|Denzel Washington graduation|
|Denzel Washington graduated from Fordham University, NY|
Denzel Washington graduated from Fordham University, NY. Washington, the son of a minister, graduated with a degree in journalism from Fordham University, but pursued his interest in acting, earning his first Oscar nod in 1988 for the political drama Cry Freedom, and landing a Best Supporting Actor statue for Glory in 1990. Over the years, PEOPLE's 1996 Sexiest Man Alive has amassed an impressive body of work including collaborations with director Spike Lee, his own directorial efforts in Antwone Fisher and The Great Debaters, and Ridley Scott's American Gangster.