8 Things You Didn’t Know About Denzel Washington

  
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6. Military School

Washington began going to school at Pennington-Grimes Elementary School until 1968, but when his parents divorced when he was 14 his mother sent him to a private school. Washington was sent to Oakland Military Academy in New Windsor, New York, and revealed if his mother had not have done that he probably would have ended up living his life in a gang. “That decision changed my life, because I wouldn’t have survived in the direction I was going. The guys I was hanging out with at the time, my running buddies, have now done maybe 40 years combined in the penitentiary. They were nice guys, but the streets got them.”

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5. Becoming an Actor

Thanks to his mom sending him to military school, Washington focused more on school and ended up finishing high school at Mainland High School in Dayton Beach, Florida. After which he went to Fordham University, which he graduated from in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and Journalism. He eventually decided to pursue acting after he dropped out of school for one semester and worked as a creative arts director at a summer camp where someone he worked with suggested he go into acting after the staff put on a talent show. Like many actors, Washington got his start in theater, and it did not take long for his talent to get noticed and he was quickly offered on-screen roles.

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