Forest Whitaker

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Forest Whitaker’s Birthday Highlights

Birth Name

Forest Whitaker

Place Of Birth

Longview, USA


60 years old

Birth Date

July 14, 1961

Star Sign


Forest Whitaker Facts

Child Star?



Actor, Producer, Director

Education & Qualifications

University of Southern California

Net Worth

$30 million


Autumn Whitaker, Sonnet Noel Whitaker, True Whitaker, Ocean Whitaker


Deborah Whitaker, Kenn Whitaker, Damon Whitaker


1.9m (6'2"")



Chinese Year

Year of the Ox

About Forest Whitaker 

Forest Whitaker is an American actor, producer, and director who has starred in many films and television shows.
He has bagged many awards for his work, one of them being an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in 'The Last King Of Scotland'. Whitaker's parents, Laura Francis (née Smith) and Forest Steven Whitaker III, were his role models growing up.
He was born on July 15, 1961, in Longview, Texas, USA. He has an elder sister and two younger brothers. Whitaker's fondness for animals was sparked at an early age by his family's pets. He actively works for charities and peacekeeping organizations.
He has been performing in the film industry since his first role in 1982 and is still active today.

Forest Whitaker Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Forest Whitaker's net worth?

Forest Whitaker is estimated to have a net worth of $30 million.

How much does Forest Whitaker earn per year?

Details of his salary or yearly earnings are not available to the public yet.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Forest Whitaker?

Forest Whitaker stands at the height of 6 ft 2 in (188 cm).

How old is Forest Whitaker?

Forest Whitaker was born on July 15, 1961, in Texas, USA. He is 61 years old as of 2022.

Childhood And Education

Whitaker was born in Longview, Texas, on July 14, 1961. He's the son of Laura Francis (née Smith) and Forest Steven Whitaker III, a pharmaceutical salesman. He is the second of four children. He has an older sister, Deborah, and two younger brothers, Kenn and Damon Whitaker.
Not only is Whitaker an all-rounder when it comes to his career, but he was also involved in many activities as a child. From music and sports to academia, he learned and participated actively in academic and co-curricular activities at Palisades Charity High School.
Whitaker was then selected by California State Polytechnic University on a football scholarship. However, due to a sports-related injury, he had to change his major to music. He realized his passion for the performing arts and changed his major again to the theater. Whitaker went on to study both theater and music and was accepted into prestigious universities. Forest Whitaker graduated with a degree in fine arts in acting from the University of Southern California in 1982.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Forest Whitaker's partner?

Forest Whitaker was formerly married to Keisha Nash Whitaker from 1996-2021. The couple has four kids together. Whitaker had met Keisha on the set of 'Blown Away' in the year 1995, and they got married a year later. They have three daughters named True Whitaker, Autumn Whitaker, Sonnet Noel Whitaker, and a son named Ocean Alexander Whitaker.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Forest Whitaker had his film debut in 1982, the same year he graduated from university. His first role was as a supporting character in the motion picture 'Fast Rides At Ridgemont High'. Whitaker worked in supporting roles and as an extra for some years before he landed the leading role in 1988 for the movie 'Bird'. He also worked as an executive producer in the '90s with many directors and released well-received movies such as 'Phenomenon', 'Downtown' and 'The Crying Game'.
Forest Whitaker is well known for the dozens of roles he's played since the beginning of his acting career in 1982. He has starred in many films, including 'Platoon', 'Good Morning', 'Vietnam', 'Bird', 'Waiting To Exhale', 'Hope Floats', and 'Panic Room' and more recently, 'Black Panther'.
In 2002, he starred in a string of well-received blockbusters such as 'Panic Room', and 'Phonebooth'. In 2008, he had a main role in yet another fan-favorite thriller 'Street Kings' starring other well-known actors like Keanu Reaves, Terry Crews, and Chris Evans. He also starred as the main character in the films' The Butler' and 'Out Of The Furnace', both of which were released in 2013.
Whitaker's work on 'The Last King Of Scotland' earned him widespread critical acclaim, including an Academy Award for Best Actor. He has also been praised for his work in films such as Marvel's 'Black Panther', which was released in 2018.
In addition to his work in film, Whitaker has also starred in several television shows, including 'The Shield' and 'ER'. He also starred in the series 'Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior'. As a director, he has worked on movies like 'Hope Floats', 'First Daughter', and 'Waiting To Exhale'.

Charity Work

Forest Whitaker is an active philanthropist and has served on the board of directors for various charitable organizations. He credits his mother with instilling this belief in him and also admitted having based most of his life around something she told him. Her words, "You don't have to believe in what I believe, but you have to believe in something," stuck with him since his childhood.
In 2012, he founded the Peace Game Foundation and Friends of the Congo. He has also been appointed a UNICEF goodwill ambassador since 2004. Since he founded his charitable organization, Whitaker has been even more involved with donations and charity work in the past decade. The programs of the Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative are currently operational in Mexico, the USA, and Africa.
Whitaker also founded the International Institute for Peace in Newark, New Jersey. This institute was founded at Rutger's University, where he is a research scholar.
He also actively supports and advocates for an Uganda-based boarding school and training center for orphans and rescued or escaped child soldiers named Hope North. Whitaker was honored with a Cinema for Peace Award for his ongoing work with Hope North.

What awards has Forest Whitaker won?

He has been bestowed with numerous awards for his work, including but not limited to the few mentioned below.
In 2008, Forest Whitaker won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance in 'The Last King Of Scotland'. In 2013, he won a BAFTA Award for his performance in 'The Butler'. In 2014, Whitaker won a Critics' Choice Television Award for his performance in 'Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior'. Whitaker also won the Prism Award for his performance in the film 'Dope' in 2015.
Apart from his numerous awards and nominations, Whitaker has also been given honors. He was titled 'one of Hollywood's most accomplished actors' at the 2006 Annual Hollywood Film Festival.
Also in 2006, the Capri Hollywood International Film festival bestowed a Capri Legend Award on Whitaker. He has been endowed with many honorary degrees and fellowships from prestigious institutes all over the world for being an excellent artist and a peacekeeping philanthropist. His most recent honor was an International Peace Honors Prize which he won in 2022.

Other Interesting Forest Whitaker Facts And Trivia

  • Whitaker's interest in animals was sparked at an early age by his family's pets.
  • Forest Whitaker is a black belt in kenpō.
  • Forest Whitaker co-founded a production company with Yang Bongiovi in 2010 to promote diversity and inclusion in the film industry.
  • Forest Whitaker has a long list of award nominations and wins that include but aren't limited to Academy Award, BAFTA, Acapulco Black Film Festival, African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), Biarritz International Festival of Audiovisual Programming, and Blockbuster Entertainment Awards.
  • He was accepted into college on a football scholarship but had to change majors because of a sports-related injury. Whitaker switched his college majors three times and settled on acting as his final decision.
  • He has a genetic condition called ptosis, which causes his left eye muscles to look half-closed.
  • Whitaker attended and graduated from the University of Southern California.
  • Whitaker had supported and spoken in favor of the (then) Senator Barack Obama in the presidential campaign of 2008.
  • Forest Whitaker is a strict vegetarian.
  • He was granted an honorary doctorate from the North Carolina School of the Arts in 2004.
  • He joined NBA Africa in 2021 as a strategic investor and minority owner.

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