Malcolm Washington is a former basketball player, who now works as a director and director’s assistant, but he is more famous for being one of Denzel Washington’s sons. Let’s find out more about his personal life, net worth, family, etc.
Early life and family
Malcolm was born on 10 April 1991, in Los Angeles, California USA, so under the sign of Aries and holding American nationality. Malcolm grew up in the family of the legendary actor Denzel Washington and his wife Pauletta. He has three siblings: an older brother, John David Washington, who is an actor and producer; an older sister Katia Washington, who is an actress; and a twin-sister Olivia Rachel Washington.
Malcolm Washington, Pauletta Washington, y el actor Denzel Washington posan durante el baile benéfico 'Carrusel de la…
It is known that Denzel called his son Malcolm after the American human rights activist Malcolm X (born Malcolm Little), as Pauletta was already pregnant with Malcolm and Olivia when Denzel started working on the biopic about the famous Muslim minister and controversial activist, who was killed at the age of 39. However, it didn’t scare Denzel, and didn’t awaken any prejudice in him, and he decided that it was a worthy name for his youngest son.
Unique family support
Malcolm is said to have been brought up as an ordinary guy, who wasn’t at all spoilt by his parents’ or their popularity.
His head coach Jerome Allen in university once said: ‘You wouldn’t know that he’s the son of a famous actor, [because] he doesn’t carry himself that way. Denzel and Pauletta have done an extremely great job of raising him’. Denzel and Pauletta always came to Philadelphia to watch Malcolm playing basketball in his university team, whatever they were busy with – they always put their kids at the top of their priority list. Malcolm felt this eternal support, and appreciated how very lucky he was to have a family who cared so much that they even came across the country to see him play.
Even though Malcolm was raised as an ordinary child and wasn’t spoilt by the privileges his parents have, it is worth mentioning that both Denzel and Pauletta are truly talented and respected actors, not only in the US, but across the whole world. Denzel Washington was the first black actor to get an Academy Award twice. He’s starred in such legendary movies as “Philadelphia” (1993), “Virtuosity” (1995), “Courage Under Fire” (1996) and “Fallen” (1998). He also shared the screen with Bruce Willis in “The Siege” (1998), played the role of Rubin Carter in the biopic “The Hurricane” (1999) which tells the story of the famous boxer, and starred in “American Gangster” (2007), along with Russell Crowe and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
His two Academy Awards are for Best Supporting Actor in “Glory” (1989) and the Best Actor for his brilliant work in “Training Day” (2002). Malcolm’s mother, Pauletta, is also a popular actress, who can be seen in such movies and series as “Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child” (1995-2000), “The Watsons Go to Birmingham” (2013) and “She’s Gotta Have It” (2017 – 2019).
It is known that Malcolm attended a private school in Los Angeles but which one is unavailable as his parents tried to keep all information about their kids low-key, so they didn’t get attention from the press and society in their young age.
He matriculated from his high school in 2009, and entered the University of Pennsylvania. During his university years he was way too good at sports. He played basketball in the university team, and was appreciated by his head coach, who saw a lot of potential in him. However, for Malcolm it was a severe test as he felt very uncomfortable because of the attention he started getting as soon as he got to the college: ‘Back home, it was really low-key, but in college, I was thrown into an environment where everybody knew everything about me. There were 10,000 people who knew who I was before I even got here. It’s crazy. I’m adjusting to it’.
Even though a lot of people thought Malcolm was interested in sports, he ended his involvement in basketball, and followed his father’s steps to become an actor and a film producer, although se still plays basketball for fitness and as a hobby. In 2014 Malcolm was a production assistant for the comedy-drama movie entitled “Chef”. In 2016 he managed to get the position of the second production assistant director working on the movie entitled “Trouble Man”. He was also the assistant director of the TV series in which his mother starred, “She’s Gotta Have It”, working on eight episodes of the first season.
2017 was a big year for Malcolm, as he became the director as well as having written the thriller drama “Benny Got Shot”, which tells the story of Naomi, an autopsy assistant, who is searching for her brother after a police shooting, and has to deal with the fear that his body might have been in the morgue. For this work Malcolm received the Atlanta Film Festival Award as the Film Maker to Watch.
Malcolm has also worked as the assistant director of the films “The Last Bookstore” and “Summer of ’17”. His latest works in the position of the director were “I, Too, Dream America” (2018) and “The Dispute” (2019).
Even though the Washingtons have always been under the attention of the media, they’ve managed to hide all the details about their private life, and Malcolm is no exception. Nothing at all is known about his current relationship status, as he never showed up with any of his girlfriends in public. He’s never mentioned anything about his current or former relationships, so his fans can only guess whether he is single or not.
Social media presence
Malcolm is not at all active on social media, as he hasn’t an Instagram account or Twitter profile.
I will be transferring to the University of Northern Iowa to play for 2 more years! Thank god for this opportunity pic.twitter.com/Zi27BLNXVN
— Malcolm Washington (@MakinHistory_) June 7, 2016
It is worth saying that even his twice Academy Award-winning father Denzel Washington doesn’t have an Instagram account either, or any other social media presence.
Appearance, clothing style
Malcolm has black naturally very curly hair and brown eyes. He is 5ft 9ins (1.85m) tall and weighs around 198lbs (90kgs). His vital statistics are not available at the moment. As to his clothing style, he likes wearing casual and classy clothes.
Net worth and salary
Little is known about the income of Malcolm Washington, as he has only started his directing career, however sources estimate his net worth at over $300,000.
Authoritative sources estimate that his father, Denzel Washington, has a net worth of $220 million, from huge fees even in ‘90s, when he got $12 million for starring in such movies as “Fallen” and “The Siege”. Later he got $20 million for starring in “Out of Time”, “Man on Fire”, “The Manchurian Candidate”, and an astonishing $40 million fee for his marvelous work in “American Gangster”. For his roles in “2 Guns” and “The Equalizer” Denzel also got $20 million for each movie, becoming one of the most expensive actors in Hollywood. The fans of the Washington family hope that Malcolm is going to get close to his father’s success, and his future net worth is going to enrich the fortune of his family.