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How Many Kids Does Denzel Washington Have?

Denzel Washington's 4 Children Are Successful Actors, Producers, and Directors

How Many Kids Does Denzel Washington Have?
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Denzel Washington and his wife, Pauletta Washington, have built a beautiful family together over the years. The couple first met on the set of 1977's "Wilma", but it wasn't until a few months later that sparks flew at a mutual friend's party, according to People. The stars officially tied the knot in 1983, then welcomed their first child — son John David Washington — in 1984. Two years later, their daughter Katia Washington was born, and in 1991, Denzel and Pauletta became parents of four with the arrival of their twins Malcolm and Olivia Washington.

Once the couple began expanding their family, Pauletta stepped back from acting in order to raise their four children, and the "Malcolm X" star is grateful for everything his wife has done for their family. While accepting the American Film Institute's lifetime achievement award in 2019, Denzel used his speech to thank Pauletta for being their children's primary caretaker. "My wife has made our house a home, and raised these beautiful kids and protected them and sacrificed for them; she did the heavy lifting," he said.

Despite being busy with his acting career, Denzel has done everything he can to be there for his kids growing up. In a 2010 interview with The Guardian, Denzel said he and Pauletta have raised their kids to value the importance of "church, school, humility, volunteering," and "helping others." Those are lessons the couple have tried to carry on from their own parents.

Although he's won countless awards in his career, Denzel said the most rewarding thing has been to see his children grow up and chase their own dreams. "You have raised your children, and now you live through them. Their success is what's important to me," he told The Guardian. "I'd rather leave this earth as a successful parent than a successful actor."

Ahead, learn more about Denzel and Pauletta's four children.

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