Denzel Washington’s son, John David, is a hottie – is anyone surprised?

When Hollywood legend Denzel Washington received the Cecil B. De Mille Award for his impressive career at the Golden Globes on Sunday night, you would think all eyes would be on him, but his son managed to nearly upstage him and has taken social media by storm. John David Washington, currently portraying NFL player Ricky Jerret on the HBO series Ballers, should probably get a commission from the network, as I am sure they got a boatload of new subscribers after they laid eyes on him.

Denzel has always been (and is still) easy on the eyes and he seems like a genuinely nice guy – watch his speech from the awards, he’s even charming when he’s completely befuddled. That being said, it’s no surprise (to me, at least) that John David is a chip off of the old, handsome block.

The Morehouse grad, now 31, made his acting debut at the age of 9 in Dad’s flick Malcolm X and he played for the St. Louis Rams from 2006 to 2007, so he’s bringing some real-life experience to his role on Ballers. Upon seeing the genetically blessed actor sharing the stage with his handsome Dad, Twitter (understandably) went crazy. Here’s just a few of the tweets about John David:

I had the pleasure of seeing Denzel on stage in Raisin in the Sun on Broadway a few years ago and he radiates charm and sex appeal. If John David has just a fraction of that, which he seems to have, he is set for life.


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  1. Tiffany says:

    The entire family is good looking.

    I loved everything about his speech. The denial of needing glasses, we have all been there.

  2. Kitten says:

    He’s beautiful…wow.

    • Mimz says:


      I was still eyeing Denzel (who could be my father) and then I saw him.

      Beautiful family.

    • V4Real says:

      He’s handsome but I still want the father.

      I met Denzel twice. He’s a lovely man.

    • StormsMama says:

      I love him on Ballers. He’s really good! I had NO idea that he was Denzel’s son. Wow wow wow. Talk about winning the genetic lottery. He’s gorgeous but not a replica of his dad. He’s talented but on his own merits. Wow.

    • Gina says:

      Very hot! I would say he’s even more good looking than the father. Awesome beard too

  3. nicegirl says:

    Wow. The apple did not fall far from the tree.

  4. Wentworth Miller says:

    The beard. I just can’t do it.

  5. Hawkeye says:

    He looks a lot like Pauletta, especially in his smile. Sigh, Denzel Washington was the sex in Malcolm X.

    • SusanneToo says:

      He was the sex in St. Elsewhere also. Always had it.

      • Hawkeye says:

        Agreed. Challenge for everyone: google images of the St. Elsewhere cast. Your eye will always land on Denzel Washington. Always.

      • V4Real says:

        I know I used to watch the series and loved him, Howie Mendel and Mark Harmon.

      • minx says:

        Yes! I was a huge fan of that show all during its run.
        You can see the first season on Hulu, but that’s is AFAIK.

    • Tiffany says:

      If I had to pick Hawkeye ( I am so glad you asked) , it would be between Mo Better Blues and Mississippi Masala. *puuuurrr*

      • Hawkeye says:

        Hahahaha Tiffany I just went to YouTube to watch clips of Mississippi Masala. It’s been a long time since I saw that film and I am overwhelmed and inflamed by the handsome!

    • Lilacflowers says:

      I think he looks just like his mom too.

      Denzel sat a few rows in front of me at a Red Sox game a few years ago. His smile is dazzling.

  6. littlemissnaughty says:

    That smile is killer. Hello handsome!

  7. Mira says:

    Good looking guy! He has a really nice smile!

  8. Colette says:

    John David is old news, Black Twitter was buzzing about him months ago.I don’t like beards so he’s a no for me.
    As for Denzel I was disappointed in that speech.Unlike other winners ,he had months to prepare a speech.I understand needing glasses.I don’t understand not writing a speech for a lifetime achievement award.

  9. Tiffany27 says:

    Celebitchy is making me THEE thirstiest this morning. Bless you.

  10. Dragonlady sakura says:

    Back off my new husband, ladies!😤

  11. K says:

    He is very handsome, not as good looking as his dad but he is very handsome. I love the smile.

  12. AlmondJoy says:

    I was WAITING for this! He was all over Instagram after the Golden Globes but I wasn’t sure if he would catch on here. So handsome!

  13. Yeses says:

    Wow, he looks just like his mom, even the smile just from looking at the family pic from the Globes and him in a grey suit below.,
    Out of the goodness of my heart, I will let everyone have the son, so I can keep Denzel all to myself.

  14. Elle says:

    Handsome man

  15. Jayna says:

    Denzel is one of my favorite actors of all time. His son is handsome.

  16. lizzie says:

    is no one watching Ballers? it is pretty entertaining! he is pretty good in it! him and the rock styled in exquisite clothes? yes please. entourage for football instead of hollywood.

  17. Miss M says:

    I saw Ballers. Ibthink he is a good actor (and handsome too).

  18. AntiSocialButterfly says:

    A gorgeous, gorgeous man. Beats dad, hands down.

  19. I Choose Me says:

    Denzel never did it for me for some reason. But his son, hell yeah! Gorgeous smile and eyes.

  20. Naddie says:

    Good looking, but not even close to Denzel.

  21. Sarah01 says:

    Very handsome has his dad’s smile, I like his style. Last pic is beautiful!

  22. InVain says:

    I watched Ballers…I loved it. While it doesn’t require deep thought, it is entertaining. I mostly started watching because of THE ROCK – yes please. Halfway through the season I found out John David was Denzel’s son, and while I thought that was great, it didn’t change my opinion of him as I had already made up mind that he was a pretty solid actor and attractive to boot. I love that he’s not advertising it. He also played professional football for 2 seasons with St. Louis.

  23. Cali says:

    Very handsome and I love the beard and wonky eye😍

  24. arabella says:

    No, thanks.

    I wonder if he is a homophobic Jesus-y nutjob like his father and the rest of his family.

  25. dawn says:

    Maybe he is hot. I can’t tell with that awful beard. Until that is gone I guess I remain neutral.

  26. serena says:

    Hottie! I wanna see him without a beard though.

  27. Reece says:

    Actually yes, but only because I never got the Denzel thing. I mean I can see it (and he is forever charming) but I was never part of it. I think because I was a kid during his pretty years.
    As for his son…Very Handsome!

  28. QQ says:

    *Chuuuch Praise with Panties thrown in* this one is totally slammin-like-a-screen-Door-during-a-Cat5-Hurricane FINE

  29. Mary-Alic says:

    I’ve always had, and still have, a huge crush on Denzel but I don’t find his son even close to his dad’s handsomeness. Denzel is a fine, fine man.

  30. Mrs. Darcy says:

    He’s handsome, sure, but I haven’t seen him onscreen so no telling if he has the Denzel charm. In his younger days he was especially dazzling. He was good looking but had a bashful quality to his smile, even when being kind of cocky. Hard to describe, but super rare. This guy, he’s probably been told he’s handsome his whole life. Denzel had just that touch of awkwardness to make him charming on top of the looks.