Celebrate Tony Award Winner Denzel Washington on the Stage

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The Tony and Oscar winner was born December 28.

Tony winner and two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington celebrates his birthday December 28.

Washington first appeared in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of Coriolanus in 1979, beginning a 4 decade career on the stage. In the time since, Washington has starred in A Raisin in the Sun, Julius Caesar, Checkmate, and more. He won the Tony Award for his performance as Troy Maxson in August Wilson’s Fences, a role he reprised for the 2016 film adaptation.

Washington was last seen on Broadway as Hickey in a revival of Eugene O’Neill’s four-act epic The Iceman Cometh. Five-time Tony winner George C. Wolfe directed the limited engagement in 2018 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.

Celebrating Tony Award Winner Denzel Washington

Celebrating Tony Award Winner Denzel Washington

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Arnold Wilkerson, Gilbert Lewis and Denzel Washington in the 1979 Players State Theatre production <i>Ceremonies in Dark Old Men</i>” data-bsp-lazyimage=”” data-lazy=”https://bsp-static.playbill.com/dims4/default/9035cd6/2147483647/resize/800×450%3E/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpb-asset-replication.s3.amazonaws.com%2F3b%2Fc8%2F2036df004a5caeb67cd4184d7174%2Ffg2_1395778956.jpg” data-url=”2″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==”></img><figcaption>
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                Arnold Wilkerson, Gilbert Lewis and Denzel Washington in the 1979 Players State Theatre production <i>Ceremonies in Dark Old Men</i></p>
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<p>    <img alt=When The Chickens Come Home To Roost.” data-bsp-lazyimage=”” data-lazy=”https://bsp-static.playbill.com/dims4/default/13f93a0/2147483647/resize/800×450/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpb-asset-replication.s3.amazonaws.com%2F19%2Fea%2F58762eff4dee9a95323dcfb4a883%2Fdenzelbirthday3.jpg” data-url=”3″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==”>


Denzel Washington and Kirk Kirksey in the 1981 New Federal Theatre production of When The Chickens Come Home To Roost.

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Brent Jennings, Steven Anthony Jones, Eugene Lee, Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, James Pickens and Peter Friedman in the 1981 Negro Ensemble Company production of <i>A Soldier’s Play</i>.” data-bsp-lazyimage=”” data-lazy=”https://bsp-static.playbill.com/dims4/default/444b622/2147483647/resize/800×450%3E/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpb-asset-replication.s3.amazonaws.com%2F66%2F89%2Fef4b7d9b4b4e85b6dc1f4e8cf642%2Fsoldierplay592.jpg” data-url=”4″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==”></img><figcaption>
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                Brent Jennings, Steven Anthony Jones, Eugene Lee, Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, James Pickens and Peter Friedman in the 1981 Negro Ensemble Company production of <i>A Soldier’s Play</i>.</p>
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<p>    <img alt=A Soldier’s Play.” data-bsp-lazyimage=”” data-lazy=”https://bsp-static.playbill.com/dims4/default/a006ee5/2147483647/resize/800×450%3E/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpb-asset-replication.s3.amazonaws.com%2F2e%2F97%2F9eba082b480da532fbbeaa395570%2Fdenzelbirthday2.jpg” data-url=”5″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==”>


Adolph Caesar, Denzel Washington, Peter Friedman and Cast in the 1981 Negro Ensemble Company production of A Soldier’s Play.


Denzel Washington and S. Epatha Merkerson in the 1984 National Black Touring Circuit production of <i>Every Goodbye Ain’t Gone</i>.” data-bsp-lazyimage=”” data-lazy=”https://bsp-static.playbill.com/dims4/default/f0921a6/2147483647/resize/800×450%3E/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpb-asset-replication.s3.amazonaws.com%2F8e%2F5c%2F774a89e843b0a318e1d907d3bfa6%2Fdenzelbirthday6.jpg” data-url=”6″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==”></img><figcaption>
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                Denzel Washington and S. Epatha Merkerson in the 1984 National Black Touring Circuit production of <i>Every Goodbye Ain’t Gone</i>.</p>
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<p>    <img alt=Checkmates.” data-bsp-lazyimage=”” data-lazy=”https://bsp-static.playbill.com/dims4/default/2a38f40/2147483647/resize/800×450%3E/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpb-asset-replication.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fbf%2F53%2Ff084ac7e447a88b0981c4952f2ef%2Fdenzelbirthday7.jpg” data-url=”7″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==”>


Paul Winfield, Ruby Dee, Denzel Washington and Marsha Jackson in the 1988 Broadway production Checkmates.

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Paul Winfield, Ruby Dee, Marsha Jackson and Denzel Washington in the 1988 Broadway production <i>Checkmates</i>.” data-bsp-lazyimage=”” data-lazy=”https://bsp-static.playbill.com/dims4/default/a5df6e8/2147483647/resize/800×450%3E/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpb-asset-replication.s3.amazonaws.com%2Ff1%2Fa3%2Fe7634dab4c29ab88a9f37b0bdab4%2Fdenzelbirthday9.jpg” data-url=”8″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==”></img><figcaption>
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                Paul Winfield, Ruby Dee, Marsha Jackson and Denzel Washington in the 1988 Broadway production <i>Checkmates</i>.</p>
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<p>    <img alt=Checkmates.” data-bsp-lazyimage=”” data-lazy=”https://bsp-static.playbill.com/dims4/default/9af160e/2147483647/resize/800×450/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpb-asset-replication.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fcc%2F5c%2Fc159ed224f3d8bda9fb841d5ccf2%2Fdenzelbirthday8.jpg” data-url=”9″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==”>


Marsha Jackson and Denzel Washington in the 1988 Broadway production Checkmates.

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Denzel Washington in the 1990 New York Shakespeare Festival production of <i>Richard III</I>.” data-bsp-lazyimage=”” data-lazy=”https://bsp-static.playbill.com/dims4/default/f2ce0e9/2147483647/resize/800×450/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpb-asset-replication.s3.amazonaws.com%2Fb7%2F3c%2F7a8028be454cb3b7037fb28fd894%2Fdenzelbirthday1.jpg” data-url=”10″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==”></img><figcaption>
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                Denzel Washington in the 1990 New York Shakespeare Festival production of <i>Richard III</i>.</p>
<p>                    <span>Martha Swope</span></p>
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<p>    <img alt=Richard III.” data-bsp-lazyimage=”” data-lazy=”https://bsp-static.playbill.com/dims4/default/c136626/2147483647/resize/800×450/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpb-asset-replication.s3.amazonaws.com%2F03%2F30%2F2ac3ef584737817d9c1b43b9d39c%2Fdenzelbirthday4.jpg” data-url=”11″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw==”>


Sharon Washington and Denzel Washington in the 1990 New York Shakespeare Festival production of Richard III.

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