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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 Black Panther 2018-02-13
Known For
Poster of The Last Stand
Poster of Wo die wilden Kerle wohnen
Poster of Criminal Minds
Poster of The Twilight Zone
Series Northern Report: Victor Products Marcus 2019
Movie A Fall from Grace Source 2019
Movie Black Panther Zuri 2018-02-13
Movie Roots Fiddler 2016-05-30
Series Roots Fiddler 2016-05-30
Movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Saw Gerrera 2016-12-14
Movie Arrival Colonel Weber 2016-11-10
Movie Southpaw Titus 'Tick' Wills 2015-06-15
Movie Dope Narrator 2015-06-19
Movie 96 Hours - Taken 3 Inspector Frank Dotzler 2014-12-16
Movie Two Men in Town William Garnett 2014-02-06
Movie Repentance - Tag der Reue Angel 2014-02-28
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 Making a Scene Man 2013-11-25
Movie Black Nativity Reverend Cornell Cobbs 2013-11-27
Movie Zulu Ali Sokhela 2013-12-04
Movie Auge um Auge Chief Wesley Barnes 2013-12-06
Movie Der Butler Cecil Gaines 2013-08-16
Movie Die dunkle Wahrheit Francisco Francis 2012-11-29
Movie Ernest et Célestine Ernest (voice) 2012-12-12
Movie Freelancers Dennis Larue 2012-08-10
Movie Catch.44 - Der ganz große Coup Ronny 2011-12-08
Series Criminal Minds: Team Red Sam Cooper 2011-02-16
Movie Serving Life Narrator 2011-07-28
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 Our Family Wedding Brad Boyd 2010-03-12
Movie The Experiment Barris 2010-07-15
Movie Lullaby for Pi George 2010-10-11
Movie Toys in the Attic - Abenteuer auf dem Dachboden Teddy 2009-04-04
Movie Stürmische Zeiten - Gib niemals auf Al Collins 2009-12-08
Movie Wo die wilden Kerle wohnen Ira (voice) 2009-10-16
Movie Crips and Bloods Narrator 2008-01-01
Movie Die Drachenjäger Lian-Chu (voice) 2008-03-19
Movie 8 Blickwinkel Howard Lewis 2008-02-01
Movie Winged Creatures Charlie Archenault 2008-06-24
Movie Street Kings Captain Jack Wander 2008-04-10
Movie Gefahr und Begierde Unknown 2007-10-18
Movie The Great Debaters - Die Macht der Worte Dr. James Farmer Sr. 2007-12-27
Movie The Air I Breathe - Die Macht des Schicksals Happiness 2007-02-07
Movie Der Sumpf Geoffrey Hunt 2006-05-18
Movie Tödlicher Einsatz Clyde Snow 2006-03-01
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
Movie A Little Trip to Heaven Abe Holt 2005-12-26
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
Series American Idol Unknown 2002-06-11
Series Live vom Roten Teppich Himself 2002-01-13
Series Don't Blame Me Lonnie Brewster 2002-10-06
Movie Nicht auflegen! Captain Ramey 2002-09-09
Series The Twilight Zone 2002-09-18
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 Battlefield Earth: Evolution & Creation Himself 2000-05-01
Movie Battlefield Earth - Kampf um die Erde Ker 2000-05-10
Movie Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows Himself - Actor / Director 2000-09-27
Series Where Are They Now? Unknown 1999-06-07
Movie Ghost Dog - Der Weg des Samurai Ghost Dog 1999-09-13
Movie Light It Up Officer Dante Jackson 1999-11-04
Series The Early Show Unknown 1999-11-01
Movie Unter Zeugenschutz Steven Beck 1999-12-11
Movie Die Liebenden des Polarkreises Unknown 1998-09-04
Movie Body Count - Flucht nach Miami Crane 1998-04-28
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Movie Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault Mr. Rucker 1996-01-01
Movie Phenomenon - Das Unmögliche wird wahr Nate Pope 1996-07-05
Movie Smoke - Raucher unter sich Cyrus Cole 1995-06-09
Series The George Wendt Show Maddog 1995-03-08
Movie Species Dan Smithson, Empath 1995-07-07
Series Inside the Actors Studio Unknown 1994-06-01
Movie Prêt-à-Porter Cy Bianco 1994-12-23
Movie Der Feind in den eigenen Reihen Colonel MacKenzie 'Mac' Casey 1994-08-24
Movie Explosiv - Blown Away Anthony Franklin 1994-07-01
Series Chef! Idi Amin 1993-03-11
Movie Body Snatchers - Die Körperfresser kommen Major Collins 1993-06-09
Movie Last Light Fred Whitmore 1993-08-22
Movie Lush Life Buddy Chester 1993-10-01
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Movie Gewagtes Spiel David Duttonville 1992-10-16
Movie The Crying Game Jody 1992-09-02
Movie Harlem Action - Eine schwarze Komödie Jackson 1991-05-03
Movie Keiner kommt hier lebend raus Dekker 1991-11-20
Movie Criminal Justice Jessie Williams 1990-09-08
Movie Johnny Handsome – Der schöne Johnny Dr. Steven Fisher 1989-09-12
Movie Bloodsport Rawlins 1988-02-26
Movie Bird Charlie 'Bird' Parker 1988-07-01
Movie Die Nacht hat viele Augen Det. Jack Pismo 1987-08-05
Movie Good Morning, Vietnam Edward Montesque Garlick 1987-12-23
Series The Return of the Antelope Charlie 1986-01-19
Movie Die Farbe des Geldes Amos 1986-10-07
Movie Platoon Big Harold 1986-12-18
Series Fackeln im Sturm 1985-11-03
Series Live with Regis and Kathie Lee Unknown 1983-04-04
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 Diff'rent Strokes Unknown 1978-11-03
Series Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Series Klimbim Dennis Curren 1973-07-24
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