Forest Whitaker

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  • Birth Name: Forest Steven Whitaker
  • Birth Place: Longview, TX
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 07/15/1961, Cancer
  • Profession: Actor; director; producer
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Scandal, 12 Years a Slave, NCIS: LA Win NAACP Image Awards

12 Years a Slave was the big winner in the motion picture category at Saturday's NAACP Image Awards, while Scandal, Person of Interest and NCIS: LA all took home television prizes.

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Weekend Review: About a Boy, Fisher Sneak Peeks, Downton Finale

This week's gold-medal question: Can NBC reverse its spotty track record when it comes to using the ratings boost of the Olympics to launch new programs? (Remember the Summer 2012 debacle when the network interrupted the flow of London's Closing Ceremony to inflict Animal Practice on an unwilling captive audience?)

The news is better this weekend, during the closing nights of the Games. The comedies getting a sneak peek are considerably more entertaining than Animal Practice — what wouldn't be? — and they won't air until after that night's Olympics packages are finished.

First up is NBC's best new comedy of the season (including the star-driven disappointments that flopped on Thursdays this fall): About a Boy, airing Saturday night at approximately 11/10c before moving to its regular time period next Tuesday at 9/8c. This charmingly offbeat ...read more

Box Office: The Butler Takes Top Spot, Jobs Bombs

Lee Daniels' The Butler, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, handily won the box office over the weekend, taking in $25 million. It performed the best out of all the new releases this weekend, while Jobs bombed and gave star Ashton Kutcherone of his worst opening weekends ever, Box Office Mojo reports.

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Videos

Repo Men: Remy Is Attacked By A Woman
Toys In The Attic: Morning Sunshine
The Last Stand: Luiz Guzman On His Cha
Our Family Wedding: That's My Car

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Black Nativity

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Forest Whitaker & Lee Daniels
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Sahara
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Credits

Year Title Description
2013 Africa TV Show Series, Narrator
2013 Lee Daniels' The Butler Movie, Actor - Eugene Allen
2013 Fruitvale Station Movie, Producer
2013 Out Of The Furnace Movie, Actor
2013 Black Nativity Movie, Actor - Reverend Cornell Cobbs

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News

Trailer for Oprah’s First Film Lead Role in 15 Years The Butler Hits the Web

Oprah Winfrey is back on the big screen for her first lead movie role in 15 years, and we've got a first look at her new role.

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TNT Plans a H.I.K.E. With Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker, most recently seen in front of the camera on CBS' short-lived spin-off Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, is back behind the scenes for his next TV project.

TNT is developing the drama project H.I.K.E. with Whitaker's Spirit Dance Entertainment production company. But Whitaker is not only an executive producer on it, he's also co-writing the drama read more

CBS Renews CSI: NY, Cancels Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior

CBS has renewed CSI: NY and canceled Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.

Fall 2011 TV Scorecard: Which shows are returning? Which aren't?

The episode order for CSI: NY's eighth season has not been set, but it may ...
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Beau Garrett Gets Tough on Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior

When Beau Garrett first auditioned for Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, she admits producers didn't think she was tough enough to play FBI Agent Gina LaSalle. Before her second audition, she recalls, "I played a little basketball, took a shot of tequila and mellowed out. The combination really relaxed me. I went in there owning it more."

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Criminal Minds' Prime Suspect

Forest Whitaker fervently circles a grand dining-room table in a stately Pasadena home, swooping around to view the room's layout from different angles. While he's absorbing every detail, everybody else is focused on the fact that at the head of the table is an actress playing a corpse in a state of extreme decomposition.

Whitaker, who won an Oscar for The Last King of Scotland, stars as FBI special agent Sam Cooper in Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, the new spin-off of the wildly popular CBS series. While other actors simply want to hit their marks, he's seeking out thematic nuances and offering sharp, emotional performance variations during rehearsals — for a scene featuring a decomposing female corpse.

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