Isaiah Washington biography
Date of Birth: August 3, 1963
Born in Houston, Texas, Isaiah graduated from Willowridge High School before entering the Air
Force. After four years of flying, he returned to his studies and attended Howard University
in Washington D.C.
Following college, Washington put his drama studies to good use landing a number of roles in
plays like Police Boys, Distant Fires, Generations of the Dead, Spell 7
and Song of the Sad Young Man. During his stay in New York, he would also help create
After some small gigs in soap operas, Washington started getting guest roles in police shows
such as NYPD Blue, Homicide: Life on the Street and Law & Order. In 1994, he
made his feature film debut in Spike Lee's Crooklyn. The working relationship between these
two proved to be fruitful as they went on to work together three more times (Clockers, Girl
6 and Get on the Bus).
Although Washington was well on his way in a feature career, he didn't stray too far from the
small screen, making appearances in telefilms like Soul of the Game, Mr. & Mrs. Loving
and Always Outnumbered. He also continued to keep up guest appearances in series like New
York Undercover, Ally McBeal and Soul Food.
In 1999, Washington starred in the film True Crime, playing Frank Beachum, a man falsely
accused of a murder and faced with the death penalty. The strong performance led to other
lead roles in films like Romeo Must Die (2000) and Exit Wounds (2001).
Back on television, Washington achieved TV stardom when he landed the role of Dr. Preston Burke in the hit medical series Grey's Anatomy in 2005, for which he won a 2006 Image Award.
He and his wife, Jenisa Marie, have three children together.
Isaiah Washington Filmography