How Much is Denzel Washington’s Net Worth and Height?

There is no secret that you have more than likely heard about Denzel Washington, who was actually born Denzel Hayes Washington Jr, on December 28, 1954.  The reason that you have more than likely heard about him is because he has become one of the biggest American actors, as well as a producer and director as well.  In fact, Denzel was able to reach such fame as an actor, that he has even been called the one actor who has been able to reconfigure ‘the concept of classic movie stardom’, as he has a very special talent that allows him to associate with the characters he is playing, but with dignity, grace, humanity, and even inner strength.  Essentially, Denzel has a unique acting style that allows him to get so in touch with the characters that he is playing, you actually start to believe that he is that particular character.  

The recipient of more many different awards, some of his most famous include seventeen NAACP Image Awards, one Tony Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and two Academy Awards, one for playing the Best Supporting Actor in the historical drama movie titled Glory, and another one for Best Actor in the hit movie Training Day.  

Having received much critical acclaim for the films he has been putting out since the 80s, some of his more popular movies include how he portrayed real-life figures in the 1987 smash hit, Cry Freedom; his film released in 1992 when he played the famous human rights activist Malcom X in the movie Malcom X; the movie The Hurricane, which was released in 1999 and found Denzel portraying the African-American boxer Rubin ‘The Hurricane’ Carter; as head football coach in the 2000 hit movie Remember the Titans;  the 2007 film that had him play the educator and poet Melvin B. Tolson in the movie The Great Debaters; and in another 2007 hit movie where he got the opportunity to play the drug kingpin known as Frank Lucas in the film American Gangster.  Aside from only playing real-life figures, he has also made many successful other movies that are not based on any real-life events.

Some of the directors who Denzel has collaborated the most on would include Jerry Bruckheimer (the famous producer), and some famous directors as well, that list including Antoine Fuqua, Tony Scott, and Spike Lee.  Denzel has played such a wide range of different characters so successfully, that in 2016, he would even go on to receive the Cecil B DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award during the nationally televised 73rd Golden Globe Awards.

Aside from turning every film project he touches into an essential smash hit, Denzel has also been able to make his directing debut when he was the director in the 2002 film, Antwone Fisher.  Now fast forward 5 years to 2007 and he would find himself in the director’s spotlight once again, this time for the film The Great Debaters.  Following up this film, he would once again get the go ahead and direct the 2016 film Fences, in which he would also be one of the main lead characters as well.  This project would find him having been nominated for another Academy Award for the Best Picture category.

With all of these great achievements under his belt, you may be wondering what the actual net worth of Denzel Washington really is?  While the answer to that may shock you, here is a look at what led Denzel up to becoming the megastar that he is today.

Denzel Washington:  The Early Years

Born in Mount Vernon, New York, Denzel Washington was born on December 28, 1954.  While he was raised in an area that was predominantly African American, he would grow up watching many of his friends and other peers, start getting involved with crime and even worse, drugs.  While things may have looked grim for Denzel in the beginning, his mother would recognize that this particular area was not necessarily the best area to raise a son in, she would make the tough decision to send him out of the area to the Oakland Military Academy so that he would be able to get a better education and the discipline that she was not necessarily able to give him as a single parent with a low-income.  

Denzel would eventually move on to Fordham University, eventually receiving his B.S. in Journalism and Drama.  It would be right around this time of his graduation that Denzel would find the one thing that he was passionate about, that being acting.  Once he realized that he wanted to be an actor, he would go on to attend the American Conservatory Theater, where he would spend the next year of his life.  After just a quick year, Denzel would make the decision to return back to New York.

His Career

After working on several smaller acting jobs, Denzel would finally get his big break and land his first real film titled ‘Carbon Copy’, that would debut in 1981, which he would very quickly follow up with another film the following year in 1982, this one titled ‘Licence to Kill’.  While these would not necessarily be considered blockbuster hits by any means, they would give him the foundation and confidence that he required in order to become the movie superstar that he would eventually become.

In fact, moving forwards just 7 years to that of 1989, Denzel would find himself being awarded his very first Academy Award for playing as the Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal as the character Private Trip, in the movie that is named ‘Glory’.

As of right now, Denzel Washington has been in roughly 50 movies, and as mentioned previously, has directed a few movies as well.  As of right now, it is reported that Denzel has a net worth that is around the $220 million mark, that number expecting to increase as he will surely be starring in several more blockbuster hits moving forward into the near future.

Denzel’s Career Highlights

With a career spanning just about the last 40 years, there are going to be a lot of different highlights that you can consider when you think about everything that Denzel has been able to accomplish.  With that being said, here are some of the biggest highlights from what you can definitely consider to be an outstanding career so far:

Special Awards

  • 1989, Best Supporting Actor from the Academy Awards
  • 2002, Best Actor from the Academy Awards
  • 2002, Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama from the Golden Globe Awards
  • 1989, Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture from the Golden Globe Awards
  • 2010, Best Actor in a Play from the Tony Awards

While there are many other awards that Denzel Washington has won, those listed above are going to be some of the most prominent ones from throughout his career.  One of the great things about winning awards for your movies is that it means that particular movie must have been pretty good.  Here are some of the most popular movies that Denzel has been featured in and what year they were released.  While this list is not going to contain every single movie or film that Denzel has been a part of, it is going to list the ones that were considered to be more successful than some of the other ones.  

Hit Feature Movies

  • 1992, Malcolm X
  • 2001 Training Day
  • 2004 Man on Fire
  • 2006 Inside Man
  • 2007 American Gangster
  • 2010 The Book of Eli
  • 2010 Unstoppable
  • 2012 Flight
  • 2013 2 Guns
  • 2014 Equalizer
  • 2016 The Magnificent Seven
  • 2018 The Equalizer 2

While this is going to one again be a shorter list of all the movies that Denzel has starred in, the ones listed above are definitely the ones that have been considered the ‘blockbusters’ that he has been a part of.

Not only a feature film actor, Denzel is also known for helping and motivating others to be their very best as well.  With that being said, here are some of Denzel Washington’s tips for success that he has personally followed in order to achieve the stardom that he has been able to achieve.

Denzel Washington Net Worth Tips for Success

Here are some of the lessons that Denzel has used over his roughly 40-year career in order to achieve the success that he has been able to, while racking up a net worth of $220 million.  Here are Denzel’s 3 tips for massive success.

Always Be True to Yourself, No Matter What

While this may seem like something that is extremely simple, you would be surprised how quickly you can lose sight of what it is that really makes you happy.  Because of this, you are always going to want to make sure that you are staying true to yourself and doing whatever it is that makes you happy.  You need to keep in mind that other people’s opinions of you are not going to define who it is that you really are.  As long as you are sure to always put in 100% effort and time, it doesn’t matter what other people think about you.  This is because as long as you are always doing your best, their opinions simply don’t matter.

You Will Miss 100% of the Chances You Don’t Take

It’s no big secret that taking chances can very easily become a truly scary thing.  But you need to know that if it is meant to be, you will learn from that chance and be able to benefit from it in the long run.  That is why the saying ‘you will always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take,’ is very true.  So don’t be afraid to take any of the chances that present themselves to you, as more often than not, it will be the chance that you didn’t want to take that is going to be the one that will lead you to one of the victories that you did not think was possible in anyway.  

Another way that you can put this is to say that you should ‘fail forward’.  This is essentially going to mean that if you do take a chance and it doesn’t pan out how you thought it would, learn from what happened and keep moving forwards.  Learn from what happened and take that new knowledge into the next chance or opportunity you have in front of you.

Always Keep Your Faith

When you keep your faith, you will always be able to make it through any situation that you are presented with, no matter how difficult that situation may seem.  On top of that, it will also help you to see what it is that’s truly important to you in your life.  So, even if you feel as though things in your life are getting a little bumpy and a little rough, always be sure that you stay true to whatever it is that you believe in.  This will not only help you guide yourself through that particular difficult situation, but it will help you grow stronger as a person as well.

With a net worth of $220 million and a height of 6’1”, Denzel Washington has grown into one of the most phenomenal actors of our time.  With the ability to create some of the most memorable characters and performances in all of his films that he has starred in over the years, he is easily one of the best actors in the game right now.  Having the ability to continuously push himself to fulfill his dreams of becoming one of the modern-day superstar actors, he didn’t make any excuses or let his background hold him back.  

Look for Denzel’s net worth to go up even higher in the next several years to come as he continues to create amazing films and further cement his blockbuster movie star status.  We can all learn a thing or two from Denzel Washington and what he has been able to accomplish.


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