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

MAN ON FIRE

"Referring to Denzel Washington as simply sexy is like saying Ernest Hemingway was a good fisherman," says Julia Roberts of her pal's appeal. Adds Destiny's Child's Kelly Rowland: "He's the sexiest man alive." Washington, one of PEOPLE's 50 Most Beautiful in 2000, thrills some young fans during a July appearance on TRL.