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FOREST WHITAKER

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BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

Full Name: Forest Steven Whitaker

Description: Actor, producer, director, USA

Known For: 2006 Last King of Scotland, TheThe Last King of Scotland – 1987 Good Morning, Vietnam – 1996 Phenomenon

Date Born: 15th July 1961
Location Born: Longview, Texas, United States of America

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

Forest Whitaker

Forest Steven Whitaker III (born July 15, 1961) is an American actor, producer, and director.

He has earned a reputation for intensive character study work for films such as Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Bird and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, for his work in direct-to-video films and for his recurring role as LAPD Internal Affairs Lieutenant Jon Kavanaugh on the award-winning television series The Shield.

Whitaker won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland.

An American actor, producer, and director. He has earned a reputation for intensive character study work for films such as Bird and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, and for his recurring role as ex-LAPD Lieutenant Jon Kavanaugh on the gritty, award-winning television series, The Shield.

Whitaker won an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland. Whitaker has also won a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA.

Whitaker has a long history of working with well-regarded film directors and fellow actors. In his first onscreen performance of note, he had a small role playing a high school football player in the 1982 film version of Cameron Crowe’s coming-of-age teen-retrospective, Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

He co-starred alongside Judge Reinhold, Phoebe Cates, and Sean Penn. In 1986, he appeared in Martin Scorsese’s film, The Color of Money (with Paul Newman and Tom Cruise), and in Oliver Stone’s Platoon.

His performance, which has been called “transcendent,” earned him the Best Actor award at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival and a Golden Globe nomination.

Whitaker’s 2006 portrayal of Idi Amin in the film, The Last King of Scotland earned him positive reviews by critics as well as multiple awards and honors.

His performance earned him the 2007 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, making him the fourth African-American actor in history to do so, joining the ranks of Sidney Poitier, Denzel Washington, and Jamie Foxx.

Whitaker branched out into producing and directing in the 1990s. He co-produced and co-starred in A Rage in Harlem in 1991.

Whitaker’s left eye ptosis has been called “intriguing” by some critics and “gives him a contemplative look.” 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.

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