Who is Isaiah Washington?

American actor and producer Isaiah Washington IV was born in Houston, Texas USA, on 3 August 1963, meaning that Leo’s his zodiac sign. He has 85 acting credits and is perhaps known best for portraying Dr. Preston Burke in 62 episodes (2005-2007) of the popular romantic series “Grey’s Anatomy”, which was created by Shonda Rhimes in 2005, and has since aired more than 420 episodes. It stars Chandra Wilson and Ellen Pompeo, and follows a group of people working at a hospital; the series has won 85 of its 329 award nominations. Isaiah was fired following the show’s third season, after having used a homophobic slur to insult his colleague T. R. Knight; he returned for a guest appearance in a 2014.

As of mid-2023, Isaiah’s shooting for three upcoming movies: “God’s Not Dead: Rise Up”, “Escape from Black Water” and “James the Second”.

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Education and early life

Isaiah was raised in Houston as an only child, by his father Isaiah Washington III and mother whose name remains undisclosed; the family lived in the Houston Heights community.

Isaiah’s father was murdered when he was 13, and he and his mother moved to Missouri City, Texas in 1980. He became interested in acting while attending Willowridge High School back in Houston, appearing in a number of school plays; Isaiah was also into playing Football and was on the school’s team.

He matriculated from a local high school in Missouri City in 1981, and then joined the US Air Force, working on the twinjet supersonic jet trainer Northrop T-38 Talon; he was initially stationed at Clark Air Base in the Philippines, and then spent two years in Alamogordo, New Mexico at Holloman Air Force Base.

After completing his service, Isaiah enrolled at Howard University, from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1988.

Roles in movies

Isaiah’s debut film role was playing Malcolm in the 1991 short romantic drama “Land Where My Fathers Died”, and the same year saw him portray Hustler in the popular romantic comedy “Strictly Business”, which starred Tommy Davidson and Joseph C. Phillips, and was directed by Kevin Hooks. It follows the lives of a black businessman and his streetwise friend.

Some of Isaiah’s following roles were in the 1993 action drama “Strapped”, the 1994 comedy “Crooklyn” and the 1994 romantic comedy “Alma’s Rainbow”. In 1995, he played Victor in the popular crime mystery “Clockers”, which starred Harvey Keitel and John Turturro, and was written and directed by Spike Lee. It follows the lives of several drug dealers from Brooklyn, New York City and the film was nominated for six awards. Some of Isaiah’s notable performances in the remainder of the decade were in the 1996 historical sports drama “Soul of the Game”, the 1997 biographical sports drama “Joe Torre: Curveballs Along the Way” and the 1999 fantasy comedy “A Texas Funeral”.

The year 2002 saw him play Greer in the popular mystery horror thriller “Ghost Ship”, which starred Julianna Margulies and Gabriel Byrne, and was directed by Steve Beck. It follows a salvage crew who’ve encountered a haunted ship – the film was nominated for only a single award. What also marked the 2000s for Isaiah was playing Homer in the 2004 horror western thriller “Dead Birds”, which starred Henry Thomas and Patrick Fugit, and was directed by Alex Turner. It follows a group of Confederate soldiers who’ve just robbed a bank, and are now under attack by supernatural forces at an abandoned plantation; the film was nominated for three awards. The remainder of the decade saw Isaiah appear in the 2008 mystery thriller “The Least of These” and the 2009 sports drama “Hurricane Season”.

He played Rockstock in the 2017 action science fiction horror “Dead Trigger”, which starred Dolph Lundgren and Autumn Reeser, and was directed by Mike Cuff. The film follows a virus which has killed most of the Earth’s population, and turned others into bloodthirsty zombies.

Some of Isaiah’s most recent film roles have been in the 2020 action crime drama “Cut Throat City”, the 2021 fantasy “God’s Not Dead: We the People”, and the 2022 western thriller “Corsicana”.

Roles in TV series

Isaiah’s debut TV series role was playing Derek Hardy in the 1991 episode “Out of Control” of the crime action “Law & Order”, and the following year saw him play Dr. Ron Turner in eight episodes of the romantic drama “Loving”, which starred Laura Wright and Lisa Peluso, and was created by Agnes Nixon. It follows the members of the wealthy Alden family from the fictional city of Corinth in Pennsylvania, the series aired its 3,200 episodes from 1983 through 1995 and won three of its 61 award nominations.

The remainder of the ‘90s saw Isaiah appear in only a couple of series, including the crime mystery “Homicide: Life on the Street”, the short family drama “Lifestories: Families in Crisis”, and the crime mystery “NYPD Blue”.

He had only a couple of TV series roles in the 2000s, and what marked the decade for him was perhaps playing Antonio Pope in five episodes of the 2007 action science fiction thriller “Bionic Woman”, which starred Michelle Ryan and Miguel Ferrer, and was created by Kenneth Johnson. It follows a woman who’s been given bionic strength, and the series was nominated for a 2008 Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing.

Isaiah’s also known for playing Thelonious Jaha in 60 episodes (2014-2018) of the mystery science fiction “The 100”, which starred Bob Morley and Eliza Taylor, and was created by Jason Rothenberg. The series follows a group of humans as they’re trying to repopulate Earth 97 years after a horrifying nuclear war – it won 10 of the 54 awards for which it was nominated.

Isaiah’s two most recent TV series roles have been in the 2019 episode “Brothers” of the drama “Tales” and nine episodes of the crime drama “P-Valley” from 2020 through 2022.

Other credits

Isaiah received special thanks for the romantic film “Grey’s Anatomy: Straight to the Heart” and the drama movie “Grey’s Anatomy: Complications of the Heart”, both in 2006

He’s produced 12 movies, most recently the 2018 drama “Behind the Movement”, the 2021 fantasy “God’s Not Dead: We the People”, and the 2022 western thriller “Corsicana”.

Some of Isaiah’s recent talk-show appearances have been in “She Thinks”, “Verdict with Ted Cruz” and “Saturday Report”.

Awards and nominations

Isaiah’s won four of his 12 award nominations: he won a 2006 Satellite Award for Best Ensemble, Television (shared with colleagues), two Image Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series in 2006 and 2007, and a 2007 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with colleagues), all for “Grey’s Anatomy”.

Love life and wife

Isaiah prefers to keep his love life away from media, but has still allowed his fans a glimpse into it.  He and non-celebrity American Jenisa Marie Garland married in a small and private ceremony on 14 February 1996; she prefers to stay away from media and no details about her career have been disclosed, which has made some of Isaiah’s fans believe that she’s focused on raising their children and being a housewife.

Isaiah and Jenisa have three children together: daughter Iman and sons Tyme and Isaiah. They want their children to be able to lead normal lives, which is why they’re keeping them away from media.

There are no other women whom Isaiah’s dated, that we know about; he’s married to Jenisa Marie Garland as of June 2023, and they have three children together.

Interesting facts and hobbies

Isaiah announced on 7 March 2023 that he was planning to retire from acting because he was being harassed by the members of the ‘Left-wing cultural sphere’, however, it seems that he’s changed his mind, as he’s still today highly active in the movie industry.

He endorsed Jill Stein in the 2016 US Presidential election.

Isaiah dreamed of becoming a professional Football Player during his teenage years.

He took a DNA test in 2005, and discovered that he was genetically linked to the Sierra Leone’s Temne and Mende people; he’s since become a supporter of the African nation, and has been named Village Chief Gondobay Manga II. Isaiah helped build a school in Sierra Leone, and has also donated money for the purchase of medical supplies and for the construction of wells.

The late American actor and comedian Robin Williams is one of Isaiah’s favorite actors, and some of his favorite movies include “Mrs Doubtfire”, “What Dreams May Come” and “Patch Adams”.

Height, eyes and wealth

Isaiah’s age is 59. He has brown eyes and black hair, is 6ft 1in (1.85m) tall and weighs around 180lbs (82kgs).

Isaiah’s net worth’s been estimated at over $500,000, as of June 2023.

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