Forest Whitaker Get to know the 56-year old actor, director, Forest Whitaker, before he got famous (e.g. Winner of a Golden Globe and a BAFTA). IMDB reports 21st NAACP Image Awards (TV Special) was Forest Whitaker's first TV appearance in 1989. In 1982 he starred his first movie Making the Grade (TV Series) . BirthdayJuly 15, 1961NationalityAmericanName in PassportForest Steven Whitaker IIIDebut Making the Grade (TV Series) (1982)EthnicityAfro-American (Read: 16 Surprising Celebrity Ethnicities)Ethnic category/Race(?)BlackSexuality - Gay or NayStraightHis home town is Longview, Texas, U.S.. His parents Laura Francis (née Smith) & Forest Steven Jr. are of Afro-American ethnicity. Forest Whitaker was born on July 15, 1961 on a Saturday. LoadingCenter mapTrafficBicyclingTransit Read: 19 Celebrity childhood Homes High school: Palisades Charter High SchoolUniversity/College: California State Polytechnic UniversityYounger Photos Credit: Pastemagazine.com Photo of First movie or tv show debut Making the Grade (TV Series) Date: 1982Footage of early or first TV Interview or Appearance Forest Whitaker Most popular video on Youtube Key & Peele - Baby Forest Views: 9.585.483 Share your real life experiences with Forest Whitaker here and rate your meeting! Correct our wiki/bio - is he not gay or straight or of different heritage? Let us know!