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FOREST WHITAKER BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:

Forest Whitaker was born on July 15th, 1961 in Longview, Texas with the middle name Steven.  In 1965 his family relocated to Los Angeles with his two younger brothers, Ken and Damon who eventually also pursued careers as actors.  He was very athletic during high school, excelling in football and was also a very talented singer.  He eventually earned an athletic scholarship and later transferred to USC to focus on music and trained as an operatic tenor.  He was then awarded a scholarship to Berkeley and turned his focus to acting. 
 
He has accomplished quite a bit during his career in the industry.  He won a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and was also the fourth African American male actor to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for the film, "The Last King of Scotland" (2006).  In 2006 he also won the, "Hollywood Actor of the Year Award" and in 2007 was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to the Motion Picture Industry.   

His first on screen role was in, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (1982) followed by roles in such films as, "The Color of Money" (1986), "Good Morning, Vietnam" (1987) and "Bird" (1988), which earned him a Best Actor award at the Canes Film Festival as well as a Golden Globe nomination.
 
Forest had reached quite a level of popularity and continued to remain in high demand in the industry.  In the 1990's more roles followed such as, "Downtown" (1990), "The Crying Game" (1992), "Smoke" (1995), "Ghost Dog: The Way of Samurai" (1999), "Phone Booth" (2002) and "Panic Room" (2002).
 
Along with his successful career as an actor he is also a very well known producer and director working as a producer on such projects as, "First Daughter" (2004), "American Gun" (2005), "Ripple Effect" (2007), "Powder Blue" (2009) and the television documentaries, "Brick City" (2009-2011) and "Serving Life" (2011).  He has directed the television movies, "Strapped" (1993), "Black Jag" (1998) and the film, "Hope Floats" (1998), among others.
 
Along with his acting career he has also been involved in a variety of humanitarian projects with such organizations as, Penny Lane that assists abused teenagers as well as PETA and Farm Sanctuary that aids in the protection of animal rights.  He is also a spokesperson for Hope North Ugandan orphanage and Human Rights Watch.
 
Some of his more recent roles have been in the films, "Where the Wild Things Are" (2009), "Hurricane Season" (2009), "Powder Blue" (2009) and the television series, "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" (2010).  Soon to release are the following film roles all still in post-production, "Vipaka", "The Truth", "Pawn", "Last Stand" and "A Single Shot".   
 
Forest has married only one time to former model, Keisha Whitaker in 1996 and they have three children together, two of his own and one whom he adopted from a previous relationship Keisha.  He and his family continue to reside in Los Angeles, California and remains active in the entertainment industry.
 
 
Filmography

2013 A Single Shot
2013 Last Stand
2013 Pawn 
2012 Toys in the Attic 
2012 The Truth 
2012 Vipaka
2012 Freelancers
2011 Catch .44
2011 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior 
2010 Lullaby for Pi 
2010 The Experiment
2010 Criminal Minds
2010 My Own Love Song 
2010 Repo Men 
2010 Our Family Wedding
2010 Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life
2009 Hurricane Season 
2009 Where the Wild Things Are
2007-2009 American Dad! 
2009 Powder Blue
2008 Fragments
2008 Street Kings
2008 Dragon Hunters
2008 Vantage Point
2007 The Great Debaters
2006-2007 The Shield
2007 Ripple Effect 
2007 The Air I Breathe
2006-2007 ER
2006 Everyone's Hero
2006 The Last King of Scotland 
2006 The Marsh 
2006 Even Money 
2005 American Gun 
2005 A Little Trip to Heaven
2005 Mary
2005 Deacons for Defense
2004 First Daughter 
2002-2003 The Twilight Zone 
2002 Phone Booth
2002 Panic Room
2001 Feast of All Saints
2001 The Fourth Angel
2001 The Follow
2001 Green Dragon
2000 Four Dogs Playing Poker
2000 Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000
1999 Witness Protection
1999 Light It Up
1999 Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
1998 Body Count
1996 Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault 
1996 Phenomenon
1995 Mr. Holland's Opus 
1995 Species 
1995 Smoke
1994 Prêt-à-Porter
1994 Jason's Lyric 
1994 Blown Away 
1994 The Enemy Within
1993 Lush Life
1993 Bank Robber
1993 Last Light
1993 Body Snatchers 
1992 Consenting Adults 
1992 The Crying Game 
1992 Article 99 
1991 Diary of a Hitman
1991 A Rage in Harlem 
1990 Criminal Justice 
1990 Downtown
1989 Johnny Handsome
1988 Bird 
1988 Bloodsport 
1987 Good Morning, Vietnam 
1987 Stakeout 
1987 Hands of a Stranger
1986 Platoon
1986 The Color of Money 
1986 North and South, Book II 
1986 Amazing Stories
1985 North and South
1985 Diff'rent Strokes
1985 The Fall Guy 
1985 Vision Quest 
1985 The Grand Baby
1984 Hill Street Blues
1984 Trapper John, M.D. 
1983 Cagney & Lacey
1982 Fast Times at Ridgemont High
1982 Tag: The Assassination Game
1982 Making the Grade 





Matinee Classics - Platoon starring Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, William Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, Francesco Quinn, John C. McGinley, Richard Edson, Kevin Dillon, Reggie Johnson, Keith David, Johnny Depp, David Neidorf, Mark Moses, Chris Pedersen, Corkey Ford, Corey Glover, Bob Orwig, Tony Todd, Kevin Eshelman, James Terry McIlvain, J. Adam Glover, Ivan Kane, Paul Sanchez, Dale Dye, Peter Hicks, Basile Achara, Steve Barredo, Chris Castillejo, Andrew B. Clark, Bernardo Manalili, Than Rogers and Cla
Matinee Classics - The Color of Money starring Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Helen Shaver, John Turturro, Bill Cobbs, Robert Agins, Alvin Anastasia, Randall Arney, Elizabeth Bracco, Vito D'Ambrosio, Ron Dean, Lisa Dodson, Donald A. Feeney, Paul Geier and Forest Whitaker


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