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The Preachers’ Kids: Denzel Washington, Tamar Braxton and Others

Sun., Oct. 21, 2012 9:57 AM EDT
by Yvette Caslin

Denzel Washington is an angel. Well, he played an angel in the 1996 film The Preacher’s Wife with costars Whitney Houston and Courtney Vance. It seems that Washington’s spiritual roots go a little further back than playing a celestial being in this acclaimed movie. His dad, Reverend Denzel Hayes Washington Sr., served as an ordained Pentecostal minister. In a GQ magazine cover feature interview, he shares, “He had his own church, and it was a long Sunday, because you had to be there all day.”

If he weren’t an actor, it’s highly likely this would have been the road Washington would have traveled: “A part of me still says, ‘Maybe, Denzel, you’re supposed to preach. Maybe you’re still compromising.’ I’ve had an opportunity to play great men and, through their words, to preach. I take what talent I’ve been given seriously, and I want to use it for good.”

Here are some other well-known celebs who had parents in the pulpit. –yvette caslin

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