American actor Denzel Washington has a net worth of close to $270 million. It may also interest you to know that Denzel Washington is also a scriptwriter, director and movie producer. It is reported that Denzel Washington makes more than 50 million dollars annually. 

Denzel Washington Net Worth

Early Life

Born in New York in December 1954, Denzel Washington spent his childhood years in Mount Vernon, a popular city in New York City. His father was a Pentecostal minister and a street cleaner while his mum was a beauty stylist. His parents ended their marriage when Denzel clocked 14 years of age. 

Denzel attended the Oakland Military Academy located in New York. This happened immediately after his parents split. His mother thought it wise to send him to that institution. Denzel often acknowledges that the decision changed his life for the better. His friends negatively influenced him before he left for the military school, and those friends of his were later jailed for crimes. 

Denzel Washington is an alumnus of New York’s Fordham University. During his time in college, he played basketball. Denzel took a break during the semester to find his career trajectory. In the middle of the break, he did a volunteering stint at a youth-based organisation. He took part in a talent show and wowed the audience and judges with his spectacular performance. Denzel was later advised to consider taking a career in acting. Upon returning to Fordham that year, Denzel took up a course in drama and became a graduate in Drama and Journalism in 1977. 

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Denzel Washington had his first acting role in 1977 in the movie Wilma. Before that, Denzel Washington was a recipient of a full scholarship to San Franciso’s American Conservatory Theater. He started his professional acting career in a few stage shows and dramas. After starring in stage plays and minor roles in small movies, Denzel Washington had his breakthrough in the medical drama St. Elsewhere in the early 1980s. He played the role of Philip Chandler in the entire television series. 

Box Office Hits

Denzel Washington earned global recognition for his acting talents in blockbuster movies such as The Pelican Brief Courage Under Fire, Malcolm X and Philadelphia. In a matter of time, he was making tremendous money for his acting role. His acting performance in the sci-fi movie Virtuosity earned him more than 7 million dollars. He was paid more than 10 million dollars for his roles in movies like Fallen, Training Day and The Siege. Denzel Washington reportedly makes more than 50 million dollars annually. 

Awards, Honours and Accolades

Denzel Washington earned an Academy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in the civil rights movie Cry Freedom in 1988. The following year, he was awarded Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the movie Glory. 

For his role in the movie Malcolm X in 1992, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. He was awarded Best actor by the Golden Globe for the role in the 1999 movie The Hurricane.

Denzel Washington earned his first Academy Award for Best Actor for his movie performance in the 2001 film Training Day. This made him one of the very few black actors to win the best actor academy award. In 2001, he starred in the football movie Remember the Titans, the movie was a box office success and made more than 120 million dollars. His performance in the film earned him an NAACP Image Award for Best Actor. He was honoured with the Cecil B. Demille Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Globe Awards in 2016. 

Denzel Washington was never a graduate student but has been awarded an honorary doctorate degree thrice. His alma mater, Fordham University, awarded him his first honorary doctorate degree in 1991 for “impressively succeeding in exploring the edges of his multifaceted talent.” The other two institutions are Morehouse College (2007) and the University of Pennsylvania (2011).

Directing and Producing Career

Denzel Washington directed his first movie Antwone Fisher in 2002. The film won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Motion Picture. He also directed other popular movies such as Fences and The Great Debaters. He has also overseen movie productions of blockbusters such as The Book of Eli and The Equalizer. 

Personal Life

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Denzel Washington and wife

He met his wife on the set of Wilma, marrying  Pauletta Pearson in 1983. He has four children. Denzel Washington is a Christian and has once considered a career as a gospel preacher. He is known to study the word of God daily. 

He was asked by the  Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia to plead to George Bush for the release of jailed rebels in 2006. The group had captured more than 50 hostages in Colombia. 


Denzel Washington is a cheerful giver and a wilful philanthropist, who does not hesitate to lend a helping hand to worthy causes and charity organisations. He is an ambassador for the Boys & Girls Club of America, a role he assumed since 1993. Denzel Washington has also sat on the board of the Boys & Girls Club of America. He has financially supported organisations such as the Fisher House Foundation, Wiley College, Fordham University and Nelson Mandela’s Children’s Fund. 


Denzel Washington is worth more than 270 million dollars. He is famous for his acting and directing work in varieties of screen and stage performances. He has graced cinemas and television screens since 1980.