The beloved American actor, director, and producer Denzel Washington recently broke down paying tribute to someone very special to him…
And it was heart-melting to see.
Now, Denzel was born in 1954, just 3 days after Christmas Day.
He was brought up in New York and when his parents divorced when he was fourteen, he was sent to a military academy school which completely changed his direction in life.
Denzel was torn between attending college or taking a semester off.
But whilst he worked as creative arts director of an overnight summer camp at Camp Sloane YMCA, he participated in a staff talent show for the campers and a colleague suggested he try acting.
And so, that’s exactly what he did.
Next to his studies, the aspiring actor performed at many summer theatre projects to fill out his resume.
Shortly after graduating, Denzel was cast in the 1977 film Wilma.
His first Hollywood appearance came in the 1981 film Carbon Copy, and things were only onwards and upwards from there.
His major career break came when he starred as Dr. Phillip Chandler in NBC’s television hospital drama St. Elsewhere.
He was one of only a few African-American actors to appear on the series for its entire 6-year run between 1982 to 1988.
And Denzel went on to land himself some major roles over the years…
Including movies such as Mo’ Better Blues (1991), Philadelphia (1993), The Hurricane (1999), and Training Day (2001).
And he truly is a fantastic actor.
Denzel has starred in award-winning movies such as Flight (2012), The Equalizer (2014), and The Magnificent Seven (2016).
In 2016, he directed the movie Fences…
And he also starred in it, which nominated the actor for even more awards.
Yep, he has a lot to show for his career path.
He has been nominated for and won countless Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Primetime Emmy Awards, MTV Movie Awards, and NAACP Image Awards. Yep, he’s the real deal.
Denzel shares his life with Pauletta Washington, his beloved wife.
And together they have 4 children and share a very happy marriage.
He’s a role model for a lot of people.
And he isn’t the type to turn away a stranger in need – which demonstrates his strong Christian values.
But lately, he’s faced a huge controversy.
People are not loving his latest movie.
The Little Things has a 46% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
But that’s not its only problem …
The movie centers around 2 cops who firmly believe a man is committing serial murders.
The problem is – he’s just taunting them, and in frustration, 1 of the cops kills him.
Many feel that in the current climate, this ending just doesn’t sit right.
Especially considering the police violence many have spent the year protesting against. But, either way, people still love Denzel.
And now, Denzel has come out about someone he has a lot of love for, and it truly is heart-melting.
In an interview with talk show host, Stephen Colbert, Denzel talked about a woman who went through thick and thin with him…
And in the interview, he said some things that were pretty heart-melting.
His mom, Lennis Washington, ninety-seven, passed away this year, and Denzel didn’t cry at the funeral, but he did get a little bit emotional with Stephen.
“She didn’t get cheated,” he said of her time on Earth.
“She was there for everything, and she went home,” he continued.
And he got a little emotional when he paid tribute to her with something he said.
But first, he said that he “didn’t cry at her funeral.”
And when Stephen asked why that might be, he jokingly said: “I don’t know, I guess I saved it up for you.”
But the thing that got him all choked up was when he talked of his first true love.
“A mother is a son’s first true love,” he began. “A son, especially that first son, is a mother’s, last true love.”
He really is the sweetest. And if you want to see the interview for yourself, here it is.
We love you, Denzel. And we’re so sorry for your loss.