Forest Whitaker

15 Jul 1961

Actor, Director, Producer

Forest Steven Whitaker was born on July 15, 1961 in 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. He also appeared in the sci-fi disaster film 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). 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"). He scored with audiences helming the fluffy romantic comedy First Daughter (2004) with Katie Holmes and Michael Keaton. Most recently he can be seen Our Family Wedding (2010), Repo Men (2010), The Experiment (2010) and TV Series, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (2011). He is married to former model Keisha Whitaker and has three children by her. 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.

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Filmography (86 titles)

(movie, 2018)
···City of Lies
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Jack Jackson)
(movie, 2018)
···How It Ends
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Tom)
(movie, 2018)
···Sorry to Bother You
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Comedy
Role: Actor, Producer
(movie, 2018)
···Black Panther
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Zuri)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Saw Gerrera)
(movie, 2016)
···Arrival
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Science Fiction, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Colonel Weber)
(movie, 2015)
···Dope
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Narrator)
(movie, 2015)
···Southpaw
Genre: Action, Drama
Role: Actor (as Titus 'Tick' Wills)
(movie, 2015)
···A Fall from Grace
Role: Actor (as Source)
(movie, 2014)
···Taken 3
Genre: Thriller, Action
Role: Actor (as Inspector Frank Dotzler)
(movie, 2014)
···Two Men in Town
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as William Garnett)
(movie, 2013)
···Out of the Furnace
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Crime
Role: Actor (as Chief Wesley Barnes)
(movie, 2013)
···Zulu
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Ali Sokhela)
(movie, 2013)
···Black Nativity
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Reverend Cornell Cobbs)
(movie, 2013)
···The Butler
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Cecil Gaines)
(movie, 2013)
···Fruitvale Station
Genre: Drama
Role: Producer
(movie, 2013)
···Pawn
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Will)
(movie, 2013)
···Repentance
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Angel)
(movie, 2013)
···The Last Stand
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Agent John Bannister)
(movie, 2012)
···Ernest et Célestine
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family
Role: Actor (as Ernest (voice English version))
(movie, 2012)
···A Dark Truth
Genre: Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Francisco Francis)
(movie, 2012)
···Freelancers
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Role: Actor (as LaRue)
(movie, 2011)
···Catch .44
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Ronny)
(movie, 2010)
···Lullaby for Pi
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as George)
(movie, 2010)
···The Experiment
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Barris)
(movie, 2010)
···Repo Men
Genre: Action, Science Fiction, Thriller, Crime
Role: Actor (as Jake)
(movie, 2010)
···Our Family Wedding
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Brad Boyd)
(movie, 2009)
···Hurricane Season
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Al Collins)
(movie, 2009)
···Where the Wild Things Are
Genre: Fantasy, Family
Role: Actor (as Ira (voice))
(movie, 2009)
···Powder Blue
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor, Producer
Genre: Thriller, Animation, Family, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Teddy)
(movie, 2009)
···Na pude
Genre: Animation, Fantasy, Family
Role: Actor (as Teddy)
Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Teddy)
(movie, 2008)
···Winged Creatures
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Charlie Archenault)
(movie, 2008)
···Street Kings
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Captain Jack Wander)
(movie, 2008)
···Chasseurs de dragons
Genre: Animation, Family
Role: Actor (as Lian-Chu (voice))
(movie, 2008)
···Vantage Point
Genre: Drama, Action, Thriller, Crime
Role: Actor (as Howard Lewis)
(movie, 2007)
···The Great Debaters
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Dr. James Farmer Sr.)
(movie, 2007)
···The Air I Breathe
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Happiness)
(movie, 2007)
···Ripple Effect
Genre: Drama, Music
Role: Actor (as Philip)
(movie, 2006)
···Everyone's Hero
Genre: Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family
Role: Actor (as Lonnie Brewster)
(movie, 2006)
···The Last King of Scotland
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Idi Amin)
(movie, 2006)
···The Marsh
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Geoffrey Hunt)
(movie, 2006)
···Even Money
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Clyde Snow)
(movie, 2005)
···A Little Trip to Heaven
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Abe Holt)
(movie, 2005)
···Mary
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Ted Younger)
(movie, 2005)
···American Gun
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Carter)
(movie, 2005)
···Deacons for Defense
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Marcus Clay)
(movie, 2004)
···First Daughter
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Family
Role: Director
(movie, 2003)
···The Fourth Angel
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Agent Jules Bernard)
(movie, 2003)
···Deacons for Defense
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Marcus Clay)
(movie, 2002)
6.8Phone Booth
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Role: Actor (as Captain Ramey)
(movie, 2002)
···Panic Room
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Burnham)
(movie, 2001)
···Green Dragon
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Addie)
(movie, 2001)
···The Fourth Angel
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Agent Jules Bernard)
(movie, 2000)
···Battlefield Earth
Genre: Science Fiction, War
Role: Actor (as Ker)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Ghost Dog)
(movie, 1999)
···Light It Up
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Officer Dante Jackson)
(movie, 1998)
···Hope Floats
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Director
(movie, 1996)
···Phenomenon
Genre: Fantasy, Drama, Science Fiction, Romance
Role: Actor (as Nate Pope)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Mr. Rucker)
(movie, 1995)
···Waiting to Exhale
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Director
(movie, 1995)
···Species
Genre: Science Fiction, Horror, Action
Role: Actor (as Dan Smithson, Empath)
(movie, 1995)
···Smoke
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Cyrus Cole)
(movie, 1994)
···Prêt-à-porter
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Cy Bianco)
(movie, 1994)
···Jason's Lyric
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Maddog)
(movie, 1994)
···Blown Away
Genre: Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Anthony Franklin)
(movie, 1994)
···The Enemy Within
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Colonel MacKenzie 'Mac' Casey)
(movie, 1993)
···Body Snatchers
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Major Collins)
(movie, 1993)
···Last Light
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Fred Whitmore)
(movie, 1993)
···Lush Life
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Buddy Chester)
(movie, 1993)
···Strapped
Genre: Action, Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1992)
···Consenting Adults
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Role: Actor (as David Duttonville)
(movie, 1992)
···The Crying Game
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller, Romance
Role: Actor (as Jody)
(movie, 1992)
···Article 99
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Dr. Sid Handleman)
(movie, 1991)
···Diary of a Hitman
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Dekker)
(movie, 1991)
···A Rage in Harlem
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Role: Actor (as Jackson)
(movie, 1990)
···Criminal Justice
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Jessie Williams)
(movie, 1990)
···Downtown
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Dennis Curren)
(movie, 1989)
···Johnny Handsome
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Dr. Steven Fisher)
(movie, 1988)
···Bird
Genre: Drama, Music
Role: Actor (as Charlie 'Bird' Parker)
(movie, 1988)
···Bloodsport
Genre: Action
Role: Actor (as Rawlins)
(movie, 1987)
···Good Morning, Vietnam
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Role: Actor (as Edward Montesque Garlick)
(movie, 1986)
8.3Platoon
Genre: Drama, War, Action
Role: Actor (as Big Harold)
(movie, 1986)
···The Color of Money
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Amos)
(movie, 1982)
···Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Charles Jefferson)