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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 (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 & 54 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Platoon
Platoon Big Harold
(1986)
Arrival
Arrival Colonel Weber
(2016)
The Butler
The Butler Cecil Gaines
(2013)

Filmography

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 2017/I Burden (post-production)
Reverend Kennedy
 2017 Finding Steve McQueen (post-production)
Howard Lambert
 2017 LAbyrinth (post-production)
Jack Jackson
 2017 The Forgiven (post-production)
Desmond Tutu
 2017 Star Wars: Rebels (TV Series)
Saw Gerrera
 2016 Star Wars: Go Rogue (TV Series short)
Saw Gerrera
- Chapter 4 (2016) ... Saw Gerrera (voice)
- Chapter 3 (2016) ... Saw Gerrera (voice)
- Chapter 2 (2016) ... Saw Gerrera (voice)
- Chapter 1 (2016) ... Saw Gerrera (voice)
 2016 Roots (TV Mini-Series)
Fiddler
- Part 4 (2016) ... Fiddler
- Part 2 (2016) ... Fiddler
- Part 1 (2016) ... Fiddler
 2015 Dope
Narrator (voice)
 2013 Making a Scene (Short)
Man
 2013 Zulu
Ali Sokhela
 2013/I Pawn
Will
 2013 Nelson Mandela (Video short)
Narrator (voice)
 2012 A Dark Truth
Francisco Francis
 2012 Freelancers
LaRue
 2012 Ernest & Celestine
Ernest (English version, voice)
 2011 Catch .44
Ronny
 2010 Lullaby for Pi
George
 2010 The Experiment
Barris
 2010 Criminal Minds (TV Series)
Sam Cooper
- The Fight (2010) ... Sam Cooper
 2010 Repo Men
Jake
 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)
 2009 Jamie Foxx Ft. T-Pain: Blame It (Video short)
Forest Whitaker
 2008 Chasseurs de dragons
Lian-Chu (English version, voice)
 2007 The Great Debaters
Dr. James Farmer Sr.
 2007 Ripple Effect
Philip
 2006 The Marsh
Geoffrey Hunt
 2006/I Even Money
Clyde Snow
 2005 American Gun
Carter
 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 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Narrator
- Found and Lost (2002) ... Narrator
 2002 Phone Booth
Captain Ramey
 2001 Feast of All Saints (TV Movie)
Daguerreotypist Picard
 2001 The Fourth Angel
Bernard
 2001 The Follow (Short)
The Employer (uncredited)
 2001 Green Dragon
Addie
 2000 Four Dogs Playing Poker
Mr. Ellington
 1999 Witness Protection (TV Movie)
Steven Beck
 1999 Light It Up
Officer Dante Jackson
 1998 Body Count
Crane
 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
Maddog
 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
Jackson
 1990 Criminal Justice (TV Movie)
Jessie Williams
 1988 Bloodsport
Rawlins
 1987 Stakeout
Jack Pismo
 1987 Hands of a Stranger (TV Movie)
Sergeant Delaney
 1986 The Color of Money
Amos
 1986 North and South, Book II (TV Mini-Series)
Cuffey
- 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)
Jerry
- Gather Ye Acorns (1986) ... Jerry
 1985 The Grand Baby (TV Movie)
 1985 North and South (TV Mini-Series)
Cuffey
- 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)
Herman
- Bully for Arnold (1985) ... Herman
 1985 The Fall Guy (TV Series)
Friend
- Spring Break (1985) ... Friend
 1985 Vision Quest
Balldozer
 1984 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Lewis Jordan
- School Nurse (1984) ... Lewis Jordan
 1982 Making the Grade (TV Series)
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Other Works:

Music video: Appears in the video for T.I. and Jamie Foxx's "Live In The Sky" See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on the most interesting actor he has worked with] Mickey Rourke, I thought, was really interesting. I did a movie called Johnny Handsome (1989) that Walter Hill directed. I had a scene with Mickey in which he says goodbye to me, and I learned something very powerful. He didn't say anything. I don't know if his thoughts were so powerful or my imagination was so large, but I could swear I could ... See more »

Trivia:

In 2003, Whitaker became Executive Director of the Nodance Film Festival, a festival that celebrates the alternative digital film culture with an emphasis on first-time filmmakers and digital filmmaking. Originally held in Park City, Utah, Nodance has recently relaunched in Los Angeles and holds the distinction of being the world's first DVD-projected film festival. See more »

Trademark:

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

Star Sign:

Cancer

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