Forest Whitaker

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Forest Whitaker : biography

July 15, 1961 –
Director
Year Title
1993 Strapped
1995 Waiting to Exhale
1998 Hope Floats
2004 First Daughter
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1982 Making The Grade Episode "Marriage David Style"
1983 Cagney & Lacey Night Manager Episode "The Grandest Jewel Thief of Them All"
1984 Trapper John, M.D. Lewis Jordan Episode "School Nurse"
1984 Hill Street Blues Floyd Green Episode "Blues for Mr. Green"
1985 Diff’rent Strokes Herman Episode "Bully for Arnold"
1985 The|Grand Baby|nolink=1}} Television movie
1985 The|Fall Guy}} Friend Episode "Spring Break"
1986 Amazing Stories Jerry Episode "Gather Ye Acorns"
1987 Hands of a Stranger Sergeant Delaney Television movie
1990 Criminal Justice Jessie Williams Television movie
1993 Lush Life Buddy Chester Television movie
1993 Last Light Fred Whitmore Television movie
1994 The|Enemy Within|nolink=1}} Colonel MacKenzie ‘Mac’ Casey Television movie
1996 Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" Manigault Mr. Rucker Television movie
1999 Witness Protection Steven Beck Television movie
2001 Feast of All Saints Daguerreotypist Picard Television movie
2003 Deacons for Defense Marcus Clay Television movie
2002–2003 The|Twilight Zone}} Host / Narrator 44 episodes
2006–2007 ER Curtis Ames 6 episodes
2006–2007 The Shield Lieutenant Jon Kavanaugh (Seasons 5 and 6)
2007–2009 American Dad! Daniel Turlington 3 episodes
2010 Criminal Minds Sam Cooper Episode "The Fight"
2011 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior Sam Cooper Spin-off
2013 Africa (TV Series) Narrator Documentary Series

Personal life

In 1996, Whitaker married actress Keisha Nash, whom he met on the set of Blown Away. The Whitakers have four children: two daughters together (Sonnet and True), and his son (Ocean) and her daughter (Autumn) from previous relationships. On Inside the Actors Studio, Whitaker said that a genetic test indicated he was of Igbo descent on his father’s side, and Akan descent on his mother’s side.

Whitaker studies yoga and has a black belt in kenpō. He also trains in the Filipino martial art of Kali, under Dan Inosanto.

Whitaker’s left eye ptosis has been called "intriguing" by some criticsWloszczyna, Susan. USA Today. October 2, 2006. and "gives him a lazy, contemplative look."Zackarek, Stephanie. Salon.com. March 9, 2000. Whitaker has explained that the condition is hereditary and that he has considered having surgery to correct it, not for cosmetic reasons but because it affects his vision.Sager, Mike. Esquire. February 26, 2007.