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Forest Whitaker


Forest Steven Whitaker has packaged a king-size talent into his hulking 6' 2", 220 lb. frame. He won an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland, and has also won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. He is the fourth African-American male to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, following in the footsteps of Sidney Poitier, Denzel Washington, and Jamie Foxx.
 
Whitaker made his film debut at the age of 21 in the raucous comedy "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." He went on to play another sports-oriented student, a wrestler, in his second film "Vision Quest." He gained experience on TV as well with featured spots on such varied shows as "Diff'rent Strokes" and "Cagney & Lacey," not to mention the TV-movie Civil War epic "North and South," and its sequel. The movie that truly put him on the map was "The Color of Money."