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Whitaker was born in Longview, Texas, and his family moved to South Central Los Angeles when he was four. His father, Forest Whitaker, Jr., was an insurance salesman and the son of novelist Forest Whitaker, Sr.

Whitaker was born in Longview, Texas, and his family moved to South Central Los Angeles when he was four. His father, Forest Whitaker, Jr., was an insurance salesman and the son of novelist Forest Whitaker, Sr.

Forest Steven Whitaker (born July 15, 1961) is an American actor, producer, and director. He is the founder of PeaceEarth Foundation, co-founder and chair of the International Institute for Peace and is the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation.

Whitaker won an for his performance as Ugandan dictator in the 2006 film The Last King of . Whitaker has also won a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA. He became the fourth to win an Academy Award for Best Actor. In 2013, Boston University's Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center appointed Whitaker as a Martin Luther King Jr Fellow.

The same year he received by the French Government the distinction of “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” (Knight of the Order of the Arts and Letters) in recognition of his work as an outstanding artist and a humanist who dedicatedly chose to serve the disadvantaged and those affected by conflicts and violence for the sake of peace and dialogue.

As president of Significant Productions, Forest aims to support young, talented filmmakers. In 2013, he co-produced Ryan Coogler's directorial debut, Fruitvale Station. That film, the winner of Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize, was distributed by The Weinstein Company.

Forest has also ventured into music. He has a record label at Sony and has executive produced two albums, which have earned a total of fourteen Grammy nominations.

Over the past decade, Forest has devoted much of his time to his humanitarian work. He is the founder and CEO of The Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative, co-founder and chair of the International Institute for Peace, and UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation. In 2014, he started collaborating with the Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict as an Advocate for Children Affected by War, a topic on which he was invited to speak before the UN Security Council in September of that year.

Forest Whitaker Filmography

2016 The Crow
2016 Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One
2016 Story of Your Life
2015 A Fall from Grace
2015 Dope
2015 Southpaw
2014 Two Men in Town
2014 Black Nativity
2014 A Fall from Grace
2013 Zulu
2013 Taken 3
2013 Pawn
2013 Repentance
2012 Freelancers
2012 A Dark Truth
2011 Catch .44
2010 Lullaby for Pi
2010 The Experiment
2010 My Own Love Song
2010 Repo Men
2010 Our Family Wedding
2009 Hurricane Season
2009 Where the Wild Things Are
2009 Toys in the Attic 2012
2009 Powder Blue
2008 Winged Creatures
2008 Street Kings
2008 Dragon Hunters
2008 Vantage Point
2007 The Great Debaters
2007 Ripple Effect
2007 The Air I Breathe
2006 Everyone's Hero
2006 The Last King of Scotland
2006 The Marsh
2006 Even Money
2005 American Gun
2005 A Little Trip to Heaven
2005 Mary
2005 Deacons for Defense
2004 First Daughter
2002 Phone Booth
2002 Panic Room
2001 Feast of All Saints
2001 The Fourth Angel
2001 The Follow
2001 Green Dragon
2000 Four Dogs Playing Poker
2000 Battlefield Earth
1999 Witness Protection
1999 Light It Up
1999 Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
1998 Body Count
1996 Rebound: The Legend of Earl ‘The Goat' Manigault
1996 Phenomenon
1995 Mr. Holland's Opus
1995 Species
1995 Smoke
1994 Prêt-à-Porter: Ready to Wear
1994 Jason's Lyric
1994 Blown Away
1994 The Enemy Within
1993 Lush Life
1993 Bank Robber
1993 Last Light
1993 Body Snatchers
1992 Consenting Adults
1992 The Crying Game
1992 Article 99
1991 Diary of a Hitman
1991 A Rage in Harlem
1990 Criminal Justice
1990 Downtown
1989 Johnny Handsome
1988 Bird
1988 Bloodsport
1987 Good Morning, Vietnam
1987 Stakeout
1987 Hands of a Stranger
1986 Platoon
1986 The Color of Money
1985 Vision Quest
1985 The Grand Baby
1982 Fast Times at Ridgemont High
1982 Tag: The Assassination Game

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