Isaiah Washington

Isaiah Washington IV (born August 3, 1963) is an American actor and internet personality. Following a series of film appearances, he came to prominence for portraying Dr. Preston Burke in the first three seasons of the series Grey's Anatomy from 2005 to 2007. Washington began his career collaborating with director Spike Lee on the films Crooklyn (1994), Clockers (1995), Girl 6 (1996), and Get on the Bus (1996). He also appeared in the films Love Jones (1997), Bulworth (1998), True Crime (1999), Romeo Must Die (2000), Exit Wounds (2001), Ghost Ship (2002), and Hollywood Homicide (2003). In 2005, Washington landed his breakthrough role as Preston Burke on Grey's Anatomy. He was dismissed after the third season over allegations that he used homophobic slurs, although he would return for a guest appearance in 2014. From 2014 to 2018, Washington portrayed Thelonious Jaha on The CW's science fiction television series The 100. In 2020, Washington became the host of a travel cooking show on Fox Nation. Description above from the Wikipedia article Isaiah Washington, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Clockers (1995)

Strike is a young city drug pusher under the tutelage of drug lord Rodney Little. When a night manager at a fast-food restaurant is found with four bullets in his body, Strike’s older brother turns himself in as the killer. Det. Rocco Klein doesn’t buy the story, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spike Lee
CAST:  Harvey Keitel  •  John Turturro  •  Delroy Lindo  •  Mekhi Phifer

Strike is a young city drug pusher under the tutelage of drug lord Rodney Little. When a night manager at a fast-food restaurant is found with four bullets in his body, Strike’s older brother turns himself in as the killer. Det. Rocco Klein doesn’t buy the story, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spike Lee
CAST:  Harvey Keitel  •  John Turturro  •  Delroy Lindo  •  Mekhi Phifer

Crooklyn (1994)

From Spike Lee comes this vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school-teacher, her stubborn jazz-musician husband and their five kids living in '70s Brooklyn.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spike Lee
CAST:  Alfre Woodard  •  Delroy Lindo  •  David Patrick Kelly  •  Zelda Harris

From Spike Lee comes this vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school-teacher, her stubborn jazz-musician husband and their five kids living in '70s Brooklyn.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spike Lee
CAST:  Alfre Woodard  •  Delroy Lindo  •  David Patrick Kelly  •  Zelda Harris

Dead Birds (2005)

A group of Confederate soldiers hole up on an abandoned plantation after robbing a bank, and find themselves at the mercy of supernatural forces.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alex Turner
CAST:  Henry Thomas  •  Patrick Fugit  •  Nicki Aycox  •  Michael Shannon

A group of Confederate soldiers hole up on an abandoned plantation after robbing a bank, and find themselves at the mercy of supernatural forces.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alex Turner
CAST:  Henry Thomas  •  Patrick Fugit  •  Nicki Aycox  •  Michael Shannon

Dead Presidents (1995)

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On the streets they call cash dead presidents. And that's just what a Vietnam veteran is after when he returns home from the war only to find himself drawn into a life of crime. With the aid of his fellow vets he plans the ultimate heist -- a daring robbery of an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Allen Hughes  •  Albert Hughes
CAST:  Larenz Tate  •  Keith David  •  Chris Tucker  •  Freddy Rodríguez

On the streets they call cash dead presidents. And that's just what a Vietnam veteran is after when he returns home from the war only to find himself drawn into a life of crime. With the aid of his fellow vets he plans the ultimate heist -- a daring robbery of an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Allen Hughes  •  Albert Hughes
CAST:  Larenz Tate  •  Keith David  •  Chris Tucker  •  Freddy Rodríguez

Exit Wounds (2001)

Maverick cop Orin Boyd always brings down the domestic terrorists he tracks, but he ruffles feathers with his unorthodox techniques -- and soon finds himself reassigned to the toughest district in Detroit. When he discovers a group of detectives secretly operating ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrzej Bartkowiak
CAST:  Steven Seagal  •  DMX  •  Isaiah Washington  •  Anthony Anderson

Maverick cop Orin Boyd always brings down the domestic terrorists he tracks, but he ruffles feathers with his unorthodox techniques -- and soon finds himself reassigned to the toughest district in Detroit. When he discovers a group of detectives secretly operating ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrzej Bartkowiak
CAST:  Steven Seagal  •  DMX  •  Isaiah Washington  •  Anthony Anderson

Get on the Bus (1996)

Several Black men take a cross-country bus trip to attend the Million Man March in Washington, DC in 1995. On the bus are an eclectic set of characters including a laid-off aircraft worker, a man whose at-risk son is handcuffed to him, a black Republican, a former ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spike Lee
CAST:  Ossie Davis  •  Charles S. Dutton  •  Andre Braugher  •  Richard Belzer

Several Black men take a cross-country bus trip to attend the Million Man March in Washington, DC in 1995. On the bus are an eclectic set of characters including a laid-off aircraft worker, a man whose at-risk son is handcuffed to him, a black Republican, a former ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spike Lee
CAST:  Ossie Davis  •  Charles S. Dutton  •  Andre Braugher  •  Richard Belzer

Ghost Ship (2002)

After discovering a passenger ship missing since 1962 floating adrift on the Bering Sea, salvagers claim the vessel as their own. Once they begin towing the ghost ship towards harbor, a series of bizarre occurrences happen and the group becomes trapped inside the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Beck
CAST:  Gabriel Byrne  •  Julianna Margulies  •  Desmond Harrington  •  Ron Eldard

After discovering a passenger ship missing since 1962 floating adrift on the Bering Sea, salvagers claim the vessel as their own. Once they begin towing the ghost ship towards harbor, a series of bizarre occurrences happen and the group becomes trapped inside the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Beck
CAST:  Gabriel Byrne  •  Julianna Margulies  •  Desmond Harrington  •  Ron Eldard

Girl 6 (1996)

A struggling actress in New York City takes a job as a phone sex operator.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spike Lee
CAST:  Theresa Randle  •  Isaiah Washington  •  Spike Lee  •  Jenifer Lewis

A struggling actress in New York City takes a job as a phone sex operator.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spike Lee
CAST:  Theresa Randle  •  Isaiah Washington  •  Spike Lee  •  Jenifer Lewis

Hollywood Homicide (2003)

Joe Gavilan (Harrison Ford) and his new partner K. C. Calden (Josh Hartnett), are detectives on the beat in Tinseltown. Neither one of them really wants to be a cop, Gavilan moonlights as a real estate broker, and Calden is an aspiring actor moonlighting as a yoga ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Shelton
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Josh Hartnett  •  Lena Olin  •  Bruce Greenwood

Joe Gavilan (Harrison Ford) and his new partner K. C. Calden (Josh Hartnett), are detectives on the beat in Tinseltown. Neither one of them really wants to be a cop, Gavilan moonlights as a real estate broker, and Calden is an aspiring actor moonlighting as a yoga ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Shelton
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Josh Hartnett  •  Lena Olin  •  Bruce Greenwood

Love Jones (1997)

Darius Lovehall is a young black poet in Chicago who starts dating Nina Moseley, a beautiful and talented photographer. While trying to figure out if they've got a "love thing" or are just "kicking it," they hang out with their friends, talking about love and sex. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Theodore Witcher
CAST:  Larenz Tate  •  Nia Long  •  Isaiah Washington  •  Bill Bellamy

Darius Lovehall is a young black poet in Chicago who starts dating Nina Moseley, a beautiful and talented photographer. While trying to figure out if they've got a "love thing" or are just "kicking it," they hang out with their friends, talking about love and sex. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Theodore Witcher
CAST:  Larenz Tate  •  Nia Long  •  Isaiah Washington  •  Bill Bellamy

Out of Sight (1998)

Meet Jack Foley, a smooth criminal who bends the law and is determined to make one last heist. Karen Sisco is a federal marshal who chooses all the right moves … and all the wrong guys. Now they're willing to risk it all to find out if there's more between them ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  George Clooney  •  Jennifer Lopez  •  Michael Keaton  •  Jim Robinson

Meet Jack Foley, a smooth criminal who bends the law and is determined to make one last heist. Karen Sisco is a federal marshal who chooses all the right moves … and all the wrong guys. Now they're willing to risk it all to find out if there's more between them ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  George Clooney  •  Jennifer Lopez  •  Michael Keaton  •  Jim Robinson

Romeo Must Die (2000)

Two warring gang families (one African-American, the other Chinese) maneuver for bragging rights to the Oakland, California, docks. Hang Sing and Trish O'Day uncover a trail of deceit that leaves most of the warring factions dead … or worse!  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrzej Bartkowiak
CAST:  Jet Li  •  Aaliyah  •  Isaiah Washington  •  Russell Wong

Two warring gang families (one African-American, the other Chinese) maneuver for bragging rights to the Oakland, California, docks. Hang Sing and Trish O'Day uncover a trail of deceit that leaves most of the warring factions dead … or worse!  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrzej Bartkowiak
CAST:  Jet Li  •  Aaliyah  •  Isaiah Washington  •  Russell Wong

Stonewall (1995)

A group of homosexual people try to live with dignity and self-respect while events build to the opening battle in the major gay rights movement.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nigel Finch
CAST:  Guillermo Díaz  •  Frederick Weller  •  Brendan Corbalis  •  Duane Boutte

A group of homosexual people try to live with dignity and self-respect while events build to the opening battle in the major gay rights movement.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nigel Finch
CAST:  Guillermo Díaz  •  Frederick Weller  •  Brendan Corbalis  •  Duane Boutte

Strictly Business (1991)

Waymon has a great job in real estate and a promising future, but he's also trapped in a loveless longterm relationship. He meets Natalie, a beautiful club-hopping hipster, and quickly falls in love. Realizing he's just not cool enough to attract her on his own, he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Hooks
CAST:  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Joseph C. Phillips  •  Sam Rockwell  •  Halle Berry

Waymon has a great job in real estate and a promising future, but he's also trapped in a loveless longterm relationship. He meets Natalie, a beautiful club-hopping hipster, and quickly falls in love. Realizing he's just not cool enough to attract her on his own, he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Hooks
CAST:  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Joseph C. Phillips  •  Sam Rockwell  •  Halle Berry

True Crime (1999)

Boozer, skirt chaser, careless father. You could create your own list of reporter Steve Everett's faults but there's no time. A San Quentin Death Row prisoner is slated to die at midnight – a man Everett has suddenly realized is innocent.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clint Eastwood
CAST:  Clint Eastwood  •  Isaiah Washington  •  LisaGay Hamilton  •  Diane Venora

Boozer, skirt chaser, careless father. You could create your own list of reporter Steve Everett's faults but there's no time. A San Quentin Death Row prisoner is slated to die at midnight – a man Everett has suddenly realized is innocent.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clint Eastwood
CAST:  Clint Eastwood  •  Isaiah Washington  •  LisaGay Hamilton  •  Diane Venora

Welcome to Collinwood (2002)

Five hapless inner-city low-lifes attempt to burgle a pawnbroker's safe, but end up being plagued by bad luck.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Russo  •  Anthony Russo
CAST:  William H. Macy  •  Isaiah Washington  •  Sam Rockwell  •  Michael Jeter

Five hapless inner-city low-lifes attempt to burgle a pawnbroker's safe, but end up being plagued by bad luck.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Russo  •  Anthony Russo
CAST:  William H. Macy  •  Isaiah Washington  •  Sam Rockwell  •  Michael Jeter

Wild Things 2 (2004)

Two Florida high school vixens hatch a murderous plan to win an inheritance, but they hadn't bargained for an escalating whirlpool of blackmail and sexual games with a sleazy insurance investigator who has his own plans for the money.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Perez
CAST:  Susan Ward  •  Katie Stuart  •  Leila Arcieri  •  Isaiah Washington

Two Florida high school vixens hatch a murderous plan to win an inheritance, but they hadn't bargained for an escalating whirlpool of blackmail and sexual games with a sleazy insurance investigator who has his own plans for the money.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Perez
CAST:  Susan Ward  •  Katie Stuart  •  Leila Arcieri  •  Isaiah Washington

Hood Rat (2003)

Think of it as Willard in the hood, the debut feature from director Leslie Small finds a Isaiah Washington playing a kindly man who turns maniacal with revenge and enlists the help of some man-eating rodents. Living in a rat-infested apartment building, Max is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Leslie Small
CAST:  Isaiah Washington  •  Ice-T  •  Guy Torry  •  A.J. Johnson

Think of it as Willard in the hood, the debut feature from director Leslie Small finds a Isaiah Washington playing a kindly man who turns maniacal with revenge and enlists the help of some man-eating rodents. Living in a rat-infested apartment building, Max is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Leslie Small
CAST:  Isaiah Washington  •  Ice-T  •  Guy Torry  •  A.J. Johnson

Kin (2000)

While on a hunt for elephant poachers in Namibia, a white female conservationist and a black lawyer fall for each other despite the condemnation by the local community.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Elaine Proctor
CAST:  Miranda Otto  •  Isaiah Washington

While on a hunt for elephant poachers in Namibia, a white female conservationist and a black lawyer fall for each other despite the condemnation by the local community.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Elaine Proctor
CAST:  Miranda Otto  •  Isaiah Washington

Blackbird (2014)

Seventeen-year-old Randy tries very hard to be a good person. Since his father left, Randy takes care of his emotionally disturbed mother, and he's the kind of friend all of his classmates can depend on. As strong as he seems on the outside, Randy is hiding a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Patrik-Ian Polk
CAST:  Mo'Nique  •  Isaiah Washington  •  Kevin Allesee  •  Julian Walker

Seventeen-year-old Randy tries very hard to be a good person. Since his father left, Randy takes care of his emotionally disturbed mother, and he's the kind of friend all of his classmates can depend on. As strong as he seems on the outside, Randy is hiding a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Patrik-Ian Polk
CAST:  Mo'Nique  •  Isaiah Washington  •  Kevin Allesee  •  Julian Walker
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