Life in Film: Denzel Washington

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Cry Freedom (1987)

Washington has played a number of notable historical figures in his career, but his first biopic was Cry Freedom, in which he played South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko. The role earned Washington his first-ever Academy Award nomination and the film was shot the same year his daughter Katia was born. The actor and his wife, Pauletta Pearson, already had a son, John David. We're sure the young actor's family was incredibly proud seeing him earn rave reviews for this important role!

(Photo: Universal Pictures)

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