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Forest Whitaker

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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Jul 15, 1961 In Texas, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Megalopolis
Latest Project:
Movie Havoc 2024
Known For
Poster of A Little Trip to Heaven
Poster of E! Live from the Red Carpet
Poster of ER
Poster of Gunner
Movie Havoc 2024
Movie Gunner Self 2024
Movie Megalopolis 2024
Series Extrapolations August Bolo 2023-03-16
Movie Big George Foreman Doc Broadus 2023-04-27
Movie Andor: A Disney+ Day Special Look Saw Gerrera (archive footage) (uncredited) 2022-09-08
Movie Clint Eastwood: A Cinematic Legacy Self 2021-09-09
Movie Respect C. L. Franklin 2021-08-12
Movie Burden Reverend Kennedy 2020-02-28
Movie Nations United: Urgent Solutions for Urgent Times 2020-09-19
Movie Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey Jeronicus Jangle 2020-11-06
Movie Chadwick Boseman: A Tribute for a King Self 2020-08-30
Series Godfather of Harlem Ellsworth 'Bumpy' Johnson 2019-09-29
Movie Finding Steve McQueen Howard Lambert 2019-03-15
Movie The Forgiven Desmond Tutu 2018-03-09
Movie Black Panther Zuri 2018-02-13
Movie Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace Narrator (voice) 2018-03-23
Movie How It Ends Tom 2018-07-13
Movie City of Lies Jack Jackson 2018-09-06
Movie Sorry to Bother You First Equisapien / Demarius 2018-07-06
Movie Xenolinguistics: Understanding 'Arrival' Self 2017-02-14
Movie The Stories: The Making of 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' Himself 2017-04-04
Series Roots Fiddler 2016-05-30
Movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Saw Gerrera 2016-12-14
Movie Arrival Colonel G. T. Weber 2016-11-10
Series Star Wars: Go Rogue Saw Gerrera (voice) 2016-08-30
Movie Southpaw Titus 'Tick' Wills 2015-03-24
Movie Dope The Narrator (voice) 2015-06-19
Movie Two Men in Town William Garnett 2014-05-07
Movie Taken 3 Inspector Frank Dotzler 2014-12-16
Movie Repentance Angel 2014-02-28
Movie Food Chains 2014-04-26
Movie The Butler Cecil Gaines 2013-08-16
Movie Mysteries of the Unseen World Narrator 2013-11-01
Movie The Last Stand Agent John Bannister 2013-01-12
Movie Pawn Will 2013-04-23
Movie Making a Scene Man 2013-11-25
Movie Black Nativity Reverend Cornell Cobbs 2013-11-27
Movie The Making of 'Making a Scene' 2013-11-25
Movie Zulu Ali Sokhela 2013-12-04
Movie Out of the Furnace Chief Wesley Barnes 2013-11-09
Movie Ernest & Celestine Ernest (voice) 2012-12-12
Movie A Dark Truth Francisco Francis 2012-11-29
Movie Freelancers Dennis Larue 2012-08-10
Series Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior Sam Cooper 2011-02-16
Movie Serving Life Narrator (voice) 2011-07-28
Movie A Man's Story Self 2011-10-08
Movie Catch.44 Ronny 2011-12-08
Movie Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life Lion 2010-03-02
Movie Our Family Wedding Brad Boyd 2010-03-12
Movie Lullaby for Pi George 2010-10-11
Movie The Experiment Barris 2010-07-15
Movie My Own Love Song Joey 2010-04-07
Movie Repo Men Jake 2010-03-18
Movie We Are One With President-Elect Barack Obama 2009-01-18
Movie Toys in the Attic Teddy (english version) 2009-03-05
Movie Winged Creatures Charlie Archenault 2009-07-08
Movie Powder Blue Charlie 2009-05-08
Movie Where the Wild Things Are Ira (voice) 2009-10-16
Movie Crips and Bloods: Made in America Narrator 2009-08-14
Movie Hurricane Season Al Collins 2009-12-08
Movie Dragon Hunters Lian-Chu (voice) 2008-03-19
Movie Street Kings Captain Jack Wander 2008-04-10
Movie Vantage Point Howard Lewis 2008-02-01
Movie The Air I Breathe Happiness 2007-02-07
Movie Ripple Effect Philip 2007-06-21
Movie The Great Debaters Dr. James Farmer Sr. 2007-12-25
Movie Killers Kill, Dead Men Die The Corner Man 2007-03-13
Movie The Last King of Scotland Idi Amin 2006-01-12
Movie Even Money Clyde Snow 2006-03-01
Movie The Marsh Geoffrey Hunt 2006-05-18
Movie Before the Music Dies Self - Narrator (voice) 2006-11-02
Movie Everyone's Hero Lonnie Brewster (voice) 2006-08-04
Series American Dad! Unknown 2005-02-06
Movie Jiminy Glick in Lalawood Self 2005-05-08
Movie Odyssey in Rome 2005-09-30
Movie A Little Trip to Heaven Abe Holt 2005-12-26
Movie Mary Ted Younger 2005-11-18
Series Criminal Minds Unknown 2005-09-22
Movie American Gun Carter 2005-09-15
Movie First Daughter Narrator (voice) 2004-09-24
Movie Deacons for Defense Marcus Clay 2003-01-01
Movie Phone Booth Captain Ramey 2003-04-04
Series Jimmy Kimmel Live! Unknown 2003-01-26
Series The Ellen DeGeneres Show Unknown 2003-09-08
Series E! Live from the Red Carpet Himself 2002-01-13
Movie Panic Room Burnham 2002-03-29
Series The Shield Unknown 2002-03-12
Series American Idol Unknown 2002-06-11
Series The Twilight Zone Self - Host 2002-09-18
Movie A Tour of the Inferno: Revisiting 'Platoon' Self 2001-01-01
Movie The Follow The Employer 2001-05-24
Movie Feast of All Saints Daguerreotypist Picard 2001-11-11
Movie The Fourth Angel Agent Jules Bernard 2001-08-15
Movie Green Dragon Addie 2001-05-17
Movie Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows Self 2000-09-27
Movie Battlefield Earth Ker 2000-05-12
Movie Witness Protection Steven Beck 1999-12-11
Movie Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai Ghost Dog 1999-06-02
Series Where Are They Now? Unknown 1999-06-07
Series The Early Show Unknown 1999-11-01
Movie Light It Up Officer Dante Jackson 1999-11-04
Movie Body Count Crane 1998-04-28
Movie Eastwood on Eastwood Himself (archive footage) 1997-11-01
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Movie Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault Mr. Rucker 1996-11-23
Movie Phenomenon Nate Pope 1996-07-05
Movie Species Dan Smithson, Empath 1995-07-07
Movie Mr. Holland's Opus Bobby Tidd - Adult (uncredited) 1995-12-29
Movie Smoke Cyrus Cole 1995-06-09
Movie Blown Away Anthony Franklin 1994-07-01
Series Inside the Actors Studio Unknown 1994-06-01
Series ER Unknown 1994-09-19
Movie The Enemy Within Col. MacKenzie Casey 1994-08-24
Movie Ready to Wear Cy Bianco 1994-12-23
Movie Clint Eastwood: The Man from Malpaso Self 1994-12-11
Movie Jason's Lyric Maddog 1994-09-28
Movie Body Snatchers Major Collins 1993-06-09
Movie Last Light Fred Whitmore 1993-08-22
Movie Bank Robber Officer Battle 1993-12-03
Movie Lush Life Buddy Chester 1993-10-01
Movie Article 99 Dr. Sid Handleman 1992-03-13
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Movie Consenting Adults David Duttonville 1992-10-16
Movie The Crying Game Jody 1992-09-02
Movie Diary of a Hitman Dekker 1991-11-20
Movie A Rage in Harlem Jackson 1991-05-03
Movie Downtown Dennis Curren 1990-01-12
Movie Criminal Justice Jessie Williams 1990-09-08
Movie Johnny Handsome Dr. Steven Fisher 1989-09-12
Movie Bird Charlie 'Bird' Parker 1988-06-01
Movie Bloodsport Rawlins 1988-02-26
Series LIVE with Kelly and Mark Unknown 1988-09-05
Movie Hands of a Stranger Sergeant Delaney 1987-05-10
Movie Stakeout Det. Jack Pismo 1987-08-05
Movie Good Morning, Vietnam Edward Garlick 1987-12-23
Movie The Color of Money Amos 1986-10-17
Movie Platoon Big Harold 1986-12-19
Series North and South Cuffey 1985-11-03
Movie Vision Quest Balldozer 1985-02-15
Movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High Charles Jefferson 1982-08-13
Movie Tag: The Assassination Game Gowdy's Bodyguard 1982-04-20
Series Cagney & Lacey Unknown 1982-03-25
Series Hill Street Blues Unknown 1981-01-15
Series Diff'rent Strokes 1978-11-03
Series Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Series Today Unknown 1952-01-14