentioned really were about or what reception they had when they came out. Also, Denzel is famous for his versatility as an actor and for his thorough preparation for the roles he plays, yet these things are never mentioned. He's also widely considered as one of the most talented actors alive and by many considered as one of Hollywood's greatest actors ever, but this has also been overlooked.

b) then there's the quotations attributed to him. Not only are there very few of them in the whole page (five to be exact) but almost all of them paint a biased and wrongful picture of what the man represents. There are many revealing quotations of him out there which help explain the choices he has made or say something about what type of person he is or what he supports, yet the only ones mentioned here are ones taken out of context and suggest that he's either sympathetic of rough neighbourhoods with violence and drugs and the like (aka "the streets got them"), that he's stupid, that he's arrogant or that he's some kind of a religious fanatic (seen in the context of today's increasingly secular world). Ok there's one quote that is indeed favorable to him towards the end, but that's still one in five.

I know I may sound biased here, rooting for Mr. Washington, but I just want him to have the Wikipedia page he deserves, just like his peers, which is objective, truthful and fair. Isn't that what Wikipedia promotes and demands? I know I haven't supplied any references here to support my claims (I'm sure these aren't too difficult to find), but I nonetheless hope that you help improve this page. Overall, I love Wikipedia and I hope that you will always stay true to your policies and your vision of an objective, verifiable, free and awesome encyclopedia, available to everyone :)

Fuoriclasse (talk) 11:59, 9 July 2013 (UTC)

Fallen (film) 1998 (Starring Denzel Washington)[edit]

Just a friendly amendment. I think this film should be added to his list of 1990 films. He was in the film "Fallen" in 1998 and the details are on the film's wiki at I know it was one of my favorite films with him in it. The creepy murderer singing "Time Is On My Side" by the Rolling Stones, then several people started singing it as the "spirit" touched them, was such an excellent effect in the film. Also, John Goodman and Donald Sutherland played excellent roles in the film. Thanks, Arizona Mildman 04:17, 9 December 2013 (UTC)Arizona Mildman 04:15, 9 December 2013 (UTC)Arizona Mildman 04:17, 9 December 2013 (UTC)Arizona Mildman 9:08 pm December 8th, 2013 — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:07, 9 December 2013 (UTC)

Current image[edit]

Why was the image of Denzel Washington changed? The current picture of him is terrible. I understand this is probably the most up to date image of Washington available but that doesn't warrant replacing the prior one. He's biting his lip, not looking at the camera, and has a concerned look on his face. Does anyone else think we should either restore the prior image or find a new one? Meatsgains (talk) 04:10, 25 November 2014 (UTC)

took well over a decade (14 years) to get him a new picture....its not as easy to find free images as it may seem..there were other options from the same event but they were all poorer than this image (bad lighting and angle)..yes he is biting his lips but its actually a good and high quality image in comparison..--Stemoc 03:00, 26 November 2014 (UTC)
A quality free image of Denzel Washington is hard to find? That is very surprising. Well, I suppose that answers my question then. Thanks! Meatsgains (talk) 21:49, 26 November 2014 (UTC)