Forest Whitaker young
July 15, 1961
6 ft 2 in | 188 cm
92 kg | 203 pounds
46 in | 117 cm
11 US | 44 EU
40 in | 102 cm
Forest Whitaker was born in Longview, Texas, United States on July 15, 1961, is an American actor. Young Forest Whitaker made his big screen debut in action thriller film Tag: The Assassination Game (1982) in roleas Gowdy's Bodyguard, at the age of 21. Forest's breakthrough role came as Edward Garlick in the comedy drama war film Good Morning Vietnam (1987) opposite Robin Williams.
He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Idi Amin in historical drama film The Last King of Scotland (2006).
He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his role as Charlie "Bird" Parker in biographical film Bird (1988) directed by Clint Eastwood.
Platoon (1986) drama action opposite Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe and Johnny Depp
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) epic space opera in role as Saw Gerrera
Johnny Handsome (1989) crime drama with Mickey Rourke and Morgan Freeman
Arrival (2016) science fiction drama with Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner
Phenomenon (1996) romantic fantasy drama with John Travolta
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999) crime action directed by Jim Jarmusch
Bloodsport (1988) martial arts with Jean-Claude Van Damme
Panic Room (2002) thriller with Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart and Jared Leto
The Great Debaters (2007) biographical drama opposite Denzel Washington
Street Kings (2008) crime thriller with Keanu Reeves and Chris Evans
Repo Men (2010) science fiction action thriller with Jude Law
The Butler (2013) historical drama with Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda and Robin Williams
Taken 3 (2014) action thriller with Liam Neeson and Maggie Grace
Southpaw (2015) sports drama opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams
Black Panther (2018) superhero in role as Zuri
He made his Broadway debut in a play Hughie, at the Booth Theatre (2016).
He studies yoga and has a black belt in kenpō.
He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard, on April 16, 2007.
He married actress Keisha Nash, in 1996, they have four children.
He was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in 2004.
He is a vegetarian.
He featured in T.I.'s music video "Live in the Sky" (2006).
Lives in Los Angeles, California.
(on his role in The Last King of Scotland ) I did a massive amount to prepare for this. First of all I started learning Swahili, learning the accent, then I had to do study all the recording as well as all the books, tapes, documentaries. When I went to Uganda I met with his [Idi Amin's] brother, sister, his ministers his generals and even to the Ugandan king. I did more research for this role than any other character I've probably ever played.
I can play a man who's despicable. But I'll still look inside him to find a point of connection. If I can find that kernel, audiences will relate to me.
I'm an actor. And I guess I've done so many movies I've achieved some high visibility. But a star? I guess I still think of myself as kind of a worker ant.
I really wasn't even sure if I should continue acting. I would like try and figure out if I could be good enough to do it. It was like 10 or 12 years into my career before I felt like maybe I can do it. It was such a different time than now.
I care about people. In the end, I think they feel it. It comes across, regardless of the character I'm portraying.
When I was a kid, the only way I saw movies was from the back seat of my family's car at the drive-in.