Forest Whitaker is an actor, producer, and director.



He was born in Longview, Texas but his family soon moved to South Central L.A. Forest\'s father was an insurance salesman, and his mother a special education teacher. Forest has an older sister, and two younger brothers.


Forest was an athlete throughout high school, and earned himself a football scholarship to the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. After a back injury caused him to end his football career, Forest then attended the University of Southern California to study music. From there, he then attended Berkeley College for drama.


The first feature film that Forest appears in is Fast Times At Ridgemont High, as a football player. From that point on, Forest has been working with some of Hollywood\'s best actors and directors. He was in Platoon, The Color Of Money, The Last King Of Scotland, and Street Kings. As a director, Forest has worked on Waiting To Exhale, Hope Floats, and First Daughter.


Forest is an active supporter of President Obama, and PETA. Forest has been married to his wife, Keisha, since 1996.