Forest Whitaker Net Worth

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Forest Whitaker is a famous American actor, voice actor, film producer, TV and film director. Forest Steven Whitaker was born on July 15, 1961, in Longview, Texas. His main steps in his show business career Whitaker has made as an actor, not as a producer. At the beginning he mostly appeared in musicals, the first of them was “Fast Times at Ridgemon High” (released in 1982). Despite the fact Whitaker’s role in his first movie was really small, he showed himself as a talented actor and was noted by others.

Forest’s career to date has allowed him to accumulate net worth estimated at $40 million.

Forest Whitaker Net Worth $40 Million

In 1995 he proved his great acting talent and charisma when he both appeared in and produced the movie “Waiting to Exhale”. This romantic drama was also his film directorial debut, and received Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture award and several MTV movie awards too. Forest Whitaker really shot to prominence as an actor in 1998, after starring in the lead role in a  biographical film about the famous American musician Charlie “Bird” Parker, “Bird”, directed by Clint Eastwood. The movie itself scored 74% on “Rotten Tomatoes” – website devoted to film reviews. Moreover, the actor earned several awards and considerable critical acclaim. After this outstanding performance, Whitaker’s career rose even more.

One more of Whitaker’s big moments was in 2006 for the role of Idi Amin in the movie called “The Last King of Scotland”, for which he received an Academy Award as the Best Actor.

His most recent and notable appearance was in the movie entitled “The Butler”, released in 2013, which is an American historical drama based on the real life of Eugene Allen. Forest Whitaker starred as the main character Cecil Gaines, who dedicated his life to be a professional domestic worker. This movie received five different awards and added a huge amount of money to Whitaker’s net worth.

Today Forest Whitaker lives with his wife Keisha Nash Whitaker – the couple married in 1996. They raise four children: their daughters True and Sonnet, Forest’s son from the previous relationship and Keisha’s daughter.
Forest Whitaker is known to be a vegetarian and the supporter of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Forest supports Barack Obama and is a chief among the Igbo community. Moreover, on June 21, 2011, Whitaker was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation in UNESCO. Today the famous actor supports all UNESCO’s activities and helps to empower young people to keep them away from the cycle of violence in the community. David Killion, UNESCO ambassador from United States, described Forest Whitaker as a person who feels compassion for every kind of humiliation and disgrace and he does his UNESCO job because it is the right thing to do.

Full NameForest Whitaker
Net Worth$40 Million
Date Of BirthOctober 15, 1976
Place Of BirthLongview
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
ProfessionActor, Film director, Film Producer, Television producer, Voice Actor, Screenwriter
EducationUniversity of Southern California, Drama Studio London, Palisades Charter High School, New York University, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
NationalityUnited States of America
SpouseKeisha Nash Whitaker
ChildrenOcean Whitaker, Sonnet Noel Whitaker, True Whitaker, Autumn Whitaker
ParentsForest Steven Jr., Laura Francis Smith
SiblingsDamon Whitaker, Kenn Whitaker, Deborah Whitaker
NicknamesForest Steven Whitaker
AwardsAcademy Award for Best Actor, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture – Drama, Cannes Best Actor Award, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a M...
NominationsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Televisio...
MoviesRogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Butler, The Last King of Scotland, Arrival, Southpaw, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Vantage Point, The Crying Game, Repo Men, Good Morning, Vietnam, Taken 3, Platoon, Panic Room, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Street Kings, The Great Debaters, Phone Booth, Vipak...
TV ShowsRoots, Africa, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, The Shield, The Twilight Zone, North and South
1Often plays military/political/law enforcement roles
2Often plays characters that are, or are inspired by, historical figures
3His left eye, which can not open fully due to the hereditary condition ptosis.
1You must ask yourself if you're standing up for what you know is right, if you're spending time with people close to you, if you're treating others with kindness and compassion. These question are your moral compass, they're your north star... There will always be forces-things like jealousy, greed, and anger-trying to push you away from the ideas you believe in and the causes you care most about. Life is an active, not a passive, journey. [in commencement speech to graduates at California State University, Dominguez Hills]
2[on working with Kasi Lemmons on 'Black Nativity'] She is a filmmaker who has a broad breadth of understanding. She's passionate, very open. She inspires you by creating a family atmosphere on set, and you always feel supported by her. I think she had a great vision. To do a contemporary musical with some attachment to the past is unique.
3I've been fortunate I guess: I've gotten to play a lot of very diverse roles for quite a long time. But in the beginning, I was thinking 'I'm not gonna do certain characters. I will be willing to say no and and live on a couch'. And I was really happy. Maybe more happy sometimes than in latter years when I had more, when I was thinking and considering more things for different reasons - for family, for my home. But luckily I was able to at least maintain some sort of a line. Even if I would veer right or left, I would stay pretty close to center, and the roles were really interesting.
4[on approaching each role with fresh eyes] There's a good fear and there's a negative fear. There's a thing you confront when you're going into something new and you come to this sort of abyss, and then you push yourself. It makes you try different things.
5This oneness that we're reaching for is a hard thing to fight for because inside of it people are frightened. They're afraid. There's a fear, and we have to pass that fear...This thread, this thing, this machine, the movement that we have to recognize, has not stopped and it's continuing to move on.
6We need to have our voices heard, acknowledge things for what they are, because acknowledgment is a big part of the healing of the nation. And then we have to make a conscious choice so that we can move forward to some form of repentance -some form of recompense, so that we can move into a forgiveness space of compassion.
7I've talked to different groups who are in social activism and stuff and I would say to them 'You take your photograph right now of the ten of you. You may think yourselves anonymous and maybe sometimes you might be. But I want you to remember that each step you take is a part of history. That as we live and breathe, history is occurring. The fact that those photographs we used to see in the '60s of those individuals that you admire, that you didn't know their names but saw them marching down the streets - those are us.
8[on director Lee Daniels] He's so present emotionally, and raw. And sometimes you finish a scene and you go over to him, and he'd just be weeping tears in his chair, crying. Coming over to say 'Was that okay?' He's so present and sometimes he just screams out laughing in the middle of a scene. It's kind of exhilarating and sort of unbalancing at the same time.
9[on 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'] Sometimes in one day I might play three different ages - a 90 year old and a 50 year old and a 30 year old...[working] 20 hours a day. I was working at least no less than 15 usually, to 18...I broke the script down to such a degree that i could see exactly where I was at any time and what had happened before. I have never worked that specifically. It was one of the most challenging roles I had ever played, and as a result it kind of revitalized me as an actor. It brought the joy back to acting in a way.
10[in 1996] Directing is more comfortable for me, because as an actor there's always something inherently false. Because I'm not that person. I can spend a week in jail, but I'm still leaving. I once talked to a shaman who said, "What makes you think these characters you play aren't real? I think you should examine that.' But it has always been my great frustration as an actor that I can't go deep into the thoughts, feelings and history of the character. As a director. I feel like it's real. I get caught up in the emotions and the story. I like being a storyteller.
11[in 2006] I think that there's an awakening inside of me really honestly, and I honestly believe that the best work of my life is about to happen. I'm finding a balance in myself as an artist from the external and the internal, and so as a result the characters I play are going to be quite different. So what's going to happen is that it's going to lift up the characters I play, we're going to start to see it and I think it's going to change the face of my career.
12[on his role in The Last King of Scotland (2006)) I did a massive amount to prepare for this. First of all I started learning Swahili, learning the accent, then I had to do study all the recording as well as all the books, tapes, documentaries. When I went to Uganda I met with his [Idi Amin's] brother, sister, his ministers, his generals and even to the Ugandan king. I did more research for this role than any other character I've probably ever played.
13My eye? It's a genetic thing. My dad had it and now I have it. You know, I just found out that it may be correctable a little bit, because it does impair my vision. When I look up, I lose sight in this eye. I think maybe for other people, it informs the way they see me. But I don't really think about this eye, other than the times people talk about it, or when people take photographs of me sometimes they might say stuff about it. I don't think it makes me look bad or anything. It just is.
14Until film is just as easily accessible as a pen or pencil, then it's not completely an art form. In painting you can just pick up a piece of chalk, a stick or whatever. In sculpture you can get a rock. Writing you just need a pencil and paper. Film has been a very elitist medium. It costs so much money. It doesn't allow everyone who wants to tell stories tell stories. The great storytellers, however, are going to rise to the top, no matter what. That's why independent film is very important to me.
15[on his role in Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999) and how he prepared] I started reading "The Hagekure" and other books, including one called "The Code of the Samurai", and I watched a lot of films. I tried to find his mindset more than anything. It's more like a trance-like state for this character than it is anything else, based in the ancient book that he follows. But I did a lot of different types of research.
16[on getting into acting] In high school I did some musicals, but I never took acting until college. I was studying opera, classical voice, and a speech teacher asked me to audition for this play and I got the lead. And she helped me to get into a conservatory, with a scholarship as a singer, and then I was accepted into the acting conservatory. This agent saw me, the summer before I went to conservatory, and while I was in school, I started working right away. And it worked out.
17[on his role in The Last King of Scotland (2006)] It was an experience that changed my life and my thoughts. I went there with the purpose of understanding what it was like to be Ugandan, and I wanted to understand the food, the life, the way they deal with children and wives and with authority figures. I sat with Idi Amin's brother underneath a big mango tree and he told me stories about what Idi was like and how he used to come to town and pull together soccer or rugby games. It all helped me with figuring out the way he behaved and the way he thought, so that 24 hours a day, even in my dreams, I was totally consumed by the character of Idi Amin. It wasn't until the movie was over that I decided I could let go of the character, so the first thing I did was take a shower because I figured I could wash him off by scrubbing myself. I was in a room by myself, so I started yelling to get his voice out of me and get my own voice back.
18[on filming the Panic Room (2002)] The guys on the set, Dwight [Dwight Yoakam], Jared [Jared Leto] and me, would work for a day, and then the next day Jodie [Jodie Foster] would work. We rarely worked together, so it was all about getting to know some of the guys. With the way scheduling was, she's not in the small frame as all of us. They never did it that way. The thing about the film was you did become closer with some people in ways because it took so long. This is the longest shoot I have ever had. It was about 145 shooting days. We also had rehearsals before that. I think it took so long because of the shots taken. It was the most planned movie I've been involved with.
19[on choosing studio or independent films] I go back and forth between indie and studio because I feel like it, not because I feel obligated to do one or the other. The only reason to make a decision like that is financial, you know, you can't live. That doesn't make my decision for me, I do what feels right for me. I'm not going to do a bad movie just because it's a studio movie or an indie film, and there are hordes of bad independent movies. People tend to think that indie movies are always good, but I've seen horrific ones, just as well as I've seen horrific studio films. So I just go by how I feel, it's the only way you can figure it out. Otherwise you get lost in the maze of trying to second guess the people, the studio, how you can make your career long or short. It's easy to get lost in this maze, called life, really, you know what I mean?
20[on his career] As an actor, I've always wanted to do characters that would help me find my connection with others and connect all of us together. You always want the energy of the character, the spirit of the person, to enter you. I've been doing this for 26 years and some of the things I've done are always with me. Maybe it's a word; maybe it's a gesture; maybe the sound; maybe it's a new understanding about something. I look at it like a past life because I keep going over and over what I have done.
21[on his best work] If I were to mark three, I'd mark Bird (1988), because I grew immensely as an artist--I learned a lot--and also, I think, it was when people started to take me more seriously. I'd also mark Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999), because I started to understand something about myself in silence, how I'm capable of communicating certain things without doing much. And then I'd probably mark The Last King of Scotland (2006), which marries the internal and the external in a strong way and brings together all of the things I've learned about my work into one character.
22[on the most interesting actor he has worked with] Mickey Rourke, I thought, was really interesting. I did a movie called Johnny Handsome (1989) that Walter Hill directed. I had a scene with Mickey in which he says goodbye to me, and I learned something very powerful. He didn't say anything. I don't know if his thoughts were so powerful or my imagination was so large, but I could swear I could hear him speaking to me. It was like he was saying, "I want to tell you thanks--you know, I'm about to disappoint you, but you did a good job". And then, finally, he says, "Thank you". I was just like, "Whoa!" He's an amazing actor.
23[in 1998] As a kid, I never had dreams of becoming an actor or director. Even when I was already working professionally, it took me a long time to know whether this was what I really wanted to be. Now I feel comfortable about what I'm doing, but I see that I can continue to make it better, that I can create a deeper balance in my life, and I'm still working on that. I didn't plan for things to turn out this way at all. But I have to say, I feel good about it. I do.
24[on his children's names - True and Ocean - and his name and how it affected his childhood] I want those names to be their destiny, for my daughter to be honest and my son to be expansive. I try to be like a forest, revitalizing and constantly growing . . . . Kids would tease me, calling me Little Bush". But . . . I thought being called Forest helped me find my identity.
25[on being a black actor] I have friends, African-American actors, who've had more of a struggle; hopefully they're starting to see some air and light now. But in my directing career, in my acting career, in my producing career, I haven't been bound by a lot of limitations. When I first started doing these kinds of unique characters, these diverse characters, there was hardly anybody doing them. So I had this open road.
26My parents moved to Los Angeles when I was really young, but I spent every summer with my grandparents, and I'd stay with my grandfather on the farm in Longview {Texas]. He was retired from the railroad, and he had a small farm with some cows and some pigs. I remember part of my youth was feeding hogs and plowing fields and stuff, so that's a part of me. And my parents raised me to say "sir" and "ma'am"' to open doors, things like that. That's the way I was brought up. Also, unfortunately, I was taught not to question too much. I didn't really question my mom and dad. That's usually what they told me to do.
27[on his character in The Shield (2002)] I'm always blown away by people's negative reactions to Kavanaugh. He's a highly moral man who's brought to the breaking point. To me, he's like an angel. Yes, he's obsessive. Anal. Intense. But his goal is to get Vic Mackey off the street. This is somebody who beats people up on a weekly basis, steals money, blackmails people. But I'm the bad guy?
28I can play a man who's despicable. But I'll still look inside him to find a point of connection. If I can find that kernel, audiences will relate to me.
1In 2015 received an honorary doctorate from California State University, Dominguez Hills.
2He is a supporter and public advocate for Hope North, a boarding school and vocational training center in northern Uganda for escaped child soldiers, orphans, and other young victims of the country's civil war. He met the school's founder during the filming of The Last King of Scotland.
3Lives in Los Angeles, California.
4Holds a Black belt in Kenpo Karate.
5Is one of 11 actors to have won the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Critics' Choice Award, Golden Globe Award and SAG Award for the same performance. The others in chronological order are Geoffrey Rush for Shine (1996), Jamie Foxx for Ray (2004), Philip Seymour Hoffman for Capote (2005), Javier Bardem for No Country for Old Men (2007), Daniel Day-Lewis for There Will Be Blood (2007) and Lincoln (2012), Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight (2008), and Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds (2009), Colin Firth for The King's Speech (2010), Christopher Plummer for Beginners (2010), and J.K. Simmons for Whiplash (2014).
6(March 27, 1993) Attended the 8th Annual Independent Spirit Awards.
7Presented French actress Marion Cotillard with the Best Actress Oscar for her lead in La Vie en Rose (2007).
8Attended Cal Poly Pomona University, just like fellow actor Eric Martic.
9He was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in March 2004 in Austin, Texas.
10Won 23 major awards for his portrayal of Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland (2006) including all the awards that are considered the biggest (except Cannes). He was also nominated for one more award, and won BET's "Best Actor" for the same year (presumably for the same film).
11Was member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 2003.
12He and his daughter, True Whitaker, have recorded a public service announcement promoting vegetarianism on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
13Spent a total of three and a half months in Uganda researching and filming The Last King of Scotland (2006). Uganda was his ever first visit to Africa.
14Met his wife actress Keisha Whitaker, nee Nash, on the set of Blown Away (1994).
15Whitaker hosted Saturday Night Live (1975) on February 10, 2007, during which his singing talent was featured in several sketches.
16Raised in Los Angeles by an insurance-salesman father and schoolteacher mother, the high school football star ditched his jersey and helmet after catching the acting bug in a production of Dylan Thomas' "Under Milk Wood".
17He tried to be as bulky as possible to play Big Harold in Platoon (1986), but the vigorous boot-camping training, bad food and rough shoot caused him to lose a lot of weight. When he noticed Whitaker was getting thinner, Oliver Stone said to him, "What are you doing? You're supposed to be 'Big' Harold".
18In 2003, Whitaker became Executive Director of the Nodance Film Festival, a festival that celebrates the alternative digital film culture with an emphasis on first-time filmmakers and digital filmmaking. Originally held in Park City, Utah, Nodance has recently relaunched in Los Angeles and holds the distinction of being the world's first DVD-projected film festival.
19Brother-in-law of Jeffrey Nash and Kidada Jones.
20Originally cast in the role of "Sawyer" on Lost (2004), but opted out of the role when 20th Century Fox green lighted his film First Daughter (2004).
21Born with an eye condition called ptosis, which translates to "drooping eyelid."
22He is the father of three children. He has two daughters, Sonnet Noel Whitaker (b. October 3rd 1996) and True Whitaker (b. July 2nd 1998), by his wife, Keisha Whitaker and a son, Ocean Whitaker (b. 1990), from a previous relationship. He also has Autumn (b. 1991), a stepdaughter through his marriage with Keisha.
23Is a vegetarian.
24Attended University of Southern California (USC) School of Theater.
25Was set to direct a live-action film version of Fat Albert (2004) but disagreed with Bill Cosby and has since left the production. [April 2002]
26Brother of actors Kenn Whitaker and Damon Whitaker.


Black Panther2018pre-productionZuri
Finding Steve McQueen2017post-productionHoward Lambert
The Forgiven2017post-productionDesmond Tutu
Burden2016/IfilmingReverend Kennedy
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story2016post-productionSaw Gerrera
A Fall from GraceannouncedSource
Arrival2016/IIColonel Weber
Roots2016TV Mini-SeriesFiddler
Southpaw2015Tick Wills
Dope2015Narrator (voice)
Taken 32014Franck Dotzler
Two Men in Town2014William Garnett
Black Nativity2013Reverend Cornell Cobbs
Making a Scene2013ShortMan
Out of the Furnace2013Chief Wesley Barnes
The Butler2013/ICecil Gaines
Zulu2013Ali Sokhela
Repentance2013/IAngel Sanchez
The Last Stand2013Agent John Bannister
Nelson Mandela2013Video shortNarrator (voice)
A Dark Truth2012Francisco Francis
Ernest & Celestine2012Ernest (English version, voice)
Catch .442011Ronny
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior - Alternate Reality: The New Criminal Minds2011Video shortSam Cooper
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior - House of Corpses2011Video shortSam Cooper
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior - Inside the Red Cell2011Video shortSam Cooper
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior - Loved Ones2011Video shortSam Cooper
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior - The Profiler2011Video shortSam Cooper
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior2011TV SeriesSam Cooper
Lullaby for Pi2010George
The Experiment2010Barris
Criminal Minds2010TV SeriesSam Cooper
My Own Love Song2010Joey
Repo Men2010Jake
Our Family Wedding2010Brad Boyd
Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life2010Video shortLion (voice)
Hurricane Season2009Al Collins
Where the Wild Things Are2009Ira (voice)
Powder Blue2009Charlie
Toys in the Attic2009Teddy (English version, voice)
American Dad!2007-2009TV SeriesDaniel Turlington / Ron Turlington / Turlington
Fragments2008Charlie Archenault
Street Kings2008Captain Jack Wander
Chasseurs de dragons2008Lian-Chu (English version, voice)
Vantage Point2008Howard Lewis
The Great Debaters2007Dr. James Farmer Sr.
Ripple Effect2007Philip
The Air I Breathe2007Happiness
The Shield2006-2007TV SeriesJon Kavanaugh
ER2006-2007TV SeriesCurtis Ames
Everyone's Hero2006Lonnie Brewster (voice)
The Last King of Scotland2006Idi Amin
The Marsh2006Geoffrey Hunt
Even Money2006/IClyde Snow
American Gun2005Carter
A Little Trip to Heaven2005Abe Holt
Mary2005/ITed Younger
First Daughter2004Narrator (voice)
Deacons for Defense2003TV MovieMarcus Clay
Phone Booth2002Captain Ramey
Panic Room2002Burnham
Feast of All Saints2001TV MovieDaguerreotypist Picard
The Fourth Angel2001Bernard
The Follow2001ShortThe Employer (uncredited)
Green Dragon2001Addie
Four Dogs Playing Poker2000Mr. Ellington
Battlefield Earth2000Ker
Witness Protection1999TV MovieSteven Beck
Light It Up1999Officer Dante Jackson
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai1999Ghost Dog
Body Count1998Crane
Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault1996TV MovieMr. Rucker
Phenomenon1996Nate Pope
Mr. Holland's Opus1995Bobby Tidd - Adult (uncredited)
Species1995Dan Smithson
Smoke1995Cyrus Cole
Ready to Wear1994Cy Bianco
Jason's Lyric1994Maddog
The Enemy Within1994TV MovieCol. MacKenzie 'Mac' Casey
Blown Away1994Franklin
Lush Life1993TV MovieBuddy Chester
Bank Robber1993Officer Battle
Last Light1993TV MovieFred Whitmore
Body Snatchers1993Major Collins
Consenting Adults1992David Duttonville
The Crying Game1992Jody
Article 991992Dr. Sid Handleman
Diary of a Hitman1991Dekker
A Rage in Harlem1991Jackson
Criminal Justice1990TV MovieJessie Williams
Downtown1990Dennis Curren
Johnny Handsome1989Dr. Steven Fisher
Bird1988Charlie 'Bird' Parker
Good Morning, Vietnam1987Edward Garlick
Stakeout1987Jack Pismo
Hands of a Stranger1987TV MovieSergeant Delaney
Platoon1986Big Harold
The Color of Money1986Amos
North and South, Book II1986TV Mini-SeriesCuffey
Amazing Stories1986TV SeriesJerry
The Grand Baby1985TV Movie
North and South1985TV Mini-SeriesCuffey
Diff'rent Strokes1985TV SeriesHerman
The Fall Guy1985TV SeriesFriend
Vision Quest1985Balldozer
Hill Street Blues1984TV SeriesFloyd Green
Trapper John, M.D.1984TV SeriesLewis Jordan
Cagney & Lacey1983TV SeriesNight Manager
Fast Times at Ridgemont High1982Charles Jefferson
Tag: The Assassination Game1982Gowdy's Bodyguard
Making the Grade1982TV Series


Roxanne, Roxanne2017producer post-production
We Are One2016Documentary executive producer
Songs My Brothers Taught Me2015producer
Fruitvale Station2013producer
Rising from Ashes2012Documentary executive producer
Serving Life2011TV Movie documentary executive producer
Monte Carlo2011executive producer
Brick City2009-2011TV Series documentary executive producer - 11 episodes
Powder Blue2009producer
Dewmocracy2008Video Game producer
Kassim the Dream2008Documentary executive producer
Ripple Effect2007executive producer
American Gun2005executive producer
First Daughter2004executive producer
The Twilight Zone2003TV Series consulting producer - 2 episodes
Chasing Papi2003producer
The Making of 'Green Dragon'2002Video documentary executive producer
Door to Door2002TV Movie co-executive producer
Feast of All Saints2001TV Movie executive producer
Green Dragon2001executive producer
Black Jaq1998TV Movie executive producer
A Rage in Harlem1991co-producer


First Daughter2004
Black Jaq1998TV Movie
Hope Floats1998
Waiting to Exhale1995
Strapped1993TV Movie


Black Nativity2013performer: "Can't Stop Praising His Name", "Jesus Is On the Mainline", "Be Grateful", "As"
Ernest & Celestine2012performer: "Ernest's Song"
2009 MTV Movie Awards2009TV Special performer: "Dick in a Box"
The Last King of Scotland2006performer: "The Last Scottish Rite 1-4", "Kay's Lament"
First Daughter2004writer: "Thought I'd Seen It All", "Fall", "Free", "You 'n Mego", "Oooops", "Whatever", "Sea of Dreams", "Dance My Dreams Theme Song from First Daughter"

Music Department

First Daughter2004soundtrack executive producer
Hope Floats1998executive soundtrack producer
Waiting to Exhale1995soundtrack executive producer


Dewmocracy2008Video Game story


A Backyard Story2010grateful acknowledgment
Death and Taxis2007special thanks
American Pets2006Video short special thanks
Before the Music Dies2006Documentary The filmmakers especially wish to thank
Jiminy Glick in Lalawood2004special thanks
Battlefield Earth: Evolution & Creation2000Video documentary short special thanks
American Masters2000TV Series documentary thanks - 1 episode
A Little Off Mark1986Short thanks


Larry King Now2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Oprah's Next Chapter2013TV SeriesHimself
Charlie Rose1996-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
BET Awards 20132013TV SpecialHimself
Africa2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2008-2013TV SeriesHimself
Rising from Ashes2012DocumentaryNarrator
Ebert Presents: At the Movies2011TV SeriesHimself - Festival Honoree
Serving Life2011TV Movie documentaryNarrator
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Morgan Freeman2011TV MovieHimself
Guys Choice Awards 20112011TV SpecialHimself - Award Winner
National Memorial Day Concert2011TV Movie documentary
Lopez Tonight2011TV SeriesHimself
Rachael Ray2010-2011TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2006-2011TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman2007-2011TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
A Man's Story2010DocumentaryHimself
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Actor in a Leading Role
Shooting Star(s): The Rise of Hip Hop Photographer Johnny Nunez2009DocumentaryHimself
Shooting Blue2009Video documentary shortHimself
2009 MTV Movie Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
Independent Lens2009TV Series documentaryHimself / Narrator
15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Oprah Winfrey Show2006-2009TV SeriesHimself
We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial2009TV SpecialHimself
The 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 2nd Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute2008TV MovieHimself - Presenter
Stand Up to Cancer2008TV MovieHimself
Vantage Point: An Inside Perspective2008Video documentary shortHimself
Vantage Point: Plotting an Assassination2008Video documentary shortHimself
American Idol2008TV SeriesHimself
King2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Shootout2006-2008TV SeriesHimself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2007-2008TV SeriesHimself
HBO First Look1998-2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Access Hollywood2008TV SeriesHimself
Cartelera2007-2008TV SeriesHimself
An Evening at the Academy Awards2008TV SpecialHimself
La noche de los Oscar2008TV MovieHimself
The 80th Annual Academy Awards2008TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2008TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest
14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2008TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Female Actor in a Leading Role
Crips and Bloods: Made in America2008DocumentaryNarrator
Biography1994-2007TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Friend
Fashion News Live2007TV SeriesHimself
The 5th Annual TV Land Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
38th NAACP Image Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
E! Live from the Red Carpet2007TV SeriesHimself
La noche de los Oscar2007TV MovieHimself - Interviewee
The 79th Annual Academy Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role
Miradas 22007TV Series documentaryHimself
5 News2007TV SeriesHimself - BAFTA Nominee
The Orange British Academy Film Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
Saturday Night Live2007TV SeriesHimself - Host / Greg Gumbel
Rwanda Rising2007DocumentaryGacaca Judge (voice)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1994-2007TV SeriesHimself
13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
The View2007TV SeriesHimself
The 12th Annual Critics' Choice Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Corazón de...2006-2007TV SeriesHimself
Film '722007TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2006TV SeriesHimself
Inside the Actors Studio2006TV SeriesHimself
Mon plus grand moment de cinéma2006TV Series shortHimself
2006 BAFTA/LA Cunard Britannia Awards2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
2006 Women's World Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
3rd Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors2006TV MovieHimself
American Pets2006Video shortHimself
Capturing Idi Amin2006Documentary shortInterviewee
Before the Music Dies2006DocumentaryHimself - Narrator (voice)
Last Call with Carson Daly2002-2006TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Odyssey in Rome2005DocumentaryHimself
Special Thanks to Roy London2005DocumentaryHimself
2005 BAFTA/LA Cunard Britannia Awards2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Misbehavers2004DocumentaryHimself
Närbild2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Jiminy Glick in Lalawood2004Himself
Film Trix 20042004Documentary shortHimself
Shooting 'Panic Room'2004Video documentaryHimself
The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards2004TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter: Best Supporting Female
10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
UFC 46: Supernatural2004TV SpecialHimself
The 30th Annual People's Choice Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
The Twilight Zone2002-2003TV SeriesHimself - Host
American Storytellers2003DocumentaryHimself
HBO First Look: The Making of 'Panic Room'2002TV Short documentaryHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1998-2002TV SeriesHimself
A Tour of the Inferno: Revisiting 'Platoon'2001Video documentaryHimself / Big Harold
The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards2001TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
Caiga quien caiga2001TV SeriesHimself
Intimate Portrait2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Battlefield Earth: Evolution & Creation2000Video documentary shortHimself - 'Ker'
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts2000TV Special documentaryHimself
American Masters2000TV Series documentaryHimself - Actor / Director
VH-1 Where Are They Now?2000TV Series documentaryHimself
The Daily Show2000TV SeriesHimself
5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1999TV SpecialHimself
1998 MTV Movie Awards1998TV SpecialHimself
27th NAACP Image Awards1996TV SpecialHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Clint Eastwood1996TV Special documentaryHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1996TV SeriesHimself
1995 VH1 Honors1995TV MovieHimself
The 1994 Annual Diversity Awards1994TV SpecialHimself
The Making of Blown Away: A Day in the Life of the Bomb Squad1994TV ShortHimself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1989TV SeriesHimself
The 46th Annual Golden Globe Awards1989TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama
The 6th Annual American Cinema Awards1989TV SpecialHimself
21st NAACP Image Awards1989TV SpecialHimself
We Are One2016DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Good Morning America2013-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Close Up with the Hollywood Reporter2016TV SeriesHimself
Roots: A New Vision2016TV SpecialFiddler
Roots: A History Revealed2016TV SpecialFiddler
Impossible Choices2016ShortHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2006-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight2007-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Producer, Dope
A 'Taken' Legacy2015Video shortHimself
Sewing Hope2015DocumentaryNarrator
Drew Pearson Live2015TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest
Le grand journal de Canal+2008-2014TV Series documentaryHimself
The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Winner
Tavis Smiley2006-2014TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The Queen Latifah Show2014TV SeriesHimself
45th NAACP Image Awards2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
28 Men of Change2014TV MovieHimself
Food Chains2014DocumentaryNarrator
20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Presenter / Nominee
19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Joel Siegel Award
The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables2013TV SeriesHimself
Made in Hollywood2009-2013TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2010-2013TV SeriesHimself
The Jonathan Ross Show2013TV SeriesHimself
Mysteries of the Unseen World2013Documentary shortNarrator (voice)

Archive Footage

Extra2015-2016TV SeriesHimself
Movie Guide2013TV SeriesCecil Gaines
Buscando a Penélope2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
ER2007TV SeriesCurtis Ames
Maquillando entre monstruos2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Venecia 2005: Crónica de Carlos Boyero2005TV MovieTed Younger
Biography2005TV Series documentary
VH1: All Access2003TV SeriesHimself

Won Awards

2014AFI AwardAFI Awards, USAMovie of the YearFruitvale Station (2013)
2014Joel Siegel AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association Awards
2014Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureThe Butler (2013)
2014Chairman's AwardImage Awards
2014Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest First FeatureFruitvale Station (2013)
2014Stanley Kramer AwardPGA AwardsFruitvale Station (2013)
2014Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in FilmSanta Barbara International Film Festival
2013AAFCA AwardAfrican-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)Best ActorThe Butler (2013)
2013Tribute AwardGotham Awards
2010Peabody AwardPeabody AwardsBrick City (2009)
2007OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2007Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2007BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Actor in a Leading RoleThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2007BET AwardBET AwardsBest ActorThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2007Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest ActorThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2007Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2007Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2007IFC AwardIowa Film Critics AwardsBest ActorThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2007ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsActor of the YearThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2007Vision AwardNAMIC Vision AwardsBest Actor - DramaThe Shield (2002)
2007NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ActorThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2007OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest ActorThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2007OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesER (1994)
2007OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActorThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2007Riviera AwardSanta Barbara International Film FestivalThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2007ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading RoleThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2007VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest ActorThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2007Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 16 April. At 6801 Hollywood Blvd.
2006AAFCA AwardAfrican-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)Best ActorThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2006BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest ActorThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2006Capri Legend AwardCapri, Hollywood
2006CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2006DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2006FFCC AwardFlorida Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2006Hollywood Film AwardHollywood Film AwardsActor of the YearThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2006KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2006Sierra AwardLas Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActorThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2006LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2006NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest ActorThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2006NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2006NYFCO AwardNew York Film Critics, OnlineBest ActorThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2006NTFCA AwardNorth Texas Film Critics Association, USBest ActorThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2006OFCC AwardOklahoma Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2006PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2006Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Motion Picture, DramaThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2006SEFCA AwardSoutheastern Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2006SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest ActorThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2006WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2004Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsTelevision: Best ActorDeacons for Defense (2003)
2003Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Made for Television MovieDoor to Door (2002)
2003Christopher AwardChristopher AwardsTelevision & CableDoor to Door (2002)
1997Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Supporting Actor - DramaPhenomenon (1996)
1994NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest Acting by an EnsemblePrêt- (1994)
1993International Critics' Award (FIPRESCI)Toronto International Film FestivalStrapped (1993)
1992Special MentionBiarritz International Festival of Audiovisual ProgrammingFiction: ActorCriminal Justice (1990)
1989Sant JordiSant Jordi AwardsBest Foreign Actor (Mejor Actor Extranjero)Bird (1988)
1988Best ActorCannes Film FestivalBird (1988)

Nominated Awards

2016Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor, Motion PictureSouthpaw (2015)
2016Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion PictureSouthpaw (2015)
2016Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest First FeatureSongs My Brothers Taught Me (2015)
2014Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest ActorThe Butler (2013)
2014Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest Grownup Love StoryThe Butler (2013)
2014Hollywood AwardAcapulco Black Film FestivalArtist of the YearOut of the Furnace (2013)
2014Hollywood AwardAcapulco Black Film FestivalBest Ensemble CastThe Butler (2013)
2014Hollywood AwardAcapulco Black Film FestivalBest Ensemble CastBlack Nativity (2013)
2014Hollywood AwardAcapulco Black Film FestivalBest ActorThe Butler (2013)
2014Hollywood AwardAcapulco Black Film FestivalMovie of the YearFruitvale Station (2013)
2014BET AwardBET AwardsBest ActorThe Butler (2013)
2014Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Motion PictureFruitvale Station (2013)
2014Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Actor, Motion PictureThe Butler (2013)
2014ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading RoleThe Butler (2013)
2014ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureThe Butler (2013)
2013Audience AwardGotham AwardsFruitvale Station (2013)
2013Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Motion PictureThe Butler (2013)
2012EmmyNews & Documentary Emmy AwardsOutstanding Informational Programming - Long FormBrick City (2009)
2010Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsExceptional Merit in Nonfiction FilmmakingBrick City (2009)
2010Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Voice PerformanceWhere the Wild Things Are (2009)
2010IDA AwardInternational Documentary AssociationContinuing SeriesBrick City (2009)
2009IOFCP AwardInternational Online Film Critics' PollBest Actor in a Leading RoleThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2008Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion PictureThe Great Debaters (2007)
2008IDA AwardInternational Documentary AssociationFeature DocumentaryKassim the Dream (2008)
2007Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesER (1994)
2007Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsLead ActorThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2007Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsDrama Guest ActorThe Shield (2002)
2007Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Male LeadAmerican Gun (2005)
2007IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Actor (Miglior attore protagonista)The Last King of Scotland (2006)
2006British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest ActorThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2006ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest Lead PerformanceThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2006Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionThe Shield (2002)
2006TFCA AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest Performance, MaleThe Last King of Scotland (2006)
2004Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsFilm: Best Supporting ActorPhone Booth (2002)
2004Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a TV Movie, Mini-Series, or Dramatic SpecialDeacons for Defense (2003)
2004Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion PicturePhone Booth (2002)
2004Vision AwardNAMIC Vision AwardsBest Dramatic PerformanceDeacons for Defense (2003)
2004ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or MiniseriesDeacons for Defense (2003)
2003Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsTheatrical - Best Supporting ActorPanic Room (2002)
2001Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorBattlefield Earth (2000)
1999Black Film AwardAcapulco Black Film FestivalBest DirectorHope Floats (1998)
1997Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion PicturePhenomenon (1996)
1995Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion PictureThe Crying Game (1992)
1995ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or MiniseriesThe Enemy Within (1994)
1994CableACECableACE AwardsActor in a Movie or MiniseriesLast Light (1993)
1993Critics AwardDeauville Film FestivalStrapped (1993)
1992CableACECableACE AwardsActor in a Movie or MiniseriesCriminal Justice (1990)
1989Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaBird (1988)

2nd Place Awards

2006ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Actor in a Leading RoleThe Last King of Scotland (2006)

Known for movies

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