Forest Whitaker

Actor, Director, Writer, Producer

Born: Longview, Texas, U.S.


Forest Steven Whitaker III was born on the 15th of July, 1961. He is an American actor, producer, and director who has earned a reputation for intensive character study work for films such as Bird, Platoon, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, and The Butler, his work in independent films and for his recurring role as LAPD Internal Affairs Lieutenant Jon Kavanaugh on the Emmy Award-winning television series The Shield. He portrays Saw Gerrera in the Star Wars spin-off film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. His performance as the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland won him the Academy Award, British Academy Film Award, Golden Globe Award, National Board of Review Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and various critics groups awards.

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