Forest Steven Whitaker III is an American actor, director, and producer.
Whitaker was born July 15, 1961, in Longview, Texas. His family moved to Carson, California when he was four. His father, Forest Steven Jr., was an insurance salesman. Forests mother, Laura Francis , was a special education teacher who put herself through college and earned two masters degrees while raising her children. Whitaker has two younger brothers, Kenn and Damon, and an older sister, Deborah.