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Forest Whitaker

Forest Steven Whitaker was born on July 15, 1961 in While his "gentle giant" characters typically display innocence, indecision, and timidity along with a strong underlying humanity, he has certainly not shied away from the edgier, darker corners of life as his occasional hitmen and other menacing streetwise types can attest. Although in only the first section of the film, he was memorable as the IRA-captured British soldier whose bizarre relationship with a mysterious femme fatale serves as the catalyst for the critically-lauded drama The Crying Game (1992). Always a willing participant to push the envelope, he's gone on to enhance a number of lesser films. Among those was his plastic surgeon in Johnny Handsome (1989), gay clothing designer in Robert Altman's Prêt-à-Porter (1994), alien hunter in Species (1995), absentee father confronted by his estranged son in Smoke (1995), and Mafia hitman who models himself after the samurai warrior in Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999), among many others. He also appeared in the sci-fi disaster film Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 (2000). On the TV front, he was the consulting producer and host of a revamped Rod Serling's cult series classic "The Twilight Zone" (2002). In the early 1990s, Whitaker widened his horizons to include producing/directing and has since gained respect behind the camera as well. He started things off co-producing the violent gangster film A Rage in Harlem (1991), in which he co-starred with Gregory Hines and Robin Givens, and then made his successful directorial debut with the soulful Waiting to Exhale (1995), showcasing a legion of distaff black stars. He also directed co-star Whitney Houston's music video of the movie's theme song ("Shoop Shoop"). He scored with audiences helming the fluffy romantic comedy First Daughter (2004) with Katie Holmes and Michael Keaton. Most recently he can be seen Our Family Wedding (2010), Repo Men (2010), The Experiment (2010) and TV Series, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (2011). He is married to former model Keisha Whitaker and has three children by her. Whitaker's multimedia company, Spirit Dance Entertainment, includes film, television and music production. He works closely with a number of charitable organizations, giving back to his community by serving as an Honorary Board Members for Penny Lane , an organization that provides assistance to abused teenagers, the Human Rights Watch and The Hope North organization.

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Jul 15, 1961 In Texas, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Soccer Saturday
Latest Project:
Movie Burden 2018-01-18
Known For
Poster of Smoke
Poster of Prêt-à-Porter
Poster of Another World
Poster of Soccer Saturday
Movie A Fall from Grace Source 2019
Series Soccer Saturday Captain Ed Ramey 2019
Movie Burden Reverend Kennedy 2018-01-18
Series Roots Fiddler 2016-05-30
Movie Roots Fiddler 2016-05-30
Movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Saw Gerrera 2016-12-16
Movie Arrival Colonel Weber 2016-11-10
Movie Southpaw Titus 'Tick' Wills 2015-06-15
Movie Dope Narrator 2015-06-19
Movie Taken 3 Inspector Frank Dotzler 2014-12-16
Movie Two Men in Town William Garnett 2014-02-06
Movie Repentance Angel 2014-02-28
Movie The Last Stand Agent John Bannister 2013-01-12
Movie Pawn Will 2013-04-23
Movie Africa Narrator 2013-01-02
Movie Making a Scene Man 2013-11-25
Movie Zulu Ali Sokhela 2013-12-04
Movie Black Nativity Reverend Cornell Cobbs 2013-11-27
Movie Out of the Furnace Chief Wesley Barnes 2013-12-06
Movie The Butler Cecil Gaines 2013-08-16
Movie A Dark Truth Francisco Francis 2012-11-29
Movie Freelancers Dennis Larue 2012-08-10
Movie Ernest & Celestine Ernest (voice) 2012-12-12
Series Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior Sam Cooper 2011-02-16
Movie Catch.44 Ronny 2011-12-08
Movie Serving Life Narrator 2011-07-28
Movie A Man's Story Himself 2011-10-08
Movie Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life Lion 2010-03-02
Movie My Own Love Song Joey 2010-04-07
Movie Lullaby for Pi George 2010-10-11
Movie Our Family Wedding Brad Boyd 2010-03-12
Movie The Experiment Barris 2010-07-15
Movie Toys in the Attic Teddy 2009-04-04
Movie Powder Blue Charlie 2009-05-08
Movie Hurricane Season Al Collins 2009-12-08
Movie Where the Wild Things Are Ira (voice) 2009-10-16
Movie Crips and Bloods: Made in America Narrator 2008-01-01
Movie Dragon Hunters Lian-Chu (voice) 2008-03-19
Movie Vantage Point Howard Lewis 2008-02-01
Movie Winged Creatures Charlie Archenault 2008-06-24
Movie Street Kings Captain Jack Wander 2008-04-10
Movie Ripple Effect Philip 2007-06-21
Movie The Great Debaters Dr. James Farmer Sr. 2007-12-27
Movie The Air I Breathe Happiness 2007-02-07
Movie Everyone's Hero Lonnie Brewster (voice) 2006-09-15
Movie Even Money Clyde Snow 2006-03-01
Movie The Marsh Geoffrey Hunt 2006-05-18
Movie American Gun Carter 2005-01-01
Movie Mary Ted Younger 2005-11-18
Series American Dad! Unknown 2005-02-06
Series Criminal Minds Unknown 2005-09-22
Series Mahou Sentai Magiranger Ghost Dog 2005-02-13
Series Black Jack (JP) Addie 2004-10-11
Series The Ellen DeGeneres Show Unknown 2003-09-08
Series Jimmy Kimmel Live! Unknown 2003-01-26
Movie Deacons for Defense Marcus 2003-01-01
Series American Idol Unknown 2002-06-11
Series E! Live From the Red Carpet Unknown 2002-01-13
Series The Twilight Zone 2002-09-18
Movie Feast of All Saints Daguerreotypist Picard 2001-11-11
Movie The Hire: The Follow 2001-01-01
Movie The Fourth Angel Agent Jules Bernard 2001-08-15
Movie Battlefield Earth Ker 2000-05-10
Movie Battlefield Earth: Evolution & Creation Himself 2000-05-01
Movie Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows Himself - Actor / Director 2000-09-27
Series Arc the Lad Unknown 1999-04-05
Movie Witness Protection Steven Beck 1999-12-11
Movie Light It Up Officer Dante Jackson 1999-11-04
Series The Early Show Unknown 1999-11-01
Series Where Are They Now? Unknown 1999-06-07
Movie Body Count Crane 1998-04-28
Movie Lovers of the Arctic Circle Unknown 1998-09-04
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Movie Phenomenon Nate Pope 1996-07-05
Movie Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault Mr. Rucker 1996-01-01
Movie Smoke Cyrus Cole 1995-06-09
Movie Species Dan Smithson, Empath 1995-07-07
Series Inside the Actors Studio Unknown 1994-06-01
Movie Blown Away Anthony Franklin 1994-07-01
Movie Jason's Lyric Maddog 1994-09-28
Movie Prêt-à-Porter Cy Bianco 1994-12-23
Series ER Unknown 1994-09-19
Movie The Enemy Within Colonel MacKenzie 'Mac' Casey 1994-08-24
Series Chef! Idi Amin 1993-03-11
Movie Last Light Fred Whitmore 1993-08-22
Movie Lush Life Buddy Chester 1993-10-01
Movie Body Snatchers Major Collins 1993-06-09
Movie The Crying Game Jody 1992-09-02
Movie Consenting Adults David Duttonville 1992-10-16
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Movie Diary of a Hitman Dekker 1991-11-20
Movie A Rage in Harlem Jackson 1991-05-03
Movie Criminal Justice Jessie Williams 1990-09-08
Movie Bird Charlie 'Bird' Parker 1988-07-01
Movie Bloodsport Rawlins 1988-02-26
Movie Stakeout Det. Jack Pismo 1987-08-05
Movie Good Morning, Vietnam Edward Montesque Garlick 1987-12-23
Movie The Color of Money Amos 1986-10-07
Movie Platoon Big Harold 1986-12-18
Series North and South 1985-11-03
Series Live with Regis and Kathie Lee Unknown 1983-04-04
Series Cagney & Lacey Unknown 1982-03-25
Movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High Charles Jefferson 1982-08-13
Series Hill Street Blues Unknown 1981-01-15
Movie A Spiral of Mist Unknown 1977-01-01
Series Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Series Klimbim Dennis Curren 1973-07-24
Series Dad's Army Unknown 1968-07-31
Series The Green Hornet Jake 1966-09-09
Series Another World Unknown 1964-05-04
Series The Big Beat Unknown 1957-07-12
Series Today Unknown 1952-01-14