His parents are Forest Whitaker Jr and Laura Francis Smith.Whitaker has an eye condition called strabismus, often incorrectly referred to as 'lazy eye'.Initially Forest was a football player at Cal State Fullerton. There the coach continued to play him despite a painful back injury. Whitaker transferred to University of Southern California in Los Angeles (U.S.C.) to take up acting, as he felt the coach cared more about winning than the health of his players.
He also studied at the Drama Studio London.
In 1996, Whitaker married fellow actress Keisha Whitaker. They have two daughters, Sonnet and True. He has a son named Ocean from a previous relationship and a stepdaughter named Autumn from a previous relationship of Keisha's.
Forest Whitaker's Scores
- By date
- By user score
|Taken 3||Jan 9, 2015||Franck Dotzler / Franck Dotzler||4.6|
|A Dark Truth||Jan 4, 2013||Francisco Francis / Francisco Francis||4.6|
|Repo Men||Mar 19, 2010||Jake||5.7|
|Our Family Wedding||Mar 12, 2010||Brad Boyd||5.5|
|Powder Blue||May 8, 2009||Producer / Charlie||6.2|
|Mary||Oct 17, 2008||Ted Younger||6.0|
|The Air I Breathe||Jan 25, 2008||Happiness||6.7|
|Even Money||May 18, 2007||Clyde Snow||6.1|
|First Daughter||Sep 24, 2004||Director / Executive Producer||5.4|
|Chasing Papi||Apr 16, 2003||Producer||8.2|
|Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000||May 12, 2000||Ker||1.7|