Probably, it is difficult, having been born into a family of actors, not to adopt the profession of parents. After all, the world of cinema is so tempting and bright … However, John David did not follow the path beaten by his parents - he became a football player. But you can't escape fate, and once the fans saw him on the screen.
Now he is called both a footballer and an actor, although he did not play many roles in films.
John David Washington was born in 1984 in Los Angeles, USA. His father is the famous actor Denzel Washington, winner of two Oscars. Mom - Pauletta Pearson - is also an actress. She played mainly in comedies and short films. Their family has four children, two of whom became actors, if you count John.
His younger sister has already appeared in some TV series and in the film "Comedian".
John graduated from a regular high school. During his studies, he became interested in football, and after receiving secondary education, he decided to go in for sports professionally. He showed very good success, and could well hope for a sports career. Before starting to play football, he already had training in triathlon, he was seriously involved in basketball. However, American football won, and the guy became interested in this courageous sport.
While studying at Morehouse College, he did not give up this occupation, but decided to train and strive for a professional level.
It happened in 2006 when John David joined the St. Louis Rams. He played for this team for a whole year, and then he was invited to the Rhine Fire, and he became their player. John played selflessly, and gradually gained prestige among footballers and coaches. Therefore, in 2009 he already started playing for the Socramento Mountain Lions team. Moreover, he immediately got to the premiere season of the united football league.
The composition of the team was completely unfamiliar, and this caused certain difficulties. However, John settled down in Socramento and worked there until 2012. Everything would probably have continued in the same spirit, if not for the ill-fated match in which David received a serious leg injury: there was a ruptured Achilles tendon.
After such injuries, they usually do not return to sports, and John began to think about what to do next. Perhaps one could regret what happened, but then the audience would not have seen the work of actor John David Washington.
For the sake of truth, I must say that he began acting in films as a child, so the decision to become an actor is difficult to call so spontaneous.
At the age of nine, John, along with his father, starred in the movie "Malcolm X". This topic has been covered in cinematography more than once, but director Spy Lee managed to show it from a different angle. The black leader Malkom was far from a sinless person - he was, in fact, a criminal. There is a lot of blood on his hands, but religion helped him to realize the gravity of his actions and he repented of his sins. But on his way there will be many more obstacles before he finds the true path.
Of course, John then liked the filming process, all this game and emotions, but as a teenager he preferred sports. And after the end of his sports career he went back to the set - he starred in the TV series "Football Players" in 2015. He got the role of Ricky Jerrett, a football player who was distinguished by high moral qualities and great diligence. As a rule, many temptations await athletes, from which some have problems. We can say that the series showed a lot of moments from the "football kitchen". This time David's partner was the famous Dwayne Johnson, which gave the series even more flavor.
The series was a great success with the audience, and the creators had to shoot a sequel: in the next two years it was released for the season.
Even before he finished acting in "Football Players", John received an invitation to the musical "Coco", and almost immediately after that he was invited to star in the drama "Monsters and People".
The most creative year for David was 2018, when he managed to star in four films at once. So, he created one of the main characters in the film "Monster". Hero John is unjustly accused of the most serious crimes, and he is forced to fight for his rights so as not to spend all his years in prison.
Another film of the same year is "Black Klansman". This film made the former football player really popular. And no wonder - after all, the situation shown in the film is rather unusual: a black guy must infiltrate the Ku Klus Klan and become his own there. Paradox! John played great: his hero overcame all obstacles and purposefully walked forward.
This film received numerous nominations for various awards, and John David was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor.
John also starred in comedy - for example, the life story of an elderly man called "The Old Man with a Pistol" became another successful page in the actor's biography. The main character of the tape, Forrest Tucker, robbed banks all his life, then sat in prison, then escaped from there. And he didn't notice that he was almost eighty years old. He just cannot come to terms with this and does not want to change his usual way of life.
Actors usually get to know each other on the set of films, and most often they marry and get married, so to speak, "within the profession."
Journalists wrote that John David is in a relationship with Vivian Nixon. She starred in the film "500 Days of Summer". However, already in which interview John says that at the moment he is free.
The actor has his own instagram, where you can see even more of his pictures.