Starting as a football player, John David Washington shifted to acting and has gained recognition due to his role in the HBO comedy series called Ballers. He has now followed the footsteps of his father Denzel Washington who also is an actor.
John David Washington as a child
John David Washington was born on 28 July 1984 in Toluca Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA. He is now 33 years of age. His parents are both in the entertainment field. His father is Denzel Washington while his mother is the famous actress Pauletta Washington. He has a brother called Malcolm and 2 sisters called Katia and Olivia.
John has studied at Campbell Hall School situated in Los Angeles and graduated from here in 2002. He was good at sports at school and used to play football, basketball, and track. He later joined Morehouse College and played college football during his time there.
John David as a footballer
During his college, John David set several school records in football. He was named the National Player of the Week in 2005 by D2Football.com.
He went undrafted in the 2006 NFL draft. On 1 May 2006, he joined St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent. He was released on 31 August the same year. In the 2007 offseason, John David played for the Rhein Fire in the NFL Europa.
In 2009, John got drafted by the California Redwoods of the United Football League. On 18 August 2009, he signed with this UFL team. He was with the team until 2012 and could not continue further since the League ended in October 2012.
John David as an actor
John David has been doing some roles in the films since his childhood. In 1992, he appeared in a small role in the film Malcolm X. He was cast in the brief role of a student in the Harlem classroom. Later in 2017, John David starred as Mahlik in Love Beats Rhymes. In 2018, he plays Dennis Williams in Monsters and Men, Richard ‘Bobo’ Evans in Monster.
He will also be seen in BlackkKiansman and The Old Man and the Gun which are films that have been completed.
Since 2015, John David is acting in the TV series on HBO called Ballers. He is cast as Ricky Jerret and it is this role which has got him fame.
John David and awards and nominations
John David’s acting in Ballers has been appreciated. He was nominated for the 2018 NAACP Image Awards in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a comedy series category but unfortunately could not win the award.
John David as a boyfriend or husband
He had appeared on Steve Harvey’s show and mentioned that he struggles with his love life. He said:
“It’s hard out here, Mr. Harvey. I have trust issues thinking that [women] pick me because of who my father is.”
He used to lie to people about his father’s occupation before but with the google coming in, he can no more do so.
After his appearances on the TV series Ballers, there were a number of ladies below 40 who went crazy about him on the internet. He is the most eligible bachelor and is not known to be dating anyone as of now. He is an extremely humble person who shuns the limelight and does not want to use his parents’ name to get work.