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Denzel Washington Net Worth

Net Worth: $250 Million
Salary: $60 Million
Date of Birth: Dec 28, 1954 (65 years old)
Gender: Male
Height: 6 ft (1.85 m)
Profession: Actor, Film Producer, Film director, Spokesperson, Voice Actor
Nationality: United States of America
Last Updated: 2020

Denzel Washington Net Worth and Salary

Denzel Washington is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, and director who has a net worth of $250 million. Every year Denzel Washington earns $60-$80 million dollars.

Denzel Washington Early Life

Denzel Washington was born in Mount Vernon, New York, on the 28th of December, 1984.

The actor was raised in a primarily African-American area and watched many of his young peers get involved with drugs and crime. Luckily, his mother, a single parent with a low-income, was able to send him to the Oakland Military Academy to educate and discipline him.

He later went to Fordham University and received a B.A in Drama and Journalism. After graduating in 1977 he discovered his passion for acting and attended the American Conservatory Theater.

After spending a year at the theater he decided to return to New York.

Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. was born in Mount Vernon, New York on December 28, 1954. His parents, beauty salon owner Lennis and Pentecostal minister/municipal worker Denzel Washington, Sr., divorced when Denzel was 14.

After the divorce, Denzel’s mother sent him to Oakland Military Academy in New Windsor, New York. The actor would later credit that decision for saving his life. Before leaving for military school, he and his closest friends were heading down a bad path. In an interview with Parade Magazine, Washington said that those friends later went on to serve about 40 years in prison, collectively.

Denzel attended Fordham University in New York City, where he played collegiate basketball. He took a semester off to consider his future and figure out what his major should be. During that time, he spent a summer working at a YMCA camp. Denzel’s performance in a camp talent show impressed the campers and his colleagues so much that one suggested he begin acting. When he returned to Fordham that fall, he began studying drama and graduated with a BA in drama and journalism in 1977.

Denzel Washington Career

After working many small acting jobs he finally had is first film debut in 1981, in the film ‘Carbon Copy’, quickly followed by ‘Licence to Kill’ in 1982.

In 1989 he was awarded his first Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Private Trip in the film ‘Glory’.

Since the beginning of his career, he has acted in approximately 50 films and directed a few of them as well.

As of 2020, Denzel Washington’s net worth is roughly $220 million, and with Denzel starring in plenty more films shortly, this will definitely increase.

Washington won a full-ride scholarship to the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, though he returned to New York after a year to pursue acting professionally. He had previously appeared in several stage shows, but his first on-screen role came in 1977 with the made-for-television movie Wilma. Several smaller stage and screen roles soon followed, but Washington got his big break in 1982 when he landed a spot on the successful medical drama St. Elsewhere. He starred as Dr. Phillip Chandler for the show’s entire six-year run.

Directing and Theater

One of his passions since the time when he was in Fordham University, was theater. During his career as a movie star, he still kept theater close, and appeared in several plays. But Denzel is also a director, making his debut with Antwone Fisher in 2002. His next works as a director were The Great Debaters in 2007 and the 2016 drama Fences.

The fact that Denzel Washington doesn’t have other sources of income isn’t that important since he’s one of the most beloved American actors. His magnetic presence on screen brings in an immense audience. No matter which film he stars in or what character he’s portraying, the movie succeeds because of him.

Here are some of his biggest hits:

• American Gangster (2007)

• Antwone Fisher (2002)

• Crimson Tide (1995)

• Cry Freedom (1987)

• Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)

• Fallen (1998)

• Fences (2016)

• Flight (2012)

• Glory (1989)

• He Got Game (1998)

• Inside Man (2006)

• Malcolm X (1992)

• Man on Fire (2004)

• Philadelphia (1993)

• Remember the Titans (2000)

• Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)

• The Great Debaters (2007)

• The Hurricane (1999)

• The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

• The Siege (1998)

• Training Day (2001)

• Virtuosity (1995)

The following are some memorable quotes by Denzel Washington:

“I say luck is when an opportunity comes along and you’re prepared for it.”

“I think a role model is a mentor – someone you see on a daily basis, and you learn from them.”

“I’d be more frightened by not using whatever abilities I’d been given. I’d be more frightened by procrastination and laziness.”

“In any profession it gets to be a grind.”

“You pray for rain, you gotta deal with the mud too. That’s a part of it.”


Denzel Washington has not only achieved admirable success throughout his acting career. He has also been one of the greatest inspirations, not only to budding Hollywood actors but also to his fans.