Birth Name: Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr.
Place of Birth: Mount Vernon, New York, United States
Date of Birth: December 28, 1954
Denzel Washington is an American actor, filmmaker, director, and producer. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Glory (1989), and the Academy Award for Best Actor for Training Day (2001).
Denzel is African-American. He is the son of Lennis (Lowe) and Denzel H. Washington, a Pentecostal preacher. His father was born in Virginia and his mother was born in Georgia. Denzel is married to actress and singer Pauletta Pearson Washington, with whom he has four children, including actor and football player John David Washington.
Denzel was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1996. He is the first African-American to have been given this title by the magazine (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, in 2016, is the second). He is also the first non-caucasian person to have thus far been given the title (Johnson is the second).
Denzel’s paternal grandfather was William Washington (the son of William Washington, Sr. and Margaret Johnson). Denzel’s grandfather William was born in Virginia. Denzel’s great-grandparents William and Margaret were born into slavery.
Denzel’s paternal grandmother was Virginia Page (the daughter of Herod “Harry” Page and Lucia “Louise” Rain/Rayn). Denzel’s grandmother Virginia was born in Virginia.
Denzel’s maternal grandparents were Tillman/Tilman Lowe/Low and Eliza Jackson (the daughter of William Jackson and Rachel). Tillman and Eliza were both born in Georgia. William and Rachel were born into slavery.
Sources: Article about Denzel’s family history – http://archive.is
Genealogy of Denzel Washington – https://www.wikitree.com
Denzel’s father, Denzel H. Washington, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Denzel’s paternal great-grandparents, William Washington, Sr. and Margaret Johnson, on the 1870 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Denzel’s mother, Lennis Lowe, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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