The first son of legendary actor Denzel Washington, John David Washington, is set to paly his first major acting role as he stars in HBO series, Ballers.
The half-hour dramedy, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, centers on the happenings of retired athletes living in Miami, and he’ll play Ricky, a competitive and highly spiritual jock.
The role seems like a custom fit for the 29-year-old Hollywood newcomer, who goes by J.D., because he’s a former college football player and had a brief stint in the NFL. Sidelined by an injury, he made the jump to acting.
After all, it’s in his blood: Denzel, who won Academy Awards for “Training Day” and “Glory” and is currently prepping for a stint in Broadway’s “Raisin in the Sun,” and his actress wife Pauletta’s three other children — Katia, Olivia, and Malcolm — are also pursuing careers in various facets of the entertainment business.