Forest Whitaker

Biography

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.

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.

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Personal Info

Gender Male

Known Credits 121

Birthday 1961-07-15

Place of Birth Longview, Texas, USA

Adult Actor False

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as Saw Gerrera
2016 I Am You as Narrator (voice)
2016 Arrival as Colonel Weber
2016 Roots as Fiddler
2016 Roots(4 episodes) as Fiddler
2015 Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter(1 episode)
2015 Dope as Narrator
2015 Southpaw as Titus 'Tick' Wills
2015 Taken 3 as Inspector Frank Dotzler
2014 Two Men in Town as William Garnett
2013 Out of the Furnace as Chief Wesley Barnes
2013 Zulu as Ali Sokhela
2013 Black Nativity as Reverend Cornell Cobbs
2013 Making a Scene as Man
2013 Mysteries of the Unseen World as Narrator
2013 The Butler as Cecil Gaines
2013 Pawn as Will
2013 Repentance as Angel
2013 The Last Stand as Agent John Bannister
2012 Ernest & Celestine as Ernest (voice)
2012 A Dark Truth as Francisco Francis
2012 Freelancers as Dennis Larue
2011 Catch .44 as Ronny
2011 Serving Life as Narrator
2011 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior(14 episodes) as Sam Cooper
2010 Lullaby for Pi as George
2010 The Experiment as Barris
2010 My Own Love Song as Joey
2010 Repo Men as Jake
2010 Our Family Wedding as Brad Boyd
2010 Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life as Lion
2009 Hurricane Season as Al Collins
2009 Where the Wild Things Are as Ira (voice)
2009 Powder Blue as Charlie
2009 Toys in the Attic as Teddy
2008 Winged Creatures as Charlie Archenault
2008 Street Kings as Captain Jack Wander
2008 Dragon Hunters as Lian-Chu (voice)
2008 Vantage Point as Howard Lewis
2008 Crips and Bloods: Made in America as Narrator
2007 The Great Debaters as Dr. James Farmer Sr.
2007 The Air I Breathe as Happiness
2006 Everyone's Hero as Lonnie Brewster
2006 The Last King of Scotland as Idi Amin
2006 The Marsh as Geoffrey Hunt
2006 Even Money as Clyde Snow
2005 A Little Trip to Heaven as Abe Holt
2005 Mary as Ted Younger
2005 Odyssey in Rome
2005 Criminal Minds(1 episode)
2005 American Dad!(3 episodes)
2005 American Gun as Carter
2004 The Shield(18 episodes)
2003 The Ellen DeGeneres Show(1 episode)
2003 Jimmy Kimmel Live!(1 episode)
2003 Deacons for Defense as Marcus
2002 The Twilight Zone(44 episodes)
2002 Phone Booth as Captain Ed Ramey
2002 American Idol(1 episode)
2002 Panic Room as Burnham
2002 Live From the Red Carpet(1 episode) as Himself
2001 Feast of All Saints as Daguerreotypist Picard
2001 The Fourth Angel as Agent Jules Bernard
2001 Green Dragon as Addie
2001 The Hire: The Follow
2000 Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows as Himself - Actor / Director
2000 Battlefield Earth as Ker
2000 Battlefield Earth: Evolution & Creation as Himself
1999 Witness Protection as Steven Beck
1999 Light It Up as Officer Dante Jackson
1999 The Early Show(1 episode)
1999 Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai as Ghost Dog
1999 Where Are They Now?(1 episode)
1998 Ennemi dans l'etat as Colonel MacKenzie 'Mac' Casey
1998 Body Count as Crane
1997 The View(1 episode)
1996 Phenomenon as Nate Pope
1996 Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault as Mr. Rucker
1995 Species as Dan Smithson, Empath
1995 Smoke as Cyrus Cole
1994 Prêt-à-Porter as Cy Bianco
1994 Jason's Lyric as Maddog
1994 ER(4 episodes)
1994 The Enemy Within as Colonel MacKenzie 'Mac' Casey
1994 Blown Away as Anthony Franklin
1994 Inside the Actors Studio(1 episode)
1993 Lush Life as Buddy Chester
1993 Last Light as Fred Whitmore
1993 Body Snatchers as Major Collins
1992 Consenting Adults as David Duttonville
1992 The Crying Game as Jody
1992 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno(1 episode)
1992 Article 99 as Dr. Sid Handleman
1991 Diary of a Hitman as Dekker
1991 A Rage in Harlem as Jackson
1990 Criminal Justice as Jessie Williams
1990 Downtown as Dennis Curren
1989 Johnny Handsome as Dr. Steven Fisher
1988 Bird as Charlie 'Bird' Parker
1988 Bloodsport as Rawlins
1987 Good Morning, Vietnam as Edward Montesque Garlick
1987 Stakeout as Det. Jack Pismo
1987 Hands of a Stranger as Sergeant Delaney
1987 North and South(16 episodes)
1986 Platoon as Big Harold
1986 The Color of Money as Amos
1983 Live with Regis and Kathie Lee(1 episode)
1982 Fast Times at Ridgemont High as Charles Jefferson
1982 Cagney and Lacey(1 episode)
1981 Hill Street Blues(1 episode)
1978 Diff'rent Strokes(1 episode)
1975 Saturday Night Live(1 episode)
1952 Today(1 episode)
1900 A Fall from Grace as Source

Production

2013 Fruitvale Station … Producer
2011 Serving Life … Executive Producer
2011 Monte Carlo … Executive Producer
2009 Brick City(14 episodes) … Executive Producer
2009 Powder Blue … Producer

Directing

2004 First Daughter … Director
1998 Hope Floats … Director
1995 Waiting to Exhale … Director
1993 Strapped … Director

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