How much is Denzel Washington’s net worth? Denzel Washington is an American actor, producer, screenwriter, and director. He is an actor who reconfigured the concept of classic movie stardom. Denzel has appeared in more than 50 movies with his character well played. He has, for these reasons, he has been a popular figure to watch. Washington is well-known for his action movies as well as playing characters based on history. Due to his unmatched performance in the industry, he has won tons of awards. The shining actor has a net worth of $250 million and earns between $60 and $80 million every year. The acting industry has served Denzel’s great deal.
Denzel Washington Biography and Early Life
Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. was born on 28th, December 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. His father, Denzel Hayes Washington Sr. worked at the New York City Water Department as well as at a local S. Klein department store. Denzel’s mother, Lennis, owned and operated a beauty parlor.
At his early age, Washington schooled at Pennington-Grimes Elementary School in Mount Vernon until 1968. His parents divorced when he was 14. His mother sent him to a private preparatory school Oakland Military Academy in New Windsor, New York. He later attended Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, Florida, from 1970 to 1971. He earned his BA in Drama ad Journalism from Fordham University in 1977. He worked as a creative arts director of the overnight summer camp at Sloan YMCA in Lakeville, Connecticut.
Washington later enrolled in Lincoln Centre campus, Fordham, to study acting, where he was given title roles in Shakespeare’s Othello and Eugene O’Neill’s Emperor Jones. Denzel then attended graduate school at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, California, before returning to New York one year later to begin his professional career – acting.
Career and Rise to Fame
It was in 1976 when Denzel spent the whole of his summer in St. Mary’s City, Maryland, in summer stock theatre performing Wings of the Morning, the Maryland State play. After graduating from Fordham, he made his acting debut in 1977, made for television film Wilma. It was then that he first appeared in Hollywood playing a role in Carbon Copy. In 1982, Washington played Private First Class Melvin Peterson in the Off-Broadway Negro Ensemble Company production A Soldiers Play, which premiered 20 November 1981.
A major career advancement came when Washington starred in a hospital drama St. Elsewhere aired on NBC television as Dr. Philip Chandler from 1982 to 1988. He broke the record being the only African-American to appear on the series for six years. Besides, Denzel has also appeared in several films, motion pictures, and television roles. He played a role in A Soldier’s Story (1984), Hard Lessons (1986), and Power 1986. Denzel walked away with $7.5 million for the sci-fi film, Virtuosity. By that time, he had perfected his acting talent and straight away starred in 1997 playing Steve Biko in Richard Attenborough’s Cry for Freedom during the South African Apartheid.
Showing off his incredible acting talent in movies like Malcolm X, Philadelphia, Courage Under Fire, and The Pelican Brief made the star rise to a whole new level in the acting industry. He saw himself earn thickly for his outstanding performance. He won Oscar Award for a winning performance of the Training Day in 2001. These, together with the movie Fallen and The Siege, Washington took $24 million home for both.
Other than regular action paychecks, Denzel has won an extensive list of awards and honors. Among them is an Oscar nomination for the Best Supporting Actor in the anti-Apartheid film Cry Freedom. He won a similar award in 1989 for his performance in Glory. Additionally, he has received three honorary doctorate degrees. Fordham University awarded him his first honorary degree from his alma-matter and the second honorary Doctorate of Humanities in 2007 in Morehouse College. The third and the last being honorary Doctor of Arts, which was awarded in 2011 by the University of Pennsylvania.
For whatever the industry may provide, Washington is an elegant and a strong player in the field. His career growth has been unstoppable.
How He Spends His Money
Real Estate: Denzel Washington owns a big home house inBeverly Hills sitting on approximately 2.13 acres. The home features a swimming pool, a tennis court, and an attractive fountain. He acquired this mansion way back in 1992 checking out his $2.675 million. He also has an apartment building in New York that cost him $13 million when he bought it in 2006. Additionally, he has another mansion in Toluca Lake, 6,334 square feet, which he acquired in 1988 with $1.1 million.
Philanthropy: Besides his interests, Denzel never kept his wallet for only himself. He has given out commendable support – both financial and personal, to several organizations. In 1993, Denzel was a spokesperson for the Boys & Girls Club of America until 1995. Additionally, he has donated a lump sum amount of money, $1 million to Nelson Mandela’s Children’s Home, $1 million to Wiley College, $2.25 million to the Fordham University, and the Fisher House Foundation.