[ Denzel Washington ] VS [ John Travolta ]

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Denzel Washington John Travolta
Born Denzel Hayes Washington Jr.
(1954-12-28) December 28, 1954 (age 66)
Mount Vernon, New York, U.S.
(1954-02-18) February 18, 1954 (age 67)
Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Alma mater Fordham University (BA) --
Occupation Actor
director
producer
Actor
singer
Years active 1975–present 1972–present
Works Full list --
Spouse(s) Pauletta Pearson (m. 1983)
Kelly Preston (m. 1991; died 2020)
Children 4, including John David Washington 3
Awards and nominations

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Academy Awards
Year Category Nominated work Result
1988 Best Supporting Actor Cry Freedom Nominated
1990 Glory Won
1993 Best Actor Malcolm X Nominated
2000 The Hurricane Nominated
2002 Training Day Won
2013 Flight Nominated
2017 Best Picture Fences Nominated
Best Actor Nominated
2018 Roman J. Israel, Esq. Nominated
2022 The Tragedy of Macbeth Pending

Golden Globe Awards
Year Category Nominated work Result
1988 Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama Cry Freedom Nominated
1990 Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Glory Won
1993 Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama Malcolm X Nominated
2000 The Hurricane Won
2002 Training Day Nominated
2008 American Gangster Nominated
2013 Flight Nominated
2016 Cecil B. DeMille Award N/A Won
2017 Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama Fences Nominated
2018 Roman J. Israel, Esq. Nominated
2022 The Tragedy of Macbeth Nominated

Grammy Awards
Year Category Nominated work Result
1996 Best Spoken Word Album for Children John Henry Nominated

Primetime Emmy Awards
Year Category Nominated work Result
1995 Outstanding Informational Series or Special Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream Nominated
2001 Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special Half Past Autumn: The Life And Works Of Gordon Parks Nominated

Tony Awards
Year Category Nominated work Result
2010 Best Leading Actor in a Play Fences Won
2018 The Iceman Cometh Nominated

Screen Actors Guild Awards
Year Category Nominated work Result
2000 Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture The Hurricane Nominated
2002 Training Day Nominated
2008 Outstanding Ensemble in a Motion Picture American Gangster Nominated
2013 Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture Flight Nominated
2017 Fences Won
Outstanding Ensemble in a Motion Picture Nominated
2018 Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture Roman J. Israel, Esq. Nominated
2022 The Tragedy of Macbeth Pending

Black Reel Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result
2000 The Hurricane Best Actor Won
2001 Remember the Titans Won
2002 Training Day Won
2003 John Q Nominated
Antwone Fisher Best Director Won
Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2004 Out of Time Best Actor Nominated
2007 Inside Man Nominated
2013 Flight Won
2015 The Equalizer Nominated
2017 Fences Best Director Nominated
Best Actor Won
The Magnificent Seven Nominated
2018 Roman J. Israel, Esq. Nominated
2022 The Tragedy of Macbeth Pending

MTV Movie & TV Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result
1993 Malcolm X Best Performance – Male Won
1994 The Pelican Brief Most Desirable Male Nominated
Philadelphia Best On-Screen Duo shared with Tom Hanks Nominated
1996 Crimson Tide Best Performance – Male Nominated
2002 Training Day Best Villain Won
2008 American Gangster Best Performance – Male Nominated
Best Villain Nominated
2013 Flight Best WTF Moment Nominated

NAACP Image Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result
1987 Power Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Won
1988 Cry Freedom Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Won
1990 Glory Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Won
1993 Mississippi Masala Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Won
Malcolm X Won
1996 Crimson Tide Won
1997 Courage Under Fire Won
1997 N/A Entertainer of the Year Won
1999 He Got Game Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Nominated
2000 The Hurricane Won
2001 Remember the Titans Won
2002 Training Day Won
2003 John Q. Won
Antwone Fisher Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Won
2004 Out of Time Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Nominated
2005 Man on Fire Nominated
2007 Inside Man Nominated
2008 The Great Debaters Won
Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture Nominated
2011 The Book of Eli Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Won
2013 Flight Won
2015 The Equalizer Nominated
2017 Fences Won
2018 Roman J. Israel, Esq. Nominated
2022 The Tragedy of Macbeth Pending
A Journal for Jordan Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture Pending

Satellite Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result
2000 The Hurricane Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Nominated
2001 Remember the Titans Nominated
2002 Training Day Nominated
2003 Antwone Fisher Best Director Nominated
2007 American Gangster Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Nominated
2012 Flight Best Actor – Motion Picture Nominated
2017 Fences Nominated
Best Director Nominated
2022 The Tragedy of Macbeth Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Pending

Film critic awards
Year Nominated work Category Result
1989 Glory Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
1992 Malcolm X Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Won
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Won
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor Won
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor Won
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Won
1995 Devil in a Blue Dress Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Nominated
1996 Courage Under Fire Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Nominated
1999 The Hurricane Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Nominated
2001 Training Day Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor Won
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor Won
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Nominated
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Nominated
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor Nominated
2002 Antwone Fisher Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Freedom Award Won
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Director Won
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Director Nominated
2012 Flight African-American Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Won
Houston Film Critics Society for Best Actor Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor Nominated
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Nominated
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Nominated
2016 Fences African-American Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Won
Black Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor Won
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Won
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Nominated
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Director Nominated
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actor Nominated
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble Nominated
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Nominated
Houston Film Critics Society for Best Actor Nominated
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Nominated
2021 The Tragedy of Macbeth Austin Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Nominated
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actor Pending
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Nominated
Houston Film Critics Society for Best Actor Nominated
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Nominated

Miscellaneous awards
Year Nominated work Category Result
1993 Malcolm X Silver Bear for Best Actor Won
1995 N/A Golden Apple Awards for Star of the Year Won
2000 The Hurricane Silver Bear for Best Actor Won
2002 Training Day American Film Institute Award for Actor of the Year – Male – Movies Won
2005 The Manchurian Candidate Jupiter Award for Best International Actor Nominated
2005 American Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award Won
2007 N/A BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards for Excellence in Film Won
2010 The Book of Eli Saturn Award for Best Actor Nominated
2013 Flight AARP Annual Movies for Grownups Awards for Best Actor Won
AACTA International Award for Best Actor Nominated
2014 N/A San Sebastián International Film Festival for Donostia Award Won
2017 Fences AARP Annual Movies for Grownups Awards for Best Actor Won
Santa Barbara International Film Festival for Maltin Modern Master Award Won
AACTA International Award for Best Actor Nominated
The Magnificent Seven Jupiter Award for Best International Actor Won
2022 The Tragedy of Macbeth AACTA International Award for Best Actor Nominated

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Academy Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1978 Saturday Night Fever Best Actor Nominated
1995 Pulp Fiction

BAFTA Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1995 Pulp Fiction Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated

Golden Globe Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1978 Saturday Night Fever Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Nominated
1979 Grease
1995 Pulp Fiction Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1996 Get Shorty Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Won
1999 Primary Colors Nominated
2008 Hairspray Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
2017 The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film

Primetime Emmy Award
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2016 The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story Outstanding Limited Series Won
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Nominated
2021 Die Hart Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series Nominated

Screen Actors Guild Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1995 Pulp Fiction Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
1996 Get Shorty Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2008 Hairspray

American Comedy Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1996 Get Shorty Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Leading Role) Won

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1997 Phenomenon Favorite Actor - Drama Won
1998 Face/Off Favorite Actor – Action/Adventure
1999 A Civil Action Favorite Actor - Drama Nominated
2000 The General's Daughter Favorite Actor - Suspense

Chicago Film Critics Association
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1994 Pulp Fiction Best Actor Nominated

Critics' Choice Movie Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2008 Hairspray Best Acting Ensemble Won

Critics' Choice Television Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2016 The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Limited Series Nominated

Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1995 Pulp Fiction Best Actor Nominated

David di Donatello Award
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1995 Pulp Fiction Best Foreign Actor Won

Golden Raspberry Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1984 Staying Alive Worst Actor Nominated
Two of a Kind Nominated
1986 Perfect Nominated
1992 Shout Worst Supporting Actor Nominated
2001 Battlefield Earth and Lucky Numbers Worst Actor Won
Battlefield Earth Worst Picture Won
Worst Screen Couple Won
2002 Domestic Disturbance Worst Actor Nominated
Swordfish Nominated
2005 Battlefield Earth Worst "Drama" of Our First 25 Years Won
2010 Worst Picture of the Decade Won
Worst Actor of the Decade Nominated
Old Dogs Worst Actor Nominated
2019 Gotti Nominated
Worst Screen Combo Nominated
2020 The Fanatic and Trading Paint Worst Actor Won
The Fanatic Worst Screen Combo Nominated

Grammy Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1978 Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture Album of the Year Nominated

Hollywood Film Festival
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2007 Hairspray Ensemble of the Year Won
Supporting Actor of the Year

London Critics Circle
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1995 Pulp Fiction Actor of the Year Won

International Indian Film Academy Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2014 N/A Outstanding Achievement in International Cinema Won

Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1994 Pulp Fiction Best Actor Won

MTV Movie Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1995 Pulp Fiction Best Dance Sequence (shared with Uma Thurman) Won
Best Male Performance Nominated
Best On-Screen Duo (shared with Samuel L. Jackson)
1996 Broken Arrow Best Villain
Best Fight (shared with Christian Slater)
1997 Phenomenon Best Male Performance
Best Kiss (shared with Kyra Sedgwick)
1998 Face/Off Best On-Screen Duo (shared with Nicolas Cage) Won
Best Male Performance Nominated
Best Villain (shared with Nicolas Cage)

National Board of Review
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1977 Saturday Night Fever Best Actor Won

National Society of Film Critics
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1977 Saturday Night Fever Best Actor 3rd Place
1995 Pulp Fiction

New York Film Critics Circle
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1977 Saturday Night Fever Best Actor 3rd Place

Palm Springs International Film Festival
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2008 Hairspray Ensemble Cast Award Won

Satellite Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1999 The Thin Red Line Outstanding Motion Picture Ensemble Won

Saturn Awards
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1997 Face/Off Best Actor Won

Southeastern Film Critics Association
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1996 Get Shorty Best Actor Won

Stockholm International Film Festival
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1994 Pulp Fiction Best Actor Won

TV Land Award
Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
1976 The Boy in the Plastic Bubble Won

Website -- travolta.com
Discography --

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Year Album US
1974 Over Here! (musical)
1976 John Travolta 39
1977 Can't Let You Go 66
1978 Travolta Fever 161
Grease (soundtrack) 1
1983 Two of a Kind (soundtrack) 26
1986 The Road to Freedom (collaboration)
1996 Let Her In: The Best of John Travolta
2003 The Collection
2007 Hairspray (soundtrack)
2012 This Christmas (with Olivia Newton-John) 81

Year Title US Billboard US Cash Box US Record World US AC CAN CAN AC UK
1974 "Dream Drummin'"
1975 "Easy Evil"
"Can't Let You Go"
1976 "You Set My Dreams to Music"
"Goodnight Mr. Moon"
"Rainbows"
"Settle Down"
"Moonlight Lady"
"Right Time of the Night"
"Big Trouble"
"What Would They Say"
"Back Doors Crying"
"Let Her In" 10 5 16 7 12
"Whenever I'm Away from You" 38 62 61
"Slow Dancin'"
"It Had to Be You"
"I Don't Know What I Like About You Baby"
1977 "All Strung Out on You" 34 28 30
"Baby, I Could Be So Good at Lovin' You"
"Razzamatazz"
1978 "You're the One That I Want" (with Olivia Newton-John) 1 3 2 1
"Summer Nights" (with Olivia Newton-John) 5 3 3 1
"Sandy" 2
"Greased Lightnin'" 47 45 11
1980 "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again"
1983 "Take a Chance" (with Olivia Newton-John)
1997 "Two Sleepy People" (with Carly Simon)
2008 "I Thought I Lost You" (with Miley Cyrus)

Filmography/Television --

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Film
Year Title Role Notes
1975 The Devil's Rain Danny
1976 The Boy in the Plastic Bubble Tod Lubitch
Carrie Billy Nolan
1977 Saturday Night Fever Anthony "Tony" Manero
1978 Grease Daniel "Danny" Zuko
Moment by Moment Strip Harrison
1980 Urban Cowboy Buford 'Bud' Una Davis
1981 Blow Out Jack Terry
1983 Staying Alive Anthony "Tony" Manero
Two of a Kind Zack Melon
1985 Perfect Adam Lawrence
1989 The Experts Travis
Look Who's Talking James Ubriacco
1990 Look Who's Talking Too
1991 Shout Jack Cabe
Eyes of an Angel Bobby
1993 Look Who's Talking Now James Ubriacco
1994 Pulp Fiction Vincent Vega
1995 Get Shorty Chili Palmer
White Man's Burden Louis Pinnock
1996 Michael Michael
Phenomenon George Malley
Orientation: A Scientology Information Film Himself Short film
Broken Arrow Maj. Vic 'Deak' Deakins
1997 Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's Himself Documentary film
Mad City Sam Baily
Face/Off Sean Archer / Castor Troy
She's So Lovely Joey Giamonti Also executive producer
1998 A Civil Action Jan Schlichtmann
The Thin Red Line Brigadier General Quintard
Junket Whore Himself Documentary film
Primary Colors Governor Jack Stanton
1999 The General's Daughter Warr. Officer Paul Brenner
Our Friend, Martin Mr. Langon Voice
2000 Battlefield Earth Terl Also producer
Lucky Numbers Russ Richards
Welcome to Hollywood Himself Cameo;
Mockumentary
2001 Domestic Disturbance Frank Morrison
Swordfish Gabriel Shear
2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember Himself as "Austinpussy" Goldmember Cameo
2003 Basic Tom Hardy
2004 Ladder 49 Captain Mike Kennedy
A Love Song for Bobby Long Bobby Long
The Punisher Howard Saint
2005 Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D James Benson "Jim" Irwin Voice;
Documentary film
Be Cool Chili Palmer
2006 Lonely Hearts Elmer C. Robinson
2007 Wild Hogs Woody Stevens
Hairspray Edna Turnblad
2008 Bolt Bolt Voice
2009 The Taking of Pelham 123 Ryder
Old Dogs Charlie Reed
2010 From Paris with Love Charlie Wax
2012 Savages Dennis Cain
2013 Killing Season Emil Kovac
2014 The Forger Ray Cutter
2015 Life on the Line Beau Ginner
Criminal Activities Eddie Also executive producer
2016 In a Valley of Violence Marshal Clyde Martin
I Am Wrath Stanley Hill
2018 Gotti John Gotti Also executive producer
Speed Kills Ben Aronoff
2019 Trading Paint Sam Munroe
The Poison Rose Carson Phillips
The Fanatic Moose
TBA Paradise City The kingpin Post-production

Television
Year Title Role Notes
1972 Emergency! Chuck Benson Episode: "Kids"
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law Episode: "A Piece of God"
1973 The Rookies Eddie Halley Episode: " Frozen Smoke"
1974 Medical Center Danny Episode: "Saturday's Child"
1975 The Tenth Level John Television film
1975–1979 Welcome Back, Kotter Vincent "Vinnie" Barbarino 79 episodes
1976 Mr. T and Tina Vinnie Barbarino Episode: "Pilot"
1987 Basements: The Dumb Waiter Ben Television film
The Grand Knockout Tournament Himself Television special
1991 Chains of Gold Scott Barnes Television film; also writer
1992 Boris and Natasha: The Movie Himself (cameo) Television film
1994 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "John Travolta/Seal"
2005 Fat Actress Himself Episode: "Big Butts"
2014 Kirstie Mickey Episode: "Mickey & Maddie"
2016 The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story Robert Shapiro 10 episodes; also producer
2020 Die Hart Ron Wilcox 10 episodes

Music video
Year Title Role Notes
2019 3 to Tango Pitbull

Occupation List

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