Forest Whitaker

Biography: Born in Texas but raised in Southern California, Forest Whitaker initially attended college on a football scholarship but then transferred to USC to focus on classical voice and opera. His strong tenor won Whitaker roles in several local stage productions and a move to New York and Broadway seemed to be the next logical career step. But that all changed when Whitaker landed his first recognizable film role as a linebacker in 1982's Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Strong supporting parts followed in top Hollywood movies (Platoon, The Color of Money, Good Morning, Vietnam) but it was his role in Clint Eastwood's 1988 Bird, a biopic of legendary jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker, that cemented Whitaker's reputation as a legitimate actor with a wide range. During the 1990s Whitaker branched out into directing (Waiting to Exhale) and producing (A Rage in Harlem) while he kept up his jam-packed acting schedule with memorable appearances in such diverse films as Neil Jordan's The CryingBorn in Texas but raised in Southern California, Forest Whitaker initially attended college on a football scholarship but then transferred to USC to focus on classical voice and opera. His strong tenor won Whitaker roles in several local stage productions and a move to New York and Broadway seemed to be the next logical career step. But that all changed when Whitaker landed his first recognizable film role as a linebacker in 1982's Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Strong supporting parts followed in top Hollywood movies (Platoon, The Color of Money, Good Morning, Vietnam) but it was his role in Clint Eastwood's 1988 Bird, a biopic of legendary jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker, that cemented Whitaker's reputation as a legitimate actor with a wide range. During the 1990s Whitaker branched out into directing (Waiting to Exhale) and producing (A Rage in Harlem) while he kept up his jam-packed acting schedule with memorable appearances in such diverse films as Neil Jordan's The Crying Game, Robert Altman's Ready to Wear and Jim Jarmusch's Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai. The new century saw Whitaker continue to expand his artistic horizons. For TV, he executive produced the Emmy-winning Door to Door, hosted a Twilight Zone reboot and gave a critically lauded performance as an Internal Affairs cop on the fifth season of The Shield. But the highlight of the decade was his Oscar-winning turn as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland. Whitaker, who has a black belt in karate, showed off his expert moves in the 2010 sci-fi flick Repo Men and signed on for a Criminal Minds spin-off (Minds 2.0) for the 2010-11 television season. Whitaker, married to Keisha Nash since 1996, is father to four children. Expand

Forest Whitaker's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 57
Highest Metascore: 92 Platoon
Lowest Metascore: 9 Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 58
  2. Negative: 11 out of 58
58 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Respect Aug 13, 2021 C. L. Franklin tbd
69 Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey Nov 13, 2020 Principal Cast / Principal Cast / Jeronicus / Jeronicus tbd
57 Burden Feb 28, 2020 Reverend Kennedy tbd
tbd A Kid from Coney Island Oct 4, 2019 Producer / Producer tbd
53 Finding Steve McQueen Mar 15, 2019 Howard Lambert 7.1
36 How It Ends Jul 13, 2018 Tom / Tom Sutherland 4.1
80 Sorry to Bother You Jul 6, 2018 Producer / First Equisapien/Demarius 7.0
74 Roxanne Roxanne Mar 23, 2018 Producer / Producer 8.3
tbd Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace Mar 23, 2018 Narrator tbd
41 The Forgiven Mar 9, 2018 Desmond Tutu 7.0
88 Black Panther Feb 16, 2018 Cast / Zuri / Zuri 6.3
65 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Dec 16, 2016 Cast / Saw Gerrera / Saw Gerrera 7.6
81 Arrival Nov 11, 2016 Colonel Weber / Colonel Weber 8.1
63 Songs My Brothers Taught Me Mar 2, 2016 Producer 6.8
57 Southpaw Jul 24, 2015 Titus 'Tick' Wills / Tick Wills / Titus 'Tick' Wills 7.8
72 Dope Jun 19, 2015 Producer / Narrator 7.5
56 Two Men in Town Mar 6, 2015 William Garnett / William Garnett 6.5
26 Taken 3 Jan 9, 2015 Franck Dotzler / Franck Dotzler 4.6
62 Food Chains Nov 21, 2014 Narrator tbd
86 Ernest & CĂ©lestine Feb 28, 2014 Ernest 7.7
tbd Repentance Feb 28, 2014 Producer / Angel / Angel Sanchez 4.8
63 Out of the Furnace Dec 4, 2013 Chief Wesley Barnes / Wesley Barnes 7.4
48 Black Nativity Nov 27, 2013 Reverend Cornell / Reverend Cornell / Reverend Cornell Cobbs 5.3
65 Lee Daniels' The Butler Aug 16, 2013 Cecil Gaines / Cecil Gaines 6.8
58 Rising from Ashes Aug 2, 2013 Executive Producer / Narrator tbd
85 Fruitvale Station Jul 12, 2013 Producer 7.9
tbd Pawn Apr 19, 2013 Will 5.2
54 The Last Stand Jan 18, 2013 Agent John Bannister 6.6
31 A Dark Truth Jan 4, 2013 Francisco Francis / Francisco Francis 4.7
64 Toys in the Attic Sep 7, 2012 Teddy / Teddy 6.4