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At the youthful age of 60, Denzel Washington aka #ManCrushEveryday aka #VintageBae has a resume most actors can only dream of. He embodied Malcolm X, Detective Alonzo Harris in his Oscar Award winning film,Training Day, Frank Lucas in American Gangster, Whip Whitaker in Flight and most recently Robert McCall in The Equalizer. Just five of the over 50 acting credits Denzel has had in the last forty years!

So it would be easy to assume that he’ll be taking the place of Dr. McDreamy in the new season of Grey’s Anatomy…but, not quite. Denzel will be directing!

Last season, Shonda Rhimes promoted Debbie Allen to executive producer of Grey’s Anatomy and one of her assignments includes personally selecting all of the directors for each of the 24 episodes,10 of which have been assigned to women.

She chose her good friend Denzel to direct episode 9 of season 12. Surprisingly, This is his first time at the helm of a television series. Although he’s directed two films, Antoine Fisher (2002) and The Great Debaters (2007).

After he gets his TV feet wet at ABC and Shondaland, Denzel is heading over to HBO where he’ll direct the televised version of August Wilson’s play, Fences co-starring How To Get Away With Murder star, Viola Davis.

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