Denzel Washington: In His Own Words

The Oscar winner shows PEOPLE his favorite photos. Hear what he says about his family, Julia Roberts and more

01 of 07

CIVIC DUTY

CIVIC DUTY
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Denzel (second from the left) on a Boys Club field trip in the 1960s. The group went to the Mount Vernon, N.Y., police station, where he was chosen as police commissioner for the day.

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02 of 07

KEEPING IT REAL

KEEPING IT REAL
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Denzel celebrates his second Oscar win (for the film Training Day) with his Pelican Brief costar Julia Roberts in 2002.

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03 of 07

JET-SETTING DAD

JET-SETTING DAD
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The actor makes waves with son Malcolm, now 15, in 1999. The actor has three other children: John David, 22, Katia, 19 and Malcolm's twin sister Olivia.

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04 of 07

HIS LEADING LADY

HIS LEADING LADY
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Washington escorts his wife of 23 years, Pauletta, to the Beverly Hills premiere of Courage Under Fire in 1996.

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05 of 07

SLAM DUNK

SLAM DUNK
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Denzel pulls a fast one on his Malcolm X director (and die-hard Knicks fan) Spike Lee at a 2005 Lakers/Knicks game in Los Angeles.

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06 of 07

MOVE OVER, CLOONEY

MOVE OVER, CLOONEY

Denzel, named PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive in 1996, has one word to describe his mustache look (right).

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07 of 07

STINGS LIKE A BEE

STINGS LIKE A BEE
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Muhammad Ali sucker punches a willing Washington at the 2004 Boys and Girls Club of America President's dinner in New York.

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