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
|Dope||Jun 19, 2015||Producer / Narrator||7.3|
|Food Chains||Nov 21, 2014||Narrator||tbd|
|Ernest & Célestine||Feb 28, 2014||Ernest||7.2|
|Out of the Furnace||Dec 4, 2013||Chief Wesley Barnes / Wesley Barnes||7.3|
|Lee Daniels' The Butler||Aug 16, 2013||Cecil Gaines / Cecil Gaines||6.7|
|Fruitvale Station||Jul 12, 2013||Producer||7.9|
|Toys in the Attic||Sep 7, 2012||Teddy / Teddy||tbd|
|Where the Wild Things Are||Oct 16, 2009||Ira||6.4|
|The Great Debaters||Dec 25, 2007||Dr. James Farmer Sr.||7.5|
|The Last King of Scotland||Sep 27, 2006||Idi Amin||8.1|
|Panic Room||Mar 29, 2002||Burnham||8.0|
|Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai||Mar 3, 2000||Ghost Dog||8.0|
|Smoke||Jun 9, 1995||Cyrus Cole||7.8|
|The Crying Game||Nov 25, 1992||Jody||7.6|
|Bird||Sep 30, 1988||Charlie 'Bird' Parker||7.8|
|Fast Times at Ridgemont High||Aug 13, 1982||Charles Jefferson||6.7|