12/28/2011 09:36 am ET | Updated Dec 28, 2011

Denzel Washington Birthday: The Oscar-Winning Actor Turns 57 (PHOTOS)

Be still our hearts!

Denzel Washington, Oscar-winning actor, producer, director, screenwriter, philanthropist and resident hottie turns 57 today.

The "Man On Fire" star has continued to keep our hearts ablaze with his catalog of blockbuster films and devastating good looks. He seriously gets better looking each year, right?

Well, 2012 should be a big year for the actor who is set to release the movies "Safe House," "Flight" and has just signed on as lead actor in the TV-to-screen remake of the 80's hit "Equalizer."

Between acting on Broadway and the silver screen, Washington has also devoted considerable time and money to organizations close to his heart. He continues to support the Boys And Girls Club, which he credits for helping him through his youth and just this year gifted an incredible $2.25 million to the theater department at his alma mater Fordham University.

So, as we wish Denzel another fabulous year of life, here's a little present for you--a slideshow of the superstar actor (and sex symbol) over the years. Swoon!

Denzel Washington