Actor, Director, Writer, Producer
Born: Longview, Texas, U.S.
Forest Steven Whitaker professionally known as Forest Whitaker made his debut as an actor in the film Tag: The Assassination Game (1982). It was in 1988 he gained wider recognition as an actor with the film Bird. There was no turning back after that and Whitaker at present is considered as a very bankable star. He has had a good career studded with a lot of awards to his credit. His maiden award was the Sant Jordi Awards for Best Foreign Actor for Bird which has since been followed by many more. The iconic films in Whitakers career so far are Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), Bird (1988), The Crying Game (1992), Platoon (1982), Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999), The Great Debaters (2007), The Butler (2013), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), Arrival (2016), and Black Panther (2018) to name a few. Forest Steven Whitaker son of Laura Francis and Forest E. Whitaker Jr was born on July 15, 1961, in Longview, Texas. He attended Palisades Charter High School and graduated from there in 1979. He Joined California State Polytechnic University, Pomona on a football scholarship, but a back injury made him change his major to music. He then joined Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California and he graduated from there with a BFA in acting in 1982.
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