Produced on July 15, 1961, in Longview, Texas, Forest Whitaker was a college football player who turned to examining opera and play. His first big screen feature was Fast Times at Ridgemont High and he’s got subsequently created a prolific acting career, with roles in movies like Platoon, Bird, Ready to Wear and Ghost Dog.
Performer, director and producer Forest Steven Whitaker was born on July 15, 1961, in Longview, Texas, along with his family after moving to Southern California. After being sidelined with the injury, he transferred to the University of Southern California to study opera and play.
The versatile performer appeared in several acclaimed movies through the ’80s, including Platoon (1986), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) as well as The Color of Money (1986). In 1988, his turn as musician Charlie Parker in Clint Eastwood’s black biopic Bird won him the Best Actor prize in the Cannes Film Festival.
Whitaker shortly enlarged to producing and directing, having unique success in television with such jobs as 1993’s gritty urban movie Strapped for HBO and 2002’s Emmy-winning Door to Door starring William H. Macy. Whitaker has directed several music videos too, including Houston’s “Exhale (Shoop Shoop).”
In 2006, Whitaker made several notable television appearances, for example, character of a distressed internal affairs cop on FX’s award winning The Shield as well as a riveting move as a stroke patient on ER. That year, he won critical acclaim for his strong performance as dictator Idi Amin in the movie The Last King of Scotland (2006). The part earned him numerous accolades, including the Top Actor Academy Award.
Whitaker’s filmography grown through the decade, using the thespian providing thoughtful comments on a few of his work in interviews. In 2007, he starred in The Great Debaters, a movie directed by Denzel Washington that focused on a trailblazing African American school team. Added film jobs for the year comprised The Air I Breathe, Even Money and Ripple Effect, and more featured characters followed in ensemble plays like Vantage Point (2008) and Fragments (2009), the children’s book version Where the Wild Things Are (2009), the sci fi thriller Repo Men (2010) as well as the comedy Our Family Wedding (2010).
Whitaker has additionally taken on parts in a number of crime dramas, including A Black Truth (2012) and The Last Stand (2013), co starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. In 2013, he’s slated to star as the lead in the biopic The Butler. Whitaker wed actress Keisha Nash in 1996; they got two daughters. He’s got a son and she’s got a daughter from previous relationships.