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Forest Steven Whitaker has packaged a king-size talent into his hulking 6' 2", 220 lb. frame. He won an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland (2006), and has also won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. He is the fourth African-American male to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 55 wins & 53 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Arrival
Arrival Colonel Weber
(2016)
Platoon
Platoon Big Harold
(1986)
The Butler
The Butler Cecil Gaines
(2013)

Filmography

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 2017 LAbyrinth (post-production)
Jack Jackson
 2017/I Burden (completed)
Reverend Kennedy
 2017 Finding Steve McQueen (post-production)
Howard Lambert
 2017 Empire (TV Series)
Eddie Barker
- The Fool (2017) ... Eddie Barker
- Full Circle (2017) ... Eddie Barker
 2017 Star Wars: Rebels (TV Series)
Saw Gerrera
- In the Name of the Rebellion: Part 2 (2017) ... Saw Gerrera (voice)
- In the Name of the Rebellion: Part 1 (2017) ... Saw Gerrera (voice)
- Ghosts of Geonosis: Part 2 (2017) ... Saw Gerrera (voice)
- Ghosts of Geonosis: Part 1 (2017) ... Saw Gerrera (voice)
 2017 The Forgiven
Desmond Tutu
 2016 Rogue One
Saw Gerrera
 2016 Star Wars: Go Rogue (TV Series short)
Saw Gerrera
- Chapter 4 (2016) ... Saw Gerrera (voice)
- Chapter 3 (2016) ... Saw Gerrera (voice)
- Chapter 2 (2016) ... Saw Gerrera (voice)
- Chapter 1 (2016) ... Saw Gerrera (voice)
 2016/II Arrival
Colonel Weber
 2016 Roots (TV Mini-Series)
Fiddler
- Part 4 (2016) ... Fiddler
- Part 2 (2016) ... Fiddler
- Part 1 (2016) ... Fiddler
 2015 Southpaw
Tick Wills
 2015 Dope
The Narrator (voice)
 2014 Taken 3
Franck Dotzler
 2014 Two Men in Town
William Garnett
 2013 Black Nativity
Reverend Cornell Cobbs
 2013 Making a Scene (Short)
Man
 2013 Out of the Furnace
Chief Wesley Barnes
 2013/I The Butler
Cecil Gaines
 2013 Zulu
Ali Sokhela
 2013/I Pawn
Will
 2013/I Repentance
Angel Sanchez
 2013 The Last Stand
Agent John Bannister
 2013 Nelson Mandela (Video short)
Narrator (voice)
 2012 A Dark Truth
Francisco Francis
 2012 Freelancers
LaRue
 2012 Ernest & Celestine
Ernest (English version, voice)
 2011 Catch .44
Ronny
 2011 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior - House of Corpses (Video short)
Sam Cooper
 2011 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior - Loved Ones (Video short)
Sam Cooper
 2011 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior - The Profiler (Video short)
Sam Cooper
 2011 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (TV Series)
Sam Cooper
- Death by a Thousand Cuts (2011) ... Sam Cooper
- The Girl in the Blue Mask (2011) ... Sam Cooper
- Strays (2011) ... Sam Cooper
- The Time Is Now (2011) ... Sam Cooper
- Smother (2011) ... Sam Cooper
 2010 Lullaby for Pi
George
 2010 The Experiment
Barris
 2010 Criminal Minds (TV Series)
Sam Cooper
- The Fight (2010) ... Sam Cooper
 2010 My Own Love Song
Joey
 2010 Repo Men
Jake
 2010 Our Family Wedding
Brad Boyd
 2010 Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life (Video short)
Lion (voice)
 2009 Hurricane Season
Al Collins
 2009 Where the Wild Things Are
Ira (voice)
 2009 Powder Blue
Charlie
 2009 Toys in the Attic
Teddy (English version, voice)
 2007-2009 American Dad! (TV Series)
Daniel Turlington / Ron Turlington / Turlington
- Live and Let Fry (2009) ... Daniel Turlington (voice)
- Chimdale (2009) ... Ron Turlington (voice)
- Meter Made (2007) ... Turlington (voice)
 2009 Jamie Foxx Ft. T-Pain: Blame It (Video short)
Forest Whitaker
 2008 Fragments
Charlie Archenault
 2008 Street Kings
Captain Jack Wander
 2008 Chasseurs de dragons
Lian-Chu (English version, voice)
 2008 Vantage Point
Howard Lewis
 2007 The Great Debaters
Dr. James Farmer Sr.
 2007 Ripple Effect
Philip
 2007 The Air I Breathe
Happiness
 2006-2007 The Shield (TV Series)
Jon Kavanaugh
- Baptism by Fire (2007) ... Jon Kavanaugh
- On the Jones (2007) ... Jon Kavanaugh
- Postpartum (2006) ... Jon Kavanaugh
- Of Mice and Lem (2006) ... Jon Kavanaugh
- Smoked (2006) ... Jon Kavanaugh
 2006-2007 ER (TV Series)
Curtis Ames
- Murmurs of the Heart (2007) ... Curtis Ames
- A House Divided (2007) ... Curtis Ames
- Tell Me No Secrets... (2006) ... Curtis Ames
- Jigsaw (2006) ... Curtis Ames
- Heart of the Matter (2006) ... Curtis Ames
 2006 Everyone's Hero
Lonnie Brewster (voice)
 2006 The Last King of Scotland
Idi Amin
 2006 The Marsh
Geoffrey Hunt
 2006/I Even Money
Clyde Snow
 2005 American Gun
Carter
 2005 A Little Trip to Heaven
Abe Holt
 2005/I Mary
Ted Younger
 2004 First Daughter
Narrator (voice)
 2003 Deacons for Defense (TV Movie)
Marcus Clay
 2002 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Narrator
- Found and Lost (2002) ... Narrator
 2002 Phone Booth
Captain Ramey
 2002 Panic Room
Burnham
 2001 The Feast of All Saints (TV Movie)
Daguerreotypist Picard
 2001 The Fourth Angel
Bernard
 2001 The Follow (Short)
The Employer (uncredited)
 2001 Green Dragon
Addie
 2000 Four Dogs Playing Poker
Mr. Ellington
 2000 Battlefield Earth
Ker
 1999 Witness Protection (TV Movie)
Steven Beck
 1999 Light It Up
Officer Dante Jackson
 1998 Body Count
Crane
 1996 Phenomenon
Nate Pope
 1995 Mr. Holland's Opus
Bobby Tidd - Adult (uncredited)
 1995 Species
Dan Smithson
 1995 Smoke
Cyrus Cole
 1994 Ready to Wear
Cy Bianco
 1994 Jason's Lyric
Maddog
 1994 The Enemy Within (TV Movie)
Col. MacKenzie 'Mac' Casey
 1994 Blown Away
Franklin
 1993 Lush Life (TV Movie)
Buddy Chester
 1993 Bank Robber
Officer Battle
 1993 Last Light (TV Movie)
Fred Whitmore
 1993 Body Snatchers
Major Collins
 1992 Consenting Adults
David Duttonville
 1992 The Crying Game
Jody
 1992 Article 99
Dr. Sid Handleman
 1991 Diary of a Hitman
Dekker
 1991 A Rage in Harlem
Jackson
 1990 Criminal Justice (TV Movie)
Jessie Williams
 1990 Downtown
Dennis Curren
 1989 Johnny Handsome
Dr. Steven Fisher
 1988 Bird
Charlie 'Bird' Parker
 1988 Bloodsport
Rawlins
 1987 Good Morning, Vietnam
Edward Garlick
 1987 Stakeout
Jack Pismo
 1987 Hands of a Stranger (TV Movie)
Sergeant Delaney
 1986 Platoon
Big Harold
 1986 The Color of Money
Amos
 1986 North and South, Book II (TV Mini-Series)
Cuffey
- Episode #1.6 (1986) ... Cuffey
- Episode #1.5 (1986) ... Cuffey (credit only)
- Episode #1.4 (1986) ... Cuffey (credit only)
- Episode #1.3 (1986) ... Cuffey
- Episode #1.2 (1986) ... Cuffey
 1986 Amazing Stories (TV Series)
Jerry
- Gather Ye Acorns (1986) ... Jerry
 1985 The Grand Baby (TV Movie)
 1985 North and South (TV Series)
Cuffey
- Episode #1.6 (1985) ... Cuffey (credit only)
- Episode #1.5 (1985) ... Cuffey (credit only)
- Episode #1.4 (1985) ... Cuffey
- Episode #1.3 (1985) ... Cuffey
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... Cuffey
 1985 Diff'rent Strokes (TV Series)
Herman
- Bully for Arnold (1985) ... Herman
 1985 The Fall Guy (TV Series)
Friend
- Spring Break (1985) ... Friend
 1985 Vision Quest
Balldozer
 1984 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
Floyd Green
- Blues for Mr. Green (1984) ... Floyd Green
 1984 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Lewis Jordan
- School Nurse (1984) ... Lewis Jordan
 1983 Cagney & Lacey (TV Series)
Night Manager
- The Grandest Jewel Thief of Them All (1983) ... Night Manager
 1982 Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Charles Jefferson
 1982 Tag: The Assassination Game
Gowdy's Bodyguard
 1982 Making the Grade (TV Series)
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Other Works:

Music video: Directed Jagged Edge's video "Goodbye" See more »

Publicity Listings:

8 Interviews | 14 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on choosing studio or independent films] I go back and forth between indie and studio because I feel like it, not because I feel obligated to do one or the other. The only reason to make a decision like that is financial, you know, you can't live. That doesn't make my decision for me, I do what feels right for me. I'm not going to do a bad movie just because it's a studio movie or an indie film,... See more »

Trivia:

As of 2017, he has appeared in 3 films that have been Oscar nominated for Best Picture: Platoon (1986), The Crying Game (1992), and Arrival (2016). Of those, Platoon (1986) is a winner in the category. See more »

Trademark:

Often plays characters that are, or are inspired by, historical figures See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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