One of the greatest actors of our era, Oscar winner Denzel Washington, known for playing some notable figures in history. He played Malcolm X and Stephen Biko, but don’t look for Denzel to play President Barack Obama anytime soon. more than likely take Obama off the list. ‘Barack Obama is a story that hasn’t finished yet. It’s not something I’m thinking about, and he’s busy,’ Washington responded when asked about portraying the commander-in-chief.