View all newsletters
Have the short, sharp Spear's newsletter delivered to your inbox each week
  1. Uncategorized
October 2, 2014updated 30 Aug 2019 2:48pm

Forest Whitaker net worth

By Suren Prasad

Author: Suren Prasad

Forest Whitaker has an estimated net worth of £10 million.

Born on July 15, 1961 in Texas, Forest Whitaker graduated in 1982 from USC’s Drama Conservatory and debuted onscreen in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982).

Whitaker’s many TV shows in the 1980s included Diff’rent Strokes (1985) and Amazing Stories (1985). During the 1990s, he appeared in a number of TV films including The Enemy Within, Criminal Justice, and Witness Protection.

In 1986, he was cast in The Color of Money and Platoon, later co-starring in Good Morning, Vietnam (1987).

After co-starring in Bloodsport (1988) he landed his first lead role in Clint Eastwood’s Bird, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe and was awarded Best Actor at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival.

Whitaker participates in intensive character study work in preparation for his roles. As a captive British soldier in The Crying Game (1992), he spoke with an utterly convincing English accent. For his role in Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999), he took to meditation while studying Eastern philosophy. In 2002, he co-starred in the major box office thrillers Phone Booth and Panic Room.

Whitaker’s career highlight was playing Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland (2006). True to the role, Whitaker added 50 pounds, carried out in-depth research about the dictator and learnt to play the accordion along with speaking Swahili in Amin’s accent. For his superlative performance, he became the fourth ever African-American actor to receive the Oscar for Best Actor and one of just eight actors to have won the Oscar, SAG, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice awards for the same movie.

Content from our partners
How Flygreen is ascending into the future of private aviation
Stoneweg, Icona, and CBH Strengthen Partnership with Cromwell Acquisition, Adding €4 Billion AUM to Stoneweg
Why investors should consider investing in nature

In 2008, Whitaker acted in The Air I Breathe, Street Kings and Vantage Point. After a lull in his career, Whitaker revived with a lead role in The Butler (2013). That same year he also appeared in Black Nativity and The Last Stand.

The FX series The Shield (2006) marked his successful return to TV and a subsequent multi-episode spell on ER garnered him a 2007 Emmy nomination.

Whitaker is also a film director, debuting with HBO’s Strapped (1993), followed by Waiting to Exhale (1995), Hope Floats (1998) and First Daughter (2004). Earlier, he also acted as Executive Producer on the 2002 Emmy winner Door to Door. Whitaker was also co-producer for Fruitvale Station, which won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for US Dramatic Film at the Sundance Film Festival 2013.

The accomplished actor’s net worth rose to an estimated $36,363,637 in 2014. Since March 2012, he has been co-chair of JuntoBox Films, a social-media platform for fans and filmmakers to create films together.

While Whitaker earns a reported $4,848,485 yearly, his total 2015 net worth is estimated at $40,000,000.

Select and enter your email address The short, sharp email newsletter from Spear’s
  • Business owner/co-owner
  • CEO
  • COO
  • CFO
  • CTO
  • Chairperson
  • Non-Exec Director
  • Other C-Suite
  • Managing Director
  • President/Partner
  • Senior Executive/SVP or Corporate VP or equivalent
  • Director or equivalent
  • Group or Senior Manager
  • Head of Department/Function
  • Manager
  • Non-manager
  • Retired
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how Progressive Media Investments may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications.
Thank you

Thanks for subscribing.

Websites in our network