Forest Steven Whitaker stared in more than 100, produced more than 15 and directed five films.
At high school, he was a football player. However, he had to say goodbye to the career of the athlete, because of a trauma of the spine and enter the conservatory of the University of Southern California. At the same time, he was enrolled in the theater faculty.
Whitaker debuted in 1982 playing Charles Jefferson in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”. After that were roles in “North and South”, “Downtown” etc.
His career as director began with the film “Strapped” in 1993.
Best Known For
American actor is also well recognizable for taking part in “Bird”, “The Butler”, “Criminal Justice”, “Platoon” and many other films.
For “Door to Door”, he received a Primetime Emmy Award.
Whitaker won Oscar, AAFCA, BAFTA and BET Awards and Golden Globes for his amazing leading role in “The Last King of Scotland” in 2007.
His is Christian by the religion.
The American is straight. He has a son with Raye Dowell. Keisha Whitaker gave a birth to three his children.
Worth To Known
Both his brothers, Ken Whitaker and Damon Whitaker, are actors.
To get into the role of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, he had to gain 20 kg, learn to play the accordion, learn Swahili, as well as to visit Uganda to meet with victims and witnesses of Amin's regime.
The actor is a vegetarian.
Holds a Black belt in Kenpo Karate.
His left eye cannot open fully because of ptosis called “drooping eyelid”.