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Forest Steven Whitaker III (born July 15, 1961) is an American actor, producer, and director.

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, for his work in direct-to-video films and for his recurring role as LAPD Internal Affairs Lieutenant Jon Kavanaugh on the award-winning television series The Shield.

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.
Film Premiere "96 Hours - Taken 3" Forest Whitaker on the Red Carpet in BerlinFilm Premiere "96 Hours - Taken 3" Forest Whitaker on the Red Carpet in BerlinFilm Premiere "96 Hours - Taken 3" Forest Whitaker on the Red Carpet in BerlinFilm Premiere "96 Hours - Taken 3" Forest Whitaker on the Red Carpet in Berlin