Some actors carry an indefinable yet very tangible air of integrity. Spencer Tracy had it. Henry Fonda had it. And Denzel Washington most certainly has it.
Whether he’s the new football coach in Remember the Titans, or the junior officer who takes control in Crimson Tide, or such controversial real-life figures as Ruben “Hurricane” Carter or Malcolm X, Washington doesn’t have to “act” the role’s dignity. He just is it.
We first became familiar with him on the medical drama St. Elsewhere. Since then, he’s starred in a number of significant films, including: Cry Freedom (1987 – Nomination), Glory (1989, Best Supporting Actor), Malcolm X (1992, Nomination), Philadelphia (1993), Devil in a Blue Dress (1995), Courage Under Fire (1996), Training Day (2001, Best Actor), and American Gangster (2007).
Washington’s Academy Award for Best Actor in 2001 is only the second time an African-American man (Sidney Poitier was the first) has received the honor.
- Denzel Washington – A True American Patriot (nowpublic.com)