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Forest Whitaker

Birth name Forest Steven Whitaker
Born July 15, 1961 (1961-07-15) (age 46)
Longview, Texas, U.S.
Years active 1982 - present
Spouse(s) Keisha Nash (1996-)

Forest Steven Whitaker (born July 15, 1961) is an American actor, producer, and director. For his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film, The Last King of Scotland, Whitaker won several major awards, including an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA. He became the fourth African American to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, following in the footsteps of Sidney Poitier, Denzel Washington, and Jamie Foxx.[1] Image File history File links Forest_Whitaker. ... is the 196th day of the year (197th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Longview is a city in Texas, United States, located between Dallas, TX and Shreveport, LA. The population was 73,345 at the 2000 census, but a 2005 estimate placed the citys population at 75,609. ... 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Whitaker immersed himself in the details of Amin's life to prepare himself for the part. He has earned a reputation for this kind of intensive character study work for films such as Bird and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai.[2][3] However, for his recurring role as Lieutenant Jon Kavanaugh on the gritty television series, The Shield, Whitaker has merely had to draw on his childhood years growing up in South Central Los Angeles, California.[4] Bird is a 1988 U.S. film directed by Clint Eastwood. ... Lieutenant Jon Kavanaugh is a fictional character from the FX Networks television show The Shield, played by Forest Whitaker. ... This article is about the TV series. ... South Los Angeles South Los Angeles is the official name for a large geographic and cultural area lying to the southwest and southeast of downtown Los Angeles, California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ...

Contents

Early life

Whitaker was born in Longview, Texas, but his family moved to South Central Los Angeles when he was four.[5] His father, Forest Whitaker, Jr., was an insurance salesman and the son of novelist Forest Whitaker, Sr. His mother, Laura Francis (née Smith), was a special education teacher who put herself through college and earned two Masters degrees while raising her children.[6][7] Whitaker has two younger brothers, Kenn and Damon, and an older sister, Deborah. Longview is a city in Texas, United States, located between Dallas, TX and Shreveport, LA. The population was 73,345 at the 2000 census, but a 2005 estimate placed the citys population at 75,609. ... Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ... Née redirects here. ...


As a teenager, Whitaker commuted from Carson to wealthy Palisades High School on LA's West Side.[5] There, he was all-league defensive tackle on the football team quarterbacked by Jay Schroeder, a future NFL player.[8] While in high school, he also took voice lessons, performed in musicals, and caught the "acting bug" ; his first role as an actor was the lead in Dylan Thomas' play, Under Milk Wood.[5] Whitaker graduated from "Pali High" in 1979.[9] Location of Carson in Los Angeles County, California Coordinates: , Country State County Los Angeles Incorporated (city) 1968-02-20 [2] Government  - Mayor Jim Dear [1] Area  - City  18. ... Palisades Charter High School (usually abbreviated as Pali High, PaliHi, or uncommonly as PCHS / PHS ) is a secondary school in Los Angeles, California, United States. ... West Los Angeles (West L.A. in the short form) or the Westside is generally considered to be the portion of Los Angeles, California and its suburbs that lies east of the Pacific Ocean, west of La Cienega Boulevard (or, occasionally, Fairfax or even La Brea Avenue), south of the... Jay Schroeder (b. ... NFL redirects here. ... Dylan Marlais Thomas (27 October 1914 – 9 November 1953) was a Welsh poet. ... We are not wholly bad or good, who live our lives under Milk Wood - prayer of the Rev Eli Jenkins from Under Milk Wood Statue of Dylans fictional Captain Cat, in Swanseas Maritime Quarter Under Milk Wood was originally a radio play and later a stage play and...


Whitaker then attended the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona on a football scholarship, but left due to a debilitating back injury. He was accepted to the Music Conservatory at the University of Southern California (USC) to study opera as a tenor, and subsequently was accepted into the University's Drama Conservatory.[8] He graduated from USC in 1982. He also earned a scholarship to the Berkeley, California branch of the Drama Studio London.[10] The old Kellogg horse stable, now used for offices This article is about the university in Pomona, California. ... The Trojan Shrine, better known as Tommy Trojan located in the center of University of Southern California campus. ... Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in northern California, in the United States. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Career

Film work

Whitaker has a long history of working with well-regarded film directors and fellow actors. In his first onscreen role of note, he played a football player in Amy Heckerling's 1982 coming-of-age teen-comedy, Fast Times at Ridgemont High.[8] He co-starred alongside Nicolas Cage, Phoebe Cates, and Sean Penn. In 1986, he appeared in Martin Scorsese's film, The Color of Money (with Paul Newman and Tom Cruise), and in Oliver Stone's Platoon. The following year, he co-starred with Robin Williams in the comedy Good Morning, Vietnam. Amy Heckerling (born May 7, 1954) is an American film director, one of the few women directors to have produced multiple box-office hits. ... For other uses, see Coming of Age (disambiguation). ... The teen film (also called teen movie or teenpic) is a film genre in which the plot is based upon the special interests of teenagers, such as coming of age, first love, rebellion, conflict with parents, teen angst and alienation. ... Comedy film is genre of film in which the main emphasis is on humor. ... “Ridgemont High School” redirects here. ... Nicolas Cage (born January 7, 1964) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... Phoebe Cates (born on July 16, 1963) is an American film actress known for her roles in several teen films, most notably Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Gremlins. ... Sean Penn (born August 17, 1960) is an Academy Award-winning American film actor and director, known for playing intense, often humorless and unsympathetic characters. ... Martin Marcantonio Luciano Scorsese (IPA: AmE: ; Ita: []) (born November 17, 1942) is an American film director, writer and producer and founder of the World Cinema Foundation. ... The Color of Money was a 1984 novel by American writer Walter Tevis, continuing the story of Fast Eddie Felson from The Hustler (1959). ... This article is about the American actor and race team owner. ... Tom Cruise (born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV on July 3, 1962) is an Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning American actor and film producer. ... William Oliver Stone (born September 15, 1946), known simply as Oliver Stone, is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director and screenwriter. ... Platoon is an Academy Award winning 1986 Vietnam War film written and directed by Oliver Stone and starring Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe and John C. McGinley. ... For other persons named Robin Williams, see Robin Williams (disambiguation). ... Good Morning, Vietnam is a 1987 comedy/drama film set in Saigon during the Vietnam War, based on the career of Adrian Cronauer, a disc jockey on Armed Forces Radio Saigon (AFRS), who proves hugely popular with the troops serving in South Vietnam, but infuriates his superiors with what they...


In 1988, Whitaker played the lead role of musician Charlie Parker in the Clint Eastwood-directed film, Bird. To prepare himself for the part, he sequestered himself in a loft with only a bed, couch, and saxophone,[2] having also conducted extensive research and taken alto sax lessons.[11] His performance, which has been called "transcendent,"[4] earned him the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival and a Golden Globe nomination. Whitaker continued to work with a number of well-known directors throughout the 1990s. Neil Jordan cast him in the pivotal role of "Jody" in his 1992 film, The Crying Game. Todd McCarthy, of Variety, described Whitaker's performance as "big-hearted," "hugely emotional," and "simply terrific." [12] In 1994, he was a member of the cast that won the first ever National Board of Review Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble for Robert Altman's film, Prêt-à-Porter. He gave a "characteristically emotional performance"[13] in Wayne Wang and Paul Auster's 1995 film, Smoke. Charles Bird Parker, Jr. ... This article is about the actor/producer/director. ... Bird is a 1988 U.S. film directed by Clint Eastwood. ... The Best Actor Award (French: Prix dinterprétation masculine) is an award presented at the Cannes Film Festival. ... The Cannes Film Festival (French: le Festival de Cannes), founded in 1939, is one of the worlds oldest, most influential and prestigious film festivals. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Neil Jordan (born February 25, 1950) is an Academy Award-winning Irish filmmaker and novelist. ... For the song of the same name by Geoff Stephens, see The Crying Game (song). ... Variety is a daily newspaper for the entertainment industry. ... The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures was founded in 1909 in New York City, just 13 years after the birth of cinema, to protest New York City Mayor George B. McClellan, Jr. ... The National Board of Review Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble is an annual film award (since 1994) given by the National Board of Review. ... For other persons named Robert Altman, see Robert Altman (disambiguation). ... Prêt-à-Porter (English: Ready to Wear) is a 1994 satirical black comedy written, directed and produced by Robert Altman and shot during the Paris, France, Fashion Week with a host of international stars, models and designers. ... Wayne Wang (Chinese: 王穎; Hanyu Pinyin: ; born January 12, 1949) is a Chinese American film director. ... Paul Auster Paul Benjamin Auster (born February 3, 1947, Newark, New Jersey) is a Brooklyn-based author. ... Smoke is an American independent film released in 1995. ...

Whitaker as the samurai, Ghost Dog
Whitaker as the samurai, Ghost Dog

Whitaker played a serene, pigeon-raising, bushido-following, mob hit man in Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, a 1999 film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. Many consider this to have been a "definitive role" for Whitaker.[4] In a manner similar to his preparation for Bird, he again immersed himself in his character's world—he studied Eastern philosophy and meditated for long hours "to hone his inner spiritual hitman."[2] Jarmusch has told interviewers that he developed the title character with Whitaker in mind; the New York Times review of the film observed that, "[I]t's hard to think of another actor who could play a cold-blooded killer with such warmth and humanity."[14] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Japanese samurai in armor, 1860s. ... This article is about the criminal society. ... Jim Jarmusch Jim Jarmusch (born January 22, 1953 in Akron, Ohio) is a noted American independent film director. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ...


Whitaker next appeared in what has been called one of the "worst films ever made,"[15] the 2000 production of Battlefield Earth, based on the novel of the same name by L. Ron Hubbard. The film was widely criticized as a notorious commercial and critical disaster.[15][16] However, Whitaker's performance was lauded by the film's director, Roger Christian, who commented that, "'Everybody's going to be very surprised'" by Whitaker, who "'found this huge voice and laugh.'"[17] BattleField Earth "won" seven Razzie Awards; Whitaker was nominated for Worst Supporting Actor, but lost to his co-star, Barry Pepper. Plan 9 from Outer Space, considered so bad its good by some, is a contender for Worst Movie Ever Made. ... Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 is a 2000 film adaptation of the novel of the same name by L. Ron Hubbard. ... Lafayette Ronald Hubbard (March 13, 1911 – January 24, 1986), better known as L. Ron Hubbard, was an American author in numerous pulp fiction genres[2][3][4][5] as well as a prolific writer of non-fiction[6][7] works, creator of Dianetics, and founder of the Church of Scientology. ... Roger Christian (born 1944) is an award-winning set decorator, production designer and feature film director. ... Razzie Award The Raspberry Awards or Razzies, first awarded in 1981, were created by John Wilson in 1980, intended to counterpoint the Academy Awards by dishonoring the worst acting, screenwriting, songwriting, directing, and films that the film industry had to offer. ... Alex Robert Pepper (born April 4, 1970 in Campbell River, British Columbia) is a Canadian-born actor. ...


In 2001, Whitaker had a small, uncredited role in the Wong Kar-wai-directed The Follow, one of five short films produced by BMW that year to promote its cars.[18] He co-starred in Joel Schumaker's 2002 thriller, Phone Booth, with Kiefer Sutherland and Colin Farrell. That year, he also co-starred with Jodie Foster in Panic Room. His performance as the film's "bad guy" has been described as "a subtle chemistry of aggression and empathy."[5] Wong Kar-wai (Traditional Chinese: ; Simplified Chinese: ; Pinyin: ; Cantonese Yale: Wòhng Gà Waih; Shanghainese Latin method: Wan Kawe; born July 17, 1958) is a Hong Kong film director known for his visually unique, highly stylized art films. ... For other uses, see BMW (disambiguation). ... Joel Schumacher (born August 29, 1939 in New York, New York, USA) is an American film director, writer, and producer. ... The thriller is a broad genre of literature, film, and television. ... Phone Booth is a 2003 morality thriller about a man who is trapped in a telephone booth by a sniper. ... Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland (born December 21, 1966) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning television and film actor, well known for his lead role of Jack Bauer on the television series 24. ... Colin James Farrell (born May 31, 1976) is an Irish actor who has appeared in several high-profile Hollywood films including Daredevil, Miami Vice, Minority Report, Phone Booth and S.W.A.T.. // Farrell was born prematurely. ... Alicia Christian Foster (born November 19, 1962), better known as Jodie Foster, is a two-time Academy Award-winning American actress, director, and producer. ... Panic Room (2002) is a movie written by David Koepp, directed by David Fincher, and starring Academy Award Winners Jodie Foster and Forest Whitaker. ...

Whitaker as General Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland
Whitaker as General Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland

Whitaker's greatest success to date is the 2006 film, The Last King of Scotland. To prepare for his role as dictator Idi Amin, Whitaker gained 50 pounds, learned to play the accordion, and immersed himself in research.[3] He read books about Amin, watched news and documentary footage, and spent time in Uganda meeting with Amin's friends, relatives, generals, and victims; he also learned Swahili and mastered Amin's East African accent.[2] Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... For the novel, see The Last King of Scotland. ... Idi Amin Dada (mid-1920s[1]–16 August 2003) was an army officer and president of Uganda. ... This article is about the instrument as a whole. ... This article is about the language. ... Categories: Africa geography stubs | Eastern Africa ...


His performance earned him the 2007 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, making him the fourth African-American actor in history to do so. For that same role, he also received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama, the Screen Actors Guild Award, a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award, and accolades from the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the National Board of Review and the Broadcast Film Critics Association. Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... The Golden Globe Award The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... The Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture - Drama was first awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association as a separate category in 1951. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... BAFTA Award The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organisation that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ... New York Film Critics Circle Awards are given annually to honor excellence in cinema worldwide by an organization of film reviewers from New York City-based publications. ... The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) was founded in 1975. ... The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures was founded in 1909 in New York City, just 13 years after the birth of cinema, to protest New York City Mayor George McClennans revocation of moving-picture exhibition licenses on Christmas Eve 1908. ... The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) is the largest film critics organization in the U.S. and Canada, representing 199 television, radio and online critics. ...


Television work

In 2002, Whitaker was the host and narrator of 44 new episodes of the Rod Serling classic, The Twilight Zone, which lasted one season on UPN.[19] Rodman Edward Rod Serling (December 25, 1924 – June 28, 1975) was an American screenwriter, most famous for his science fiction anthology television series, The Twilight Zone. ... The Twilight Zone title. ... UPN (which originally stood for the United Paramount Network) was a television network in over 200 markets in the United States. ...


Whitaker returned to television in 2006 when he joined the cast of FX's police serial The Shield, as Lieutenant Jon Kavanaugh, who is determined to prove that the lead character, Vic Mackey, is a dirty cop. He received rave reviews for his performance -- Variety called it a "crackling-good guest stint"[20] -- and he reprised the role in the show's 2007 season. FX (for Fox eXtended Networks) is the name of a number of related subscription TV channels owned by News Corporations Fox Entertainment Group. ... This article is about the TV series. ... Lieutenant Jon Kavanaugh is a fictional character from the FX Networks television show The Shield, played by Forest Whitaker. ... Detective Vic Mackey, portrayed by Michael Chiklis, is a fictional Los Angeles Police Department detective and leader of the Strike Team, a four-man anti-gang unit in the FX crime drama series The Shield. ... Variety is a daily newspaper for the entertainment industry. ...


In the fall of 2006, Whitaker started a multi-episode story arc on ER as Curtis Ames, a man who comes into the ER with a cough, but quickly faces the long-term consequences of a paralyzing stroke; he then takes out his anger on Doctors Luka Kovac and Abby Lockhart. Whitaker received a 2007 Emmy nomination for his performance on the series. Also in 2006, Whitaker appeared in T.I.'s video "Live in the Sky" alongside Jamie Foxx. ER is an Emmy-winning American serial medical drama created by novelist Michael Crichton and set primarily in the emergency room of fictional County General Hospital in Cook County, Chicago, Illinois. ... For other uses, see Stroke (disambiguation). ... Dr. Luka Kovac is a fictional medical doctor from the television series ER. He is portrayed by Goran Visnjic. ... Dr. Abby Lockhart (previously Nurse Abby Lockhart) is a fictional medical doctor on the television series ER. She is portrayed by Maura Tierney. ... An Emmy Award. ... This article is about the musician. ... Jamie Foxx (born December 13, 1967) is an American actor, singer, and stand-up comic. ...


On February 10, 2007, Whitaker hosted Saturday Night Live.[21] His singing talent was featured in several sketches, including a sketch about a singing waiter who can sing notes that can only be heard by dogs. is the 41st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... This article is about the American television series. ...


Whitaker starred in a 30-second ad for Cingular/AT&T which can only be seen at movie theaters, reminding moviegoers to silence their cell phones before the movie starts. The ad can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0VqVB4A2vA. This article is about the current AT&T. For the 1885-2005 company, see American Telephone & Telegraph. ...


Producing and directing

Whitaker branched out into producing and directing in the 1990s. He co-produced and co-starred in A Rage in Harlem in 1991. He made his directorial debut with a grim film about inner-city gun violence, Strapped, for HBO in 1993. In 1995, he directed his first feature, Waiting to Exhale, which was based on the Terry McMillan novel of the same name. Roger Ebert observed that the tone of the film resembled Whitaker's own acting style: "measured, serene, confident."[22] Whitaker also directed co-star Whitney Houston's music video of the movie's theme song ("Shoop Shoop"). A Rage in Harlem is a 1991 film starring Forest Whitaker, Robin Givens and Gregory Hines based on Chester Himes novel of the same name. ... For other uses, see HBO (disambiguation). ... A reel of film, which predates digital cinematography. ... Waiting to Exhale is a 1995 movie directed by Forest Whitaker. ... Terry McMillan (born October 18, 1951 in Port Huron, Michigan) is an African-American author. ... Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ... Whitney Elizabeth Houston (born August 9, 1963) is a six-time Grammy award winning, American R&B singer, soprano, pianist, actress, film producer, and former model. ...


Whitaker continued his directing career with the 1998 romantic comedy, Hope Floats, starring Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick, Jr. He directed Katie Holmes in the romantic comedy, First Daughter in 2004; he had co-starred with Holmes in Phone Booth in 2002. Hope Floats is an American romantic drama film from 1998, directed by Forest Whitaker. ... Sandra Annette Bullock (born July 26, 1964) is a German-American film actress. ... ‹ The template below (Taginfo) is being considered for deletion. ... Kate Noelle Katie Holmes[1] (born December 18, 1978) is an American actress who first achieved fame for her role as Joey Potter on The WB television teen drama Dawsons Creek from 1998 to 2003. ... Romantic comedy films are movies with light-hearted, humorous dramatic stories centered around romantic ideals such as a true love able to surmount most obstacles [1] or the perfect couple. ... First Daughter is a romantic comedy film released by 20th Century Fox in 2004 (see 2004 in film). ... Phone Booth is a 2002 morality thriller about a man who is trapped in a telephone booth by a sniper. ...


Whitaker also served as an executive producer on First Daughter. He had previously executive produced several made-for-television movies, most notably the 2002 Emmy-award winning Door to Door, starring William H. Macy. He produced these projects through his production company, Spirit Dance Entertainment, which he shut down in 2005 to concentrate on his acting career.[4][11] This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... “Telefilm” redirects here. ... An Emmy Award. ... Door to Door was a 2002 TV movie about Bill Porter (played by William H. Macy), a door-to-door salesman afflicted with cerebral palsy. ... Not to be confused with Bill Macy. ...


Recent honors

In addition to the numerous awards Whitaker won for his performance in The Last King of Scotland, he has also received several other honors. In September 2006, the 10th Annual Hollywood Film Festival presented him with its "Hollywood Actor of the Year Award," calling him "one of Hollywood's most accomplished actors."[23] He was also honored at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2007, where he received the American Riviera Award.[24] Previously, in 2005, the Deauville (France) Festival of American Film paid tribute to him.[25]


Whitaker was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, April 16th, 2007. Buskers perform on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ...


Personal life

In 1996, Whitaker married fellow actress Keisha Nash, whom he met on the set of Blown Away.[3] The Whitakers have four children: two daughters together (Sonnet and True), his son (Ocean) from a previous relationship, and her daughter (Autumn) from a previous relationship. Whitaker also has son named Denzel Whitaker from a previous relationship. Whitaker, who is a vegetarian,[3] has recorded a public service announcement with his daughter, True, promoting vegetarianism on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Whitaker also studies yoga and has a black belt in karate.[3] Blown Away is a 1994 action film which was directed by Stephen Hopkins. ... For animals adapted to eat primarily plants, sometimes referred to as vegetarian animals, see Herbivore. ... People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals logo People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is an animal rights organization based in the United States. ... For other uses, see Karate (disambiguation). ...


Film critics often mention Whitaker's droopy left eye: it is considered "intriguing"[26] and "gives him a sleepy, contemplative look."[27] It is caused by a medical condition called strabismus,[28] which is sometimes, incorrectly,[29] referred to as "lazy eye."[30] Whitaker has explained that the condition is hereditary and that he has considered having surgery to correct it, not for cosmetic reasons but because it affects his vision.[31] Strabismus (from Greek: στραβισμός strabismos, from στραβίζειν strabizein to squint, from στραβός strabos squinting, squint-eyed[1]) is a condition in which the eyes are not properly aligned with each other. ...


Filmography

Actor

Year Film Role Other notes
1982 Tag: The Assassination Game Gowdy's Bodyguard
Fast Times at Ridgemont High Charles Jefferson
1985 Vision Quest Balldozer
1986 The Color of Money Amos
North and South, Book II Cuffey
Platoon Big Harold
1987 Stakeout Jack Pismo
Good Morning, Vietnam Edward Garlick
1988 Bird Charlie 'Bird' Parker
Bloodsport Rawlins
1989 Johnny Handsome Dr. Steven Fisher
1990 Downtown Dennis Curren
1991 Diary of a Hitman Dekker
A Rage in Harlem Jackson
1992 Article 99 Dr. Sid Handleman
The Crying Game Jody
Consenting Adults David Duttonville
1993 Bank Robber Officer Battle
Body Snatchers Major Collins
1994 Blown Away Anthony Franklin
Prêt-à-Porter Cy Bianco NBR Award for Best Cast
Jason's Lyric Maddog
1995 Species Dan Smithson, Empath
Smoke Cyrus Cole
1996 Phenomenon Nate Pope
1998 Body Count Crane
1999 Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai Ghost Dog
Witness Protection Steven Beck
2000 Battlefield Earth Ker
Four Dogs Playing Poker Mr. Ellington
2001 The Fourth Angel Agent Jules Bernard
The Follow The Employer uncredited
Green Dragon Addie
2002 Panic Room Burnham
Phone Booth Captain Ed Ramey
2004 First Daughter Narrator also directed
2005 A Little Trip to Heaven Abe Holt
American Gun Carter
Mary Ted Younger
2006 Even Money (film)|Even Money]] Clyde Snow
The Marsh Geoffrey Hunt
Everyone's Hero Lonnie Brewster (voice)
The Last King of Scotland Idi Amin Academy Award for Best Actor
2007 The Air I Breathe Happiness
Ripple Effect Philip
The Great Debaters forthcoming
2008 Vantage Point Howard Lewis
Powder Blue Charlie
The Night Watchman
Winged Creatures
Where the Wild Things Are Wild Thing
2009

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Good Morning, Vietnam is a 1987 comedy/drama film set in Saigon during the Vietnam War, based on the career of Adrian Cronauer, a disc jockey on Armed Forces Radio Saigon (AFRS), who proves hugely popular with the troops serving in South Vietnam, but infuriates his superiors with what they... // Michael Jacksons first film was Moonwalker Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise Who Framed Roger Rabbit, starring Bob Hoskins Coming to America, starring Eddie Murphy Big, starring Tom Hanks Twins, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito Crocodile Dundee II Die Hard, starring Bruce Willis The Naked Gun... Bird is a 1988 U.S. film directed by Clint Eastwood. ... Bloodsport is a 1988 martial arts film starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. ... // Actress Kim Basinger and her brother Mick purchase Braselton, Georgia for $20 million. ... Johnny Handsome (1989). ... The year 1990 in film involved some significant events. ... The year 1991 in film involved many significant films. ... Diary of a Hitman is a 1991 drama/thriller directed by Roy London and written by Kenneth Pressman, based on his play Insiders Price. ... A Rage in Harlem is a 1991 film starring Forest Whitaker, Robin Givens and Gregory Hines based on Chester Himes novel of the same name. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1992. ... Article 99 is a 1992 American film written by Ron Cutler and directed by Howard Deutch. ... For the song of the same name by Geoff Stephens, see The Crying Game (song). ... Consenting Adults is a 1992 thriller film, directed by Alan J. Pakula. ... The year 1993 in film involved many significant films. ... Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a 1956 science fiction/horror film which tells the story of ordinary small town people whose bodies are taken over by aliens. ... The year 1994 in film involved some significant events. ... Blown Away is a 1994 action film which was directed by Stephen Hopkins. ... Prêt-à-Porter (English: Ready to Wear) is a 1994 satirical black comedy written, directed and produced by Robert Altman and shot during the Paris, France, Fashion Week with a host of international stars, models and designers. ... The National Board of Review Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble is an annual film award (since 1994) given by the National Board of Review. ... Jasons Lyric is a 1994 film about a young black man named Jason, who must learn how to deal with love and maturity. ... The year 1995 in film involved some significant events. ... Species is a 1995 science fiction thriller. ... Smoke is an American independent film released in 1995. ... The year 1996 in film involved some significant events. ... Phenomenon is a 1996 drama, romance, and fantasy film written by Gerald Di Pego, directed by Jon Turteltaub, and starring John Travolta, Kyra Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker, and Robert Duvall. ... The year 1998 in film involved some significant events. ... This article is about the musical group. ... The year 1999 in film involved some significant events. ... The year 2000 in film involved some significant events. ... Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 is a 2000 film adaptation of the novel of the same name by L. Ron Hubbard. ... For the 1968 science-fiction film and novel, see 2001: A Space Odyssey The year 2001 in film involved some significant events. ... The Fourth Angel is a 2001 thriller starring Jeremy Irons, Jason Priestley, Forest Whitaker and Charlotte Rampling. ... The year 2002 in film involved some significant events. ... Panic Room (2002) is a movie written by David Koepp, directed by David Fincher, and starring Academy Award Winners Jodie Foster and Forest Whitaker. ... Phone Booth is a 2003 morality thriller about a man who is trapped in a telephone booth by a sniper. ... The year 2004 in film involved some significant events. ... First Daughter is a romantic comedy film released by 20th Century Fox in 2004 (see 2004 in film). ... This is a list of film-related events in 2005. ... A Little Trip to Heaven is an Icelandic/United States drama and thriller film from 2005, directed by Icelandic director of The Sea, Baltasar Kormákur. ... For the 2002 film, see American Gun (2002 film). ... Mary is a 2005 film written and directed by the controversial American director Abel Ferrara. ... // Please note that following the tradition of the English language film industry, these are the top grossing films that were first released in the United States and Canada in 2006; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing... Even Money is a crime film about three strangers who become addicted to gambling, and how their lives come to be increasingly intertwined. ... Everyones Hero is a 2006 computer animated film. ... For the novel, see The Last King of Scotland. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... 2007 has been referred to, by film and media critics, as the year of the threequels, a nickname referring to the large amount of third installment films released this year, including Spider-Man 3, Shrek the Third, Oceans Thirteen, Resident Evil: Extinction, The Bourne Ultimatum, Pirates of the Caribbean... The Air I Breathe is a 2007 romantic drama/crime film and the directional debut from Korean-American filmmaker Jieho Lee, who co-wrote the script with Bob DeRosa. ... The Great Debaters (2008) is an upcoming film produced by Oprah Winfreys Harpo Productions. ... 2008 in film is expected to feature another battle of the sequels, as many properties release new installments, including: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Incredible Hulk, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, The Dark Knight, Jurassic Park 4... Vantage Point is a 2008 thriller film. ... Powder Blue in an upcoming (2008) film starring Jessica Biel, Patrick Swayze, Ray Liotta, Eddie Redmayne, Kris Kristofferson, and Forest Whitaker. ... The Night Watchman is a movie scheduled for release in 2006 starring Keanu Reeves. ... Winged Creatures is a 2008 film adaptation of Roy Freirichs debut novel starring Forest Whitaker, Guy Pearce, Kate Beckinsale, Josh Hutcherson, Dakota Fanning, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Embeth Davidtz, Jennifer Hudson, Denzel Washington, Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson, and Jackie Earl Haley. ... Where the Wild Things Are is a film adaptation of a Maurice Sendak picture book of the same name. ... // LR: Limited release in select cities WR: Wide-release to theaters IMAX: Release to IMAX theaters Beverly Hills Cop IV The Hobbit Interstellar Magneto (film) Smooth Criminal : The Michael Jackson Story Temeraire Tales from Earthsea - December 18 LR - Buena Vista Distribution - Goro Miyazaki (director) The Lost Tomb: A Neopets Adventure...

Director

Year Film Other notes
1995 Waiting to Exhale
1998 Hope Floats
2004 First Daughter

The year 1995 in film involved some significant events. ... Waiting to Exhale is a 1995 movie directed by Forest Whitaker. ... The year 1998 in film involved some significant events. ... Hope Floats is an American romantic drama film from 1998, directed by Forest Whitaker. ... The year 2004 in film involved some significant events. ... First Daughter is a romantic comedy film released by 20th Century Fox in 2004 (see 2004 in film). ...

External links

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ... TV.com is a website belonging to the CNET Games and Entertainment family of websites. ...

References

  1. ^ "Forest Whitaker wins Best Actor Oscar for Idi Amin role," ABCNewsOnline, February 26, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c d "In general, he rules," The Boston Globe, October 1, 2006.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Forest Whitaker: The King Of The Oscars?", Showbuzz.com (CBS News), February 4, 2007.
  4. ^ a b c d Adam Sternbergh. "Out of the Woods: How Forest Whitaker escaped his career slump," New York, January 9, 2006.
  5. ^ a b c d John Patterson. "The bigger picture," The Guardian, April 20, 2002.
  6. ^ http://www.filmreference.com/film/74/Forest-Whitaker.html
  7. ^ Stated in interview at Inside the Actors Studio.
  8. ^ a b c Inside the Actors Studio, Bravo, January 4, 2007.
  9. ^ "Bringing Home the Oscars," Palisadian-Post, February 28, 2007.
  10. ^ Joshua Rich. "Spotlight: Forest Whitaker," EW.com
  11. ^ a b Bob Longino. "The power of Forest Whitaker," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 12, 2006.
  12. ^ Todd McCarthy. "The Crying Game (Review)," Variety, September 11, 1992.
  13. ^ David Stratton. "Smoke (Review)," Variety, February 20, 1995.
  14. ^ A.O. Scott. "'Ghost Dog': Passions of Emptiness in an Essay on Brutality,", New York Times, March 3, 2000.
  15. ^ a b Duncan Campbell. "Cult Classic," Guardian Unlimited, May 31, 2005.
  16. ^ Roger Ebert. "Battlefield Earth," Chicago Sun-Times, May 12, 2000.
  17. ^ Bob Graham. "What on Earth Are These Guys Doing?", San Francisco Chronicle, April 30, 2000.
  18. ^ The Follow at MSN Movies.
  19. ^ The Twilight Zone (2002) at epguides.com.
  20. ^ Brian Lowry. The Shield (Review), Variety, March 27, 2007
  21. ^ Saturday Night Live Archives
  22. ^ Roger Ebert. "Waiting to Exhale (review)", Chicago Sun-Times, December 22, 1995.
  23. ^ Press release, Hollywood Film Festival News, September 28, 2006.
  24. ^ Festival 2007 Tributes, Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
  25. ^ Lisa Nesselson. "Deauville tips hat," Variety, August 18, 2005.
  26. ^ Susan Wloszczyna. "'Last King' demanded obedience to their craft," USA Today, October 2, 2006.
  27. ^ Stephanie Zacharek. "Jim Jarmusch adds lyrical violence to a Zen meditation on warriors hip-hop and ancient," Salon.com, March 9, 2000.
  28. ^ Melora Koepke. "Kilt by association," hour.ca, October 12th, 2006.
  29. ^ The correct term for "lazy eye" is "Amblyopia";[1]; Whitaker's condition is more accurately called "Strabismic amblyopia."[2]
  30. ^ Jack Garner (Gannett News Service). "Forest Whitaker takes viewer inside Idi Amin," Tonawanda News, Oct. 10, 2006.
  31. ^ Mike Sager. "What I've Learned: Forest Whitaker," msnlifestyle: men, reprinted from Esquire.
Awards
Preceded by
Philip Seymour Hoffman
for Capote
Academy Award for Best Actor
2006
for The Last King of Scotland
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Philip Seymour Hoffman
for Capote
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
2007
for The Last King of Scotland
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Philip Seymour Hoffman
for Capote
BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
2007
for The Last King of Scotland
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Persondata
NAME Whitaker, Forest
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION American actor and film director.
DATE OF BIRTH July 15, 1961
PLACE OF BIRTH Longview, Texas
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH

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Forest Whitaker - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (789 words)
Forest Steven Whitaker (born July 15, 1961) is a Golden Globe Award-winning American actor of film, stage and television, as well as a producer and director.
Whitaker was born in Longview, Texas to Forest Whitaker, Jr., an insurance man, and Laura Francis Smith, a teacher.
Whitaker commuted from Carson to Palisades High School, where he was all-league defensive tackle on the football team quarterbacked by Jay Schroeder, a future NFL player.
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