Forest Whitaker (born July 15, 1961) is an American Actor, Producer, and Director from Longview, Texas. In 1982, he started his career with a supporting role in the movie “Fast Times at Ridgemont High“. Later, in 1986, Whitaker had an opportunity to work in movies like Platoon and The Color of Money.
Furthermore, the 57-year-old actor appeared in the main role of Charlie “Bird” Parker in Bird movie. His performance in the movie also earned him “Best Actor Award” in Cannes Film Festival in 1988.
Moreover, Forest then played lead roles in many films like Downtown, The Crying Game, Smoke, The Butler, and many more. Furthermore, his real birth name is Forest Steven Whitaker.
His movie “The Last King of Scotland” won him many awards like Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, National Board of Review Award and, Screen Actors Guild Award. In fact, his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin praised by many film critics.
As a director, Forest made a debut with the “Strapped” film for HBO in 1993. Some of his other famous works are “Waiting to Exhale”, “Hope Floats”, “Phone Booth”, and many more.
Moreover, his upcoming TV show is “Godfather of Harlem” which is going to release in 2019. The famous American actor “Giancarlo Esposito” also joined the cast recently.
Profile, Parents & Early Life
This American actor was born on the 15th of July 1961, in Longview, Texas, United States. Hence, Forest Whitaker’s age is Fifty-seven (57) years old, as of 2018. His father “Forest Steven Whitaker Jr.” worked as an insurance salesman. Forest’s mother “Laura Francis” was a special education teacher.
Furthermore, the actor also has three siblings. He has two brothers Kenn and Damon Whitaker and a sister Deborah Whitaker. Kenn is also working as an American actor. The family moved to Carson, California when he was just 4-year-old.
Forest attended Palisades Charter High School and was a football player. Later, he went to California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a football scholarship. Shortly after, the director faced back injury.
Moreover, he then moved to The University of Southern California. Whitaker received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting degree in 1982. The 57-year-old producer also received a scholarship from the Berkeley, California, branch of the Drama Studio London.
In 2004, he studied “The Core of Conflict: Studies in Peace and Reconciliation” from New York University.
Personal Affairs, Girlfriend & Children
As per his personal life, he has married his longtime girlfriend in 1996. The name of Forest Whitaker’s Wife is “Keisha Nash“. She is also an actress and couple met at the sets of “Blown Away”. The love partner shares two daughters True and Sonnet Whitaker together.
Forest had a relationship with his partner (name not found). Therefore, he also has a son “Ocean Whitaker” and a daughter “Autumn Whitaker”.
|Full Birth Name||Forest Steven Whitaker III.|
|Working As||1. Actor.
|Age||Fifty-seven (57) years old (As of 2018).|
|Date of Birth (DOB), Birthday||July 15, 1961.|
|Birthplace/Hometown||Longview, Texas, United States.|
|Citizenship||The United States.|
|Star Sign (Zodiac Sign)||Cancer.|
|Current Residence||Los Angeles, California, USA.|
|Famous For||1. His work in The Butler, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Bird, The Crying Game, and Arrival.
2. Winner of awards like Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, National Board of Review Award, Screen Actors Guild Award.
|Height (Tall)||Feet & Inches: 6' 2".
Centimeters: 188 cm.
Meters: 1.88 m.
|Weight||Kilograms: 89 Kg.
Pounds: 196 lbs.
|Biceps Size||15.5 inches.|
|Body Measurements (chest-waist-hips)||42-32-35.|
|Shoe Size (US)||11.|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown.|
|Parents||Father: Forest Steven Whitaker Jr.
Mother: Laura Francis.
|Siblings||Brother: 1. Kenn Whitaker.
2. Damon Whitaker.
Sister: Deborah Whitaker.
|Personal Life Relationship|
|Dating History?||Not Available.|
|Girlfriend (Fiancee)||Will update.|
|Wife/Spouse Name||Keisha Nash Whitaker.|
|Children||Son: Ocean Whitaker.
Daughter: 1. True Whitaker.
2. Sonnet Noel Whitaker.
3. Autumn Whitaker.
|School||Palisades Charter High School.|
|College/University||1. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
2. The University of Southern California.
3. New York University.
|Hobbies & Favorite Things|
|Favorite Celebrities||Actor: Matt Damon.
Actress: Alexandra Daddario.
|Dream Holiday Destination||Paris.|
|Love to do||Reading, watching movies, Listening to music, and Traveling.|
|Favorite Dishes||Continental Food.|
|Net worth (Approx.)||$40 million US dollars (As of 2018).|
|Office Address||Not Known|
|Home Details||Not Known|
|Mobile or Phone Number||N.A.|
|Email Address||Will update soon.|
|Official Website||Not Available.
Some Lesser Known Facts about Forest Whitaker
- Whitaker studies yoga and has a black belt in kenpō.
- The 57-year-old producer also trains in eskrima under Dan Inosanto.
- Furthermore, his left eye ptosis has been called “intriguing” by some critics.
- In France, the actor also received the Artist Citizen of the World Award in 2010.
- Financial Details: The estimated Net worth of Forest Whitaker is $40 million US Dollar.
- Forest also co-founded the International Institute for Peace (IIP) at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey.
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- On April 6, 2009, Whitaker was given a “chieftaincy title” in Imo State, Nigeria.
- Moreover, in 2005, the Deauville (France) Festival of American Film paid tribute to him for his work in personal and professional life.