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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Jingle Jangle
  • Jeronicus Jangle
2020
93% Sorry to Bother You
  • Producer
2018
55% The Forgiven
  • Desmond Tutu
2018
97% Black Panther
  • Zuri
$501.2M 2018
21% How It Ends
  • Tom
2018
No Score Yet City of Lies
  • Actor
2018
No Score Yet Triumph, the Untold Story of Perry Wallace
  • Actor
2018
75% Roxanne Roxanne
  • Producer
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
89% Dope
  • Producer
  • The Narrator
$11.7M 2015
60% 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
54% 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
  • Narrator
  • Executive Producer
2013
94% Fruitvale Station
  • Producer
$11.1M 2013
No Score Yet Pawn
  • Will
$2.6K 2013
60% The Last Stand
  • Agent John Bannister
$12.1M 2013
8% The Truth (A Dark Truth)
  • Francisco Francis
$6.3K 2013
No Score Yet Zulu
  • Ali Sokhela
2013
No Score Yet Serving Life
  • Executive Producer
  • Actor
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
72% 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
  • 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
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
  • Narrator
  • Executive Producer
  • 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
71% 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
  • Addie
  • Executive Producer
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
24% 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
  • Producer
  • Jackson
1991
No Score Yet Downtown
  • Dennis Curren
1990
No Score Yet Criminal Justice
  • Jessie Williams
1990
62% Johnny Handsome
  • Dr. Steven Fisher
1989
77% Bird
  • Charlie 'Bird' Parker
1988
33% 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
54% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
85% Empire
2015
  • Eddie Barker
  • 2018
  • 2017
96% Roots
2016
  • Fiddler
  • 2016
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!
2005
  • Turlington
  • 2009
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Narrator
  • 2009
No Score Yet 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
87% 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 Africa
2013
  • Narrator

QUOTES FROM Forest Whitaker CHARACTERS