Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker

American actor and film director.
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Forest Whitaker

Forest Steven Whitaker (born July 15, 1961) is an American actor, producer, and director.

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Full name at birth
Forest Steven Whitaker III
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Claim to fame
The Last King of Scotland
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Date of birth
15 July 1961
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Place of birth
Longview, Texas, United States
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Age
61
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Actor, Producer, Director
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Height
6' 2" (188 cm)
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Weight
203 lbs (92.1 kg)
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11
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Net worth
$40,000,000 USD
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University
  • California State Polytechnic University
  • University of Southern California
  • Drama Studio London
  • New York University
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Talent agency
Brillstein Entertainment Partners
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Partner: Keisha Whitaker (Married) 4 children
1996-
Forest Whitaker and Keisha Whitaker
(On his role in The Last King of Scotland (2006)) "It was an experience that changed my life and my thoughts. I went there with the purpose of understanding what it was like to be Ugandan, and I wanted to understand the food, the life, the way they deal with children and wives and with authority figures. I sat with Idi Amin`s brother underneath a big mango tree and he told me stories about what Idi was like and how he used to come to town and pull together soccer or rugby games. It all helped me with figuring out the way he behaved and the way he thought, so that 24 hours a day, even in my dreams, I was totally consumed by the character of Idi Amin. It wasn`t until the movie was over that I decided I could let go of the character, so the first thing I did was take a shower because I figured I could wash him off by scrubbing myself. I was in a room by myself, so I started yelling to get his voice out of me and get my own voice back."
  • 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.
  • Brother-in-law of Jeffrey Nash and Kidada Jones.
  • He and his daughter, True, have recorded a public service announcement promoting vegetarianism on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
  • Originally cast in the role of "Sawyer" on "Lost" (2004), but opted out of the role when 20th Century Fox green lighted his film First Daughter (2004).
  • Born in Longview, Texas, USA

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