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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. He also starred as Inspector Franck Dotzler in Taken 3 with Liam Neeson.

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Jul 15, 1961 In Longview, Texas, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Gunner
Latest Project:
Movie Clint Eastwood: A Cinematic Legacy 2021-09-09
Known For
Poster of Godfather of Harlem
Poster of Dragon Hunters
Poster of Vision Quest
Movie Gunner Self 2024
Movie Respect C. L. Franklin 2021-08-12
Movie Clint Eastwood: A Cinematic Legacy Self 2021-09-09
Movie Burden Reverend Kennedy 2020-02-28
Movie Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey Jeronicus Jangle 2020-11-06
Movie Nations United: Urgent Solutions for Urgent Times 2020-09-19
Movie Finding Steve McQueen Howard Lambert 2019-03-15
Series Godfather of Harlem Ellsworth 'Bumpy' Johnson 2019-09-29
Movie Black Panther Zuri 2018-02-13
Movie The Forgiven Desmond Tutu 2018-03-09
Movie How It Ends Tom 2018-07-13
Movie Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace Narrator (voice) 2018-03-23
Movie City of Lies Jack Jackson 2018-09-06
Movie Sorry to Bother You First Equisapien / Demarius 2018-07-06
Movie Xenolinguistics: Understanding 'Arrival' Self 2017-02-14
Series Taken Franck Dotzler 2017-02-27
Movie The Stories: The Making of 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' Himself 2017-04-04
Series Roots Fiddler 2016-05-30
Movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Saw Gerrera 2016-12-14
Movie I Am You Narrator (voice) 2016-12-12
Movie Arrival Colonel G. T. Weber 2016-11-10
Series Empire Eddie Barker 2015-01-07
Movie Southpaw Titus 'Tick' Wills 2015-03-24
Series Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter Unknown 2015-08-02
Movie Dope Narrator 2015-06-19
Movie Repentance Angel 2014-02-28
Movie Food Chains 2014-04-26
Series Star Wars Rebels Saw Gerrera (voice) 2014-10-13
Movie Two Men in Town William Garnett 2014-05-07
Movie Taken 3 Inspector Frank Dotzler 2014-12-16
Movie Pawn Will 2013-04-23
Movie The Butler Cecil Gaines 2013-08-16
Movie The Last Stand Agent John Bannister 2013-01-12
Movie Mysteries of the Unseen World Narrator 2013-11-01
Movie Out of the Furnace Chief Wesley Barnes 2013-12-06
Movie Zulu Ali Sokhela 2013-12-04
Movie Black Nativity Reverend Cornell Cobbs 2013-11-27
Movie Making a Scene Man 2013-11-25
Movie The Making of 'Making a Scene' 2013-11-25
Movie Freelancers Dennis Larue 2012-08-10
Movie A Dark Truth Francisco Francis 2012-11-29
Series Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior Sam Cooper 2011-02-16
Movie Serving Life Narrator (voice) 2011-07-28
Movie A Man's Story Self 2011-10-08
Movie Catch.44 Ronny 2011-12-08
Movie Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life Lion 2010-03-02
Movie Our Family Wedding Brad Boyd 2010-03-12
Movie Repo Men Jake 2010-03-18
Movie Lullaby for Pi George 2010-10-11
Movie The Experiment Barris 2010-07-15
Movie My Own Love Song Joey 2010-04-07
Movie Powder Blue Charlie 2009-05-08
Movie Where the Wild Things Are Ira (voice) 2009-10-16
Movie Hurricane Season Al Collins 2009-12-08
Movie Winged Creatures Charlie Archenault 2008-06-24
Movie Crips and Bloods: Made in America Narrator 2008-01-01
Movie Vantage Point Howard Lewis 2008-02-01
Movie Street Kings Captain Jack Wander 2008-04-10
Movie Dragon Hunters Lian-Chu (voice) 2008-03-19
Movie Killers Kill, Dead Men Die The Corner Man 2007-03-13
Movie The Air I Breathe Happiness 2007-02-07
Movie Ripple Effect Philip 2007-06-21
Movie The Great Debaters Dr. James Farmer Sr. 2007-12-27
Movie The Last King of Scotland Idi Amin 2006-01-12
Movie Even Money Clyde Snow 2006-03-01
Movie Before the Music Dies Self - Narrator (voice) 2006-11-02
Movie The Marsh Geoffrey Hunt 2006-05-18
Movie Everyone's Hero Lonnie Brewster (voice) 2006-08-04
Series American Dad! Unknown 2005-02-06
Series Criminal Minds Unknown 2005-09-22
Movie American Gun Carter 2005-01-01
Movie Odyssey in Rome 2005-09-30
Movie A Little Trip to Heaven Abe Holt 2005-12-26
Movie Mary Ted Younger 2005-11-18
Movie Shooting 'Panic Room' Self 2004-03-30
Movie Jiminy Glick in Lalawood Self 2004-09-18
Movie First Daughter Narrator (voice) 2004-09-24
Series Jimmy Kimmel Live! Unknown 2003-01-26
Movie Deacons for Defense Marcus Clay 2003-01-01
Movie Phone Booth Captain Ramey 2003-04-04
Series The Ellen DeGeneres Show Unknown 2003-09-08
Series E! Live from the Red Carpet Himself 2002-01-13
Series The Shield Unknown 2002-03-12
Series The Twilight Zone Self - Host 2002-09-18
Series American Idol Unknown 2002-06-11
Movie Panic Room Burnham 2002-03-29
Series The Hire The Employer 2001-04-26
Movie Green Dragon Addie 2001-05-17
Movie A Tour of the Inferno: Revisiting 'Platoon' Self 2001-01-01
Movie The Fourth Angel Agent Jules Bernard 2001-08-15
Movie The Follow The Employer 2001-05-24
Movie Feast of All Saints Daguerreotypist Picard 2001-11-11
Movie The Paperboy Narrator 2000-01-01
Movie Battlefield Earth Ker 2000-05-12
Movie Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows Self 2000-09-27
Movie Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai Ghost Dog 1999-06-02
Series Where Are They Now? Unknown 1999-06-07
Movie Witness Protection Steven Beck 1999-12-11
Movie Light It Up Officer Dante Jackson 1999-11-04
Series The Early Show Unknown 1999-11-01
Movie Body Count Crane 1998-04-28
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Movie Eastwood on Eastwood Himself (archive footage) 1997-11-01
Movie Phenomenon Nate Pope 1996-07-05
Movie Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault Mr. Rucker 1996-11-23
Movie Smoke Cyrus Cole 1995-06-09
Movie Species Dan Smithson, Empath 1995-07-07
Movie Mr. Holland's Opus Bobby Tidd - Adult (uncredited) 1995-12-29
Movie Blown Away Anthony Franklin 1994-07-01
Movie The Enemy Within Col. MacKenzie Casey 1994-08-24
Series Inside the Actors Studio Unknown 1994-06-01
Movie Ready to Wear Cy Bianco 1994-12-23
Series ER Unknown 1994-09-19
Movie Clint Eastwood: The Man from Malpaso Self 1994-12-11
Movie Jason's Lyric Maddog 1994-09-28
Movie Body Snatchers Major Collins 1993-06-09
Movie Lush Life Buddy Chester 1993-10-01
Movie Last Light Fred Whitmore 1993-08-22
Movie Bank Robber Officer Battle 1993-12-03
Movie Article 99 Dr. Sid Handleman 1992-03-13
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Movie The Crying Game Jody 1992-09-02
Movie Consenting Adults David Duttonville 1992-10-16
Movie Diary of a Hitman Dekker 1991-11-20
Movie A Rage in Harlem Jackson 1991-05-03
Movie Criminal Justice Jessie Williams 1990-09-08
Movie Downtown Dennis Curren 1990-01-12
Movie Johnny Handsome Dr. Steven Fisher 1989-09-12
Movie Bloodsport Rawlins 1988-02-26
Movie Bird Charlie 'Bird' Parker 1988-07-01
Series LIVE with Kelly and Mark Unknown 1988-09-05
Movie Hands of a Stranger Sergeant Delaney 1987-05-10
Movie Stakeout Det. Jack Pismo 1987-08-05
Movie Good Morning, Vietnam Edward Garlick 1987-12-23
Movie The Color of Money Amos 1986-10-17
Movie Platoon Big Harold 1986-12-19
Movie Vision Quest Balldozer 1985-02-15
Series North and South Cuffey 1985-11-03
Series Cagney & Lacey Unknown 1982-03-25
Movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High Charles Jefferson 1982-08-13
Movie Tag: The Assassination Game Gowdy's Bodyguard 1982-04-20
Series Hill Street Blues Unknown 1981-01-15
Series Diff'rent Strokes Unknown 1978-11-03
Series Saturday Night Live Host 1975-10-11
Series Today Unknown 1952-01-14