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Forest Whitaker

Forest Steven Whitaker has packaged a king-size talent into his hulking 6' 2", 220 lb. frame. He won an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland, and has also won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. He is the fourth African-American male to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, following in ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 55 wins & 40 nominations. See more awards »

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 2016 Roots (TV Mini-Series) (filming)
- Episode #1.1 (2016) ... Fiddler
 2016 Story of Your Life (post-production)
Colonel Weber
  The Crow (announced) (rumored)
 2015 Southpaw
Tick Wills
 2015 Dope
Narrator (voice)
 2013 Black Nativity
Reverend Cornell Cobbs
 2013 Making a Scene (Short)
 2013 Zulu
Ali Sokhela
 2013/I Pawn
 2012 A Dark Truth
Francisco Francis
 2012 Freelancers
 2012 Ernest & Celestine
Ernest (English version, voice)
 2011 Catch .44
 2011 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior - House of Corpses (Video short)
Sam Cooper
 2011 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior - Loved Ones (Video short)
Sam Cooper
 2011 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior - The Profiler (Video short)
Sam Cooper
 2010 Lullaby for Pi
 2010 The Experiment
 2010 Criminal Minds (TV Series)
Sam Cooper
- The Fight (2010) ... Sam Cooper
 2010 Repo Men
 2009 Toys in the Attic
Teddy (English version, voice)
 2007-2009 American Dad! (TV Series)
Daniel Turlington / Ron Turlington / Turlington
- Live and Let Fry (2009) ... Daniel Turlington (voice)
- Chimdale (2009) ... Ron Turlington (voice)
- Meter Made (2007) ... Turlington (voice)
 2008 Dragon Hunters
Lian-Chu (English version, voice)
 2007 The Great Debaters
Dr. James Farmer Sr.
 2007 Ripple Effect
 2006 The Marsh
Geoffrey Hunt
 2006/I Even Money
Clyde Snow
 2005 American Gun
 2005 A Little Trip to Heaven
Abe Holt
 2005/I Mary
Ted Younger
 2004 First Daughter
Narrator (voice)
 2003 Deacons for Defense (TV Movie)
Marcus Clay
 2002 Phone Booth
Captain Ramey
 2001 Feast of All Saints (TV Movie)
Daguerreotypist Picard
 2001 The Fourth Angel
Agent Jules Bernard
 2001 The Follow (Short)
The Employer (uncredited)
 2001 Green Dragon
 2000 Four Dogs Playing Poker
Mr. Ellington
 1999 Witness Protection (TV Movie)
Steven Beck
 1999 Light It Up
Officer Dante Jackson
 1998 Body Count
 1995 Mr. Holland's Opus
Bobby Tidd - Adult (uncredited)
 1995 Species
Dan Smithson
 1995 Smoke
Cyrus Cole
 1994 Ready to Wear
Cy Bianco
 1994 Jason's Lyric
 1993 Lush Life (TV Movie)
Buddy Chester
 1993 Last Light (TV Movie)
Fred Whitmore
 1992 Consenting Adults
David Duttonville
 1992 Article 99
Dr. Sid Handleman
 1991 A Rage in Harlem
 1990 Criminal Justice (TV Movie)
Jessie Williams
 1988 Bloodsport
 1987 Stakeout
Jack Pismo
 1987 Hands of a Stranger (TV Movie)
Sergeant Delaney
 1986 The Color of Money
 1986 North and South, Book II (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.6 (1986) ... Cuffey
- Episode #1.5 (1986) ... Cuffey (credit only)
- Episode #1.4 (1986) ... Cuffey (credit only)
- Episode #1.3 (1986) ... Cuffey
- Episode #1.2 (1986) ... Cuffey
 1986 Amazing Stories (TV Series)
- Gather Ye Acorns (1986) ... Jerry
 1985 The Grand Baby (TV Movie)
 1985 North and South (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.6 (1985) ... Cuffey (credit only)
- Episode #1.5 (1985) ... Cuffey (credit only)
- Episode #1.4 (1985) ... Cuffey
- Episode #1.3 (1985) ... Cuffey
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... Cuffey
 1985 Diff'rent Strokes (TV Series)
- Bully for Arnold (1985) ... Herman
 1985 The Fall Guy (TV Series)
- Spring Break (1985) ... Friend
 1985 Vision Quest
 1984 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Lewis Jordan
- School Nurse (1984) ... Lewis Jordan
 1982 Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Charles Jefferson
 1982 Making the Grade (TV Series)
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Release of Jamie Foxx's music video for "Blame It," which premiered on 106 & Park Top 10 Live (2000); and was directed by Hype Williams; with appearances by Ron Howard; Forest Whitaker; Jake Gyllenhaal; Samuel L. Jackson; Quincy Jones; Cedric the Entertainer; Morris Chestnut; Clifton Powell; Alex Thomas; DeRay Davis; Joe; ... See more »

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8 Interviews | 14 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


6' 2" (1.88 m)

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[on his children's names - True and Ocean - and his name and how it affected his childhood] I want those names to be their destiny, for my daughter to be honest and my son to be expansive. I try to be like a forest, revitalizing and constantly growing . . . . Kids would tease me, calling me Little Bush". But . . . I thought being called Forest helped me find my identity. See more »


He was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in March 2004 in Austin, Texas. See more »


Often plays military/political/law enforcement roles See more »

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