Denzel Washington Net Worth 2022: Income, Salary, Career, Bio

What is Denzel Washington‘s Net Worth?

Net Worth:$280 Million
Country:United States of America
Born:28 December 1954
Salary:$60 Million (Annual)
Last Updated2022

Denzel Washington is an American Actor, Screenwriter, Director, and Producer has net worth of $280 million. Washington is only the second African American actor to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for Training Day. He makes around $60 million from his acting and producing career.

Washington has garnered multiple awards throughout his four-decade career, including a Tony Award, two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as being selected the finest actor of the twenty-first century in 2020 by The New York Times.

Early Life

Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. was born in Mount Vernon, New York, on December 28, 1954, to Lennis “Lynne,” a beauty salon owner and operator, and Denzel Hayes Washington Sr., a Pentecostal minister, and a New York City Water Department employee.

His parents split when Washington was 14, and his mother enrolled him in Oakland Military Academy in New Windsor, New York. He subsequently attended Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, Florida, before entering Fordham University and earning a BA in Drama and Journalism, where he also played collegiate football and worked at a YMCA camp for a semester. Denzel’s performance at a camp talent competition wowed the kids and his coworkers to the point where one of them advised him to start acting.

Fordham University bestowed an honorary degree on him in 1991 for “exploring the edge of his multi-faceted skill.” Although the actor did not complete his education, he has been given 3 honorary doctorates. Morehouse College honored him with an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree in 2007 and the University of Pennsylvania honored him with an honorary Doctor of Arts degree in 2011.


Washington got his start in the theatre, playing in off-Broadway shows such as William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus in 1979. He had previously performed in a number of theatrical productions, and his first on-screen appearance was in the made-for-television picture Wilma, which led to a number of small stage and screen roles. Washington was granted a full scholarship to San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater.

Denzel Washington made his cinematic debut in Carbon Copy in 1981, and from 1982 to 1988, he was a regular on the NBC drama St.Elsewhere. Hard Lessons (1986), A Soldier’s Story (1984),  Power (1987), The Mighty Quinn (1989), Cry Freedom (1987), and Glory (1989) are some of his other early credits.

Denzel Washington appeared in 19 films in the 1990s, six of which earned him an award or nomination. The Bone Collector (1999),  Courage Under Fire (1996), Crimson Tide 1995, He Got Game (1998), and Hurricane (1999) were particularly nominated for a Golden Globe Award.

Denzel Washington earned $7.5 million in 1995 for his performance in the science-fiction picture Virtuosity. He made a total of $12 million for his roles in the movies Fallen and The Siege in 1998, as well as his Oscar-winning performance in Training Day in 2001.

Denzel Washington has acted in, directed, and produced a variety of movies since 2000. Remember the Titans, Training Day, Out of Time, Man on Fire (2004), Inside Man (2006), Unstoppable (2010), 2 Guns (2013), Safe House (2012), The Equalizer (2014), Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017), The Magnificent Seven (2016), and others are some of the major movies in which he has appeared. The Equalizer 2 and The Iceman Cometh are his most recent works, both of which were launched in 2018.

He directed Fences (2016) and The Great Debaters (2007). He has also produced a number of films, including The Book of Eli, as well as a number of television shows.

Denzel Washington starred as Macbeth in the movie Macbeth, which was released in 2021. He was nominated for multiple prizes and got unanimous acclaim for his performance. A Journal for Jordan, based on Dana Canedy’s memoir, was also directed by Washington in 2021. In 2021, it was released in theatres around the country to middling reviews.

Denzel Washington Net Worth and Salary

Personal Life

Washington wedded Pauletta Pearson in 1983, after meeting her on the set of Wilma. Their four children are John David, Katia, Olivia, and Malcolm twins. Desmond Tutu officiated at Washington and his wife’s renewal of wedding vows in South Africa in 1995. Washington is a devoted Christian who has contemplated pursuing a career as a preacher.

Denzel Washington, Oliver Stone, and Michael Moore were among the American artists and intellectuals that enlisted the support of Colombia’s Revolutionary Armed Forces in 2006. They pleaded with the organization to assist them in persuading then-President George W. Bush to free 600 jailed insurgents in trade for 62 Colombian captives.


In 1995, Washington contributed US$2.5 million to the development of the new West Angeles Church of God in Christ edifice in Los Angeles. Since 1993, Washington has been the national voice for Boys & Girls Clubs of America, has sat on the organization’s board of directors since 1995, and has participated in public service ads and community outreach.

In mid-2004, Washington paid a visit to Fort Sam Houston’s Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC), where he partook in a Purple Heart ceremony, giving medals to 3 Army soldiers rehabilitating from wounds sustained while posted in Iraq. In 1995, he gave US$1 million to Nelson Mandela’s Children’s Trust, US$2.5 million to Wiley College in the 1980s, and a significant contribution to the Fisher House Foundation.

In 2011, he gave Fordham $2 million for an endowed theatre department chair and $250,000 for a theatre-specific scholarship.

Awards and Nominations

Washington received an Academy Award for Glory in 1989. The Hurricane won him a Golden Globe. He finally won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Part for his role in Training Day in 2002, becoming only the second African-American actor to do so.

In 1988, Washington received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the anti-apartheid film Cry Freedom. In 1992, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his part in Malcolm X, and he was nominated again in 1999 for The Hurricane.

Denzel was honored at the Golden Globe Awards in 2016 with the Cecil B. Demille Lifetime Achievement Award. He starred in the Disney football drama Remember the Titans, which grossed more than $100 million at the box office and garnered him both a Black Reel Award and an NAACP Image Award for Best Actor.


NameDenzel Washington
Net Worth$280 Million
Height(1.76 m)
Weight80KG (Approx)
Date Of BirthSeptember 7, 1974
BirthplaceUnited States
Income$60-70 Million
SpousePauletta Washington


As of 2022, one of the richest actors Denzel Washington’s net worth is estimated to be around $280 million. Denzel is a phenomenon, having been amassed a huge fortune from numerous films and tv shows, all of which are equally good. He has been dubbed “the best actor of the twenty-first century” by critics. He is most known for his award-winning depictions of movie characters. He is a well-known producer and director who has won numerous important accolades for his performances.

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