Happy birthday, Denzel Washington! Denzel is the actor, producer, and director who won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the 2001 film Training Day. After taking a semester off from college, he worked as an overnight summer camp counselor, where he discovered his acting abilities. He donated $1 million to the Children’s Fund of South Africa in 2012. Washington married Pauletta Pearson in June 1983, and the couple has four children together.