Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker

Highest Rated: 100% Mysteries Of The Unseen World (2013)

Lowest Rated: 3% Battlefield Earth (2000)

Birthday: Jul 15, 1961

Birthplace: Longview, Texas

Forest Whitaker attended college on a football scholarship, then, interested in Opera, transferred to U.S.C. on two more scholarships to study Music and Theater. He landed small roles on television and in two films, beginning with Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982). He got his big break when he appeared in Oliver Stone's Platoon and Martin Scorsese's The Color of Money (both 1986). After a few more supporting roles, Whitaker got his first lead in Clint Eastwood's Bird (1988), in which he played the title role -- heroin-addicted jazz great Charlie Parker, a performance which won him the 1988 Cannes Film Festival Best Actor award. Although now better-known as an lead actor, he was unable to greatly capitalize on his success and remained primarily a supporting player in films. He is the older brother of actor Damon Whitaker.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Respect Reverend CL Franklin 2020
48% Burden Rev. Kennedy 2020
No Score Yet Jingle Jangle Jeronicus Jangle 2020
52% Finding Steve McQueen Howard Lambert 2019
20% A Fall From Grace Source 2019
No Score Yet Encontrando Steve McQueen Howard Lambert 2019
No Score Yet A Kid From Coney Island Producer 2019
93% Sorry to Bother You Producer 2018
52% The Forgiven Desmond Tutu 2018
96% Black Panther Zuri $501.2M 2018
No Score Yet City of Lies Actor 2018
No Score Yet Triumph, the Untold Story of Perry Wallace Actor 2018
70% Roxanne Roxanne Producer 2018
17% How It Ends Tom 2018
No Score Yet We Are One (I Am You) Actor 2017
84% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Saw Gerrera $532.2M 2016
94% Arrival Colonel Weber $100.6M 2016
91% Songs My Brothers Taught Me Producer $34.7K 2016
89% Dope Producer The Narrator $11.7M 2015
59% Southpaw Titus Wills Titus "Tick" Wills $42.4M 2015
47% Two Men in Town William Garnett 2015
13% Taken 3 Franck Dotzier 2015
91% Food Chains Narrator 2014
20% Repentance Angel Producer $1.2M 2014
No Score Yet Sewing Hope Actor 2014
54% Out of the Furnace Chief Wesley Barnes $8.4M 2013
50% Black Nativity Reverend Cornell Cobbs $4.9M 2013
100% Mysteries Of The Unseen World Actor 2013
72% Lee Daniels' The Butler Cecil Gaines $116.7M 2013
79% Rising From Ashes Narrator Executive Producer 2013
94% Fruitvale Station Producer $11.1M 2013
No Score Yet Pawn Will $2.6K 2013
61% The Last Stand Agent John Bannister $12.1M 2013
8% The Truth (A Dark Truth) Francisco Francis $6.3K 2013
No Score Yet Serving Life Executive Producer Actor 2013
No Score Yet Zulu Ali Sokhela 2013
33% A Man's Story Actor 2012
No Score Yet Freelancers LaRue 2012
73% Toys In The Attic (Na Pude) Actor $65.4K 2012
No Score Yet What a Wonderful World Louis Armstrong 2012
No Score Yet Catch .44 Ronny 2011
40% Monte Carlo Executive Producer $22.6M 2011
No Score Yet John Legend - Duke Ellington Actor 2011
No Score Yet Hurricane Season Al Collins 2010
22% Repo Men Jake $13.2M 2010
14% Our Family Wedding Bradford Boyd $18.7M 2010
No Score Yet Higglety Pigglety Pop! Or There Must Be More To Life Actor 2010
No Score Yet My Own Love Song Joey 2010
No Score Yet The Experiment Barris 2010
73% Where the Wild Things Are Ira $77.3M 2009
54% Kassim the Dream Executive Producer 2009
25% Powder Blue Producer Charlie 2009
No Score Yet Na pude aneb Kdo má dneska narozeniny? (In the Attic or Who Has a Birthday Today?) Teddy 2009
No Score Yet Lullaby for Pi George 2009
59% Mary Ted Younger 2008
29% Ripple Effect Executive Producer Philip 2008
45% Fragments Charlie Archenault 2008
36% Street Kings Captain Jack Wander $26.4M 2008
67% Chasseurs de Dragons (Dragon Hunters) Actor 2008
34% Vantage Point Howard Lewis $72.3M 2008
10% The Air I Breathe Happiness 2008
76% Crips and Bloods: Made in America Narrator 2008
No Score Yet King Actor 2008
79% The Great Debaters Dr. James Farmer Sr. $30M 2007
No Score Yet The Marsh Geoffry Hunt 2007
33% A Little Trip to Heaven Holt 2007
87% The Last King of Scotland Idi Amin $17.5M 2006
42% Everyone's Hero Lonnie Brewster $14.5M 2006
24% Even Money Clyde Snow 2006
39% American Gun Carter Executive Producer 2006
22% Jiminy Glick in Lalawood Himself $26.2K 2005
No Score Yet Before the Music Dies Narrator 2005
8% First Daughter Director Narrator Executive Producer $9.1M 2004
18% Chasing Liberty Screenwriter $12.2M 2004
No Score Yet Special Thanks to Roy London Actor 2004
No Score Yet American Storytellers Actor 2003
No Score Yet The Fourth Angel (The 4th Angel) Agent Jules Bernard 2003
14% Chasing Papi Producer $6.1M 2003
No Score Yet American Storytellers Actor 2003
72% Phone Booth Capt. Ed Ramey $46.6M 2003
No Score Yet Deacons for Defense Marcus 2003
60% Door to Door Executive Producer 2002
75% Panic Room Burnham $95.4M 2002
No Score Yet The Feast of All Saints Daguerreotypist Picard 2001
No Score Yet The Follow Husband's Assistant (uncredited) 2001
61% Green Dragon Executive Producer Addie 2001
No Score Yet A Tour of the Inferno: Revisiting 'Platoon' Actor 2001
No Score Yet Four Dogs Playing Poker Mr. Ellington 2000
3% Battlefield Earth Ker 2000
82% Ghost Dog - The Way of the Samurai Ghost Dog 2000
No Score Yet Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows Actor 2000
60% Witness Protection U.S. Marshal Steve Beck 1999
39% Light It Up Off. Dante Jackson 1999
No Score Yet Body Count Crane 1998
26% Hope Floats Screenwriter Director $60.1M 1998
No Score Yet Rebound: The Legend of Earl the Goat Manigault Rucker 1996
50% Phenomenon Nate Pope 1996
56% Waiting to Exhale Director 1995
43% Species Dan Smithson 1995
93% Smoke Cyrus Cole 1995
24% Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter) Cy Bianco 1994
61% Jason's Lyric Maddog 1994
No Score Yet The Enemy Within Col. Mac Casey 1994
32% Blown Away Anthony Franklin 1994
No Score Yet Lush Life Buddy Chester 1994
No Score Yet Bank Robber Battle 1993
No Score Yet Strapped Director 1993
71% Body Snatchers Collins 1993
No Score Yet Last Light Fred Whitmore 1993
94% The Crying Game Jody 1992
25% Consenting Adults David Duttonville 1992
43% Article 99 Dr. Handleman 1992
No Score Yet Diary of a Hitman Dekker 1991
65% A Rage in Harlem Jackson Producer 1991
No Score Yet Downtown Dennis Curren 1990
No Score Yet Criminal Justice Jessie Williams 1990
62% Johnny Handsome Dr. Steven Fisher 1989
82% Bird Charlie 'Bird' Parker 1988
40% Bloodsport Rawlins 1988
90% Good Morning, Vietnam Edward Garlick 1987
88% Stakeout Jack Pismo 1987
No Score Yet Hands of a Stranger Sergeant Delaney 1987
88% Platoon Big Harold 1986
89% The Color of Money Amos 1986
57% Vision Quest Bulldozer 1985
78% Fast Times At Ridgemont High Charles Jefferson 1982
No Score Yet Tag: The Assassination Game(Everybody Gets It in the End)(Kiss Me, Kill Me ) Gowdy's Bodyguard 1982


92% Godfather of Harlem
Bumpy Johnson Executive Producer 2019
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
Guest 2019
84% Empire
Eddie Barker 2018
96% Roots
Fiddler 2016
No Score Yet Africa
Narrator 2013
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
Guest 2013
No Score Yet The View
Guest 2013
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Guest 2013
42% Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Sam Cooper 2011
No Score Yet Lopez Tonight
Guest 2011
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
Sam Cooper 2010
No Score Yet American Dad!
Turlington 2009
No Score Yet Independent Lens
Narrator 2009
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
Voice Turlington 2009
68% American Idol
Appearing 2008
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Guest 2008
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Host Performer 2007
No Score Yet ER
Curtis Ames 2007
90% The Shield
Lt. Jon Kavanaugh 2007
47% The Twilight Zone
Host Host 2003
No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes
Herman 1985
No Score Yet Hill Street Blues
Floyd Green 1984


The Narrator says: Malcolm lives in Inglewood, California, in the Darby-Dixon neighborhood referred to as the Bottoms.

Jib says: Give me your bike!

The Narrator says: Malcolm's friends Jib and Diggy are also geeks.

Jib says: All I wanna do is a zoom, zoom, zoom and a boom boom.

Malcolm says: Word.

Marcus says: You know why men wear hoods? Cause they got no courage.

Marcus says: You know why men wear hoods? Cause they got no courage.

Marcus says: I've been to war already. I didn't like it then.

Marcus says: This has got to stop. I gotta do something.

Louis Gaines says: What are you doing here?

Cecil Gaines says: I came here to protest with you.

Cecil Gaines says: Americans always turn a blind eye to our own. We look out to the world and judge. We hear about the concentration camps, but these camps went on for 200 years in America.

Cecil Gaines says: I know my way around.

Ghost Dog says: Duh!

Cecil Gaines says: You need to go.

Louis Gaines says: What?

Cecil Gaines says: Get the hell out!

Louis Gaines says: Oh, I'm sorry, Mr. Butler. I didn't mean to make fun of your hero! (Gets slapped by his mother)

Louis Gaines says: Oh, I'm sorry, Mr. Butler. I didn't mean to make fun of your hero!

Louis Gaines says: You'll get arrested, you'll lose your job

Louis Gaines says: You'll get arrested, you'll lose your job.

Cecil Gaines says: I lost you

Cecil Gaines says: I lost you.

James Farmer Sr. says: Are you fooling around with that girl son?

Agent Jules Bernard says: Napoleon taught us never to stop an enemy when he's making a mistake.

Agent Jules Bernard says: Coincidence like the law has a long arm.

Agent Jules Bernard says: Life. It occurs whether you're at a meeting or not.

Agent Jules Bernard says: I'm only three minutes late. They should try waiting a thousand years for the right to vote. Now that would make them impatient.

Remy says: Who do you think he's gonna send after me?

Jake says: Maybe me.

Burnham says: I spent the last 12 years of my life building rooms like this specifically to keep out people like us.

Edward Garlick says: No, Phil, he's not all right. A man does not refer to Pat Boone as a beautiful genius if things are all right.

Ker says: We never spy on our own men!

Terl says: We don't. I do!

Crane says: Everything a man do in life is for the love of a woman.

James Farmer Sr. says: We do what we have to do, so we can do what we want to do

James Farmer Sr. says: We do what we have to do, so we can do what we want to do.

Idi Amin says: Look at you. Is there one thing you have done that is good? Did you think this was all a game? 'I will go to Africa and I will play the white man with the natives.' Is that what you thought? We are not a game, Nicholas. We are real. This room here, it is real. I think your death will be the first real thing that has happened to you.

Idi Amin says: I am the father of this nation, Nicholas. And you have most... grossly... offended your father.

Idi Amin says: [to crowd at rally] I know who you are and what you are. I am you!

Idi Amin says: I want you to tell me what to do.

Nicholas Garrigan says: You want ME to tell YOU what to do?

Idi Amin says: Yes, you are my advisor. You are the only one I can trust in here. You should have told me not to throw the Asians out, in the first place.

Nicholas Garrigan says: I DID!

Idi Amin says: But you did not persuade me, Nicholas. You did not persuade me!

Ghost Dog says: Our bodies are given life from the midst of nothingness. Existing where there is nothing is the meaning of the phrase, "form is emptiness." That all things are provided for by nothingness is the meaning of the phrase, "Emptiness is form." One should not think that these are two separate things.

Ghost Dog says: Our bodies are given life from the midst of nothingness. Existing where there is nothing is the meaning of the phrase, 'form is emptiness.' That all things are provided for by nothingness is the meaning of the phrase, 'Emptiness is form.' One should not think that these are two separate things.

Ghost Dog says: It is bad when one thing becomes two. One should not look for anything else in the Way of the Samurai. It is the same for anything that is called a Way. If one understands things in this manner, he should be able to hear about all ways and be more and more in accord with his own.

Idi Amin says: They take you to a tree and hang you by your skin. Each time you scream the evil comes out of you. Sometimes, it can take three days for your evil to be spent. Pull him up.

Jody says: ...and as they both sink beneath the waves, the frog cries out, "Why did you sting me, Mr. Scorpion? For now we both will drown!" Scorpion replies, "I can't help it. It's in my nature!