Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker

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Forest Whitaker an American actor, director, producer as well as founder of the Whitaker Peace and Development initiative. Forest Whitaker is famous for acting in movies such as Platoon, Good Morning, Vietnam, Ready to Wear, The Last King of Scotland, etc.

Early Life and Childhood

Forest Whitaker was born into the world on July 15, 1961, in Longview, Texas, USA. As of 2021, he is 59 years old. His full name is Forest Steven Whitaker. His father’s name is Forest Steven Jr and his mother’s name is Laura Francis Smith. He has three siblings brother Kenn Whitaker, Damon Whitaker, and sister Deborah Whitaker. He follows the Christianity religion and belongs to the Afro-American ethnicity. His Zodiacs sign is Cancer.

Taking about his education he enrolled at the Palisades Charter High School graduating in 1979. He played football as well as sings in the choir. Later, he got a football scholarship at California State Polytechnic University and later transferred to Thorton School of Music due to injury. He later graduates from USC with a BFA in acting in 1982.

Professional Life

Acting career

As an actor, he made his debut in the movie Tag: The Assassination Game in the role of a bodyguard in 1982. The same year he worked in the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Moreover, he has work in many films some of his major works are Vision Quest (1985), The Color of Money, Platoon (1986), Stakeout, Good Morning, (1987), Bloodsport, Bird (1988), Johnny Handsom (1989), Body Snacther (1993), Blown Away, Pret-a-porter (1994), Phenomenon (1996), Light It Up, Witness Protection (1999), Four Dogs Playing Poker, Battlefield Earth (2000), The Fourth Angel (2001), ‘The Hire: The Follow (2001) and Green Dragon (2001).

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Caption: Forest Whitaker and Usher for movie Burden (Sources: NME)

Moreover, some of his other films are Panic Room, Phone Booth (2002), American Gun (2005), The Last King of Scotland (2006), The Great Debaters (2007), There the Wild Things Are (2009), Lee Daniels The Butler, Black Nativity, Out of the Furnace (2013), Southpaw (2015), Black Panther (2018), Jingle Jangle: A Cristmas Journy (2020).

Tv career

As a TV series actor, he has worked in many TV series, Some of his major TV series are Making the Grade (1982), Trapper John, M.D (1984), The Fall Guy, North and South (1985),  North and South II (1986), Criminal Justice (1990), Last Light (1993), The Enemy Within (1994), Door to Door (2002), Deacons for Defense (2003), The Twilight Zone (2002-03), The Shield (2006-07), Brick City (2010), Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (2011), Empire (2017-18), Godfather of Harlem (2019-21).

As a Producer and Director

He produced movies as Chasing Papi (2003), Powder Blue (2009), Fruitvale Station, Repentance (2013), Dope (2015), Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2016), Roxanne Roxanne (2017), Sorry to Brother You (2018), and Passing (2021).

As a Director he directed films as Strapped (1993), Waiting to Exhale (1995), Hope Floats (1998), First Daughter (2004).

Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth of around $40 million. His sources of income are acting, producing, directing, etc. He has worked in many movies and TV series throughout his career as the sum of money is not surprising. However, besides that, there is no information regarding his assets.

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Caption: Forest Whitaker winning awards (Sources: Healthy Celeb)

Throughout his career, he has won many awards such as Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, National Board of Review Award for Best Cast, Cannel Film Festival awards, etc. Other than that he has won many awards as well as nominated for many awards in his incredible career.

Personal Life

He is single and straight. He was married to the actress Keisha Nash in 1996. The two met in the set of Blown Away. However, the two relationships didn’t last and divorced in 2018. Together they have two children daughter Sonnet and True Whitaker.

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Caption: Forest Whitaker and his ex-wife Keisha Nash (Sources: Ebony Magazine)

Moreover, he has two children name Ocean Alexander and daughter Autumn from another relationship. He has many charities for humanitarian work and founded Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative. However, his other relationship data is not known. Besides that, there is no information regarding his rumors and controversy.

Body Measurement and Social Media

Forest Whitaker is 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and has a bodyweight of 100 Kg (220 lbs). He has a body measurement of 46 inches chest, 40 inches waist, and 15 inches bicep with average body. Moreover, he got black hair and a pair of brown color eyes.

He is active in social media. His Instagram account @forestwhitaker has more than 50.2 k followers and his Twitter account @ForestWhitaker has more than 193 k followers. He has more than 2.8 million followers in his Forest Whitaker Facebook account.