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Forest Whitaker

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Forest Steven Whitaker (born July 15, 1961) is an American actor, filmmaker, and activist. He is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a British Academy Film Award, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. After making his film debut in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), Whitaker went on to earn a reputation for intensive character study work for films, such as Platoon (1986), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Bird (1988), The Crying Game (1992), Phenomenon (1996), Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999), The Great Debaters (2007), The Butler (2013), Arrival (2016), and Respect (2021). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Forest Whitaker has received more than 12,104,701 page views. His biography is available in 67 different languages on Wikipedia. Forest Whitaker is the 505th most popular actor (up from 513th in 2019), the 939th most popular biography from United States (up from 963rd in 2019) and the 257th most popular American Actor.

Forest Whitaker is most famous for his Oscar-winning performance in the film The Last King of Scotland.

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  • 12M

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  • 62.56

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 67

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 6.03

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.47

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among actors, Forest Whitaker ranks 505 out of 9,996Before him are Fernando Rey, Nǃxau ǂToma, Magda Schneider, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, and Louise Fletcher. After him are Natalie Portman, Marie Laforêt, Ali MacGraw, Pierre Brice, Scott Glenn, and Robert Carlyle.

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Among people born in 1961, Forest Whitaker ranks 18Before him are Carl Lewis, Woody Harrelson, Peter Jackson, Laurence Fishburne, Joko Widodo, and Meg Ryan. After him are Robert Carlyle, Dennis Rodman, Manu Chao, Tim Roth, Carlos Valderrama, and Nastassja Kinski.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Forest Whitaker ranks 939 out of 18,182Before him are Jennifer Connelly (1970), William Hurt (1950), Ambrose Bierce (1842), Louise Fletcher (1934), Whoopi Goldberg (1955), and George Jung (1942). After him are Albert Pike (1809), Roy J. Glauber (1925), Pat Garrett (1850), Alfred Hershey (1908), Stan Getz (1927), and Laura Bush (1946).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, Forest Whitaker ranks 257Before him are Steve Reeves (1926), Robert Vaughn (1932), George Kennedy (1925), Jennifer Connelly (1970), William Hurt (1950), and Louise Fletcher (1934). After him are Ali MacGraw (1939), Scott Glenn (1939), Shelley Winters (1920), Jennifer Jones (1919), Carl Weathers (1948), and Mel Ferrer (1917).

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