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Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker, February 2009
Forest Steven Whitaker

(1961-07-15) July 15, 1961 (age 60)
Alma materCal Poly Pomona, University of Southern California, Drama Studio London, New York University
OccupationActor, producer, director
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Keisha Nash (1996–present) 2 children

Forest Steven Whitaker (born July 15, 1961) is an American actor, producer, and director. He has been known to study characters for movies like Bird and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai,[1][2] and for playing Jon Kavanaugh on The Shield.[3] Whitaker won an Academy Award for playing Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland. Whitaker has also won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA.


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