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Forest Whitaker          

Award-Winning Actor, Producer & Director; Best Known for "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" & "The Last King of Scotland"

Forest Whitaker is an American actor, producer, and director.

Whitaker has earned a reputation for intensive character study work for films such as Bird, The Crying Game, Platoon, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, The Great Debaters, The Butler, and Arrival. He has also appeared in blockbusters such as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as Saw Gerrera and Black Panther as Zuri.

For his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland, Whitaker won the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, National Board of Review Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and various critics groups' awards for a lead acting performance.

In September 2006, the 10th Annual Hollywood Film Festival presented him with its "Hollywood Actor of the Year Award," calling him "one of Hollywood's most accomplished actors."

Whitaker is co-chair of JuntoBox Films. JuntoBox was developed as a social-media platform for filmmakers and fans to share ideas to create films and then collaborate to make them. Since Whitaker joined as co-chair, five projects have been greenlit for production.

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A Conversation With Forest Whitaker

Actor, director, producer, humanitarian, and yes, even game developer. Forest Whitaker’s well rounded and diverse talents have made him one of the most respected and popular figures in the entertainment industry today.

Passionate about giving back and making a difference, Whitaker shares insights from his successful and prolific career, and explores the larger issues that affect our world and what we can to have a positive impact.


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