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: 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."
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 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.
1998: Washington and Angelina Jolie in the crime thriller "The Bone Collector."
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. Washington won Best Actor for his work in "Training Day" and Berry won Best Actress for her work in "Monster's Ball."
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.
2010: Washington in the post-apocalyptic thriller "Book of Eli."
2010: Chris Pine and Washington in the runaway train thriller "Unstoppable."
2012: Washington playing airline pilot Whip Whitaker in Robert Zemeckis' drama "Flight." The role earned Washington his seventh Golden Globe nomination.
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.