Denzel Turns 50

As the sexy Oscar winner hits the mid-century mark, take a look inside his life. By Serena Kappes and Lucy Maher

DOWN TO EARTH

Despite his movie-star status, Washington (partying with P. Diddy in Saint Tropez in July) remains levelheaded about his fame. "When my oldest son (John David) was in the seventh grade, he said, 'Dad, you're famous!' I said, 'See your friend Seth over there? I work for his dad' – who was a studio head – 'and if his dad doesn't give me a job, you don't eat, okay?' "