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      Forest Whitaker

      Forest Whitaker

      Highest Rated: 100% Mysteries of the Unseen World (2013)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Jul 15, 1961

      Birthplace: Longview, Texas, USA

      Though actor Forest Whitaker started college on an athletic scholarship, the charismatic and award-winning performer made the unlikely shift from football to studying to become a classical tenor and eventually, an actor. After gaining some attention in several stage musicals, Whitaker made an immediate impression with a small, but memorable role in his feature debut, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (1982). Following a quick succession of supporting roles in features and on television, he earned his first wave of critical accolades for his portrayal of drug-addicted jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker in "Bird" (1988). Once he was established as a viable leading man, Whitaker easily oscillated between low-budget and studio projects, earning equal acclaim for his performances. Taking his career to the next level, he made several forays into feature directing - most notably "Waiting to Exhale" (1995) - but continued to churn out one sterling performance after another until finally reaching new heights with his Oscar-winning portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland" (2006), which came hot on the heels of another mesmerizing performance as an obsessive internal affairs officer on season five of "The Shield" (FX, 2002-08). Both roles only confirmed that Whitaker was one of Hollywood's most versatile, surprising and talented actors of his day. His work as a producer on films like "Fruitvale Station" (2013) and "Dope" (2015) helped shepherd a new generation of African-American filmmakers while his work in hits like "The Butler" (2013), "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" (2016) and "Black Panther" (2018) kept him firmly in audiences' minds.

      Highest rated movies

      96% Black Panther
      95% The Crying Game
      94% Arrival 93% Sorry to Bother You 90% Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
      90% Good Morning, Vietnam
      89% Stakeout
      89% Platoon

      Photos

      THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, James McAvoy, Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin, David Oyelowo (in brown suit), 2006, (c) Fox Searchlight The View, Oprah Winfrey (L), Forest Whitaker (R), 'Season 16', ©ABC DOWNTOWN, Forest Whitaker, 1990, TM & Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. The View, Oprah Winfrey (L), Forest Whitaker (R), 'Season 16', ©ABC The View, Oprah Winfrey (L), Forest Whitaker (R), 'Season 16', ©ABC THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin, 2006, (c) Fox Searchlight GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM, Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, 1987, (c)Buena Vista Pictures American Idol, Forest Whitaker, Season 7, 1/15/2008, ©FOX VISION QUEST, Michael Schoeffling (second left), Forest Whitaker (second right), 1985. ©Warner Brothers JOHNNY HANDSOME, Forest Whitaker, 1989, (c)TriStar Pictures DOWNTOWN, Forest Whitaker (right), 1990. ©20th Century-Fox Film Corporation, TM & Copyright BLOWN AWAY, from left: Forest Whitaker, Jeff Bridges, 1994. ©MGM DIARY OF A HITMAN, Forest Whitaker, Seymour Cassel, 1991, ©Vision International THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin, 2006, (c) Fox Searchlight _DSC5114.ARW _U5A8179.CR2 _DSC2844.ARW _DSC4249.ARW RAGE IN HARLEM, A, Forest Whitaker, Gregory Hines, 1991, (c)Miramax Films The View, from left: Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Walters, Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd, 'Season 16', ©ABC

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      93% No Score Yet Layla Executive Producer - 2024
      97% No Score Yet Fancy Dance Executive Producer - 2023
      42% 96% Big George Foreman: The Miraculous Story of the Once and Future Heavyweight Champion of the World Doc Broadus (Character) $5.3M 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet For the Sake of Peace Producer - 2022
      90% 86% Passing Producer - 2021
      68% 95% Respect Rev. C.L. Franklin (Character) $24.3M 2021
      90% 69% Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey Jeronicus (Character) - 2020
      20% No Score Yet A Fall From Grace Unknown (Character) - 2019
      51% 83% City of Lies Jack Jackson (Character) $565.7K 2018
      50% 97% Burden Reverend Kennedy (Character) $134.1K 2018
      46% 62% Finding Steve McQueen Howard Lambert (Character) - 2018
      16% 17% How It Ends Tom (Character) - 2018
      93% 70% Sorry to Bother You First Equisapien/Demarius (Character),
      Producer
      $17.5M 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace Narrator - 2018
      96% 79% Black Panther Zuri (Character) $700.2M 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet We Are One Narrator,
      Executive Producer
      - 2017
      70% 63% Roxanne Roxanne Producer - 2017
      52% 46% The Forgiven Desmond Tutu (Character) - 2017
      84% 87% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Saw Gerrera (Character) $533.2M 2016
      94% 82% Arrival Colonel Weber (Character) $100.5M 2016
      94% 67% Songs My Brothers Taught Me Producer $34.2K 2015
      60% 75% Southpaw Tick Willis (Character) $52.4M 2015
      88% 83% Dope Narrator,
      Producer
      $17.5M 2015
      47% 26% Two Men in Town William Garnett (Character) - 2014
      13% 43% Taken 3 Inspector Frank Dotzler (Character) $89.3M 2014
      91% 84% Food Chains Narrator - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sewing Hope Narrator - 2013
      100% 75% Mysteries of the Unseen World Narrator - 2013
      No Score Yet 60% Zulu Ali (Character) - 2013
      33% 42% Repentance Angel (Character),
      Producer
      $1.2M 2013
      53% 52% Out of the Furnace Wesley Barnes (Character) $11.3M 2013
      51% 51% Black Nativity Rev. Cornell Cobbs (Character) $7.0M 2013
      72% 78% Lee Daniels' The Butler Cecil Gaines (Character) $116.6M 2013
      94% 87% Fruitvale Station Producer $16.1M 2013
      No Score Yet 27% Pawn Will (Character) $2.1K 2013
      61% 53% The Last Stand Agent John Bannister (Character) $12.0M 2013
      79% 84% Rising From Ashes Narrator,
      Executive Producer
      $37.7K 2012
      98% 88% Ernest & Celestine Ernest (Voice) $71.4K 2012
      0% 36% A Dark Truth Francisco Francis (Character) $5.8K 2012
      No Score Yet 30% Freelancers LaRue (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet 14% Catch .44 Ronny (Character) - 2011
      40% 50% Monte Carlo Executive Producer $23.2M 2011
      No Score Yet 55% Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life Lion (Voice) - 2010
      No Score Yet 66% Lullaby for Pi George (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet 33% My Own Love Song Joey (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet 49% The Experiment Barris (Character) - 2010
      15% 48% Our Family Wedding Bradford Boyd (Character) $20.2M 2010
      21% 42% Repo Men Jake (Character) $13.8M 2010
      No Score Yet 75% Toys in the Attic Teddy (Voice) - 2009
      No Score Yet 69% Hurricane Season Al Collins (Character) - 2009
      73% 57% Where the Wild Things Are Ira (Voice) $77.2M 2009
      25% 40% Powder Blue Charlie (Character),
      Producer
      - 2009
      45% 29% Winged Creatures Charlie Archenault (Character) - 2008
      67% 60% Dragon Hunters Lian-Chu (Voice) - 2008
      76% 73% Crips and Bloods: Made in America Narrator $69.6K 2008
      38% 58% Street Kings Capt. Jack Wander (Character) $26.4M 2008
      34% 57% Vantage Point Howard Lewis (Character) $72.3M 2008
      29% No Score Yet Ripple Effect Philip (Character),
      Executive Producer
      $13.8K 2007
      10% 61% The Air I Breathe Happiness (Character) $19.5K 2007
      80% 86% The Great Debaters Dr. James Farmer Sr. (Character) $30.2M 2007
      No Score Yet 32% The Marsh Geoffrey Hunt (Character) - 2006
      24% 29% Even Money Clyde Snow (Character) - 2006
      87% 89% The Last King of Scotland Idi Amin (Character) $17.6M 2006
      41% 44% Everyone's Hero Lonnie Brewster (Voice) $14.5M 2006
      33% 41% A Little Trip to Heaven Holt (Character) - 2005
      39% 43% American Gun Carter (Character),
      Executive Producer
      $24.0K 2005
      59% 43% Mary Ted Younger (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Odyssey in Rome Unknown (Character) - 2005
      23% 33% Jiminy Glick in Lalawood Self $25.7K 2004
      8% 42% First Daughter Director,
      Executive Producer
      $9.1M 2004
      No Score Yet 89% Deacons for Defense Marcus Clay (Character) - 2003
      14% 40% Chasing Papi Producer $6.1M 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet American Storytellers Unknown (Character) - 2003
      72% 64% Phone Booth Captain Ramey (Character) $46.6M 2002
      76% 64% Panic Room Burnham (Character) $95.3M 2002
      No Score Yet 28% The Fourth Angel Agent Jules Bernard (Character) - 2001
      61% 50% Green Dragon Addie (Character),
      Executive Producer
      $146.1K 2001
      3% 13% Battlefield Earth Ker (Character) $21.5M 2000
      No Score Yet 41% Four Dogs Playing Poker Mr. Ellington (Character) - 2000
      60% 61% Witness Protection Steven Beck (Character) - 1999
      84% 86% Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai Ghost Dog (Character) $3.3M 1999
      39% 75% Light It Up Officer Dante Jackson (Character) $5.9M 1999
      No Score Yet 41% Body Count Crane (Character) - 1998
      27% 72% Hope Floats Director $60.0M 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Split Crane (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 94% Rebound -- The Legend of Earl The Goat Manigault Mr. Rucker (Character) - 1996
      49% 59% Phenomenon Nate Pope (Character) $104.6M 1996
      42% 31% Species Dan Smithson, Empath (Character) $58.7M 1995
      56% 79% Waiting to Exhale Director $64.2M 1995
      88% 89% Smoke Cyrus Cole (Character) $8.3M 1995
      No Score Yet 34% The Enemy Within Col. MacKenzie "Mac" Casey (Character) - 1994
      24% 27% Ready to Wear (Pret-a-Porter) Cy Bianco (Character) $10.7M 1994
      39% 40% Blown Away Anthony Franklin (Character) $30.1M 1994
      58% 90% Jason's Lyric Maddog (Character) $20.3M 1994
      No Score Yet 82% Lush Life Buddy Chester (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 17% Bank Robber Officer Battle (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 82% Strapped Director - 1993
      71% 44% Body Snatchers Major Collins (Character) $54.8K 1993
      No Score Yet 67% Last Light Fred Whitmore (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 35% Diary of a Hitman Dekker (Character) - 1992
      43% 54% Article 99 Dr. Sid Handleman (Character) $6.2M 1992
      29% 31% Consenting Adults David Duttonville (Character) $21.6M 1992
      95% 78% The Crying Game Jody (Character) $60.7M 1992
      68% 52% A Rage in Harlem Jackson (Character) $8.8M 1991
      No Score Yet 32% Downtown Dennis Curren (Character) $2.2M 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Criminal Justice Jessie Williams (Character) - 1990
      60% 47% Johnny Handsome Dr. Steven Fisher (Character) $6.6M 1989
      77% 79% Bird Charlie 'Bird' Parker (Character) $1.5M 1988
      46% 74% Bloodsport Rawlins (Character) $10.8M 1988
      90% 82% Good Morning, Vietnam Edward Garlick (Character) $123.9M 1987
      89% 56% Stakeout Jack Pismo (Character) $65.4M 1987
      88% 73% The Color of Money Amos (Character) $52.3M 1986
      89% 93% Platoon Big Harold (Character) $138.5M 1986
      60% 78% Vision Quest Bulldozer (Character) - 1985
      78% 80% Fast Times at Ridgemont High Charles Jefferson (Character) - 1982

      TV

      Credit
      43% 58% Extrapolations Augustin (Character) 2023
      No Score Yet 86% Godfather of Harlem Bumpy Johnson (Character),
      Executive Producer
      2019 2021 2023
      96% 86% Andor Saw Gerrera (Character) 2022
      No Score Yet 91% Young Rock Forest Whitaker (Guest Star) 2022
      No Score Yet 62% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2021
      No Score Yet 19% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2021
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2019
      84% 48% Empire Eddie Barker (Guest Star) 2017-2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2010-2011 2018
      98% 84% Star Wars Rebels Saw Gerrera (Voice) 2017-2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2013 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Roots Fiddler (Character) 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2010-2011 2013
      No Score Yet 95% Africa Narrator 2013
      42% 28% Criminal Minds: Suspect Behaviour Special Agent Sam Cooper (Character) 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lopez Tonight Guest 2011
      No Score Yet 86% Criminal Minds Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
      No Score Yet 90% American Dad! Daniel Turlington (Guest Voice) 2007 2009
      90% 96% The Shield Lt. Jon Kavanaugh (Character) 2006-2008
      68% No Score Yet American Idol Guest 2008
      No Score Yet 58% Saturday Night Live Host 2007
      No Score Yet 85% ER Curtis Ames (Guest Star) 2006-2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio Guest 2006
      50% 73% The Twilight Zone Host 2002-2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show Guest 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet North and South, Book II Cuffey (Guest Star) 1986
      No Score Yet 82% Amazing Stories Unknown (Character) 1986
      No Score Yet 71% North and South Cuffey (Guest Star) 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fall Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
      97% No Score Yet Hill Street Blues Floyd Green (Guest Star) 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 1984