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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 (2006), 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, ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 55 wins & 53 nominations. See more awards »

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The Butler
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 2018 Finding Steve McQueen (post-production)
Howard Lambert
  LAbyrinth (post-production)
Jack Jackson
  The Poison Rose (pre-production)
Dr. Miles Mitchell
 2018 Black Panther
 2018 Burden
Reverend Kennedy
 2017 The Forgiven
Desmond Tutu
 2016 Rogue One
Saw Gerrera
 2016/II Arrival
Colonel Weber
 2015 Southpaw
Tick Wills
 2015 Dope
The Narrator (voice)
 2014 Taken 3
Franck Dotzler
 2014 Two Men in Town
William Garnett
 2013 Black Nativity
Reverend Cornell Cobbs
 2013 Out of the Furnace
Chief Wesley Barnes
 2013/I The Butler
Cecil Gaines
 2013 Zulu
Ali Sokhela
 2013/I Pawn
 2013/I Repentance
Angel Sanchez
 2013 The Last Stand
Agent John Bannister
 2012 A Dark Truth
Francisco Francis
 2012 Freelancers
 2012 Ernest & Celestine
Ernest (English version, voice)
 2011 Catch .44
 2010 Lullaby for Pi
 2010 The Experiment
 2010 My Own Love Song
 2010 Repo Men
 2010 Our Family Wedding
Brad Boyd
 2009 Hurricane Season
Al Collins
 2009 Where the Wild Things Are
Ira (voice)
 2009 Powder Blue
 2009 Toys in the Attic
Teddy (English version, voice)
 2008 Fragments
Charlie Archenault
 2008 Street Kings
Captain Jack Wander
 2008 Chasseurs de dragons
Lian-Chu (English version, voice)
 2008 Vantage Point
Howard Lewis
 2007 The Great Debaters
Dr. James Farmer Sr.
 2007 Ripple Effect
 2007 The Air I Breathe
 2006 Everyone's Hero
Lonnie Brewster (voice)
 2006 The Last King of Scotland
Idi Amin
 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)
 2004 Jiminy Glick in Lalawood
Forest Whitaker
 2002 Phone Booth
Captain Ramey
 2002 Panic Room
 2001 The Fourth Angel
 2001 Green Dragon
 2000 Four Dogs Playing Poker
Mr. Ellington
 2000 Battlefield Earth
 1999 Light It Up
Officer Dante Jackson
 1998 Body Count
 1996 Phenomenon
Nate Pope
 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
 1994 Blown Away
 1993 Bank Robber
Officer Battle
 1993 Body Snatchers
Major Collins
 1992 Consenting Adults
David Duttonville
 1992 The Crying Game
 1992 Article 99
Dr. Sid Handleman
 1991 Diary of a Hitman
 1991 A Rage in Harlem
 1990 Downtown
Dennis Curren
 1989 Johnny Handsome
Dr. Steven Fisher
 1988 Bird
Charlie 'Bird' Parker
 1988 Bloodsport
 1987 Good Morning, Vietnam
Edward Garlick
 1987 Stakeout
Jack Pismo
 1986 Platoon
Big Harold
 1986 The Color of Money
 1985 Vision Quest
 1982 Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Charles Jefferson
 1982 Tag: The Assassination Game
Gowdy's Bodyguard
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Other Works:

TV commercial for "Heads Up Football Coaches Certification" (voice over). 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 »


Whitaker hosted Saturday Night Live (1975) on February 10, 2007, during which his singing talent was featured in several sketches. See more »


Often plays characters that are, or are inspired by, historical figures See more »

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