FOREST WHITAKER (Burnham) is one of Hollywood's most accomplished actors/directors/producers who has showcased his talents in a multitude of demanding and diverse roles. This year he will be starring in, directing and producing several highly anticipated films.
He can soon be seen starring in Joel Schumacher's "Phone Booth" for Twentieth Century Fox opposite Cohn Farrell. He can also be seen starring in "Fourth Angel," an action thriller set in London, opposite Jeremy Irons. He also stars in and executive produced "Green Dragon," the first feature film production of his multimedia company, Spirit Dance Entertainment. He also has a short film, "John Henry," that was released in February for Black History month in connection with Disney's release of Peter Pan's "Never
Neverland." He also produced "The Bill Porter Story" starring William H. Macy for TNT under the Spirit Dance banner. Whitaker has also begun pre-production on Twentieth Century Fox's "Fat Albert," his latest directorial project. The film will start shooting in April 2002.
In 2000, Whitaker played the title role of a spiritual gangster in "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai," directed by Jim
Jarmusch. The film premiered at the 1999 Cannes Festival and screened at the 1999 Toronto Film Festival to critical acclaim. "Ghost Dog" was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature.
In 1988, Whitaker was named Best Actor at The Cannes Film Festival for his brilliant portrayal of jazz legend Charlie Parker in Clint Eastwood's "Bird," a role for which he also received a Golden Globe nomination.
Whitaker earned widespread recognition for his performance as 'Judy,' the hostage British soldier in Neil Jordan's Academy Awards-winning film "The Crying Game." On television, Whitaker garnered a CableAce Award nomination for his performance in the Showtime original film, "Last Light," directed by Kiefer Sutherland. He also starred in the HBO presentation "Criminal Justice," for which he earned a CableAce Award nomination, and "The Enemy Within," for which Whitaker received a Screen Actors Guild nomination.
Whitaker also executive produced Anne Rice's "Feast of All Saints" for Showtime. His other credits include "Witness Protection" for HBO, "Light It Up," Touchstone's "Phenomenon," opposite John
Travolta, "Species," "Smoke," Robert Altman's ''Ready to Wear," ''Jason's Lyric,'' "Platoon,'' ''Good Morning Vietnam,'' "Consenting Adults," "Stakeout," "The Color of Money," "Johnny Handsome," "Downtown," "Diary of a Hit Man," "Body Snatchers," "Vision Quest" and "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."
Whitaker made his feature film directing debut with the critically acclaimed box-office hit "Waiting to Exhale" for Twentieth Century Fox, starring Angela Bassett, Whitney Houston, Lela Rochon and Loretta Devine. He first gained recognition as a director for his debut film, the 1993 HBO original "Strapped," for which he received "Best New Director" honors at the Toronto Film Festival. His last film was the Twentieth Century Fox film "Hope Floats," starring Sandra Bullock.
Whitaker's multimedia company, Spirit Dance Entertainment, includes film, television and music production. Spirit Dance Entertainment is both US-based and UK-based. Spirit Dance in London, SD4UK, works with FilmFour mentoring black and Asian filmmakers. Whitaker will direct and produce feature films under the company's first-look deal with Twentieth Century Fox. They also have a first- look deal with HBO for television films.
Whitaker works closely with a number of charitable organizations. He serves as an Honorary Board Member for Penny Lane, an organization that provides assistance to abused teenagers. He is also involved with 4-D All-Stars,
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