Forest Steven Whitaker III is an American actor, producer, and director as for his major profession. During his entire working life, he has earned a reputation for intensive character study work for films such as Lee Daniels' The Butler, Bird and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai. Award wining Forest has been known for his work in direct-to-video films and also for his recurring roles as LAPD Internal Affairs Lieutenant Jon Kavanaugh on the award winning television series The Shield. As for his professional wins, Whitaker won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland.

Forest Whitaker was born on July 15, 1961, in Longview, Texas. He was a college football Player who turned to study opera and drama. On the behalf of his career, his first big-screen feature was Fast Times at Ridgemont High and he has subsequently created a prolific acting career, with roles in films like Platoon, Bird, Ready to Wear and Ghost Dog. Whitaker, who's also a producer and director, won an Oscar for portraying Idi Amin in 2006’s The Last King of Scotland. His first debut role was the lead in Dylan Thomas Play in Under Milk Wood. Whitaker has a long history of working with well-regarded film directors and fellow actors, as well as working in direct-to-video films alongside novice actors such as Lil Wayne, Maggie Grace and 50 Cent. In 1988, Whitaker played in the film Bloodsport alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme. The versatile actor appeared in several acclaimed films throughout the '80s, including Platoon (1986), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) and The Color of Money (1986). In 1988, his turn as musician Charlie Parker in Clint Eastwood's dark biopic Bird won him the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival. More and more on-screen projects continued for Whitaker throughout the '90s and early '00s with films like Robert Altman's Ready to Wear (1994), Jim Jarmusch's Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (2000) and David Fincher’s Panic Room (2002), co-starring Jodi Foster.

He has also great contribution in directing and producing so far. After having success in television with few projects like 1993's gritty urban film Strapped for HBO and 2002's Emmy-winning Door to Door starring William H. Macy. He was attracted towards production. He has also directed for the big screen which includes films like 1995's Waiting to Exhale, an adaptation of the Terry McMillan novel that starred Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett, and 2004's First Daughter, a romantic comedy starring Katie Holmes. Whitaker has directed a number of music videos as well, including Houston's "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)."

The award winning Forest has made several notable television appearances as well which includes the role of a troubled internal affairs cop on FX's award-winning The Shield and a riveting turn as a stroke patient on ER. He has been working in film industry for more than a decade, , with the thespian providing thoughtful commentary on some of his work in interviews. In 2007, he starred in The Great Debaters, a film directed by Denzel Washington that focused on a trailblazing African-American college team. Additional movie projects for the year included The Air I Breathe, Even Money and Ripple Effect, and more featured roles followed in ensemble dramas like Vantage Point (2008) and Fragments (2009), the children's book adaptation Where the Wild Things Are (2009), the sci-fi thriller Repo Men (2010) and the comedy Our Family Wedding (2010).

As for his personal life details, he has been married to an actress Keisha Nash in 1996. The couple has two daughters. He even has a daughter from his previous relationship, which has been unknown to media till the date.