Profession: actor, director
Born on: 07/15/1961 (age: 60)
Country: United States
Forest Whitaker was born on July 15, 1961 in Longview, Texas. He has two brothers, Damon and Kenn. Attracted to the scene at a very young age, he began his acting career in the early 1980s. In 1987, he played the character of Edward Garlick and co-starred with Robin Williams in Good Morning , Vietnam. A year later, he played the famous saxophonist Charlie Parker in the film Bird directed by Clint Eastwood. At only 27 years old, he won the prize for male interpretation at the Cannes Film Festival and acquired worldwide fame.
At the end of the 1990s, he played in Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, where he portrayed the main character. In 2006, after several collaborations for the small screen, he joined the cast of The Shield with the character of Lieutenant Jon Kavanaugh, which he kept for two seasons. 2006 is the year of consecration for the artist who is awarded the Oscar for best actor for his remarkable interpretation of the dictator Idi Amin Dada in The Last King of Scotland.
During his career, the actor also goes behind the camera to make three films; Where are the men? in 1995, So goes life (with Sandra Bullock) in 1998 and Stars full eyes in 2004.
He continued his acting career and distinguished himself in many roles; The Butler (2013), Taken 3 (2015), Rogue One (2016), Black Panther and City of Lies (2018)…
In January 2019, he starred in Roland Joffé’s Forgiven , in which he played South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
At the same time, the actor created his foundation in 2012, Initiative for Peace and Development.
On the private side, Forest Whitaker married actress Keisha Simone Nash in May 1996. The couple have two daughters; Sonnet Noel (born in 1996) and True (born in 1998). He also has an eldest son, Ocean, from a previous union. But, in December 2018, the actor filed for divorce after 22 years of marriage.
He will no doubt win the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in Lee Daniels’ Butler. Forest Whitaker, already hailed for his roles in Bird and Ghost Dog, is back for a new biopic, which will still be a political film. According to Variety, he will soon play Colin Powell, the African-American secretary of state who advocated for intervention in Iraq in 2003.