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19 Interesting Facts You Never Knew About John David Washington

19 Interesting Facts You Never Knew About John David Washington

Say hello to this rising star.

1.

To start, John David Washington is actually the oldest son of fellow actors Denzel and Pauletta Washington.

2.

He’s a Los Angeles native and grew up in SoCal with his three siblings.

3.

His first on-screen role was alongside his father in the 1992 biopic, Malcolm X. He was only 9 at the time.

John David Washington posing in a red suit


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He was known as “Student in Harlem Classroom.”

4.

When Washington decided to get back to acting full-time and started auditioning for roles, he kept it secret from his family until he ended up getting casted in Ballers.

John David Washington on set

John David Washington on set


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Speaking of, Washington had a recurring role as Ricky Jerret on HBO’s Ballers from 2015 to 2019.

still from ballers on hbo

still from ballers on hbo

5.

He once admitted that the first time he saw himself on TV, he fainted.

John David Washington on the red carpet

John David Washington on the red carpet


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“I fainted,” he revealed. “I got like, a shortness of breath. I couldn’t handle it.”

6.

Some of the actor’s other notable roles include Christopher Nolan’s Tenet

still from tenet


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…Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman

still from blackkklansman

still from blackkklansman

7.

Washington doesn’t just having acting credits under his belt, he also has served as co-producer on The Book of Eli and Malcolm & Marie.

John David Washington during the 10th Annual AAFCA Awards

John David Washington during the 10th Annual AAFCA Awards

8.

He initially started playing football at the end of elementary school.

9.

He goes by JD when he’s with his friends.

John David Washington at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards

John David Washington at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards


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11.

Washington had quite the football journey in college and holds the title of the school’s all-time leading career rusher.

12.

In 2006, Washington was an undrafted free agent and joined the St. Louis Rams practice squad and stayed with the team for two seasons.

13.

Outside of his NFL stint, Washington also played for the UFL’s Sacramento Mountain Lions.

14.

The actor kept his love for football going and eventually played overseas for Düsseldorf’s Rhein Fire. The international league was in association with NFL Europa.

15.

Washington cut his football career short when he tore his Achille’s tendon in 2013.

John David Washington at the GO Campaign Gala

John David Washington at the GO Campaign Gala


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16.

He’s been honored with numerous award nominations over the the years including the 2019 Golden Globes for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for his role in BlacKkKlansman.

John David Washington wearing a maroon suit on stage

John David Washington wearing a maroon suit on stage


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17.

His favorite films of all time include Dances With Wolves, Raging Bull, Man On Fire, Coming to America and Glory.

John David Washington promoting BlacKkKlansman

John David Washington promoting BlacKkKlansman


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18.

Finally, he considers his parents a huge source of inspiration.

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