Isaiah Washington

Isaiah Washington


8/3/1963, Houston, Texas, USA

Birth Name

Isaiah Washington



Also Known As

Isaiah Washington IV
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A native of Houston, Texas, Isaiah Washington spent four years in the Air Force before studying drama at Washington, DC's Howard University. While at Howard, he won a role in the play Spell #7 and then moved to New York to further pursue his career. There he appeared…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Isaiah initially auditioned for the role of Dr. Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd on Grey's Anatomy, but Patrick Dempsey ended up getting it.

    • In May 2008, Isaiah filed a complaint to the Screen Actors Guild after a picture of him was shown in an episode of Grey's Anatomy. He has complained that the producers of the show did not seek his approval for the image to be used.

    • Isaiah watched Game 5 of the 2008 NBA Western Conference Semifinals between the San Antonio Spurs and the New Orleans Hornets in New Orleans Arena. He was shooting a movie with Forest Whitaker in the city.

    • Isaiah participated in the White House Summit on Malaria which wages the battle against malaria in Sierra Leone and other parts of Africa. He is also involved with Coalhouse Productions which aims to to get food for the needy of Los Angeles, California.

    • In 2005, Isaiah founded the Gondobay Foundation which aims to improve the quality of the lives of people of Sierra Leone. In November 2007, its first school, Chief Foday Golia Memorial School, was put up.

    • Isaiah was nominated in 2008 for a Screen Actors Guild Award along with his Grey's Anatomy castmates for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. They were also nominated for the award in 2006 and won in 2007.

    • Following Isaiah's feud with Grey's Anatomy with T.R. Knight, he hired publicists Allen Mayer and Kelly Mullens, who are crisis management experts. As a result, Isaiah met with gay rights activists in January 2007 and agreed to help educate the public on the cruelty of using homophobic language.

    • Isaiah and Grey's Anatomy co-star Patrick Dempsey got in a scuffle on the set in November 2006. The pair had a heated exchange regarding a fellow actor being late to the set, with Isaiah making a homophobic comment. He then struck out at Patrick before being pulled away by security.

    • In 1997, Isaiah Washington lost a guest-star role on the series High Incident after he got into fisticuffs with a crew member.

    • On the set of 2002's Soul Food, Isaiah Washington aggressively kissed a co-star during a scene, and when she reacted irately he reportedly screamed at her and the film's crew.

    • Isaiah Washington has a history of questionable on-set incidents.

    • Isaiah joined forces with the Narcolepsy Network in April 2006. A friend of his has the illness.

    • Before Isaiah became an actor he was in the Air Force. He had aspirations of being the second "General Washington".

    • Isaiah wanted to be a professional football player before he got into acting.

    • Isaiah was proud that his mother was the first African American woman to be a licensed barber in Texas.

    • Isaiah wanted to know his heritage so he took a DNA test to find out. He found that his father was Angolan and his mother is from Sierra Leone.

    • Isaiah graduated from Willowridge High School in 1981 in Houston, Texas.

    • Isaiah married Jenisa Marie Washington on February 14, 1999. Isaiah and Jenisa have two sons, Isaiah and Tyme, and one daughter, Iman.

    • Isaiah is six feet one inch tall.

    • Some nicknames Isaiah goes by are Mickey or Ike.

    • Wild Things 2 is another stop for Isaiah playing Terrence Bridge.

  • Quotes

    • Isaiah: (on being labeled a difficult actor) Hopefully I'll have an opportunity to address a lot of that down the road. It'd be very cleansing for my soul to let the fans and the general public see a side of me that I feel was horribly represented in the press.

    • Isaiah: I apologize to T.R., my colleagues, the fans of the show and especially the lesbian and gay community for using a word that is unacceptable in any context or circumstance, by repeating the word Monday night, I marred what should have been a perfect night for everyone who works on Grey's Anatomy. I can neither defend nor explain my behavior. I can also no longer deny to myself that there are issues I obviously need to examine within my own soul, and I've asked for help. I know the power of words, especially those that demean. I realize that by using one filled with disrespect I have hurt more than T.R. and my colleagues. With one word, I've hurt everyone who has struggled for the respect so many of us take for granted. I welcome the chance to meet with leaders of the gay and lesbian community to apologize in person and to talk about what I can do to heal the wounds I've opened. T.R.'s courage throughout this entire episode speaks to his tremendous character. I hold his talent, and T.R. as a person, in high esteem. I know a mere apology will not end this, and I intend to let my future actions prove my sincerity.

    • Isaiah: I was young and dumb...And one day I popped off my mouth to the wrong person and got shot.

    • Isaiah: There was a time I didn't think I'd live past 25.

    • Isaiah: I have a hero complex. I like to get involved with things that are none of my business. It's gotten me in a lot of trouble.

    • Isaiah: (on his "Grey's Anatomy" character, Preston Burke) Burke's my hero. He's the guy that's pretty much black and white; there's no gray. Everything is based on merit - he's a taskmaster.

    • Isaiah: You don't have the time to "make the time" to do anything. You have to do it now!

    • Isaiah: I'm no longer going to play thugs or debauched cops that I can't possibly make complex characters. I'm bigger than that. I owe too much to too many good people at the Goodman, Arena and Playwrights Horizons.

    • Isaiah: Even if I'm playing a bad guy, I work hard to make him multi-leveled and interesting.

  • I love Grey's anatomy. It has drama, style, flare, creativity, and, CONTROVERSY. However, I simply can't imagine a Burke-less GA.

    I mean, the whole thing that got people craving the show was the fact that it had two characters who in love with their bosses in two very different and seductive ways. Now your telling me that the person who's done everything right is actually human and it's a problem? .Don't get me wrong I strongly disagree with Washington's choice of language, angry or not. But let's be honest here, we all have said some things we shouldn't have when we thought nobody was listening. With all of the charaties and events he's attending it's pretty safe to say that he is not homophobic. He made a poor choice and is trying to make amends. I along with thousands maybe even millions of GA fans was totally outraged that he wouldn't be coming back at all....This not only changes the entire concept of the show but Millions of viewers attitudes about the show. Who is Yang without Burke? Hasn't she suffered enough? First with the miscarriage then being stood up with out a single proper hint of a goodbye? For those of you who might be a little peeved at my speaking about the characters as if they were real people, here's something for you... The guy wasn't making a "homophobic" slur out of hate of Knight's sexual orientation. He was upset with night as a person, not as a gay person. For this to have been made public and exxaggerated and heated up so much this could possibly hurt this man's career very much. I know that he's a television icon and that what he says makes a difference to those who can not form an oppinion for themselves, but he is first and foremost a person who makes mistakes. Give this Guy a break. This casting Dr. Hahn in place of Burke is ludicrous. Who in their right mind would want to be treated by a doctor who is only 2nd rate when they are accustomed to the First placer? This show has lost my respect and my faith in ever finding a good T.v. show worth rushing home to every thursday night. If it weren't for Sandra Oh and Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy would be cancelled due to such boring material. I think O'Malley should've been written off. He's indecisive, cowardly, and he had to repeat his intern year for crying out loud. Tell me that the only reason the producers invited him back was something other than the fact that he was the victim of Washington homophobic epithet and I'll tell you, you look great in rose colored glasses!moreless
  • That something that always puzzle me, why do people really care what an actor think or do in his private life.

    I think Isaiah Washington was a great asset to the show and that it will be cripple a little form his absence. I actually don't care if he has prejudice what I care is that they take him out because people where more interest that he was a homophobic rather than a great actor. Yes I could say that he was wrong in bursting behind the scene with his collegue, when you are working you should leave your prejudice at home.

    But than who cares if the cast have settle that why do fan have to care. I recall once I read a comment from a fan of "Buffy" where she complain quite strongly on how bad was "Willow" playing a lesbian, she was so angry.

    Again if u don't like it don't look at it, just don't brag about it. Actor are there to make us dream, to make us feel. Not to become our friend of our god, they should be entitle to have a life full of mistakes like we do.

    I bet most of the people complaining about Washington do worse think, and fell good in blaming some one else.

    Isaiah you are a good actor and I m sure you will have chance to prove it. So keep going.moreless