Here's a look at Oscar award-winning actor Denzel Washington's life and career through the years.
1974: Denzel Washington, born Dec. 28, 1954, in Mount Vernon, N.Y., made his acting debut with an uncredited role as a mugger in the Charles Bronson movie "Death Wish." He's seen here in the movie on the right.
1982: After a few more minor parts on TV, Washington caught one of his first big breaks as a cast member of the medical drama "St. Elsewhere" on NBC. Washington played Dr. Phillip Chandler from 1982 to 1988.
1984: Washington's early film work included a supporting role in the Oscar-nominated military drama "A Soldier's Story."
1987: His turn as real-life South African activist Steve Biko in "Cry Freedom" earned Washington his first Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination.
1989: Washington played Pvt. Trip in the Civil War drama "Glory."
1990: The "Glory" role earned Washington his first Oscar win in the Best Supporting Actor category. He's seen here on March 26, 1990, with his Oscar.
1992: Washington's first nomination for a Best Actor Oscar came for playing real-life Black Nationalist leader Malcolm X in the Spike Lee-directed film of the same name.
1993: Julia Roberts and Washington in the legal thriller "The Pelican Brief."
1993: Washington as Joe Miller, an attorney who represents an AIDS victim, Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks), who claims to have been wrongfully terminated from his workplace in "Philadelphia."
1995: Washington poses with director Carl Franklin (center) and producer Jesse Beaton (left) at the post-premiere party for "Devil in a Blue Dress" at The Beverly Hills Hotel on Sept. 22.
1996: Washington kisses the award he received for outstanding lead actor in a motion picture for his role in "Crimson Tide" at the 27th NAACP's Image Awards on April 6 in Los Angeles.
1996: Washington poses with his wife Pauletta (left) and his "Courage Under Fire" co-star Meg Ryan (right) during a party following the film's premiere on July 8.
1998: Washington and Angelina Jolie in the crime thriller "The Bone Collector."
1998: Washington places his hand in cement during ceremonies at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Jan. 15. At that time, Washington was the 193rd person honored with a handprint ceremony.
1999: Washington, the star of the film "The Hurricane," based on the true story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter (center), an innocent man who fought for 20 years for justice, poses at the film's premiere on Dec. 14 in Los Angeles with the film's director Norman Jewison. Washington portrays Carter in the film.
2000: Washington arrives for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Oscar nominee luncheon on March 13 in Beverly Hills. Washington was nominated as best lead actor for his role in the film "The Hurricane."
2000: Washington stars as football coach Herman Boone in "Remember the Titans."
2001: Washington and Ethan Hawke in the crime thriller "Training Day." Washington played corrupt police detective Alonzo Harris in the film, which earned him his fifth Oscar nomination overall, this time for Best Actor.
2002: Washington and Halle Berry appear backstage with their Oscar statues at the 74th annual Academy Awards in Hollywood on March 24. Washington won Best Actor for his work in "Training Day" and Berry won Best Actress for her work in "Monster's Ball."
2004: Washington walks the red carpet as he arrives for the Los Angeles premiere of the film "The Manchurian Candidate" in Beverly Hills on July 22. Washington stars in the psychological thriller as Army Maj. Bennett Marco.
2004: Boxing legend Muhammad Ali and Washington pose with a playful punch at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America annual President's dinner in New York on June 9.
2005: Washington and Jodie Foster in the crime thriller "Inside Man."
2007: Washington playing Frank Lucas, the real-life crime boss who serves as the basis for the Ridley Scott drama "American Gangster." He's seen here with Josh Brolin.
2007: Washington arrives for the premiere of the film "American Gangster" Oct. 19 in New York.
2007: Washington as Melvin B. Tolson in "The Great Debaters," based on a true story. Washington also directed the film about Tolson, who in 1935 inspired students to form the first debate team at Wiley College in Texas.
2008: Washington arrives at the National Board Of Review of Motion Pictures award gala in New York on Jan. 15.
2008: Washington presents Ethan Coen, Scott Rudin and Joel Coen with Oscars for producing the 2007 Best Picture winner "No Country For Old Men" at the 80th annual Academy Awards in Hollywood on Feb. 24.
2010: Washington in the post-apocalyptic thriller "Book of Eli."
2010: Chris Pine and Washington in the runaway train thriller "Unstoppable."
2010: Washington (right) takes a bow along with fellow cast members Viola Davis (center) and Chris Chalk (left) during the curtain call on the opening night of the Broadway production "Fences" at the Cort Theatre in New York City on April 26.
2010: Washington and his wife Pauletta look on before the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway, on Dec. 10.
2011: Washington shares a laugh with director Spike Lee as they watch the NBA game between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Jan. 9.
2012: Washington and director Daniel Espinosa on the set of the action movie "Safe House." Washington co-starred in the movie with Ryan Reynolds.
2012: Washington playing airline pilot Whip Whitaker in Robert Zemeckis' drama "Flight." The role earned Washington his seventh Golden Globe nomination.
2012: Washington poses at the premiere of "Flight" at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles on Oct. 23.
2013: Washington stars with Mark Wahlberg in "2 Guns."