Forest Whitaker
Character(s) Jon Kavanaugh
Date of Birth July 15, 1961
Origin Longview, Texas, USA
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Forest Steven Whitaker (born July 15, 1961) played Lieutenant Jon Kavanaugh on The Shield between Season 5 and Season 6.

Biography Edit

Whitaker was born in Longview, Texas, but his family moved to Los Angeles when he was a young kid. During high school, Whitaker played football and performed in musicals. He attended Cal Poly Pomona with a football scholarship but left due to an injury. He was then accepted at the Music Conservatory and Drama Conservatory of the University of Southern California graduating in 1982.

Whitaker has performed in countless renowned films like Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Good Morning, Vietnam, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Panic Room, and Phone Booth. In 2007, he won an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, in the film The Last King of Scotland. In 2013, he appeared in the indie crime drama film Pawn (with Michael Chiklis).

Whitaker married Keisha Nash in May 4, 1996. They have two daughters together, while Whitaker has a son from a previous relationship. Whitaker's height is 6' 2" (1.88 m).

Selected filmography Edit

  • Vantage Point (2008)
  • The Last King of Scotland (2006)
  • Phone Booth (2002)
  • Panic Room (2002)
  • Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
  • Species (1995)
  • The Crying Game (1992)
  • Bloodsport (1988)
  • Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
  • Platoon (1986)
  • The Color of Money (1986)
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

Television appearances Edit

  • "American Dad" (2007-2009)
  • "The Shield" (2006-2007)
  • "ER" (2006-2007)
  • "The Twilight Zone" (2002-2003)

The Shield related appearances Edit

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