Denzel Washington's talented kids

07/14/2006 at 10:00 AM ET

Fans of the St. Louis Rams football team may see Denzel Washington in the stands next season! His 22-year old look-alike son John David recently became a rookie running back for the team. John David was a football star at Morehouse College, from which he just graduated with a degree in sociology. Denzel and his wife of 23 years, Pauletta, will see their oldest daughter leave the nest in the fall– 18-year old Katia is heading to Yale University! The Washington twins, 15-year olds Olivia and Malcolm, have strong interests as well– "Malcolm is an aspiring basketball player. He wants to go to North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Olivia is the artist and is into dancing," say their uncle, Woodson Pearson.

It’s unlikely that we’ll see photos of the kids clubbing in California any time soon– Denzel and Paulette encourage their kids to make their own way. "While John David was in college," his cousin notes, "he kept a job so he wouldn’t have to rely on his parents."

Source: Charlotte Observer

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yeehauser on

Nice to see celebrity kids doing well…I read about Denzel explaining how John David applied for a football scholarship before he went off to college and he received it (all unbeknowst to his parents). He wanted to prove that he could do well based on his abilities and not who his father is. Denzel said he was proud of his son for taking initiative, but also felt that financially his son didn’t need the help. To rememdy this Denzel and his wife set up a scholarship fund at the school for students who are less fortunate financially. Great parents, great kids…

Jaclyn on

Well done, Pauletta & Denzel! They have always appeared to be so classy, he is very much of the same mold as Sidney Poitier,

Richard Allen McKoy on

i cant wait to meet them