Forest Whitaker

Profession: Actor | Director
Forest Whitaker
Real name: Forest Steven Whitaker
Birthdate: July 15, 1961
Age: 59 years
Country: United States United States
Horoscope: Cancer


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Forest Whitaker Nominations & Awards

Academy Awards

 - Best Leading Actor WINNER

Golden Globes Awards

 - Best Leading Actor - Drama WINNER
 - Best Leading Actor - Drama NOMINATED


 - Best Leading Actor WINNER

Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG)

 - Best Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture WINNER
 - Best Leading Actor WINNER
 - Best Leading Actor NOMINATED
   (The Butler)
 - Best Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture NOMINATED
   (The Butler)
 - Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries NOMINATED
 - Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries NOMINATED

Independent Spirit

 - Best Leading Actor NOMINATED

Cannes Film Festival

 - Best Leading Actor WINNER


 - Worst Supporting Actor NOMINATED

Critics Choice Award

 - Best Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture NOMINATED
 - Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV NOMINATED
   (Roots (TV))
 - Best Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture NOMINATED
   (The Butler)
Forest Steven Whitaker is an American Actor and Director. He has won an Academy Awards, an Golden Globes Awards and an BAFTA Awards. He's known for Platoon (1986), The Last Stand (2013) and Black Panther (2018).

All Movies of Forest Whitaker

  • Burden
    Klu Klux Klansman, Mike Burden, opens the Redneck Shop and KKK museum in historic Laurens, SC. When Mike subsequently falls in love with a single mom, under her influence, he quits the Klan and is taken in by an African American R
    United States  2018
  • Black Panther
    After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T'Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country's new leader. However, T'Challa soon finds that he is challeng...
    Character: Zuri
    United States  2018
  • A Fall from Grace
    Detective Michael Tabb knows the city he protects inside and out. He has felt its true heart, as much as its dark underbelly: but he does not know who, in both the dark and light - is taking the lives of young girls.
    United States  2018
  • The Forgiven
    After the end of Apartheid, Archbishop Desmond Tutu meets with a brutal murderer seeking redemption.
    Character: Desmond Tutu
    United Kingdom  2017
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
    Jyn Erso, a Rebellion soldier and criminal, is about to experience her biggest challenge yet when Mon Mothma sets her out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. With the aid of the Rebels, a master swordsman, and non-...
    Character: Saw Gerrera
    United States  2016
  • Roots (TV)
    An adaptation of Alex Haley's "Roots", chronicling the history of an African slave sold to America and his descendants.
    Character:  Fiddler (3 episodes, 2016)
    United States  2016
  • Arrival
    When alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist (Amy Adams) is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. As she learns to communicate with the aliens, she begins experiencing vi...
    Character: Colonel Weber
    United States  2016
  • Southpaw
    As tragedy strikes him in his prime, famed boxer, Billy Hope, begins to fall into a great depression. Once the decision regarding the custody of his daughter is under question, Billy decides to get his life back on track by gettin...
    Character: Tick Wills
    United States  2015
  • Taken 3
    Bryan Mills, an Ex-government operative is accused of a ruthless murder he never committed or witnessed as he is tracked and pursued, Bryan Mills brings out his particular set of skills to find the true killer and clear his name.
    Character: Franck Dotzler
    France  2015
  • Two Men in Town
    A small town in Texas surrounded by desert which, time and again as the day breaks, disgorges an increasing number of Mexicans who have either been murdered or have died of thirst. A convict is released from prison. Thanks to his ...
    France  2014
  • Food Chains
    There is so much interest in food these days yet there is almost no interest in the hands that pick that food. In the US, farm labor has always been one of the most difficult and poorly paid jobs and has relied on some of the nati...
    United States  2014
  • Repentance
    An earnest life-coach/author, Thomas Carter, is mysteriously abducted by a deranged client, Angel Sanchez, who delves into Thomas' teachings and uses his spiritual messages of Karma - action and reaction (Vipaka), against him to t...
    United States  2013
  • Black Nativity
    An afroamerican young teen living with his grandparents falls asleep at church during a Christmastime mass, where he dreams of a black nativity.
    United States  2013
  • Africa (TV)
    Four years in the making, the BBC/Discovery Channel co-production bring a seven-part mini-series that shows never-before-filmed areas, animals, and their behaviors in Africa.
    United Kingdom  2013
  • Out of the Furnace
    Russell Baze (Christian Bale) has a rough life: he works a dead-end blue collar job at the local steel mill by day, and cares for his terminally ill father by night. When Russell’s brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) returns home fro...
    United States  2013
  • Zulu
    As a child, Ali Neuman narrowly escaped being murdered by Inkhata, a militant political party at war with Nelson Mandela's African National Congress. Only he and his mother survived the carnage of those years. But as with many sur...
    France  2013
  • Pawn
    A petty robbery spirals into a tense hostage situation after three gunmen hold up a diner that's a front for the mob.
    Character: Will
    United States  2013
  • The Butler
    Eugene Allen was a White House butler who served eight American Presidents over the course of three decades.
    Character: Cecil Gaines
    United States  2013
  • The Last Stand
    A drug cartel leader busts out of a courthouse and speeds to the Mexico border, where the only thing in his path is a sheriff and his inexperienced staff.
    Character: agente John Bannister
    United States  2013
  • Freelancers
    The son of a slain NYPD officer joins the force, where he falls in with his father's former partner and a team of rogue cops.
    United States  2012
  • A Dark Truth (The Truth)
    A former CIA operative turned political radio talk show host is hired by a corporate whistle blower to expose her company's cover-up of a massacre in a South American village.
    Character: Francisco Francis
    Canada  2012
  • Catch .44
    For Tes (Akerman) and her two cohorts Kara (Nikki Reed) and Tara (Deborah Ann Woll), the job sounded simple enough: intercept a double-cross drug shipment for their crime boss Mel (Willis) at an isolated diner. But when an unstopp...
    United States  2011
  • Our Family Wedding
    The weeks leading up to a young couple's wedding is comic and stressful, especially as their respective fathers (Whitaker and Mencia) try to lay to rest their feud.
    United States  2010
  • My Own Love Song
    A wheelchair-bound singer and her best friend embark on a roadtrip to Memphis.
    United States  2010
  • The Experiment
    26 men are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that ultimately spirals out of control.
    Character: Barris
    United States  2010
  • Repo Men
    Set in the near future when artificial organs can be bought on credit, it revolves around a man who struggles to make the payments on a heart he has purchased. He must therefore go on the run before said ticker is repossessed.
    Character: Jake
    United States  2010
  • Hurricane Season
    A year after Hurricane Katrina, Al Collins, a high school basketball coach in Marrero, Louisiana, assembles a team of players who had previously attended five different schools before the disaster and leads them on the path to the...
    United States  2009
  • Powder Blue
    Four Los Angelenos -- a mortician, an ex-con, a suicidal ex-priest, and a stripper -- are brought together on Christmas Eve by a mixture of circumstances. Los Angeles, a city of over 10 million inhabitants, is fabled the world ...
    United States  2009
  • Where the Wild Things Are
    An adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic children's story, where Max, a disobedient little boy sent to bed without his supper, creates his own world--a forest inhabited by ferocious wild creatures that crown Max as their ruler.
    Character: voz de Ira
    United States  2009
  • Vantage Point
    Thomas Barnes (Dennis Quaid) and Kent Taylor (Matthew Fox) are Secret Service agents assigned to protect President Ashton (William Hurt) at a landmark summit on the global war on terror. When President Ashton is shot moments after...
    Character: Howard Lewis
    United States  2008
  • Winged Creatures
    A group of strangers form a unique relationship with each other after surviving a random shooting at a Los Angeles diner.
    Character: Charlie Archenault
    United States  2008
  • Street Kings
    Tom Ludlow (Keanu Reeves) is a veteran LAPD cop who finds life difficult to navigate after the death of his wife. When evidence implicates him in the execution of a fellow officer, he is forced to go up against the cop culture he'...
    Character: Captain Jack Wander
    United States  2008
  • Ripple Effect
    Fashion designer Amer Atrash is undergoing a personal crisis in both his marriage and his business. Attributing his misfortune to bad karma from a wrongdoing committed fifteen years prior, he sets out to correct his mistake, and i...
    United States  2007
  • Even Money
    Even Money is a ferociously compelling drama that follows the lives of nine individuals as their fates become increasingly entwined in a web of addiction and gambling, culminating at one critical moment where their lives will be l...
    Character: Clyde Snow
    United States  2007
  • The Air I Breathe
    A drama based on an ancient Chinese proverb that breaks life down into four emotional cornerstones: happiness, pleasure, sorrow and love. A businessman (Whitaker) bets his life on a horse race; a gangster (Fraser) sees the future;...
    Character: Happiness
    United States  2007
  • The Great Debaters
    A drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school's first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship. Tolson...
    United States  2007
  • The Marsh
    A young beautiful but stressed out children's writer seeks out a holiday in the country but becomes the lead character in a supernatural mystery she must solve to save her life.
    Canada  2006
  • The Last King of Scotland
    In an incredible twist of fate, Scottish doctor Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy) on a Ugandan medical mission becomes irreversibly entangled with one of the world's most barbaric figures: Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker). Impressed by D...
    Character: Idi Amin
    United Kingdom  2006
  • American Gun
    IFC Films presents AMERICAN GUN, a powerful series of interwoven storylines that bring to light how the proliferation of guns in America dramatically influence and shape every day lives. A gun shop owner, an ace student, a single ...
    United States  2005
  • A Little Trip to Heaven
    Set in the early eighties at the height of the Reagan Revolution, the film follows insurance investigator Holt (Whitaker) as he travels to Hastings, a dreary, dying town in northern Minnesota. He’s there to confirm the death of ...
    Iceland  2005
  • Mary
    An actress (Juliette Binoche) becomes obsessed with Mary Magdelene after playing her in a film.
    Character: Ted Younger
    Italy  2005
  • First Daughter
    Samantha Mackenzie (Katie Holmes) wants what every college freshman desires: to experience life away from home and parents. But it's not going to be easy, because home for Sam is The White House and her dad (Michael Keaton), is th...
    Director of the film
    United States  2004
  • The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
    What began in 1959 with the great Rod Serling continues into the 21st century with a new host, Forest Whitaker, with completely new stories. Although there are minor similarities to older episodes of The Twilight Zone, these are s...
    Character:  Self - Host 43 episodes, 2002-2003
    United States  2002
  • Phone Booth
    A phone call can change your life, but for one man it can also end it. Set entirely within and around the confines of a New York City phone booth, PHONE BOOTH follows Stu Shepard (Colin Farrell), a low-rent media consultant who is...
    United States  2002
  • Panic Room
    Meg Altman (Foster) is at a crossroads. Suffering through a painful divorce from her husband, pharmaceuticals millionaire Stephen Altman, Meg buys an Upper West Side Manhattan townhouse for herself and her 11-year-old daughter, Sa...
    Character: Burnham
    United States  2002
  • The Shield (TV Series)
    TV Series (2002-2008). 7 Seasons. The Shield is an American police crime drama television series notable for its controversial portrayal of corrupt police officers. The first season gained the most Emmy nominations ever for a basi...
    United States  2002
  • Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows (American Masters)
    Documentary that explores actor/director Clint Eastwood and his art by juxtaposing each major stage in his life with a corresponding stage in the thematic development of his work. Clint Eastwood tells his own story, from his child...
    United States  2002
  • The Hire: The Follow (S)
    The Driver is hired by a nervous movie manager to spy on a paranoid actor's wife. During his tailing of the wife, the Driver describes the right way to tail someone. As he follows her he begins to fear what he might learn of her a...
    United States  2001
  • Feast of All Saints (TV)
    Magloire Dazincourt, the owner of Bontemps, the largest sugar plantation of the entire South, asks his favorite cousin, Philippe Ferronaire, to marry his daughter Aglae Dazincourt and take over most of its management and family, i...
    United States  2001
  • The Fourth Angel
    The Economist reporter Jack Elgin, a workaholic, takes his family on a working trip to India, where he is to interview the PM. But their US airplane is hijacked in Limassol (Cyprus) by the unknown August 15 terrorist movement, whi...
    Character: Bernard
    United Kingdom  2001
  • Battlefield Earth
    In the year 3000, man is no match for a manipulative race of aliens on a quest for global domination. Led by the seductive and powerful Terl (Travolta), the Psychlos have taken all natural resources for themselves and left mankind...
    Character: Ker
    United States  2000
  • Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
    Eastern and Western cultures and philosophies intersect in this comic drama from acclaimed director Jim Jarmusch. Ghost Dog (Forest Whitaker) is a silent modern-day warrior who lives on a rooftop shack. He spends his days breeding...
    United States  1999
  • Phenomenon
    In a small town an average Joe named George Malley (John Travolta), becomes a different man when he is struck by a bright streak of light on his 37th birthday. George is suddenly a genius, suddenly able to play chess, speak a new ...
    United States  1996
  • Smoke
    In 1990, novelist Paul Auster was asked to contribute a Christmas story to the New York Times. The resulting piece, "Auggie Wren’s Christmas Story," forms the basis for his screenplay for SMOKE. Directed by Wayne Wang ...
    United States  1995
  • Species
    A group of scientists try to track down and trap a killer alien seductress before she successfully mates with a human.
    Character: Dan Smithson
    United States  1995
  • Blown Away
    Jimmy Dove works for the bomb squad in Boston and he is always the one who is on the tough jobs. One day he decides to quit the force and to become a teacher for the rookies of the squad. A few days later his former partner is kil...
    United States  1994
  • The Enemy Within (TV)
    Colonel Casey discovers what appears to be plans by General Lloyd to use fake military excercises to assist Jack Giddings in his plans to remove President Foster from office. Colonel Casey, and President Foster must find evidence ...
    United States  1994
  • Ready to Wear
    A fashion show in Paris draws the usual bunch of people; designers, reporters, models, magazine editors, photographers. Lots of unconnected stories which all revolve around this show, and an all-star cast.
    Character: Cy Bianco
    United States  1994
  • Strapped (TV)
    Ex-con attempting to go straight runs accross serious problems. His girlfriend gets arrested for dealing crack to an undercover police officer. In a desperate attempt to get the charges dropped against his woman, he strikes deal w...
    Director of the film
    United States  1993
  • Body Snatchers
    Family moves to military base for the summer, but the soldiers are behaving even more strangely than usual. Is it a toxic spill as suggested or is it something more sinister?
    United States  1993
  • The Crying Game
    The story begins at a carnival in Ireland with British soldier Jody (Forest Whitaker) kidnapped by IRA terrorists Jude (Miranda Richardson) and Fergus (Stephen Rea). Fergus is assigned to guard Jody, and they become friends. After...
    Character: Jody
    Ireland  1992
  • Diary of a Hitman
    Hitman Dekker is on his last job, out to kill the wife (Jain) of his client, but he starts to waiver. The longer he takes to do the job the more difficult it becomes.
    United States  1991
  • A Rage in Harlem
    Set in 1956, the story revolves around two step-brothers, their elaborate plans to get rich, and the woman the younger brother falls for.
    United States  1991
  • Johnny Handsome
    Johnny Handsome is a deformed gangster who plans a successful robbery with a friend of his, Mikey Chalmette, and another couple (Sunny Boid and Rafe Garrett). During the heist, Johnny and Mikey are double-crossed by Sunny and Rafe...
    Character: Dr. Steven Fisher
    United States  1989
  • Bird
    This film is a tribute to the life and genius of saxophonist great Charlie Parker. Bird is a collage of passages from Parker's remarkable life, from his childhood in Kansas City, through his tumultuous interracial relationship wit...
    United States  1988
  • Good morning, Vietnam
    In GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM, which is based on a true story, Cronauer (Robin Williams) is a nonconformist with a wicked sense of humor who is transferred from Crete to Saigon. Outrageous and over the top, Cronauer speaks in accents, ...
    Character: Edward Garlick
    United States  1987
  • The Color of Money
    Pool hustler Fast Eddie Felson finds the young, promising pool player Vincent in a local bar and he sees in him a younger version of himself. To try and make it as in the old days, Eddie offers to teach Vincent how to be a hustler...
    Character: Amos
    United States  1986
  • Platoon
    In PLATOON, Oliver Stone draws on his experience as an infantryman in Vietnam to convey the brutality of guerrilla warfare: the heat of the jungle, the brushes with such wildlife as snakes and leeches, and, most powerfully, the pr...
    Character: Big Harold
    United States  1986
  • North and South (TV Series)
    TV miniseries (1985,1986,1994). 15 Episodes. Based on John Jakes best selling novel this is the story of the friendship between two youngs, George Hazard (James Read) and Orry Main (Patrick Swayze) that meet at West Point. George ...
    Character:  Cuffey 6 episodes, 1985
    United States  1985
  • Fast Times
    Follows a group of high school students growing up in southern California, based on the real-life adventures chronicled by Cameron Crowe. Stacy Hamilton and Mark Ratner are looking for a love interest, and are helped along by thei...
    Character: Charles Jefferson
    United States  1982

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