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Place of Birth Longview, Texas, USA
Birthday 1961-07-15


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Forest Steven Whitaker III (born July 15, 1961) is an American actor, producer, and director. He has earned a reputation for intensive character study work for films such as Lee Daniels' The Butler, Bird and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai,for his work in direct-to-video films and for his recurring role as LAPD Internal Affairs Lieutenant Jon Kavanaugh on the award-winning television series The Shield. Whitaker won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland. He also starred as Inspector Franck Dotzler in Taken 3 with Liam Neeson.


2018LAbyrinth as Jack Jackson
2018The Forgiven as Desmond Tutu
2018Black Panther as Zuri
2018Burden as Reverend Kennedy
2016Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as Saw Gerrera
2016I Am You as Narrator (voice)
2016Arrival as Colonel Weber
2015Dope as Narrator
2015Southpaw as Titus 'Tick' Wills
2014Taken 3 as Inspector Frank Dotzler
2014Repentance as Angel
2014Two Men in Town as William Garnett
2013Out of the Furnace as Chief Wesley Barnes
2013Zulu as Ali Sokhela
2013Black Nativity as Reverend Cornell Cobbs
2013Making a Scene as Man
2013Mysteries of the Unseen World as Narrator
2013The Butler as Cecil Gaines
2013Pawn as Will
2013The Last Stand as Agent John Bannister
2012A Dark Truth as Francisco Francis
2012Freelancers as Dennis Larue
2011Catch.44 as Ronny
2011A Man's Story as Himself
2011Serving Life as Narrator
2010Lullaby for Pi as George
2010The Experiment as Barris
2010My Own Love Song as Joey
2010Repo Men as Jake
2010Our Family Wedding as Brad Boyd
2010Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life as Lion
2009Hurricane Season as Al Collins
2009Where the Wild Things Are as Ira (voice)
2009Powder Blue as Charlie
2008Winged Creatures as Charlie Archenault
2008Street Kings as Captain Jack Wander
2008Dragon Hunters as Lian-Chu (voice)
2008Vantage Point as Howard Lewis
2008Crips and Bloods: Made in America as Narrator
2007The Great Debaters as Dr. James Farmer Sr.
2007Ripple Effect as Philip
2007The Air I Breathe as Happiness
2006Everyone's Hero as Lonnie Brewster (voice)
2006The Last King of Scotland as Idi Amin
2006The Marsh as Geoffrey Hunt
2006Even Money as Clyde Snow
2005A Little Trip to Heaven as Abe Holt
2005Mary as Ted Younger
2005Odyssey in Rome
2005American Gun as Carter
2003Deacons for Defense as Marcus
2002Phone Booth as Captain Ramey
2002Panic Room as Burnham
2001Feast of All Saints as Daguerreotypist Picard
2001The Fourth Angel as Agent Jules Bernard
2001Green Dragon as Addie
2001The Hire: The Follow
2000Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows as Himself - Actor / Director
2000Battlefield Earth as Ker
2000Battlefield Earth: Evolution & Creation as Himself
1999Witness Protection as Steven Beck
1999Light It Up as Officer Dante Jackson
1999Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai as Ghost Dog
1998Body Count as Crane
1996Phenomenon as Nate Pope
1996Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault as Mr. Rucker
1995Species as Dan Smithson, Empath
1995Smoke as Cyrus Cole
1994Ready to Wear as Cy Bianco
1994Jason's Lyric as Maddog
1994The Enemy Within as Colonel MacKenzie 'Mac' Casey
1994Blown Away as Anthony Franklin
1993Bank Robber as Officer Battle
1993Lush Life as Buddy Chester
1993Last Light as Fred Whitmore
1993Body Snatchers as Major Collins
1992Consenting Adults as David Duttonville
1992The Crying Game as Jody
1992Article 99 as Dr. Sid Handleman
1991Diary of a Hitman as Dekker
1991A Rage in Harlem as Jackson
1990Criminal Justice as Jessie Williams
1990Downtown as Dennis Curren
1989Johnny Handsome as Dr. Steven Fisher
1988Bird as Charlie 'Bird' Parker
1988Bloodsport as Rawlins
1987Good Morning, Vietnam as Edward Montesque Garlick
1987Stakeout as Det. Jack Pismo
1987Hands of a Stranger as Sergeant Delaney
1986Platoon as Big Harold
1986The Color of Money as Amos
1982Fast Times at Ridgemont High as Charles Jefferson
1982Tag: The Assassination Game as Gowdy's Bodyguard
A Fall from Grace as Source
A Tour of the Inferno: Revisiting 'Platoon' as Himself
Finding Steve McQueen as Howard Lambert
Reise ins Königreich der Spielzeuge as Teddybär
Triumph: the Untold Story of Perry Wallace as Narrator

Other Roles

2018Sorry to Bother You - Producer
2017Roxanne, Roxanne - Producer
2013Fruitvale Station - Producer
2011Serving Life - Executive Producer
2011Monte Carlo - Executive Producer
2009Powder Blue - Producer
2007Ripple Effect - Executive Producer
2004First Daughter - Director
1998Hope Floats - Director
1995Waiting to Exhale - Director
1993Strapped - Director

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