Today is Denzel Washington‘s 64th birthday, and the man has had a storied career and life. He’s won two Oscars, won a Tony for his work on Broadway, raised some great kids (including John David Washington, who was just nominated for his first Golden Globe), been married more than 30 years, and done a lot to give back to others. When sharing a lesson about aging, the legendary actor didn’t talk about treatments he does to stay youthful or a diet. Instead, he said what keeps him feeling good in his 60s is doing for people. The older he has become, the more essential he believes it is to give back and make a difference.
“You’ll never see a U-Haul behind a hearse. You can’t take it with you. The Egyptians tried it. All they got was robbed,” he said in 2017. “When I turned 60, I looked in the mirror, I said, ‘You know, Denzel, this is not the dress rehearsal. This is life. So it’s not a matter of how much you have, the question is, what are you going to do with what you have?’ I knew in my heart at 60 — I’m 62 now — that I wanted to serve others. It’s always been my desire to see others do well, to serve God, serve my family…”
And he’s done all of that and more — all while managing to look damn good. Let’s not forget that among his many accolades, Washington was named PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive at one point. So in case you forgot how much you used to swoon over him, here are a few vintage photos to remind you: