Denzel Washington’s Net Worth Is Seriously Impressive—Even for a Hollywood Vet


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Denzel Washington has been gracing the big (and small) screen for over four decades. And the talented actor has shown no signs of slowing down—and I’m not just saying that because the third installment to The Equalizer film series (where he plays an ex-Marine turned vigilante) premiered in theaters in September 2023. In fact, the Hollywood veteran revealed in a 2013 interview with The Telegraph that he considered retiring from acting, but working with actress Viola Davis (who starred alongside him in the Broadway production and the movie adaptation of the classic play, Fences) reignited his love for the craft. 

“The whole process is where I am in my life right now. It reawakened me,” Washington told the outlet. “I felt alive again and I said I want to apply that same work ethic to every job in terms of preparation, investigation, everything. No matter how big a movie is, I never want it to be just another gig. I don’t want that. Don’t want to know.’’

As a longtime fan, I can’t say that I haven’t been curious about Denzel Washington's net worth, which is a massive $300 million. So, how has the 69-year-old The Little Things star earned such a large number throughout his acting career? Keep reading to find out more.

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1. What Is Denzel Washington’s Net Worth in 2024?

Born December 28, 1954, Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. began his career in the theater after training at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and went on to perfect his craft in off-Broadway productions. After transitioning from theater to television, Washington had his breakthrough role in the ‘80s medical drama St. Elsewhere, where he played Dr. Phillip Chandler from 1982 to 1988. This was just the start of a storied career that has included blockbuster franchises and award-winning films. Each of these have helped the star build a very impressive net worth.

And according to Celebrity Net Worth, Denzel Washington is currently worth a whopping $300 million.

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2. How Much Has Denzel Washinton Earned from His Movies? 

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Denzel Washington’s current salary is $60 million (aka that’s what he roughly makes in a year).

Throughout his career, the actor and director has starred in a number of box office hits, so it should come as no surprise that he has a lot of $$$ in the bank. In case you were wondering exactly how much Washington has earned from some of his most popular movies, here is a list of the top five films he starred in and how much his salary was: 

  1. The Little Things (2021): $60 million
  2. American Gangster (2007): $40 million
  3. Man on Fire (2004): $20 million
  4. Out of Time (2003): $20 million
  5. Training Day (2001): $12 million
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3. What Awards Has Denzel Washington Won?

Ever since he established his on-screen presence in St. Elsewhere, the New York native’s acting career has continued to impress. Washington went on to play many different roles throughout his decades-long career, earning his first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for playing a slave turned Civil War soldier in 1989’s Glory. He also won an Oscar for Best Leading Actor for portraying a crooked cop in Training Day (2001).

In addition, Washington earned Oscar noms for his roles in Cry Freedom (1987), Malcolm X (1992), The Hurricane (1999), Flight (2012), Fences (2016), Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) and The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021). Back in 2010, Washington won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for starring in the Broadway revival of August Wilson’s play, Fences

The Man on Fire alum also has three Golden Globes (for Glory, The Hurricane and the honorary Cecil B. DeMille award), a Screen Actors Guild Award (for Fences) and two Silver Bear awards (for Malcolm X and The Hurricane). Oh, and did I mention that the longtime actor has two Emmy Award and Grammy nominations under his belt?

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Karelle McKay is the Assistant Editor of News and Entertainment at PureWow. Before she started writing about all things pop culture, she was a literal couch potato who loved...