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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 Northern Report: Victor Products
Latest Project:
Movie City of Lies 2018-09-07
Known For
Poster of The Last Stand
Poster of Wo die wilden Kerle wohnen
Poster of Criminal Minds
Poster of Twilight Zone
Series Northern Report: Victor Products Marcus 2019
Movie A Fall from Grace Source 2019
Movie City of Lies Jack Jackson 2018-09-07
Movie Burden Reverend Kennedy 2018-01-18
Movie Black Panther Zuri 2018-02-13
Movie Sorry to Bother You First Equisapien / Demarius 2018-07-06
Movie The Forgiven Desmond Tutu 2018-03-09
Movie Roots Fiddler 2016-05-30
Movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Saw Gerrera 2016-12-14
Movie Arrival Colonel Weber 2016-11-10
Series Roots Fiddler 2016-05-30
Movie Dope Narrator 2015-06-19
Movie Southpaw Titus 'Tick' Wills 2015-06-15
Movie Two Men in Town William Garnett 2014-02-06
Movie Repentance - Tag der Reue Angel 2014-02-28
Movie 96 Hours - Taken 3 Inspector Frank Dotzler 2014-12-16
Movie The Last Stand Agent John Bannister 2013-01-12
Movie Pawn - Wem kannst du vertrauen? Will 2013-04-23
Movie Unbekanntes Afrika - Im Bann der Wüste Narrator 2013-01-02
Movie Zulu Ali Sokhela 2013-12-04
Movie Auge um Auge Chief Wesley Barnes 2013-12-06
Movie Ernest et Célestine Ernest (voice) 2013-12-03
Movie Black Nativity Reverend Cornell Cobbs 2013-11-27
Movie Making a Scene Man 2013-11-25
Movie Der Butler Cecil Gaines 2013-08-16
Movie Die dunkle Wahrheit Francisco Francis 2012-11-29
Movie Freelancers Dennis Larue 2012-08-10
Series Criminal Minds: Team Red Sam Cooper 2011-02-16
Movie Catch.44 - Der ganz große Coup 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 Lullaby for Pi George 2010-10-11
Movie Our Family Wedding Brad Boyd 2010-03-12
Movie My Own Love Song Joey 2010-04-07
Movie Wo die wilden Kerle wohnen Ira (voice) 2009-12-17
Movie Toys in the Attic - Abenteuer auf dem Dachboden Teddy 2009-03-05
Movie Stürmische Zeiten - Gib niemals auf Al Collins 2009-12-08
Movie Powder Blue Charlie 2009-05-08
Movie Crips and Bloods Narrator 2008-01-01
Movie 8 Blickwinkel Howard Lewis 2008-02-01
Movie Die Drachenjäger Lian-Chu (voice) 2008-04-24
Movie Winged Creatures Charlie Archenault 2008-06-24
Movie Street Kings Captain Jack Wander 2008-04-10
Movie The Air I Breathe - Die Macht des Schicksals Happiness 2007-02-07
Movie The Great Debaters - Die Macht der Worte Dr. James Farmer Sr. 2007-12-27
Movie Ripple Effect Philip 2007-06-21
Movie Tödlicher Einsatz Clyde Snow 2006-03-01
Movie Yankee Irving - Kleiner Held ganz groß Lonnie Brewster (voice) 2006-09-15
Movie Der Sumpf Geoffrey Hunt 2006-05-18
Movie Der letzte König von Schottland Idi Amin 2006-09-01
Movie Mary Ted Younger 2005-11-18
Movie American Gun Carter 2005-01-01
Series American Dad Unknown 2005-02-06
Series Criminal Minds Unknown 2005-09-22
Series 魔法戦隊マジレンジャー Ghost Dog 2005-02-13
Series Black Jack (JP) Addie 2004-10-11
Series Jimmy Kimmel Live! Unknown 2003-01-26
Series Live vom Roten Teppich Himself 2002-01-13
Series American Idol Unknown 2002-06-11
Series The Shield – Gesetz der Gewalt Unknown 2002-03-12
Series Twilight Zone 2002-09-18
Movie Nicht auflegen! Captain Ramey 2002-09-09
Movie Der vierte Engel Agent Jules Bernard 2001-08-15
Movie Feast of All Saints Daguerreotypist Picard 2001-11-11
Movie The Hire: The Follow 2001-01-01
Movie Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows Himself - Actor / Director 2000-09-27
Movie Battlefield Earth: Evolution & Creation Himself 2000-05-01
Movie Battlefield Earth - Kampf um die Erde Ker 2000-05-10
Series アークザラッド Abe Holt 1999-04-05
Movie Unter Zeugenschutz Steven Beck 1999-12-11
Series Where Are They Now? Unknown 1999-06-07
Movie Light It Up Officer Dante Jackson 1999-11-04
Series The Early Show Unknown 1999-11-01
Movie Body Count - Flucht nach Miami Crane 1998-04-28
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Movie Phenomenon - Das Unmögliche wird wahr Nate Pope 1996-07-05
Movie Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault Mr. Rucker 1996-01-01
Movie Species Dan Smithson, Empath 1995-07-07
Movie Smoke - Raucher unter sich Cyrus Cole 1995-06-09
Series The George Wendt Show Maddog 1995-03-08
Series Inside the Actors Studio Unknown 1994-06-01
Series One West Waikiki David Duttonville 1994-08-04
Movie Der Feind in den eigenen Reihen Colonel MacKenzie 'Mac' Casey 1994-08-24
Movie Prêt-à-Porter Cy Bianco 1994-12-23
Movie Explosiv - Blown Away Anthony Franklin 1994-09-02
Series Emergency Room - Die Notaufnahme Unknown 1994-09-19
Movie Last Light Fred Whitmore 1993-08-22
Movie Lush Life Buddy Chester 1993-10-01
Movie Body Snatchers - Die Körperfresser kommen Major Collins 1993-06-09
Movie The Crying Game Jody 1992-09-02
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Movie Keiner kommt hier lebend raus Dekker 1991-11-20
Movie Harlem Action - Eine schwarze Komödie Jackson 1991-05-03
Movie Criminal Justice Jessie Williams 1990-09-08
Movie Die Nacht hat viele Augen Det. Jack Pismo 1988-01-21
Movie Bird Charlie 'Bird' Parker 1988-07-01
Movie Stirb langsam Unknown 1988-07-15
Movie Bloodsport Rawlins 1988-02-26
Movie Good Morning, Vietnam Edward Montesque Garlick 1987-12-23
Movie Platoon Big Harold 1986-12-19
Movie Die Farbe des Geldes Amos 1986-10-07
Series Fackeln im Sturm 1985-11-03
Series Live with Regis and Kathie Lee Unknown 1983-04-04
Movie T.A.G. - Das Killerspiel Gowdy's Bodyguard 1982-04-20
Series Cagney & Lacey Unknown 1982-03-25
Movie Ich glaub’, ich steh’ im Wald Charles Jefferson 1982-08-13
Series Polizeirevier Hill Street Unknown 1981-01-15
Series 魔法少女ララベル Barris 1980-02-15
Series Diff'rent Strokes Unknown 1978-11-03
Series Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Series Klimbim Dennis Curren 1973-07-24
Series Dad's Army Dr. Steven Fisher 1968-07-31
Series The Green Hornet Jake 1966-09-09
Series Another World Burnham 1964-05-04
Series The Big Beat Dr. Sid Handleman 1957-07-12
Series Today Unknown 1952-01-14