Birthplace: Mount Vernon, New York
Academy Award-winning film and television actor whose films include Cry Freedom (1987), Glory (1989) (for which he won a best-supporting actor Oscar), and Malcolm X (1992). He won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for his role as Rubin “Hurricane” Carter in The Hurricane (1999). His career began on television's St. Elsewhere (1982–88). He won a best actor Oscar for his role as a rogue narcotics cop in Training Day (2001). He was both in front and behind the camera in Antwone Fisher (2002), his first directorial assignment. In the 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate, Washington took on the role of Marco, originally portrayed by Frank Sinatra in the 1962 version. He costars with Russell Crowe in the Ridley Scott-helmed American Gangster (2007).