Denzel Washington

by ethnic on October 29, 2013

Birth Name: Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr.

Place of Birth: Mount Vernon, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 28, 1954

Ethnicity: African-American

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 (born Pauletta Rachelle Pearson), 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”/”Louesa” Rain/Rayn). Denzel’s grandmother Virginia was born in Virginia.

Denzel’s maternal grandfather was Tillman/Tilman Lowe/Low. Tillman was born in Georgia.

Denzel’s maternal grandmother was Eliza Jackson (the daughter of William Jackson and Rachel). Eliza was born in Georgia. William and Rachel were born into slavery.

Sources: Article about Denzel’s family history –

Genealogy of Denzel Washington –

Denzel’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Denzel’s paternal great-grandparents, William Washington, Sr. and Margaret Johnson, on the 1870 U.S. Census –

Denzel’s paternal grandmother, Virginia Page, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Denzel’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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andrew December 6, 2017 at 5:39 pm

Herod “Harry” Page was the son of Nathaniel Page and Sarah Williams

Virginia Page on Census:

andrew December 9, 2017 at 6:05 pm

Sarah Williams was Nathaniel’s wife, so she supposedly was Herod’s mother:

Nathaniel’s father, Noah Page (b. 1797), was possibly a white man:

andrew December 25, 2016 at 3:57 pm

family history:

Denzel’s paternal great-grandfather, William Washington, on the 1870 U.S. Census:

there are links to many other records

cwm85 August 1, 2015 at 6:05 pm

I bet Denzel is at least 70 percent African. He certainly has a certain European look about himself tho. Hard to explain but some of his features are European with dark brown skin. I can certainly understand how he’s been able to play mainstream, lead actor roles in so called, “white films”

slowdive January 13, 2016 at 8:38 pm

Only thing I really see European influenced about him is his hair texture.

His pigmentation is lighter than the average West African, but still in the spectrum.

midori29 June 17, 2016 at 7:13 am

Nope I do not see it Denzel is no 70% that would be Beyonce types, Denzel is about 88-90% West African. He looks fully balck to me.

neiltennant July 26, 2015 at 11:26 am

i read years ago an article about the show THE JEFFERSONS

i was born in the late 80s and i have no idea but people tell me this show was awesome and that black and white americans were like concrete on their seats when the show came

and i have read an article about the actors of whom all were african americans and all of them had also european ancestry

what tells us this story ? THAT most african americans are of mixed descent

M July 23, 2015 at 9:08 pm

Never understood the hype surrounding him. He ain’t all that, there are more handsome black men out there.

Luis April 6, 2012 at 5:36 am

I thing that he is a mulatto.

me December 23, 2012 at 5:58 pm
Kerrywhite September 22, 2014 at 6:22 pm

Why do white people think you have to have a skin tone like Akon to be black. We come in all shades of brown dumbasses!!!!

neiltennant October 2, 2014 at 8:43 am


did you actually seen anybody from africa ?

Ghana , eritrea or ethopia, gambia and elsewere

none of them look like african americans

Affrican americans are in fact mixed with whites. Most of them
Allthough many people deny this

andrew October 2, 2014 at 1:09 pm

neil, ethiopians looks completely different from ghanaians, east vs west africans.

fuzzybear44 October 3, 2014 at 8:32 am


( ethiopians looks completely different from ghanaians, east vs west africans.)

Well first,that depends on what Ethiopians you are talking about.As I’ve told you a dozen times already,there are about a hundred groups there.I know they love running around and promoting the ones who look like this:
but then they side step the ones that look like this:
a lot of the other East Africans I want to show are a little shy about clothes,so i want show them.
And I’ve seen plenty of West Africans that look just as good as you think the East ones look
It’s not a East vs West thing for me,both sides got their tasty and not so tasty

andrew October 3, 2014 at 9:33 am

I dont even want to see your’s blatant east africans are different from west africans, same thing for eastern europeans/western europeans, obviously you can find examples of similar looking people, but as a whole there’s a difference

andrew October 3, 2014 at 9:35 am

also east africans are often classified as Caucasoid

fuzzybear44 October 4, 2014 at 1:26 am


(it’s blatant east africans are different from west africans)

West Africa is the size of the United States,with a lot of diversity running through it. I’ve looked at both East and West Africa,and I can say I’ve seen both sides with light skin people,with long hair.Both sides have people with the Caucasoid phenotype,as well as ones with a mixed phenotype.Both sides have people who are of Eurasian ancestry.Both side have people who are so-called negroid.So please explain what’s so obviously different about them.

fuzzybear44 October 4, 2014 at 1:49 am


(also east africans are often classified as Caucasoid)

Well we’ve already been through this.You know full well they classified all East Africans as that,no matter what they look like.Now yes lots are Caucasoid like the Rashaida people.However are you going to say people like the Dinka are Caucasiod:
or the nuer people:
or the Arbore tribe:
These oromo men:
Mursi warrior:
I could keep going with this,but no matter how they spin it,all these ethnic groups are not Caucasiods

fuzzybear44 October 4, 2014 at 1:53 am


What the obvious difference between ( eastern europeans/western europeans).

fuzzybear44 October 3, 2014 at 7:58 am


In all fairness,it really depends on where you go.Here are Danny glover and forest whitaker in Nigeria:
and Will and Jada in Ethiopia:
Do they really look that out of place to you?

fuzzybear44 October 3, 2014 at 8:02 am


(Affrican americans are in fact mixed with whites. Most of them.Allthough many people deny this)

It’s not that they deny it,at least the ones I know.It’s that they don’t jump for joy about it,like the other groups do

midori29 December 3, 2014 at 10:39 am

@Andrew East Africans are no longer classified as caucasoids, the attempt to do that was by racist supremasists. Its not possible that The middle east, north africa, and east africa can all be caucasoid along with india and europe, thats obviously INSANE . You talk about afrocentrists if that isnt Eurocentric, I dont know what is.

Kerrywhite October 13, 2014 at 2:50 pm

We deny this because we grow up black, are seen as black in society and treated black no matter if we are brown, dark brown, light brown, or yellow. We are admixed people, not mixed which means most of us don’t have recent white ancestors, we’re lighter because somewhere far in our family blood was a white person. And Denzel Washington does not look like a mulatto. The term mulatto is a term for someone half-white and half-black and Denzel looks nowhere that admixed so please don’t use that word. We are black and I don’t see why you white people want erase black people and replace it with mixed people, it’s like taking our culture away from our grasps. We still get arrested for being “mixed.” And are denied jobs because we are “mixed”. WE ARE BLACK, GET OVER IT.

black_bahian February 5, 2015 at 11:17 am

dumb as shit you

midori29 February 9, 2015 at 7:12 am

LOL, every good lokking black person has to have white dna, ok sure, thats ridiculous. A mullatto in my opinion is ONLY someoen with a white parent.

midori29 June 17, 2016 at 7:15 am

No he is not a mullato people annoy me with that. Lots of West Africans look like him. I think stupid people think blacks have one look. Any good looking black is called mullato. He looks like my dad. Actually my dad is more handsome than him.

meme February 13, 2012 at 2:09 am

I have been reading a lot of comments with people saying this one is light and therefore can not be 100 % black, its very wrong i am 100% back African and very light. Black people come in all shades from Yellow skin tone to dark brown. Being light does not translate to mixed. Please get that right.

Jeri March 30, 2012 at 6:09 pm

I agree with you. People have this preconception about how black Africans look. They really are quite diverse when it comes to their appearance.

neiltennant October 2, 2014 at 8:45 am

meme how you can be sure that you are only african american without anything else?????

This is impossible

Nearly every African american has something white, because in the past there were things like rape and secret love affairs.

HighwayStarryNight May 6, 2011 at 7:36 am

Honnestly i doubt that he is 100 percent africanamerican… widely surely…but not totally…
there’s a difference of colour when you compare him to somebody like Wesley Snipes…

Fuzzybear May 7, 2011 at 3:56 am

To HighwayStarryNight

African American does not mean you have to have black skin,that’s not what it means.It’s a political id for the black people of American,meaning you are complete or are of partial African heritage.You don’t even have to be black to be that,because there are white African Americans.Most AA’s here are of multi-ethnic heritage,so yeah Denzel is most likely of some other heritage also.Now you mention Wesley,just because he’s dark skin doesn’t mean he’s any less mixed than anyone else here.Don Cheadle here:
Doesn’t look that much different than Welsey,and he’s 19% white

Fuzzybear May 7, 2011 at 4:42 am

Sorry forgot to put a pic of wesley so you could compare:

Fuzzybear May 2, 2011 at 6:22 am

He’s the man(king kong aint got nothing on him)

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