• DENZEL WASHINGTON photo | Denzel Washington

Credit: Mark Seliger/Paramount

Published: Wednesday November 14, 2012 07:45 AM EST



The Oscar winner, 57, is already garnering positive reviews for his gripping performance as a pilot with inner demons in Flight. A consistent star, 1996's Sexiest Man Alive is equally proud of his other achievement – his 28-year marriage to wife Pauletta Pearson, with whom he has four children. So what's the secret? "Do what your wife tells you and keep your mouth shut," Washington told PEOPLE.

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