Born in Torrance, California, Denzel Whitaker is best known for his award-winning role in THE GREAT DEBATERS, where he performed opposite two of his namesakes, Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker. His recent work includes the Marvel film BLACK PANTHER directed by Ryan Coogler and CUT THROAT CITY directed by RZA. He will next be seen starring in the BET film ALIEU THE DEAMER. He was listed as People Magazine’s 100 Sexiest Men in 2010.
Denzel had a great supporting role in John Singleton’s ABDUCTION for Lionsgate, an even more charismatic lead role in the indie film BACK TO SCHOOL MOM with Kimberly Elise and Harry Lennix, and appeared in Gavin O’Connor’s feature WARRIOR for Mandate Pictures. Denzel also recurred on CBS’s BLUE BLOODS as “Curtis,” a good kid born into the wrong neighborhood who struggles against the gang lifestyle that pervades his life. He most recently was seen recurring on the USA/Syfy series THE PURGE based on the hit film series of the same name.
Numerous films and television shows list Denzels’ name among their actors and directors: MY SOUL TO TAKE (Wes Craven), BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS (Werner Herzog), TRAINING DAY (Antoine Fuqua), TNT’s MONDAY MORNINGS and RIZZOLI & ISLES, FX’s LEGIT, CARTOON NETWORK’s BLACK DYNAMITE, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – all of which have groomed Denzel into an exemplary performer with an aptitude for working hard and working with a vision.