Forest Whitaker

Actor/Director

Forest Whitaker might have had a pro football career in mind, but an injury sidelined the Texas native and he became an actor instead. His feature film debut was in the teen cult ’80s classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High and he enjoyed a vibrant movie career throughout the decade, starring in Platoon, The Color of Money and Good Morning Vietnam. Whitaker won the Cannes Film Festival Best Actor honors for his role as Charlie Parker in the 1988 Clint Eastwood biopic Bird, and expanded his résumé to include directing for both TV (Strapped) and film (Waiting To Exhale). In 2006, Whitaker took home the Oscar for Best Actor for his role as Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland.

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Celebrities: ICON MANN of Change Awards Gala

Exclusive: BET.com talks with Michael B. Jordan and others. (3/10/2014)

Photos: BET and ICON MANN Celebrate 28 Men of Change

BET Networks and ICON MANN have joined forces to celebrate and share the journeys of 28 trailblazers whose formulas for success lies in empowering others at home and across the globe.

Hollywood Leading Men in Music Videos

Remember the time? These fellas starred in musical shorts.

On the Record With ... Forest Whitaker

Oscar award-winning actor Forest Whitaker spends his time off-camera working to end violent conflict and fostering peace among American and international youth.

News: Forest Whitaker Is an ICON MANN of Change

“I view peace as an active investment…” (2/27/2014)
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