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, USA

Though actor Forest Whitaker started college on an athletic scholarship, the charismatic and award-winning performer made the unlikely shift from football to studying to become a classical tenor and eventually, an actor. After gaining some attention in several stage musicals, Whitaker made an immediate impression with a small, but memorable role in his feature debut, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (1982). Following a quick succession of supporting roles in features and on television, he earned his first wave of critical accolades for his portrayal of drug-addicted jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker in "Bird" (1988). Once he was established as a viable leading man, Whitaker easily oscillated between low-budget and studio projects, earning equal acclaim for his performances. Taking his career to the next level, he made several forays into feature directing - most notably "Waiting to Exhale" (1995) - but continued to churn out one sterling performance after another until finally reaching new heights with his Oscar-winning portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland" (2006), which came hot on the heels of another mesmerizing performance as an obsessive internal affairs officer on season five of "The Shield" (FX, 2002-08). Both roles only confirmed that Whitaker was one of Hollywood's most versatile, surprising and talented actors of his day. His work as a producer on films like "Fruitvale Station" (2013) and "Dope" (2015) helped shepherd a new generation of African-American filmmakers while his work in hits like "The Butler" (2013), "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" (2016) and "Black Panther" (2018) kept him firmly in audiences' minds.

Highest rated movies

Black Panther
Arrival
The Crying Game
Sorry to Bother You
Smoke
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
Good Morning, Vietnam
Stakeout

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet For the Sake of Peace Producer - 2022
90% 85% Passing Producer - 2021
68% 95% Respect Rev. C.L. Franklin (Character) $24.3M 2021
89% 71% Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey Jeronicus (Character) - 2020
20% No Score Yet A Fall From Grace Unknown (Character) - 2019
51% 80% City of Lies Jack Jackson (Character) $565.7K 2018
50% 97% Burden Reverend Kennedy (Character) $134.1K 2018
46% 62% Finding Steve McQueen Howard Lambert (Character) - 2018
17% 17% How It Ends Tom (Character) - 2018
93% 70% Sorry to Bother You First Equisapien/Demarius (Character),
Producer
$17.5M 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace Narrator - 2018
96% 79% Black Panther Zuri (Character) $700.2M 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet We Are One Narrator,
Executive Producer
- 2017
70% 62% Roxanne Roxanne Producer - 2017
50% 43% The Forgiven Desmond Tutu (Character) - 2017
84% 86% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Saw Gerrera (Character) $533.2M 2016
95% 82% Arrival Colonel Weber (Character) $100.5M 2016
94% 65% Songs My Brothers Taught Me Producer $34.2K 2015
60% 75% Southpaw Tick Willis (Character) $52.4M 2015
88% 83% Dope Narrator,
Producer
$17.5M 2015
47% 26% Two Men in Town William Garnett (Character) - 2014
13% 43% Taken 3 Inspector Frank Dotzler (Character) $89.3M 2014
91% 84% Food Chains Narrator - 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sewing Hope Narrator - 2013
100% 75% Mysteries of the Unseen World Narrator - 2013
No Score Yet 60% Zulu Ali (Character) - 2013
20% 42% Repentance Angel (Character),
Producer
$1.2M 2013
53% 52% Out of the Furnace Wesley Barnes (Character) $11.3M 2013
50% 51% Black Nativity Rev. Cornell Cobbs (Character) $7.0M 2013
71% 78% Lee Daniels' The Butler Cecil Gaines (Character) $116.6M 2013
94% 87% Fruitvale Station Producer $16.1M 2013
No Score Yet 27% Pawn Will (Character) $2.1K 2013
61% 53% The Last Stand Agent John Bannister (Character) $12.0M 2013
79% 84% Rising From Ashes Narrator,
Executive Producer
$37.7K 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ernest & Celestine Ernest (Voice) $71.4K 2012
8% 36% A Dark Truth Francisco Francis (Character) $5.8K 2012
No Score Yet 30% Freelancers LaRue (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet 14% Catch .44 Ronny (Character) - 2011
40% 49% Monte Carlo Executive Producer $23.2M 2011
No Score Yet 55% Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life Lion (Voice) - 2010
No Score Yet 66% Lullaby for Pi George (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet 33% My Own Love Song Joey (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet 49% The Experiment Barris (Character) - 2010
15% 48% Our Family Wedding Bradford Boyd (Character) $20.2M 2010
22% 41% Repo Men Jake (Character) $13.8M 2010
No Score Yet 78% Toys in the Attic Teddy (Voice) - 2009
No Score Yet 69% Hurricane Season Al Collins (Character) - 2009
73% 57% Where the Wild Things Are Ira (Voice) $77.2M 2009
25% 40% Powder Blue Charlie (Character),
Producer
- 2009
45% 29% Winged Creatures Charlie Archenault (Character) - 2008
67% 60% Dragon Hunters Lian-Chu (Voice) - 2008
36% 58% Street Kings Capt. Jack Wander (Character) $26.4M 2008
34% 57% Vantage Point Howard Lewis (Character) $72.3M 2008
29% No Score Yet Ripple Effect Philip (Character),
Executive Producer
$13.8K 2007
10% 61% The Air I Breathe Happiness (Character) $19.5K 2007
80% 86% The Great Debaters Dr. James Farmer Sr. (Character) $30.2M 2007
No Score Yet 32% The Marsh Geoffrey Hunt (Character) - 2006
24% 29% Even Money Clyde Snow (Character) - 2006
87% 89% The Last King of Scotland Idi Amin (Character) $17.6M 2006
42% 44% Everyone's Hero Lonnie Brewster (Voice) $14.5M 2006
33% 41% A Little Trip to Heaven Holt (Character) - 2005
39% 43% American Gun Carter (Character),
Executive Producer
$24.0K 2005
59% 43% Mary Ted Younger (Character) - 2005
23% 33% Jiminy Glick in Lalawood Self $25.7K 2004
8% 42% First Daughter Director,
Executive Producer
$9.1M 2004
No Score Yet 92% Deacons for Defense Marcus Clay (Character) - 2003
14% 40% Chasing Papi Producer $6.1M 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet American Storytellers Unknown (Character) - 2003
72% 64% Phone Booth Captain Ramey (Character) $46.6M 2002
76% 64% Panic Room Burnham (Character) $95.3M 2002
No Score Yet 26% The Fourth Angel Agent Jules Bernard (Character) - 2001
61% 51% Green Dragon Addie (Character),
Executive Producer
$146.1K 2001
3% 12% Battlefield Earth Ker (Character) $21.5M 2000
No Score Yet 42% Four Dogs Playing Poker Mr. Ellington (Character) - 2000
60% 64% Witness Protection Steven Beck (Character) - 1999
83% 86% Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai Ghost Dog (Character) $3.3M 1999
39% 75% Light It Up Officer Dante Jackson (Character) $5.9M 1999
No Score Yet 41% Body Count Crane (Character) - 1998
27% 72% Hope Floats Director $60.0M 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Split Crane (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 94% Rebound -- The Legend of Earl The Goat Manigault Mr. Rucker (Character) - 1996
49% 59% Phenomenon Nate Pope (Character) $104.6M 1996
42% 31% Species Dan Smithson, Empath (Character) $58.7M 1995
61% 79% Waiting to Exhale Director $64.2M 1995
90% 89% Smoke Cyrus Cole (Character) $8.3M 1995
No Score Yet 34% The Enemy Within Col. MacKenzie "Mac" Casey (Character) - 1994
24% 27% Ready to Wear (Pret-a-Porter) Cy Bianco (Character) $10.7M 1994
38% 40% Blown Away Anthony Franklin (Character) $30.1M 1994
58% 91% Jason's Lyric Maddog (Character) $20.3M 1994
No Score Yet 82% Lush Life Buddy Chester (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 20% Bank Robber Officer Battle (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 82% Strapped Director - 1993
70% 39% Body Snatchers Major Collins (Character) $54.8K 1993
No Score Yet 67% Last Light Fred Whitmore (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 37% Diary of a Hitman Dekker (Character) - 1992
43% 54% Article 99 Dr. Sid Handleman (Character) $6.2M 1992
23% 25% Consenting Adults David Duttonville (Character) $21.6M 1992
94% 78% The Crying Game Jody (Character) $60.7M 1992
65% 51% A Rage in Harlem Jackson (Character) $8.8M 1991
No Score Yet 31% Downtown Dennis Curren (Character) $2.2M 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Criminal Justice Jessie Williams (Character) - 1990
57% 46% Johnny Handsome Dr. Steven Fisher (Character) $6.6M 1989
83% 79% Bird Charlie 'Bird' Parker (Character) $1.5M 1988
46% 74% Bloodsport Rawlins (Character) $10.8M 1988
89% 82% Good Morning, Vietnam Edward Garlick (Character) $123.9M 1987
89% 56% Stakeout Jack Pismo (Character) $65.4M 1987
88% 73% The Color of Money Amos (Character) $52.3M 1986
89% 93% Platoon Big Harold (Character) $138.5M 1986
60% 78% Vision Quest Bulldozer (Character) - 1985
78% 80% Fast Times at Ridgemont High Charles Jefferson (Character) - 1982

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 84% Godfather of Harlem Bumpy Johnson (Character),
Executive Producer
2019 2021 2023
91% 81% Andor Saw Gerrera (Character) 2022
No Score Yet 81% Young Rock Forest Whitaker (Guest Star) 2022
No Score Yet 50% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2021
No Score Yet 26% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2021
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2019
84% 48% Empire Eddie Barker (Guest Star) 2017-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2018
98% 83% Star Wars Rebels Saw Gerrera (Voice) 2017-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2013 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Roots Fiddler (Character) 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2014
No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2010-2011 2013
No Score Yet 94% Africa Narrator 2013
42% 25% Criminal Minds: Suspect Behaviour Special Agent Sam Cooper (Character) 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lopez Tonight Guest 2011
No Score Yet 84% Criminal Minds Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet 91% American Dad! Daniel Turlington (Guest Voice) 2007 2009
90% 95% The Shield Lt. Jon Kavanaugh (Character) 2006-2008
68% 0% American Idol Guest 2008
No Score Yet 44% Saturday Night Live Host 2007
No Score Yet 84% ER Curtis Ames (Guest Star) 2006-2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio Guest 2006
50% 83% The Twilight Zone Host 2002-2003
No Score Yet 100% The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet North and South, Book II Cuffey (Guest Star) 1986
No Score Yet 82% Amazing Stories Unknown (Character) 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet North and South Cuffey (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fall Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
97% 100% Hill Street Blues Floyd Green (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet EPIX FREE: By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of Godfather of Harlem HD Bumpy Johnson (Character),
Executive Producer