Though Denzel Washington is one of the most famous men in Hollywood, not a whole lot is known about his personal life. He has not endured a string of scandalous, short-lived marriages (he and his wife have been married since 1983); we do not see photos of him around town with his four children; and he has not had a well-documented mental breakdown. For all we know, Denzel Washington is just like us -- except much, much better looking.
So, in honor of his 58th birthday, we will not be musing over Denzel's personal life, but instead remembering the work that has come to define him. Though Denzel has been getting older, the quality of his roles, as well as his workload, have not been declining.
Below is a list of our favorite Denzel roles. Do you agree with our picks? Let us know in the comments section.
Denzel Washington starred alongside Sarita Choudhury in 1991's "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102456/">Mississippi Masala</a>," which follows an interracial couple in Mississippi. Playing the sexy and romantic Demetrius Williams, Denzel was praised for his <a href="http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19920214/REVIEWS/202140303/1023">natural charm</a> in this movie.
In this based-on-a-true-story film, Denzel Washington plays boxing champion Rubin "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0174856/">Hurricane</a>" Carter. Carter was wrongfully convicted of a triple homicide before being freed nearly 20 years later.
In 2006's "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0454848/">Inside Man</a>," Denzel Washington plays a negotiator after a bank robbery turns into a hostage situation.
In the very powerful "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107818/">Philadelphia</a>," Denzel Washington plays a homophobic lawyer representing a gay client (Tom Hanks).
'Remember The Titans'
In 2000's "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0210945/">Remember The Titans</a>," Denzel Washington plays the football coach of a newly integrated team. Based on true events in 1971, the team eventually becomes a symbol of unity for the community.
Denzel Washington won a "best supporting actor" Oscar for his role in the 1989 film "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097441/">Glory</a>." In "Glory," Denzel plays a soldier in the Civil War's first company of black soldiers.
In 2007's "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0765429/">American Gangster</a>," Denzel Washington plays a 1970's heroin kingpin.
Denzel Washington has recently received a Golden Globe nomination for his role as a pilot in "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1907668/">Flight</a>."
Denzel Washington won a "best actor" Oscar for his role as a backwards cop in "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0139654/">Training Day</a>."
Denzel Washington portrays civil rights leader Malcolm X in a 1992 movie of the <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104797/">same name</a>. Roger Ebert said his performance "<a href="http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19921118/REVIEWS/211180301/1023">[stood] at the center</a> of the film, in a performance of enormous breadth."