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FOREST WHITAKER (Brad Boyd) has earned a well-deserved reputation for being one of the international film community's most respected and accomplished actors. His body of work, as an actor, director and producer exemplifies his diverse and far reaching artistic talents.

In 2007, after winning almost every Critics Award, Whitaker received the Academy Award for Best Actor, Golden Globe® for Best Actor, the Best Actor SAG Award™ and BAFTA Award for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in Fox Searchlight Pictures THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND. The historic drama documents the regime's brutality during the 1970's as seen through the eyes of his personal physician. In addition to this acclaim, Whitaker's independent film AMERICAN GUN, a movie in which he produced and starred, was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.

Whitaker made his acting debut in the 1982 film FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH and in 1988 went on to be named Best Actor at The Cannes Film Festival for his portrayal of jazz legend Charlie Parker in Clint Eastwood's BIRD, a role for which he also received a Golden Globe nomination. Whitaker played the title role of a spiritual gangster in GHOST DOG: THE WAY OF THE SAMURAI, directed by Jim Jarmusch, which was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature. The film's soundtrack was a co-venture with Whitaker's own company, Spirit Dance. He starred in, and executive produced, GREEN DRAGON, which won the Humanitas Award, in addition to the Audience Award at the South by Southwest Film Festival. His other credits include PANIC ROOM as well as PHONE BOOTH, for which he was nominated for an Image Award. His role in both films earned him Black Reel Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor.

In 2009, Whitaker was seen in the Warner Bros. film WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, an adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic children's book, directed by Spike Jonze. His other upcoming films include REPOSSESSION RAMBO with Jude Law and WINGED CREATURES as well as the Olivier Dahan directed film MY OWN LOVE SONG opposite Renée Zellweger. Additional film credits include HURRICANE SEASON, THE GREAT DEBATERS, VANTAGE POINT, STREET KINGS, THE CRYING GAME, FOURTH ANGEL, A LITTLE TRIP TO HEAVEN, MARY, WITNESS PROTECTION for HBO, LIGHT IT UP, Touchstone's PHENOMENON, as well as SPECIES, SMOKE, 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 POWDER BLUE.

Whitaker made his feature directorial debut with the box-office hit WAITING TO EXHALE for Twentieth Century Fox. He first gained recognition as a director in the 1993 HBO original film STRAPPED, for which he received the "Best New Director” honor at the Toronto Film Festival. He also directed HOPE FLOATS, starring Sandra Bullock as well as the romantic comedy FIRST DAUGHTER starring Katie Holmes.

In 2006, Whitaker was presented with the "Hollywood Actor of the Year Award” at the 10th Annual Hollywood Film Festival as well as the "American Riviera Award” at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in 2007. That same year, Whitaker also received the "Cinema for Peace Award,” as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Whitaker resides in Los Angeles with his wife and children.


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