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Denzel Washington's
Daytona Connection
 
Denzel Washington is one of the most respected and admired people in the entertainment industry.  The son of a Pentecostal minister, Washington is a devout Christian who is said to read the Bible daily.  

 
The list of Washington’s awards and nominations is too long to include in this article. The only thing that exceeds his earnings and accomplishments is the heart of the man.  His philanthropy is vast and varied.

 
He is supporter of those who serve in the U.S. Military having participated in presenting Purple Heart Medals to wounded soldiers at the Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston.  While there, Washington became aware that the Fisher House facility (that provides a comfort home, where families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment) had exceeded its capacity.  Washington quickly made a substantial donation to the Fisher House Foundation.  
 

Washington has also donated to Nelson Madela’s Children’s Fund, to a college to save the college’s debate team.  He also donated large amounts to the theater department of his alma mater, Fordham University.  He is also a major supporter and spokesperson for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America

 
Denzel Washington attended Mainland High School in Daytona Beach Florida from 1970 to 1971.

Washington admits that after his parents divorced, he could have gone down the wrong path.  He was not particularly successful in college.  He took a semester off to try to decide what direction he should take.  During that time, he worked as a creative arts director at a YMCA summer camp in Connecticut.  While there he was part of a staff talent show for campers.  Fortunately for those who enjoy his work and benefit from his giving, a colleague suggested that he try acting.  The rest is the history of the man and his achievements.

Money is not the only gauge of success, but it has allowed Denzel Washington to take roles which he believes he can use to send messages to people, and his considerable charitable work and donations.  His numbers (as of December 5, 2015) are as follows:

Average annual earnings                                           $20,000,000
Total box office gross for all films acted in             $3,297,600,000
Average movie gross for all films acted in              $49,012,010

Number of movies acted in          54
Number of movies directed          2
Number of movies produced        5

Reported Career Earnings             
2 Guns                                       $20,000,000
The Book of Eli                           $20,000,000
American Gangster                      $40,000,000
Man on Fire                                $20,000,000
Out of Time                                $20,000,000
Training Day                               $12,000,000
The Hurricane                             $10,000,000
The Siege                                   $12,000,000
Fallen                                         $12,000,000
Courage Under Fire                      $10,000,000
Virtuosity                                    $7,500,000

*By Paul Rudman at http://www.flickr.com/photos/thecanonrattman/ [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

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