Forest Whitaker


Forest Whitaker : biography

July 15, 1961 –

His first role as an actor was the lead in Dylan Thomas’ play, Under Milk Wood. Whitaker graduated from Palisades High School in 1979. Palisadian-Post. February 28, 2007.

Whitaker then attended Cal Poly Pomona on a football scholarship, but due to a debilitating back injury, he changed his major to music (voice). He toured England with the Cal Poly Chamber Singers in 1980. While still at Cal Poly, he briefly changed his major to drama. He was accepted to the Music Conservatory at the University of Southern California to study opera as a tenor, and subsequently was accepted into the University’s Drama Conservatory. He graduated from USC in 1982. He also earned a scholarship to the Berkeley, California branch of the Drama Studio London.Joshua Rich. Whitaker also is pursuing a degree in The Core of Conflict: Studies in Peace and Reconciliation at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.Laura Randall "NY Times".


Year Title Role Notes
1982 Tag: The Assassination Game Gowdy’s Bodyguard
1982 Fast Times at Ridgemont High Charles Jefferson
1985 Vision Quest Balldozer
1985 North and South Cuffey
1986 The|Color of Money}} Amos
1986 North and South, Book II Cuffey
1986 Platoon Big Harold
1987 Stakeout Jack Pismo
1987 Good Morning, Vietnam Edward Garlick
1988 Bird Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker Cannes Film Festival Award for Best ActorNominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1988 Bloodsport Rawlins
1989 Johnny Handsome Dr. Steven Fisher
1990 Downtown Dennis Curren
1991 Diary of a Hitman Dekker
1991 A|Rage in Harlem|A Rage in Harlem (film)}} Jackson
1992 Article 99 Dr. Sid Handleman
1992 The|Crying Game}} Jody
1992 Consenting Adults David Duttonville
1993 Bank Robber Officer Battle
1993 Body Snatchers Major Collins
1994 Blown Away Anthony Franklin
1994 Prêt-à-Porter Cy Bianco NBR Award for Best Cast
1994 Jason’s Lyric Maddog
1995 Species Dan Smithson, Empath
1995 Smoke Cyrus Cole
1996 Phenomenon Nate Pope
1998 Body Count Crane
1999 Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai Ghost Dog
1999 Light It Up Officer Dante Jackson
1999 Witness Protection US Marshal Steven Beck
2000 Battlefield Earth Ker Nominated — Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor
2000 Four Dogs Playing Poker Mr. Ellington
2001 The|Fourth Angel}} Agent Jules Bernard
2001 The Hire: The Follow The Employer uncredited
2001 Green Dragon Addie
2002 Panic Room Burnham Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actor
2002 Phone Booth Captain Ed Ramey Theatrical release was delayed due to the Beltway sniper attacks in October 2002.
2004 First Daughter Narrator also directed
2005 A|Little Trip to Heaven|A Little Trip to Heaven (film)}} Abe Holt
2005 American Gun Carter Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Male
2005 Mary Ted Younger
2006 Even Money Clyde Snow
2006 The Marsh Geoffrey Hunt
2006 Everyone’s Hero Lonnie Brewster voice only
2006 The|Last King of Scotland|The Last King of Scotland (film)}} Idi Amin Academy Award for Best ActorBAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading RoleBET Award for Best ActorBroadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best ActorGolden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture DramaKansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best ActorLas Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best ActorLondon Film Critics Circle Award for Best ActorLos Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best ActorNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion PictureNational Board of Review Award for Best ActorNational Society of Film Critics Award for Best ActorNew York Film Critics Circle Award for Best ActorOnline Film Critics Society Award for Best ActorPhoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best ActorScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading RoleWashington D.C. Area Film Critics Association for Best Actor
2007 The|Air I Breathe}} Happiness
2007 Ripple Effect Philip
2007 The|Great Debaters}} James L. Farmer, Sr.
2008 Vantage Point Howard Lewis
2008 Street Kings Capt. Jack Wander
2008 Dragon Hunters Lian Chu Voice — English version
2009 Powder Blue Charlie
2009 Winged Creatures Charlie Archenault
2009 Where the Wild Things Are Ira (voice only)
2009 Lullaby for Pi George
2009 Hurricane Season Al Collins
2010 Repo Men Jake Freivald
2010 My Own Love Song Joey
2010 The|Experiment|The Experiment (2010 film)}} Barris
2010 Our Family Wedding Bradford Boyd
2011 Catch .44 Ronny
2012 Freelancers Dennis LaRue
2012 A Dark Truth Francisco Francis
2013 The Last Stand Agent John Bannister
2013 Zulu Ali Sokhela
2013 Pawn Will
2013 The Butler Cecil Gaines
2013 Black Nativity