Forest Whitaker

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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Jingle Jangle Jeronicus Jangle 2020
52% Finding Steve McQueen Howard Lambert 2019
No Score Yet A Kid From Coney Island Producer 2019
No Score Yet Encontrando Steve McQueen Howard Lambert 2019
93% Sorry to Bother You Producer 2018
55% The Forgiven Desmond Tutu 2018
97% Black Panther Zuri $501.2M 2018
19% How It Ends Tom 2018
70% Roxanne Roxanne Producer 2018
No Score Yet City of Lies Actor 2018
No Score Yet Triumph, the Untold Story of Perry Wallace Actor 2018
54% Burden Rev. Kennedy 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
88% Dope Producer The Narrator $11.7M 2015
59% Southpaw Titus "Tick" Wills $42.4M 2015
47% Two Men in Town William Garnett 2015
12% Taken 3 Franck Dotzier 2015
90% Food Chains Narrator 2014
20% Repentance Producer Angel $1.2M 2014
No Score Yet Sewing Hope Actor 2014
53% Out of the Furnace Chief Wesley Barnes $8.4M 2013
51% Black Nativity Reverend Cornell Cobbs $4.9M 2013
100% Mysteries Of The Unseen World Actor 2013
71% Lee Daniels' The Butler Cecil Gaines $116.7M 2013
79% Rising From Ashes Executive Producer Narrator 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
39% Monte Carlo Executive Producer $22.6M 2011
No Score Yet John Legend - Duke Ellington Actor 2011
No Score Yet Hurricane Season Al Collins 2010
21% Repo Men Jake $13.2M 2010
13% 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
50% 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 Philip Executive Producer 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
12% The Air I Breathe Happiness 2008
75% 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 Executive Producer Narrator Director $9.1M 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 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
44% 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
80% Bird Charlie 'Bird' Parker 1988
39% Bloodsport Rawlins 1988
90% Good Morning, Vietnam Edward Garlick 1987
87% 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

TV

CREDIT
84% Empire
2015
Eddie Barker
  • 2018
  • 2017
96% Roots
2016
Fiddler
  • 2016
No Score Yet Africa
2013
Narrator
  • 2013
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
42% Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
2011
Sam Cooper
  • 2011
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
Sam Cooper
  • 2010
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
Voice Turlington
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2006
No Score Yet American Dad!
219
Turlington
  • 2009
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
Narrator
  • 2009
72% American Idol
2002-2016
Appearing
  • 2008
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Performer
  • 2007
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
Curtis Ames
  • 2007
  • 2006
88% The Shield
2002-2008
Lt. Jon Kavanaugh
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
2002-2003
Host Host
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes
1978-1986
Herman
  • 1985
No Score Yet Hill Street Blues
1981-1987
Floyd Green
  • 1984
No Score Yet Godfather of Harlem
2019
Executive Producer Bumpy Johnson

QUOTES FROM Forest Whitaker CHARACTERS