Forest Whitaker

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Real Name: Forest Steven Whitaker
Birth Place: Longview, Texas, USA
Birth Date: July 15, 1961
Occupation: Actor, Producer, Director

Forest Whitaker Biography


Forest Whitaker has packaged a king-size talent into his hulking 6' 2", 220 lb. frame. The athletically-inclined Whitaker initially found his way into college via a football scholarship. Later, however, he transferred to USC where he set his concentration on music and earned two more scholarships training as an operatic tenor. This, in turn, led to another scholarship at Berkeley with a renewed focus on acting and the performing stage.Whitaker made his film debut at the age of 21 in the raucous comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) wherein he played, quite naturally, a footballer. He went on to play another sports-oriented student, a wrestler, in his second film Vision Quest (1985). He gained experience on TV as well with featured spots on such varied shows as "Diff'rent Strokes" (1978) and "Cagney & Lacey" (1981), not to mention the TV-movie Civil War epic "North and South" (1985) and its sequel. The movie that truly put him on the map was The Color of Money (1986). His one big scene as a naive-looking pool player who out-hustles Paul Newman's Fast Eddie Felson was pure electricity. This led to more visible roles in the "A" class films Platoon (1986), Stakeout (1987), and Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), which culminated in his breakout lead portrayal of the tortured jazz icon 'Charlie "Bird" Parker' in Clint Eastwood's passion project Bird (1988), for which Whitaker won the Cannes Film Festival award for "best actor" and a Golden Globe nomination.While his "gentle giant" characters typically display innocence, indecision, and timidity along with a strong underlying humanity, he has certainly not shied away from the edgier, darker corners of life as his occasional hitmen and other menacing streetwise types can attest. Although in only the first section of the film, he was memorable as the IRA-captured British soldier whose bizarre relationship with a mysterious femme fatale serves as the catalyst for the critically-lauded drama The Crying Game (1992). Always a willing participant to push the envelope, he's gone on to enhance a number of lesser films. Among those was his plastic surgeon in Johnny Handsome (1989), gay clothing designer in Robert Altman's Prêt-à-Porter (1994), alien hunter in Species (1995), absentee father confronted by his estranged son in Smoke (1995), and Mafia hitman who models himself after the samurai warrior in Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999), among many others. As would be expected, he's also had his share of epic-sized bombs, notoriously the L. Ron Hubbard sci-fi disaster Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 (2000). On the TV front, he was the consulting producer and host of a revamped Rod Serling's cult series classic "The Twilight Zone" (2002), which lasted a disappointing one season.In the early 1990s, Whitaker widened his horizons to include producing/directing and has since gained respect behind the camera as well. He started things off co-producing the violent gangster film A Rage in Harlem (1991), in which he co-starred with Gregory Hines and Robin Givens, and then made his successful directorial debut with the soulful Waiting to Exhale (1995), showcasing a legion of distaff black stars. He also directed co-star Whitney Houston's music video of the movie's theme song ("Shoop Shoop"). Most recently, he scored with audiences helming the fluffy romantic comedy First Daughter (2004) with Katie Holmes and Michael Keaton.He is married to former model Keisha Whitaker and has three children by her. His younger brothers Kenn Whitaker and Damon Whitaker are both actors as well. Whitaker's multimedia company, Spirit Dance Entertainment, includes film, television and music production. He works closely with a number of charitable organizations, giving back to his community by serving as an Honorary Board Members for Penny Lane, an organization that provides assistance to abused teenagers, the Human Rights Watch and The Hope North organization.

Forest Whitaker Movies / TV-Shows


Sorry to Bother You (2018)
Black Panther (2018)
Finding Steve McQueen (2017)
The Forgiven (2017)
Roxanne Roxanne (2017)
Triumph, the Untold Story of Perry Wallace (2017)
Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015)
We Are Blood (2015)
19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards (2014)
Two Men in Town (2014)
Sacrifice (2014)
The Butler (2013)
Mysteries of the Unseen World (2013)
The Last Stand (2013)
Africa (2013)
A Single Shot (2013)
Repentance (2013)
Pawn (2013)
Out of the Furnace (2013)
Fruitvale Station (2013)
Zulu (2013)
Black Nativity (2013)
BET Awards 2013 (2013)
The Truth (2012)
Freelancers (2012)
Serving Life (2011)
Guys Choice Awards 2011 (2011)
The Jonathan Ross Show (2011)
Catch .44 (2011)
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Morgan Freeman (2011)
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (2011)
My Own Love Song (2010)
Repo Men (2010)
Our Family Wedding (2010)
Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life (2010)
The Experiment (2010)
Lullaby for Pi (2010)
Na pude aneb Kdo má dneska narozeniny? (2009)
2009 MTV Movie Awards (2009)
15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2009)
The 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards (2009)
Buscando a Penélope (2009)
Brick City (2009)
Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)
Hurricane Season (2009)
Powder Blue (2009)
Winged Creatures (2008)
Chasseurs de dragons (2008)
Street Kings (2008)
Vantage Point (2008)
Stand Up to Cancer (2008)
14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2008)
La noche de los Oscar (2008)
The 2nd Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute (2008)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)
13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2007)
The Orange British Academy Film Awards (2007)
Live from the Red Carpet: The 2007 Academy Awards (2007)
La noche de los Oscar (2007)
Live from the Red Carpet: The 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards (2007)
Ripple Effect (2007)
The Great Debaters (2007)
Before the Music Dies (2006)
3rd Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors (2006)
American Pets (2006)
2006 Women's World Awards (2006)
The Marsh (2006)
Even Money (2006)
Rachael Ray (2006)
The Last King of Scotland (2006)
Everyone's Hero (2006)
Criminal Minds (2005)
Mary (2005)
A Little Trip to Heaven (2005)
American Dad! (2005)
Venecia 2005: Crónica de Carlos Boyero (2005)
American Gun (2005)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)
Made in Hollywood (2005)
Jiminy Glick in Lalawood (2004)
UFC 46: Supernatural (2004)
First Daughter (2004)
Deacons for Defense (2003)
Chasing Papi (2003)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)
Sunday Morning Shootout (2003)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)
Last Call with Carson Daly (2002)
Door to Door (2002)
American Idol: The Search for a Superstar (2002)
The Shield (2002)
The Twilight Zone (2002)
Phone Booth (2002)
Panic Room (2002)
The Follow (2001)
The Fourth Angel (2001)
Feast of All Saints (2001)
Four Dogs Playing Poker (2000)
Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 (2000)
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
Witness Protection (1999)
Light It Up (1999)
Body Count (1998)
Black Jaq (1998)
Hope Floats (1998)
The View (1997)
Corazón de... (1997)
Phenomenon (1996)
Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault (1996)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)
Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
Smoke (1995)
Species (1995)
Waiting to Exhale (1995)
Blown Away (1994)
The Enemy Within (1994)
ER (1994)
Prêt-à-Porter (1994)
Jason's Lyric (1994)
The 1994 Annual Diversity Awards (1994)
Bank Robber (1993)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)
Strapped (1993)
Last Light (1993)
Lush Life (1993)
Body Snatchers (1993)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)
Article 99 (1992)
HBO First Look (1992)
Consenting Adults (1992)
The Crying Game (1992)
A Rage in Harlem (1991)
Diary of a Hitman (1991)
Criminal Justice (1990)
Downtown (1990)
Johnny Handsome (1989)
The 46th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1989)
The 6th Annual American Cinema Awards (1989)
Bird (1988)
Bloodsport (1988)
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
Stakeout (1987)
Biography (1987)
Hands of a Stranger (1987)
The Color of Money (1986)
Platoon (1986)
American Masters (1985)
North and South (1985)
Vision Quest (1985)
The Grand Baby (1985)
Tag: The Assassination Game (1982)
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Cagney & Lacey (1981)
Hill Street Blues (1981)
The Fall Guy (1981)
Diff'rent Strokes (1978)
Saturday Night Live (1975)

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