Forest Whitaker

United States

Forest Whitaker Bio

Who is Forest Whitaker

Forest Steven Whitaker III is an American actor, director, and producer. He has earned fame for intensive character for films such as Bird, Platoon, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai and Lee Daniels' The Butler. His other notable films include Battlefield Earth, and Taken 3.

Early Life (Childhood)

He was in Longview, Texas. His family moved to Carson, California when he was four. In high school, he was a member of the football team alongside future NFL player, Jay Schroeder.

Interesting Facts

Whitaker studies yoga and has a black belt in kenp?. He also trains in the Filipino martial art of Kali, under Dan Inosanto. His left eye, which can not open fully due to the hereditary condition ptosis.

Personal Life

Whitaker married actress Keisha Nash.They have four children: two daughters together (Sonnet and True), and his son (Sergio Hyatt) and her daughter (Autumn) from previous relationships.


Whitaker won the Academy Award, British Academy Film Award, Golden Globe Award, National Board of Review Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and various critics groups awards for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland. The 10th Annual Hollywood Film Festival presented him with its "Hollywood Actor of the Year Award".